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Police National Computer

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many records were held on the police national computer on (a) 1 January 2008 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available. [234265]

Jacqui Smith: The number of records held on the Police National Computer (PNC) on 1 January 2008 is not held centrally. As an operational tool, the PNC always reflects the current situation and it is not possible to produce figures for a specific historical date unless they were obtained on that date.

The PNC contains records from a number of separate information databases. The following table shows the number of records held on the PNC, broken down by the various information databases, as at 13 November 2008, the latest date for which figures are available. These figures are not mutually exclusive, for example, the same record may be included in more than one database.

Number

Vehicles

58,161,658

Names

9,172,689

Drivers Licenses

51,901,851

Property

97,978

Crimelink

621

National Firearms Certificate Holders Register (NFCHR)

1,390,920


Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had a (a) conviction, (b) caution, (c) formal warning and (d) reprimand recorded on the police national computer on 1 January of each year since 1996. [234285]

Jacqui Smith: Information on the number of people with a conviction, caution, formal warning and reprimand recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) on 1 January of each year since 1996 is not held centrally. As an operational tool, the PNC currently always reflects the current situation and it is not possible to produce figures for a specific historical date unless they were obtained on that date.

The following table shows the number of individuals recorded on the PNC with convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands as at 21 November 2008, the latest date for which figures are available. It does not show the overall numbers of each category on the PNC, as one person may have more than one conviction, caution, formal warning or reprimand recorded on the PNC. One individual may be included in more than one of the categories, as the same person may have, for example, a caution and a warning recorded on the PNC.


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Number

Records with convictions on the PNC at 21 November 2008

4,977,171

Records with cautions on the PNC at 21 November 2008

1,792,631

Records with warnings on the PNC at 21 November 2008

278,424

Records with reprimands on the PNC at 21 November 2008

599,301


Police: Bureaucracy

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been carried out of the effect on the amount of police paperwork of moving responsibility for charging decisions from police forces to the Crown Prosecution Service under the statutory charging initiative. [232322]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 3 November 2008]: I will write to the hon. and learned Member.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of time on average (a) all officers and (b) patrol officers spent on (i) incident and (ii) non-incident-related paperwork in each year since 2003-04; and how long each spent on average on patrol in each year. [239000]

Mr. Coaker: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 10 December 2007 , Official Report, column 91W.

Police: Complaints

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints she has received in the last two months from (a) police officers and (b) members of the public on her decision not to implement the tribunal's recommendation on the police pay award for 2008. [179481]

Mr. Coaker: Home Office systems record letters and emails received by the Department from members of the public and MPs, but not, in a readily available way, whether the sender is a police officer. Between 6 December 2007 when the 2007 police officer pay award was announced to Parliament, and 5 February 2008, Home Office systems show that 1,660 letters and emails about police pay and allowances were received from members of the public and MPs.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were recorded against the police in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and what the rate of complaints per 1,000 of population was in each case in each such year. [224073]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 12 September 2008]: I will write to the hon. Member.

Police: Databases

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress has been made on negotiations between the National Police Improvement Agency and potential providers of a Police National Intelligence database; and if she will make a statement; [237162]


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(2) what progress has been made on the IMPACT project for a Police National Intelligence database; and if she will make a statement. [237249]

Mr. Coaker: Significant progress has been made. The negotiations between the National Policing Improvement Agency and potential providers of the Police National Database (PND) have been completed. An invitation to submit a final tender was issued to the three consortia on 14 November. The consortia have until 5 January to finalise and submit their tenders.

In parallel with the negotiations, the programme has been producing a full business case, which will be finalised once a decision has been made on which supplier should be awarded the contract.

Subject to the necessary approvals of the full business case, and there being no legal challenge by one of the unsuccessful consortia, this should allow a contract to be awarded in March.

The programme is also working closely with the police service to ensure that:

The programme remains on track to commence deployment of the PND in 2010.

Police: Drugs

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of corruption involving (a) police, (b) prison and (c) customs officers which involved illegal drugs there were in each of the last five years. [195698]

Mr. Coaker: I will write to the hon. Member.

Police: Misconduct

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission has the power to investigate complaints about allegedly unlawful conduct by serving police officers. [239550]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Police: Pay

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who was consulted before the decision was made not to implement the Police Arbitration Panel’s pay settlement fully; [176821]

(2) what the reasons were for consulting an arbitration panel on police pay; [176822]

(3) what discussions took place with HM Treasury before the decision was taken not to fully implement the Police Arbitration Panel’s pay settlement recommendation; [176823]


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(4) whether she consulted (a) the Police Federation and (b) other representatives from police forces in England and Wales before deciding not to fully implement the arbitration panel’s recommendation on police pay; [176824]

(5) which Government Departments she consulted before making a decision on the police pay award for 2008. [179482]

Mr. Coaker: The 2007 police officer pay award was referred to the Police Arbitration Tribunal by the two sides of the Police Negotiating Board, following a failure to reach agreement in the PNB. The police officer negotiating machinery makes recommendations to the Secretaries of State, and the final decision on police officer pay in England and Wales rests with the Home Secretary. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary considered all the arguments put forward as part of the Police Negotiating Board and Police Arbitration Tribunal process in relation to the 2007 police officer pay award, and she also considered representations made to her on this matter following the receipt of the PAT award. She consulted within Government on her decision in the usual ways.

As she set out in her written ministerial statement of 16 October 2008, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is pleased that a multi-year pay deal has been agreed for the police starting in 2008.

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting with the Police Federation at which her Department agreed to pursue arbitration measures on police pay. [182530]

Mr. Coaker: I will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the Metropolitan Police of paying the recent proposed award of 2.5 per cent. to police officers in full would be in 2008-09. [209324]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 June 2008]: I will write to the right hon. Member.

Police: Secondment

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are (a) seconded to overseas missions, governments or organisations and (b) otherwise serving abroad. [239295]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

Prisoners Release

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are unlawfully at large having been removed from prison to immigration centres and subsequently released into the community. [181190]

Mr. Woolas: I will write to the hon. and learned Member.


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Proceeds of Crime

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1079W, on the proceeds of crime, what initiatives have been funded through allocations to police forces under the asset recovery incentive scheme. [234262]

Jacqui Smith: I will write to the hon. and learned Member.

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1079W, on the proceeds of crime, how much was received by each police force under the asset recovery incentive scheme in the last year for which figures are available. [234263]

Jacqui Smith: I will write to the hon. and learned Member.

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value of property and possessions seized by the Assets Recovery Agency from residents of Northern Ireland convicted of drug dealing offences was in each of the last 10 years. [239270]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

Prostitution

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the application of the definition of a prostitute as controlled for another person's gain to male and female prostitutes in circumstances where the other person is (a) a receptionist, (b) also working as a prostitute, (c) working as a prostitute on the same premises, (d) a partner or a flatmate who shares premises with the prostitute, (e) a landlord letting the premises where the prostitute is working and (f) a dependant. [240044]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the application of the definition of a prostitute as controlled for another person's gain to male and female prostitutes in circumstances where the prostitute has voluntarily entered into a working relationship with another person. [240045]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the average age of a person working as a prostitute in the UK; on what research her estimate is based; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the research. [240046]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.


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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of prostitutes working in the UK who are (a) women, (b) men, (c) under the age of 16 years, (d) addicted to drugs, (e) homeless, (f) supporting dependants and (g) working for another person's gain; on what research her estimate is based; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the research. [240047]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to publish the responses received to the consultation letter of 26th September 2008 on proposals for legislation on prostitution. [240048]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.


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