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Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what compensation scheme is in place for (a) teachers and (b) other educational staff who require Criminal Records Bureau clearance who have experienced loss of earnings while their application for a criminal record check was under consideration by the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last four years; 
(2) how much compensation has been paid by the Criminal Records Bureau for delays in processing criminal record checks to (a) applicants, (b) employers and (c) others in each of the last four years; to which types of disclosures such payments related; and how many (i) applicants and (ii) employers were so compensated in each year. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 17 December 2008]: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) does not pay compensation, the payments CRB makes are on an ex gratia basis, as an award to reinforce the sincerity of an apology.
The CRB is bound by the Treasury Guidelines and must endeavour to put all individuals, not just those working within the education sector, back into the position they would have been but for any maladministration on the part of the Bureau. This scheme is called a redress scheme. The CRB award redress if they have not followed their procedures and it has caused the applicant a loss.
|Cases received requesting redress||Amount paid in redress (£)|
The CRB does not separately record the number of individuals that have received redress or the number of each type of disclosure the redress payments were made against. To obtain this level of detailed analysis would involve manually re-processing source records and this could be done only at a disproportionate cost.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) received on the time taken to process applications for CRB clearance in (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last five years. 
Meg Hillier: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) received 3,733 complaints on the time taken to process applications in the last 12 months up until November 2008. During this same period the CRB issued 3.6 million disclosures.
The CRB did not separately record delay complaints before April 2007. To obtain this level of detailed analysis would involve manually re- processing source records and this could be done only at a disproportionate cost.
The CRB endeavours to issue both standard and enhanced disclosures in the shortest time possible. Some disclosures do take a matter of days, while others can take considerably longer. There are a number of factors that can affect the timely completion of checks, including but not restricted to the timely submission of application forms by registered bodies to the CRB; the accurate completion of the application form; the clarity of the information provided; the existence on conviction or non-conviction information and the operational effectiveness of the disclosure units at the police forces involved in the enhanced disclosure process.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 December 2008]: Police forces in England and Wales are asked to provide monthly cumulative data for use in the Home Offices quarterly and annual crime statistics publication. However, the validation processes relate to quarterly data rather than monthly and therefore quarterly data for all sexual offences are given in the table. Quarterly data for July to September 2008 will be published on 22 January 2009.
From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.
|Sexual offences recorded by the police in England and Wales|
|Quarter||Number of offences|
Mr. Alan Campbell: The Government are committed to tackling domestic violence. We have a cross-Government National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan which provides a strategic framework to address domestic violence to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice while providing the best possible help for victims and their children.
The Plan covers specific initiatives such as the expansion of the Specialist Domestic Violence Court programme; the roll-out nationally of multi-agency risk assessment conferences and supporting the establishment of independent domestic violence advisers.
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 16 December 2008]: We do not have a commencement date for S12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 but are still committed to its implementation and continue to look at ways to take this forward across Government.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breathalyser tests were carried out in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) month, (b) region, (c) age of the driver and (d) result. 
|Screening breath tests by month, England and Wales 1997 to 2006|
|1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004( 2)||2005( 1)||2006( 1)|
|(1) Following a comparison between the number of positive breath tests reported by each police force in 2006, and the number of court proceedings for drink/driving related offences, it became clear that there was under-reporting in a number of forces. As a result Essex, Humberside, Lancashire, Norfolk, Northumbria, Staffordshire, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and South Wales court proceedings figures have been substituted for the positive breath test figures. Similar adjustments were also made to various forces data between 1998 and 2005.|
(2) Total revised since publication, monthly revisions are not available so original 2004 data are provided.
(3) Amended from original publication
(4) Figures may not match totals due to rounding.
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