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Maria Eagle: Speeding offences, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit on Motorways) Regulations 1973, can be dealt with by way of written warnings, court proceedings or the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.

Available information collected centrally on the Court Proceedings Database, held by the Ministry of Justice, on the number of persons given a court fine for speed limit offences within the Greater Manchester police force area and the North West region from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided as follows in table 1.

Information collected centrally by the Home Office on the number of fixed penalty notices issued for speeding offences, by area, for the period 2002 to 2006 is contained in table 2. Data for 2007 are due to be published in the spring of 2009.

Formal cautions are not given for motoring offences.

Data collected centrally are available at police force area level only.

Table 1: Number of magistrates courts imposed fines( 1 ) for speed limit offences( 2) within the Greater Manchester police force area, and the north west region( 3) , 2003 to 2007( 4, 5)
Number of offences

Area Number of fines( 1)

2003

Greater Manchester

6,265

North West Region

19,025

2004

Greater Manchester

4,745

North West Region

17,187

2005

Greater Manchester

7,220

North West Region

17,983

2006

Greater Manchester

6,699

North West Region

19,201

2007

Greater Manchester

4,521

North West Region

20,600

(1) Magistrates courts data only. Fines given at the Crown Court total nationally (England and Wales) less than 10 each year.
(2 )Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88.& 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit on Motorways) Regs. 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926—byelaws made thereunder.
(3 )Includes, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside police force areas.
(4 )It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete.
(5 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit.


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Table 2: Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) for speed limit offences( 2) in Greater Manchester and the north west local government office region, 2002 to 2006
Number of offences
Police force area 2002( 3) 2003( 3) 2004 2005 2006

Greater Manchester

35,861

44,903

43,531

59,478

60,282

North west region(4)

219,883

204,702

186,659

193,954

211,582

(1) Only covers notices paid where there is no further action.
(2 )Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.
(3 )Revised since original publication following amendments received from forces.
(4) Includes following police force areas: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire
Note:
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source:
Home Office Statistics.

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in (a) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West were (i) arrested under suspicion and (ii) convicted of driving when drunk in each quarter of the last five years. [246078]

Maria Eagle: The number of convictions, at all courts, for offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the years 2003 to 2007, by area, is contained in the following table. Data provided covers both drink and drugs offences combined as volumes of prosecutions and convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be accurately established separately.

Information is available on a calendar year basis and at police force area level only. It does not identify where those convicted are resident.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally. The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. Offences relating to drink driving are non notifiable and do not form part of the arrests collection.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) , within the Greater Manchester police force area, and the north west region, 2003 to 2007( 2, 3)
Number of offences

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Greater Manchester

4,743

4,811

4,653

4,570

4,462

North west region(4)

12,830

13,401

12,902

12,807

12,431

(1 )Data provided covers summary offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs (which cannot be reliably distinguished separately).
(2 )It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete.
(3 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(4 )Includes, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside police force areas.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit.

HM Courts Service: Hampshire

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacancies there were in (a) the
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Courts Service and (b) the Bailiff Service (i) on the Isle of Wight and (ii) in Hampshire in each of the last five years. [246148]

Bridget Prentice: External recruitment for all permanent staff in Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) is managed through a central resourcing unit. This unit has been involved in filling external vacancies throughout the period in question. Firstly, for the former Court Service, which includes the bailiffs and following the creation of HMCS, it has also dealt with vacancies in the former magistrates courts. The following vacancies have been handled during the last five years for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area.

In 2004, there were 22 vacancies filled through the central unit and one of these was for a bailiff in Hampshire. There were no vacancies on the Isle of Wight.

In 2005, there were 35 vacancies in total. In Hampshire there were 33 general vacancies and one vacancy for a bailiff. There was one general vacancy on the Isle of Wight.

In 2006, there were 21 vacancies in total. In Hampshire there were 18 general vacancies and one vacancy for a bailiff post. There were two general vacancies on the Isle of Wight.

In 2007, there were 33 vacancies in total. In Hampshire there were 30 general vacancies and one vacancy for a bailiff post. There were two general vacancies on the Isle of Wight.

For the current year, a total of 49 posts have been handled by the unit. In Hampshire there have been 45 general vacancies and two vacancies for bailiffs. In addition, they have dealt with one general vacancy and one bailiff vacancy for the Isle of Wight.

Prisons: Population

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the projected prison population is for each month of (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [247077]

Mr. Hanson: The Ministry of Justice produces annual projections of the prison population, most recently in September 2008.

These project the prison population under three different scenarios, based on different assumptions about future sentencing trends: the medium scenario assumes no increases or decreases in custody rates or determinate sentence lengths. The high/low scenarios reflect a 1 per cent. per annum increase/decrease in custody rates and a 0.5 per cent. per annum increase/decrease in the average (determinate) custodial sentence lengths.

Other impacts included in the projections, such as those of legislation and processes, are applied equally to all scenarios. These cover the anticipated impacts of policy and process initiatives that have agreed implementation timetables.


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High Medium Low

April 2009

84,000

83,400

82,600

May 2009

84,200

83,400

82,600

June 2009

85,100

84,300

83,300

July 2009

86,100

85,200

84,200

August 2009

85,400

84,500

83,400

September 2009

85,900

84,800

83,600

October 2009

86,400

85,300

84,000

November 2009

86,400

85,200

83,800

December 2009

84,700

83,400

81,900

January 2010

85,800

84,500

82,900

February 2010

86,100

84,700

83,000

March 2010

87,300

85,800

84,100

April 2010

87,500

85,900

84,100

May 2010

87,500

85,900

84,000

June 2010

88,100

86,400

84,400

July 2010

88,600

86,800

84,800

August 2010

88,900

87,100

84,900

September 2010

89,300

87,400

85,200

October 2010

89,400

87,500

85,200

November 2010

89,400

87,300

85,000

December 2010

86,600

84,500

82,100

January 2011

88,800

86,600

84,200

February 2011

89,700

87,400

84,800

March 2011

89,700

87,400

84,700

Notes:
1. Data are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Data are given for the last day of each month.

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