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Table 2: Detection rates in West Yorkshire 1998-99 to 2001-02( 1,2)

Detection rate (percentage)

1998-99

27

1999-2000

25

2000-01

23

2001-02

19

(1) The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.
(2) The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3: Detection rates in West Yorkshire 2002-03 to 2008-09( 1)

Detection rate (percentage)

2002-03

20

2003-04

20

2004-05

25

2005-06

28

2006-07

29

2007-08

24

2008-09

26

(1) The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Crimes of Violence: Yorkshire

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crimes of violence against the person and (b) crimes were recorded in (i) West Yorkshire and (ii) Hemsworth constituency in each year since 1996-97. [289059]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The available information is given in the following tables.

Statistics for Hemsworth are not collected centrally. Figures have been provided for the Wakefield local authority area which includes Hemsworth.


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Table 1 : Offences recorded by the police in West Yorkshire and Wakefield, 1996 and 1997
Number of offences
Area and offence 1996 1997

West Yorkshire

Violence against the person

8,376

8,183

Total recorded crime

268,716

244,142

Wakefield

Violence against the person

n/a

n/a

Total recorded crime

n/a

n/a



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Table 2 : Offences recorded by the police in West Yorkshire and Wakefield, 1998-99 to 2001-02( 1, 2)
Number of offences
Area and offence 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

West Yorkshire

Violence against the person

16,683

17,738

17,091

19,104

Total recorded crime

273,809

260,237

258,908

298,845

Wakefield

Violence against the person

n/a

2,630

2,412

2,632

Total recorded crime

n/a

n/a

n/a

35,053

(1) The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.
(2 )The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3 : Offences recorded by the police in West Yorkshire and Wakefield, 2002-03 to 2008-09( 1)
Number of offences
Area and offence 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

West Yorkshire

Violence against the person

30,850

45,864

44,609

48,879

43,267

39,027

34,573

Total recorded crime

322,794

325,556

263,534

258,887

249,670

228,195

217,223

Wakefield

Violence against the person

4,208

7,225

6,715

7,924

7,330

6,250

5,381

Total recorded crime

42,220

48,302

37,573

37,847

35,407

31,161

29,732

(1 )The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Criminal Records Bureau

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to end the system of enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosures; and if he will make a statement. [288636]

Mr. Hanson: Part V of the Police Act 1997 which underpins the disclosure service makes provision for the issue of three levels of disclosure: basic, standard and enhanced. The disclosure service plays a vital role in the enabling organisations to make better informed and safer recruitment decisions. There are no plans to end this system or indeed cease the issuing of enhanced criminal records checks (enhanced disclosures).

Criminal Records Bureau: Vetting

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals in each region have undergone (a) two, (b) three, (c) four and (d) five or more standard or enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks in respect of posts which would require their names to be added to the list maintained under the (i) Protection of Children Act 1999 and (ii) Protection of Vulnerable Adults Act 2003 in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [288172]

Mr. Hanson: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, columns 138-39W.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken by the Criminal Records Bureau was to undertake checks in respect of individuals applying for posts which would require their names to be added to the list maintained under the (a) Protection of Children Act 1999 and (b) Protection of Vulnerable Adults Act 2003 in each police force area in each of the last (i) five years and (ii) 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [288173]

Mr. Hanson: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer of 29 June 2009, Official Report, columns 79-80W.

Cyber Security

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure that measures adopted to protect cyber security respect human rights. [286999]

Mr. Hanson: As with all national security activity, it is vital that Government powers are used proportionately and in a way that is consistent with individual liberty. The UK's Cyber Security Strategy sets out in unambiguous terms the need to preserve and protect the rights to which we are accustomed, and to build a strong ethical foundation for activity to provide security in and through cyber space. As part of the cross-Government programme of cyber security work announced on 25 June 2009, the Government will establish an Ethics Advisory Committee to advise on this issue and the House will be updated on its membership.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Cyber Security Operations Centre will work in co-operation with the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. [287002]


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Mr. Hanson: The Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) will be established to bring together existing multi-agency efforts to provide situational awareness, analysis and incident response co-ordination in the cyber security field. It will co-ordinate its activities internationally with appropriate allied organisations and, where appropriate, enable the enhancement of existing departmental linkages.

The United Kingdom is fully supportive of this Estonian-hosted Cyber Defence initiative and their endeavours in this important area. As a NATO accredited entity, the MOD has acted as the UK's interface to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, providing participation in events sponsored by the Centre and specific mutually beneficial workstreams.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how he plans to improve knowledge of cyber security among (a) citizens, (b) businesses and (c) other Government Departments; [287003]

(2) how he plans to reduce the impact of cyber operations on UK interests; [287004]

(3) how he plans to reduce the vulnerability of UK interests to cyber warfare operations; [287005]

(4) how he plans to reduce the likelihood of potential adversaries launching a cyber attack against the UK; [287006]

(5) what steps he plans to take to involve (a) members of the public, (b) business and (c) international partners in the cyber security strategy; [287007]

(6) what recent discussions he had with cyber security experts from higher education institutions on implementing the cyber security strategy. [287008]

Mr. Hanson: The Government's Cyber Security Strategy, published last month, announced new governance structures and a cross-Government programme of work in pursuit of the UK's strategic cyber security objectives. These objectives include reducing the risks and exploiting the opportunities from our use of cyber space through improving knowledge, capabilities and decision-making.

These objectives will be delivered through eight new workstreams, overseen by the Office of Cyber Security and supported by the Cyber Security Operations Centre:

These workstreams will build on existing work to take forward the Government's plans for reducing the impact on and vulnerability of the UK's interests from cyber attacks. They also describe how the Government would improve knowledge and awareness of the issues and the range of stakeholders who will be involved in the process, including the public.


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As the Strategy makes clear, this programme will be delivered through a partnership approach comprising Government, organisations across all sectors, and the public.


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