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|Table 4: Fixed penalty notices issued for littering|
|April 2006 to March 2007||April 2007 to March 2008|
|Local authority||Fixed penalties issued||Cases being prosecuted||Fixed penalties issued||Cases being prosecuted|
|(1) No data as of yet (5 November 2009).|
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 252W, on Ashwell prison; when he plans to publish the report of the investigation into the riot at HM prison Ashwell in April 2009; and for what reasons there has been a delay in publication. 
Mr. Straw: In his written ministerial statement to the House on 20 April 2009, Official Report, columns, 2-3WS, my right hon. Friend the member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson) told the House that a committee of the corporate management board of the Ministry of Justice would scrutinise the report and pass it to Ministers. That process has been completed and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has drawn up an action plan in response to each of the recommendations in the report, all of which were accepted by Ministers. I am today placing a copy of the action plan in the Library.
It would not be appropriate to publish a restricted report, containing sensitive information and while a police investigation is continuing. Key findings were, however that the incident could not have been foreseen; that the prisoners held at Ashwell were appropriate for the prison; and that staffing levels were also appropriate.
Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) cautions were given and (b) fines were imposed for offences of (i) vandalism, (ii) littering and (iii) antisocial behaviour in Mid Bedfordshire constituency in each of the last eight quarters for which records are available. 
Claire Ward: The number of offenders given cautions, and those imposed with a court fine for selected offences of antisocial behaviour in the Bedfordshire police force area, by quarter, for 2006 and 2007 (latest available) is shown in tables 1 and 2 as follows.
Apart from criminal damage (which includes minor acts of vandalism and graffiti up to a value of £300) and littering, Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) can also be issued for a range of other antisocial behaviour
offences including behaviour likely to cause fear, alarm and distress (section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986). The recipient of a PND has 21 days to either pay the penalty or seek a court hearing. No admission of guilt is required and the PND recipient discharges all liability for the offence and receives no criminal record if the penalty is paid. The number of PNDs issued in the Bedfordshire police force area in 2006 and 2007, by quarter, broken down by offence, is shown in table 3 as follows.
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) can be issued by local authorities for littering offences. These data are collected annually by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Information on fixed penalty notices issued for littering offences in Bedfordshire, by local authority area, are shown in table 4 as follows.
|Table 1: The number of offenders cautioned( 1) for antisocial behaviour offences for which a PND may be issued in Bedfordshire police force area, by quarter, for 2006 and 2007( 2)|
|Statute||Offence description||Quarter 1||Quarte r 2||Quarter 3||Quarter 4||Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3||Quarter 4|
Holder of occasional permission or his agent knowingly selling to, knowingly allow consumption by or allowing any person to sell, intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Selling etc intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises.
|(1) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence. From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1988 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These are included in the totals.|
(2) 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 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.
(3) A PND may be issued to an offender as an alternative to a caution or prosecution only where the value of the item stolen is less than £200.
(4) Includes offences of vandalism and graffiti but is not exclusive to those offences.
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.
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