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Police: Enfield

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the London Borough of Enfield in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available. [234580]

Mr. Coaker: Police service strength data have been centrally collected at the Basic Command Unit (BCU) level from 2003 onwards.

As at 31 March 2003 there were 490 full-time equivalent police officers in the Enfield BCU, increasing to 546 as at 31 March 2008.

As at 31 March 1997 there were 26,677 full-time equivalent police officers in the Metropolitan Police force, increasing to 31,014 as at 31 March 2008.

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per day on average police officers in the London Borough of Enfield spent on patrol in the latest period for which figures are available. [234581]

Mr. Coaker: Data on officer activity are not collected centrally for individual boroughs.


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Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police constables, (c) police sergeants and (d) police community support officers were working in the London borough of Enfield in each year since 1997. [235436]

Mr. Coaker: The available data are given in the following table. Enfield is a Basic Command Unit (BCU) within the Metropolitan Police. Police personnel statistics were not collected at BCU level until 2002-03 and are not collected by rank of officer.

Police officer strength (FTE)( 1) and police community support officer strength (FTE)1 for the Basic Command Unit of Enfield( 2)

Officers PCSOs

2003

490

2004

538

2005

575

2006

560

2007(3)

582

119

2008

546

134

(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(2) Figures as at 31 March in each of the given years.
(3) 2006-07 is the first year that that police community support officer strength by Basic Command Unit has been collected centrally.

Police: Recruitment

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited in England in each year since 2005-06. [234158]

Mr. Coaker: The number of full-time equivalent police officer recruits in England for the requested financial years only are given as follows:

Number

2005-06

6,235

2006-07

6,250

2007-08

5,512


Recruits include those officers joining as Police Standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

Shoplifting: Fines

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value of the default fine issued under a fixed penalty notice is for the offence of shoplifting goods of under £200 in value. [235046]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The fine for non-payment of a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) issued for shoplifting is £120.

Under the PND Scheme police can issue an £80 fixed penalty for shoplifting of goods under £200. The recipient has 21 days in which either to pay the penalty or have their case heard in court. If no action is taken,
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a fine of one and half times the penalty amount is registered by the courts. PNDs are issued for thefts of value of more than £100 exceptionally and normally where the goods have been recovered.

Speed Limits: Cameras

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authority CCTV cameras use her Department's automatic number plate recognition system. [235020]

Mr. Alan Campbell: This information is not held centrally as it is a matter for individual police forces and local authorities.

The Home Office provided £32.5 million from the Home Office 2005-06 capital investment to develop the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) at the national, regional and local level. Consequently, it was a decision for police forces and their partners to decide how best to facilitate the linkages between ANPR and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems according to local policing needs.

Surveillance: Telecommunications

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether representatives of the interceptions of communications commissioner undertake inspections of local authorities. [235089]

Mr. Coaker: Representatives of the interception of communications commissioner’s office are responsible for inspecting those local authorities which make use of the communications data provisions within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Terrorism

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many charges brought against the individuals at, or awaiting, trial for terrorism-related offences referred to in the Report on the Operation in 2007 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006, by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, have since been dropped; [231612]

(2) how many charges brought for offences under anti-terrorism legislation committed in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, (a) between 11 September 2001 and 31 March 2007 and (b) since 31 March 2007 have been dropped. [231613]

Mr. Coaker: We are unable to provide the information requested.

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General's Office are currently working with the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned under terrorist legislation and under other legislation but considered terrorist related. As soon as this is complete a Statistical Bulletin covering this information will be published by the Home Office.

This Statistical Bulletin will include figures from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008 showing the number of people charged and convicted of terrorism related
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offences and the charge to conviction ratio. The remaining figure will therefore reflect those individuals not convicted whose case resulted in an alternative outcome. It is currently not possible to separately identify those individuals whose case has not been proceeded with, those acquitted and those at or awaiting trial.

Terrorism: Arrests

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those (a) arrested and (b) convicted in respect of (i) offences under the Terrorism Acts 2000 and 2006 and (ii) offences otherwise involving terrorism in each year since 2000 were foreign nationals; how many of them were (A) EU and (B) non-EU nationals; and what proportion of all terrorist offenders each category represents. [234350]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 November 2008]: We are unable to provide the information requested.

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General's Office are currently working with the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned under terrorist legislation and under other legislation but considered terrorist related. As soon as this is complete a Statistical Bulletin covering this information will be published by the Home Office.

