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Licensing Act 2003: Enforcement Costs

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Association of Chief Police Officers has made representations to us about this and we have promised to look into their concerns. We want to work together to ensure that the new legislation impacts properly.

The licensing fees will, for the first time, fund enforcement of licensing conditions by local authorities. We estimate that a minimum of 60 per cent of the premises annual charge will go to enforcement—about £30 million. In contrast, the existing licensing system does not provide any resources for enforcement. Furthermore, through streamlining the administrative licensing process, the Licensing Act 2003 should save the police up to £15 million annually.

Fees are not meant to pay for the policing of the night-time economy, for example dealing with street drinkers and anti-social behaviour. That is why we have been developing separate policy proposals for
 
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tackling alcohol-related crime and disorder which we outlined in our consultation document Drinking Responsibly: The Government's Proposals on 21 January.

Metropolitan Police: Reports of Violence Against the Person

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The requested information has been supplied by the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and is given in the table:
Violence against the person calls between 01.00 and 04.00 in selected London Boroughs/Division


Borough/Division
MonthBarnetMertonCroydonWest End CentralCharing Cross
Jan-033825765848
Feb-032214716642
Mar-034616825731
Apr-034034684531
May-0353131045638
Jun-034529745337
Jul-036532986938
Aug-035531896043
Sep-035424726236
Oct-034719706024
Nov-035419847447
Dec-036323769836
Jan-045030797033
Feb-046214729146
Mar-044819704632
Apr-044520677533
May-046327948344
Jun-045118765836
Jul-043518897358
Aug-0464251008060
Sep-043714625938
Oct-043626818034
Nov-045426567239
Dec-045922668034


Offenders Convicted of Murder: Compassionate Release

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Between 1 December 2002 and 30 November 2004, 1,273 licences were granted on compassionate grounds for offenders serving sentences for murder. We do not comment on individual cases, so it is not possible to provide the offender-specific information requested. However, the following table provides a breakdown of the main purposes for which compassionate release was granted. The statistics are based on information recorded on the central Prison Service IT system.
Total licences granted1,273
Carer (e.g. sole carers to visit children)98
Deaths (e.g. attending funerals)43
Domestic circumstances (e.g. tragic personal circumstances)17
Medical (e.g. Hospital appointments)1,018
Religious Service (e.g. Marriage)97


Drink Driving

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Information for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, from 1998 to 2002 (latest available) is given in Tables A, B and C respectively.
Table A. Total finding of guilt for offenders aged under 18 at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, England and Wales, 1998 to 2002


Offence type19981999200020012002
Unfit to drive drive through drink or drugs (impairment) [RTA88,s4(1)]3546605866
Driving with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit [RTA88,s5(1)(a)]1,3861,4591,4911,6521,630
Driving and failing to provide specimen for analysis (breath, blood or urine) [RTA88,s7(6)]112112131141152
In charge of motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs (impairment) [RTA88,s4(2)]6671212
In charge of motor vehicle with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit [RTA88,s5(1)(b)]2738303838
In charge of motor vehicle and failing to provide specimen for analysis (breath, blood or urine) [RTA88,s7(6)]51291114
Failing to provide specimen for initial breath test [RTA88,s6(4)]1816131217
Total1,5891,6891,7411,9241,929



Table B. Drink driving offences with a charge proved for offenders aged under 18, Scotland, 1998 to 2002.


YearNumbers
1998180
1999184
2000163
2001166
2002221
Total914



Table C. Number of persons aged under 18 convicted of drink driving offences in Northern Ireland Courts: 1998 to 2002


Offence19981999200020012002
Driving when unfit through drink or drugs58312
Driving with excess alcohol01000
Driving with excess alcohol in breath115121110
Driving with excess alcohol in blood23212
Driving with excess alcohol in urine00001
In charge when unfit through drink or drugs00100
In charge with excess alcohol in breath00101
In charge with excess alcohol in blood00001
Failing to provide specimen of breath for preliminary test12201
Failing to provide specimen when driving unfit01201
Failing to provide specimen when driving with excess alcohol00021
Total persons aged under 18 convicted1920231520


Internet Service Providers: Co-operation with Law Enforcement Agencies

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: I understand that this issue arose during presentations given at the Computer and Internet Crime Conference in London in January, and these comments were subsequently reported in the media.

The time taken to recover material of evidential value from the UK based units of multinational internet service providers does vary on a case-by-case basis. While there is a positive attitude towards investigative co-operation from all companies with bases in the UK, where information is required from companies with headquarters outside the UK, as with any request for mutual legal assistance the provision of information may take longer than a domestic request.

United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are proud of the UK's record in providing a safe haven for refugees, many of whom are fleeing in fear of their lives from the most desperate human cruelty and we remain committed to the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees.
 
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The Government strongly believe in engaging with other states to address refugee and asylum issues. Membership of the UN Convention is vital to this objective. Membership also allows us to participate in UN led initiatives such as "Convention Plus" that build on the principles of the convention by addressing the challenges posed by refugee situations today.


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