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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions, there have been in each of the last five years of persons for persistently selling alcohol to children, in the (a) on-trade, and (b) off-trade.[HL1920]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions, there have been in each of the last five years against people under 18 for attempting to purchase alcohol in the (a) on-trade, and (b) off-trade.[HL1923]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions, there have been in each of the past five years of people for making or attempting to purchase alcohol on behalf of a child.[HL1925]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): Data showing the number of cautions, prosecutions and convictions for various alcohol offences from 2005-08 are provided in the attached table. Data for persistent sales of alcohol to children are shown under offence code 14398, for purchasing alcohol underage under offence codes 14382 and 14316, for alcohol sales to a drunk under offence codes 14374 and 14375 and for making/attempting to purchase alcohol on behalf of a child under offence codes 14383 and 14317. The data for the persistent sales offence came into effect in 2008. Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned for publication in October 2010.
The court proceedings database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences, the statutes under which proceedings are brought or the circumstances of each case. It is not possible to identify from this centrally available information whether the offence proceeded against involving selling alcohol was on-trade or off-trade.
|The number of offenders cautioned and defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for selected offences, England and Wales,2005 to 2008(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)|
|Cautioned||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|Offence code / description||2005||2006||2007||2008||2005||2006||2007||2008||2005||2006||2007||2008|
|Table 2.1-Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued to offenders aged 16 and above by offence, 2004-08|
|England and Wales|
|All Ages||Aged 16-17||Aged 18+|
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) National Community Tension Team (NCTT) monitors anti-Semitic incidents and provides information to local police forces if there is anything that they need to be aware of. In addition, the Community Security Trust (CST) runs its own reporting centre for victims of anti-Semitism who are not comfortable with reporting to the police. The CST has a good relationship with the NCTT and other police forces.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, on the proposal to cull badgers as a means of controlling tuberculosis in cattle. [HL2186]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the Chief Scientific Adviser in Defra, Professor Robert Watson, on the proposal to cull badgers as a means of controlling tuberculosis in cattle.[HL2187]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): Professor Watson, Defra's Chief Scientific Adviser, and officials from his office have regular meetings with officials from Defra's bovine TB programme and have provided input on the scientific advice including at meetings with the Secretary of State and the Minister of State during the development of proposals and the consultation. Professor Watson discussed the evidence and requested views from Defra's TB Science Advisory Body on a scientific paper by Jenkins et al. (2010), which presents results of the monitoring activity that has continued in proactively culled and survey-only areas since the end of the Randomised Badger Control Trial (RBCT). Professor Watson's suggestions and comments were included in developing the consultation and associated documents. Professor Watson continues to be involved in consideration of the proposal outlined in the consultation and has also asked a joint group of representatives from the TB Science Advisory Body and Defra's Science Advisory Council to provide advice on the proposal in the consultation.
Sir John Beddington, the government Chief Scientific Adviser, and his officials discussed the evidence around bovine TB and badgers with Professor Watson and Defra officials when the proposals were in development. Sir John's advice was discussed with Ministers in preparing the consultation and associated documents. Defra officials continue to be in regular contact with colleagues from Sir John's office.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): We are aiming to open the first stretch of new coastal access at Weymouth, where the Olympic sailing events are being staged, in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Natural England has been asked to identify five additional lead areas where the coastal path can be rolled out, taking into account the views of local people and the tourism and economic benefits that improvements to access to the coast are expected to bring. Rollout in those areas will begin in 2011 following initial discussions that Natural England will need to have with the relevant local authorities in the areas.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The original ministerial announcement of funding to the Council for the Regulation of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) in 1999 was expressly subject to the CRFP's performance, particularly the condition that it became self-financing through registrants' fees and there should not be a long-term reliance on grant.
By the time the CRFP closed, this goal of a self-funding independent accreditation body had not been achieved and the company was facing a long-term shortfall of funding, because the registration income did not match the expenditure and would not have matched it, irrespective of whether the government grant had been continued or not. This was likely to become considerably worse because of the withdrawal of support for the registration process by police forces and the long planned ending of grant in aid in 2010.
