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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) convicted of selling unfit meat to the public and (b) sentenced to a term of imprisonment in excess of (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five years and over, in each year since 1990. 
However the data held centrally on the Home Office's Court Proceedings Database, which only identify offences under S8 of the Act from 1992, do not distinguish the particular offence of selling food that is unfit for human consumption from the other offences given under this section of the Act. There may also be prosecutions under the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, but we are again unable to identify specific offences.
The table shows the number of persons convicted under S8 of the Food Safety Act 1990. The type of sentence and the numbers of persons sentenced to a term of imprisonment, broken down by length of sentence, is also given. Only two offenders were sentenced to imprisonment, one for three months and one for four months.
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|Length of sentence|
|Year||Number convicted||Absolute or conditional discharge||Fine||Community Service Order||Fully suspended sentence||Number sentenced to immediate custody||3 months||4 months||Otherwise dealt with|
(27) One offender was not sentenced in 1999 but was held over for sentence in 2000
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However, information collected and published by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO) shows that 509 breath tests were given following collisions attended by the police in Merseyside during the period 18 December 2000 to 2 January 2001, of which 15 were positive.
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Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 15 January 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 2 May 2000, Official Report, column 78W. We are currently considering the representations already received. The draft regulations will be ready by Easter and will be made available on the Home Office website for comment.
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments (a) are available and (b) have been made to police authorities in respect of demands on the police during the floods in 2000. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 15 January 2001]: There are no specific payments available from the Home Office to police authorities in respect of demands on the police during the floods in 2000, and no payments have been made.
The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions administers the Bellwin scheme that provides assistance to meet an undue financial burden of the immediate costs of tackling exceptional natural disasters or similar events. I am informed by that Department that no applications have been received, and no payments have been made, to police authorities for costs incurred from the floods.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the (a) capacity of each police training centre in respect of new recruits, (b) the number of new recruits entering training in each month from and including April 2000 and (c) the estimated future monthly (i) training capacity and (ii) number of recruits at each centre. 
|Start date||Intake capacity|
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National Police Training's Police Training Centres. The number of recruits starting training with NPT and at Hendon on each intake since April 2000 was as follows:
|Provincial forces(28)||Number||Metropolitan police||Number||Total|
|25 April||466||17 April||97||563|
|30 May||474||22 May||99||573|
|3 July||521||26 June||96||617|
|7 August||517||31 July||85||602|
|11 September||590||4 September||96||686|
|16 October||609||9 October||122||731|
|20 November||637||14 November||131||768|
|8 January||697||18 December||137||834|
(28) Includes officers from Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Transport Police and Royal Parks Constabulary
The total intake of recruits to NPT centres for each of the remaining two intakes in 2000-01 (in February and March 2001) is expected to be 642, utilising all the available capacity. In 2001-02, it is estimated that there will be an average of about 635 recruits per intake to NPT.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his plans for licensing liberalisation will include conditions of fire exits, safe capacities and noise restrictions for licensed venues. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We envisage that licences for premises selling alcohol or providing public entertainment or late night refreshment should include such conditions as the licensing authority consider necessary, in the light of the views of the police, fire authority and local residents, to ensure public safety and to reduce the risks of crime, disorder and public disturbance.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the Cranfield University study, 'Licensing Law Liberalisation: The Scottish Experience', on the link between licensing liberalisation and binge drinking and alcohol-related violence. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We share the view of the Scottish Executive that the report of the study should be approached with a considerable degree of caution, and that it does not support the conclusion that changes to licensing law in Scotland made in 1976 have caused more violence or binge drinking. The report is in any event of limited relevance to our proposals for reforming the licensing laws in England and Wales, which do not involve reproducing the Scottish arrangements.
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