This Statistical Bulletin will provide a nationality breakdown of terrorist related prisoners, as at 31 March 2008, including individuals in prison either on remand and/or convicted, however, we are unable to provide this breakdown for all of those arrested.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days after arrest the evidence used to prosecute was available for all people convicted of offences under anti-terrorism legislation, who were held for more than 14 days before charge in the last three years. [235536]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 13 November 2008]: No one who has been held for more than 14 days has yet to be convicted although a number of cases are awaiting trial.

Terrorism: Criminal Proceedings

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the individuals at or awaiting trial for terrorism-related offences referred to in the Report on the Operation in 2007 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC have been tried; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed; [230471]

(2) how many of the charges brought for terrorism-related offences in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, between 11 September 2001 and 31 March 2007 proceeded to trial; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed; [230472]

(3) how many charges have been brought for offences under anti-terrorism legislation committed in the
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United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland since 31st March 2007; how many such charges proceeded to trial; and what the outcome was in each case where legal proceedings have been completed. [230473]

Mr. Coaker: We are unable to provide the information requested.

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General's Office are currently working with the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned under terrorist legislation and under other legislation but considered terrorist related. As soon as this is complete a Statistical Bulletin covering this information will be published by the Home Office.

This Statistical Bulletin will include figures from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008 showing the number of people charged and convicted of terrorism related offences and the charge to conviction ratio. The remaining figure will therefore reflect those individuals not convicted whose case resulted in an alternative outcome. It is currently not possible to separately identify those individuals whose case has not been proceeded with, those acquitted and those at or awaiting trial.

Theft: Sheep

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of measures it has taken to prevent sheep rustling in the last five years. [235365]

Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 13 November 2008]: Sheep rustling is a crime and is covered under the Theft Act 1968. The Government's Crime Strategy has now moved away from centrally imposed targets toward making local agencies accountable and responsive to the needs and priorities of the local community. Where sheep rustling emerges as a pressing local issue there is a local framework in place for local police forces and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships to devote resources to tackling this crime.

The Home Office has recently presented a Tilley Award for innovation to a partnership between the police and industry in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland, which tackled theft of sheep. This project used new technology to identify individual sheep through retinal scanning. It is reported that this has been very effective in the area in reducing the number of sheep stolen and assisting in successful prosecution. The Home Office has made no other assessment of sheep rustling.

Children, Schools and Families

Child Minders

16. Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the supply of child minders of requiring them to be subject to inspection by Ofsted. [235771]


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Beverley Hughes: Ofsted has been inspecting child minders since 2001. There is no evidence to suggest that Ofsted inspection has had any impact on the supply of child minders.

Ofsted inspects all child care providers to ensure that they comply with current requirements. In the three years up to March 2008 97 per cent. of the 35,800 child minders inspected were found to be satisfactory or better with 61 per cent. judged good or outstanding.

School Standards

19. Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to support the programme by secondary school head teachers in Northamptonshire to raise educational standards in their schools. [235774]

Beverley Hughes: Standards in Northamptonshire have improved at key stage 4. Compared to 2007, the percentage of pupils achieving five good GCSEs has risen by 3.7 percentage points to 58.8 per cent. Taking account of English and mathematics, performance is up by three percentage points to 45.1 per cent.

Discussions have taken place with Northamptonshire local authority to agree the level of support for each of their National Challenge schools. National Challenge Advisers will begin work with individual schools this month.

National Challenge Programme

20. Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress is being made in schools within the national challenge programme; and if he will make a statement. [235775]

Jim Knight: Since the National Challenge was announced in June we have been working with local authorities to develop bespoke plans to secure improvement at individual school level. We have now agreed National Challenge funding for 48 local authorities amounting to over £20 million which my right hon. Friend announced last week and are working to agree funding for the remainder with schools in the National Challenge. The sum announced includes £549,000 for secondary schools in Bristol.

Post-16 Education

21. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice is provided to students at secondary school on post-16 education; and who provides this advice. [235776]

Jim Knight: We expect schools to provide young people with impartial advice on post-16 education that reflects the interests and needs of the individual. Young people also have access, from the age of 13, to local, independent external information, advice and guidance services delivered under the Connexions brand and to national, confidential online and telephone-based information and advice provided under the Connexions Direct brand.


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