The grant was latterly provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), which in 2008 jointly commissioned with the CRFP an independent analysis of the CRFP's finances. Following this, the CRFP's financial situation, as detailed above, was
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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The police recorded crime statistics are based on an aggregate count of offences. Those crimes relating to fraudulent insurance claims would be recorded under the offence of "other fraud" and cannot be separately identified from the offences recorded within that classification.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that the 2 GW capacity of the electricity interconnector between the United Kingdom and France will be adequate to meet the expected shortfall of domestic power supply.[HL2103]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): The interconnector helps us meet peak demand greenly and cost-effectively. Our mix of electricity generation technologies ensures security of supply and we do not envisage a shortfall in the domestic power supply.
|Imports from France (GWh)||Exports to France (GWh)|
Lord Marland: The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not publish retail energy price forecasts. It publishes oil, gas and coal price assumptions for the period till 2030, which are used in the department's analytical work. Wholesale electricity prices are an important driver of retail prices, and as part of DECC's updated energy and emissions projections, DECC produces wholesale electricity price projections which arise from the fossil fuel price assumptions.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The main risks of cross-infection in primary dental care arise from transmission from patient to patient by reusable instruments of blood-borne viruses (BBV), particularly hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Spongiform Encephalitis Advisory Committee (SEAC) has also raised concerns about the potential for the creation of more cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease related to primary dental care. We do not collect data on these risks because the incubation periods of BBV diseases are so long, and the number of dental treatments so frequent, that it would be impossible to relate an individual infection to a specific course of treatment. However, it is estimated that in the United Kingdom there are about 83,000 people with HIV, over a quarter of whom are unaware of their infection, 180,000 with chronic hepatitis B (the level of undiagnosed infections is unknown), and 250,000 people with chronic hepatitis C infection, about a half of whom are unaware that they are infected.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the cost per dental surgery of compliance with the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices.[HL2135]
Earl Howe: Currently we are only requiring compliance with the essential quality requirements in the health technical memorandum. These add little to the advice sheet on infection control in dentistry issued by the British Dental Association with the support of the department in 2002.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Yes. Under Regulation 3C(1) of the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1995 (as amended), which came into force in May 2010, primary care trusts have a statutory duty to complete and publish their pharmaceutical needs assessments by 1 February 2011.
Earl Howe: We expect the requirement to complete and publish pharmaceutical needs assessments to continue in the new architecture and are considering where best responsibility will sit. Responses to the consultation on the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS and supporting consultations will help inform our thinking.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the costs to the National Health Service to be of failures to diagnose giant cell arteritis sufficiently early to prevent loss of vision for those afflicted. [HL2159]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The department has made no estimate of the cost to the National Health Service of treating vision loss in those whose giant cell arteritis was not diagnosed early.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote among general practitioners knowledge and understanding of the guidelines issued by the British Society for Rheumatology, British Health Professionals in Rheumatology and the Royal College of Physicians for the management of giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica. [HL2158]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): All healthcare professionals are accountable, through their professional regulator, for keeping up to date with the professional guidance relevant to their area of clinical practice. The guidelines published by the British Society for Rheumatology and partner organisations on the management of giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica are available on the society's website, and I understand that the society is sending copies of the quick reference guide relating to the guideline on giant cell arteritis to all primary medical care practices.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The works of art inventory is not categorised in this way, so it is not possible to provide the figures requested. The Curator of Works of Art may be able to answer any more specific queries.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken since May 2010 to prevent trafficking of persons into and within the United Kingdom for sexual or labour exploitation, in particular in relation to the eight prevention points in the October 2009 "Update to UK Action Plan" and to better cooperation within the European Union.[HL2062]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): Work to prevent trafficking of persons into the United Kingdom is ongoing. Since May 2010 a new estimate of trafficking for sexual exploitation has been published by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The report will improve our understanding of the nature and scale of trafficking in England and Wales. Also, the Government have designated 18 October as Anti-Slavery Day. This will provide a focus for the efforts of non-governmental organisations to raise awareness.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate the crime figures in each of the past three years by South Wales Police which fall into the categories of "cuffing", "stitching", "skewing", and "nodding", as outlined in the PhD thesis of Detective Chief Inspector Roger Patrick of West Midlands Police and reported in the Sunday Times on 6 December 2009.[HL1942]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The Audit Commission and the Wales Audit Office published a report in 2007 on police data quality in England and Wales. The report noted that there had been a sustained improvement in crime data quality since the introduction of the national crime recording standard in 2002. South Wales Police was rated as "fair" for crime data quality.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of electing police and crime commissioners in each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales; and whether those costs will be met directly by the Home Office.[HL1880]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The Government will publish estimates of the cost of the elections and other aspects of the police and crime commissioners policy in due course.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): We will review how the key stage 2 national curriculum tests should operate in future. We want to improve and strengthen the tests and ensure they are working in the best interests of schools, children, parents and the public.
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