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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 enforcementabout £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.
How many calls made to the Metropolitan Police between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. in each month of 2003 and 2004 respectively were classified as "violence against the person" in the divisions of Barnet, Wimbledon (Merton), Croydon, West End Central and Charing Cross respectively. [HL645]
|Month||Barnet||Merton||Croydon||West End Central||Charing Cross|
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 granted||1,273|
|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|
|Unfit to drive drive through drink or drugs (impairment) [RTA88,s4(1)]||35||46||60||58||66|
|Driving with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit [RTA88,s5(1)(a)]||1,386||1,459||1,491||1,652||1,630|
|Driving and failing to provide specimen for analysis (breath, blood or urine) [RTA88,s7(6)]||112||112||131||141||152|
|In charge of motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs (impairment) [RTA88,s4(2)]||6||6||7||12||12|
|In charge of motor vehicle with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit [RTA88,s5(1)(b)]||27||38||30||38||38|
|In charge of motor vehicle and failing to provide specimen for analysis (breath, blood or urine) [RTA88,s7(6)]||5||12||9||11||14|
|Failing to provide specimen for initial breath test [RTA88,s6(4)]||18||16||13||12||17|
|Driving when unfit through drink or drugs||5||8||3||1||2|
|Driving with excess alcohol||0||1||0||0||0|
|Driving with excess alcohol in breath||11||5||12||11||10|
|Driving with excess alcohol in blood||2||3||2||1||2|
|Driving with excess alcohol in urine||0||0||0||0||1|
|In charge when unfit through drink or drugs||0||0||1||0||0|
|In charge with excess alcohol in breath||0||0||1||0||1|
|In charge with excess alcohol in blood||0||0||0||0||1|
|Failing to provide specimen of breath for preliminary test||1||2||2||0||1|
|Failing to provide specimen when driving unfit||0||1||2||0||1|
|Failing to provide specimen when driving with excess alcohol||0||0||0||2||1|
|Total persons aged under 18 convicted||19||20||23||15||20|
Whether existing regulations of United Kingdom-based units of large global internet service providers may be contributing to the perpetuation of cyber crime and hampering effective co-operation with law enforcement agencies. [HL1025]
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.
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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