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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) burglary, (b) thefts from cars, (c) assault and (d) offences involving
the carrying of an offensive weapon there were in Gloucestershire police force area in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: There have been some changes to recording crime practices over this period which mean that the data for these offences codes cannot be compared for every year between 1997 and 2008-09.
Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way crime is recorded. The effect of extending the coverage and changing the counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase total recorded crime nationally by 14 per cent.
It is estimated that the effect of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002 caused a further artificial increase of 10 per cent. in total recorded crime in its first year.
|Table A: Selected offences recorded by Gloucestershire police, 1997|
|Offence||Number of offences|
|Table B: Selected offences recorded by Gloucestershire police, 1998-99 to 2001-02|
|Number of offences|
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 is 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 C: Selected offences recorded by Gloucestershire police, 2002-03 to 2008-09|
|Number of offences|
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.
Mr. Alan Campbell: The Home Office made a grant of £35,000 to Preston in 2008-09 towards a Positive Futures project. The Positive Futures programme was launched in 2001. It aims to prevent young people from becoming involved in substance misuse, crime and antisocial behaviour by engaging them into sport and arts based activities, and to support them access education, training, employment and volunteering opportunities.
Other sources of central funding are available to Preston through Lancashire county council for allocation across the partnership's areas as they see fit in order to deliver local, regional and national strategies. For example, the Home Office made a contribution of £1,136,278 to Lancashire county council towards the delivery of the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) in 2008-09. DIP was introduced in 2003 to direct offenders into an assessment for their drug use, and as a route into effective treatment. This funding was allocated by the Lancashire Drug Action Team to commission services required across Lancashire areas, including Preston.
The terrorism statistics that are published by the Home Office focus on persons only. The current edition of the terrorism statistics bulletin "Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: arrest, outcome, and stops & searches, Great Britain, 2008-09" is available online at:
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010 to Question 307245, which stakeholders were involved in the meeting in (a) October 2008 and (b) January 2009; and if he will publish the minutes of those meetings. 
Meg Hillier: Since the ISA was responsible for producing the guidance notes and for the consultation meetings in respect of that guidance, I have asked the chief executive of the ISA to respond to your question.
Meg Hillier: Guidance has not yet been issued to applicants to the new Vetting and Barring Scheme as applications to the scheme will not commence prior to July 2010. Relevant guidance will be provided in due course.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding his Department provided to the Police Negotiating Board in each of the last five years; how much such funding it expects to provide in 2010-11; for what purposes such funding was allocated in each such year; under what statutory powers such funding was provided; what the membership is of the Police Negotiating Board; by whom that board is appointed; when each member of that board was appointed; what discussions he has had with the Police Negotiating Board since January 2009; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Hanson: Funding for the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) for the last five years is given in table 1; a decision has not been made on funding for 2010-11. As set out under section 61 (4)(a) and (b) of the Police Act 1996 the funding is provided to pay the fees of the Board's Chair and Deputy Chair and to defray any expenses incurred by Board members.
The Chair and Deputy Chair of the PNB are appointed by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister after consultation with Scottish Ministers and the current Chair and Deputy Chair were appointed on 11 February 2009 and 12 February 2009 respectively. The Chair is currently paid a daily fee of £429. The position does not attract a bonus. The PNB membership is given in table 2.
|Table 1: Home Office annual allocation to the PNB|
|Table 2: PNB membership|
|(1) If either the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's representative or the Scottish Ministers' representative is unable to attend a meeting the Home Secretary may send an additional representative.|
|Capital Funding allocated to Thames Valley|
(2) To be announced
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