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Police Recruitment

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the planned police recruitment intakes in England and Wales for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04, broken down by force, differentiating recruits under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative and those who would otherwise be recruited. [146291]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: Forces have not been asked to provide a forecast of recruitment for each intake in the years 2001-02 to 2003-04.

In their bids for a share of the recruitment scheme of the Crime Fighting Fund (CFF), made in January 2000, forces provided information on their projected recruitment over the following three years. The Metropolitan police service (MPS) has subsequently provided revised figures for total recruitment, but not for appointments on transfer.

Part (a) of the table shows the estimates forces have given for recruitment in terms of appointments on probation and projected transfers (i.e. transfers into each force from another) for 2000-01 and 2001-02. No projections have been sought for 2003-04.

In addition to the previously planned recruitment, forces have been allocated recruits from the CFF. Part (b) of the table shows current force allocations from the Crime Fighting Fund for 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Force2001-022002-03
(a) Total; projected appointments on probation plus transfers in
Avon and Somerset105105
Bedfordshire5454
Cambridgeshire6762
Cheshire8683
City of London5252
Cleveland6459
Cumbria6060
Derbyshire7659
Devon and Cornwall6890
Dorset7261
Durham6159
Dyfed-Powys4644
Essex123125
Gloucestershire7575
Greater Manchester289267
Gwent8257
Hampshire167185
Hertfordshire142130
Humberside00
Kent75154
Lancashire8686
Leicestershire92103
Lincolnshire6655
Merseyside5050
Metropolitan1,6612,003
Norfolk4341
North Wales6262
North Yorkshire7375
Northamptonshire4347
Northumbria137134
Nottinghamshire8484
South Wales174174
South Yorkshire9292
Staffordshire3978
Suffolk4059
Surrey262130
Sussex175175
Thames Valley180171
Warwickshire4848
West Mercia60100
West Midlands350350
West Yorkshire115115
Wiltshire3539
Total5,7316,052
(b) Allocation of recruits from the Crime Fighting Fund(60)
Avon and Somerset5177
Bedfordshire3131
Cambridgeshire3424
Cheshire6950
City of London2315
Cleveland2727
Cumbria2326
Derbyshire3954
Devon and Cornwall7979
Dorset930
Durham2738
Dyfed-Powys3816
Essex13265
Gloucestershire3522
Greater Manchester256201
Gwent332
Hampshire13984
Hertfordshire7037
Humberside4149
Kent6276
Lancashire6974
Leicestershire5638
Lincolnshire1829
Merseyside93114
Metropolitan814682
Norfolk4131
North Wales3238
North Yorkshire2325
Northamptonshire026
Northumbria10182
Nottinghamshire5352
South Wales4950
South Yorkshire6169
Staffordshire5146
Suffolk2131
Surrey040
Sussex8273
Thames Valley177106
Warwickshire024
West Mercia3943
West Midlands130171
West Yorkshire9194
Wiltshire2129
Total3,2103,000

(60) Allocations may differ from previously published figures, as they include agreed acceleration or deferral of CFF recruits between 2000-01 and 2001-02. In the case of the Metropolitan police agreement has been given to defer up to 155 CFF recruits from 2000-01 into 2001-02, but the force now expects to defer only 115.


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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recruits in each police force area under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative had previously made application to join the police service and been rejected. [146295]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information is not collected centrally on whether recruits to the police service have previously made an application to join the police service and been rejected.

Sentencing

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal has exercised the discretion

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not to impose the prescribed custodial sentence under (i) section 110 and (ii) section 111 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; what the reasons in each case were; what sentence was imposed in each case; and if he will make a statement. [146286]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Currently maintained statistics do not allow the identification of the occasions where the trial judge decided not to impose the prescribed custodial sentences under sections 110 and 111 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (formerly sections 3 and 4 of Crime (Sentences) Act 1997) or where the Court of Appeal either upheld such a decision or allowed an appeal against the imposition of such a sentence.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal has exercised the discretion not to impose a life sentence under section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; what the reasons were in each case; what sentence was imposed in each case; and if he will make a statement. [146285]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Currently maintained statistics do not allow the identification of the occasions where the trial judge decided not to impose an automatic life sentence under section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (formerly section 2 Crime (Sentences) Act 1997) or where the Court of Appeal either upheld such a decision or allowed an appeal against the imposition of such a sentence.

For the hon. Member's information, however, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the cases of Matthew Offen, Peter McGilliard, Darren McKeown, Christova Okwuegbunam and Stephen Saunders on 9 November 2000. In all the cases challenges were made to the imposition of an automatic life sentence under section 2 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. The court upheld Offen and McKeown's appeals, substituting determinate terms of three years in place of a life sentence. Section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 provides that if the conditions of the section are fulfilled an offender should receive a life sentence unless there are exceptional circumstances relating to either the offences or to the offender which would justify his not doing so. In the opinion of the Court of Appeal there were exceptional circumstances in both cases that made the imposition of an automatic sentence unjustified.

Internal Communications Advisers

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many internal communications advisers are employed by his Department; how many are to be recruited in the current recruitment process; and what the cost to public funds is. [146294]

Mr. Straw: There are currently eight internal communications advisers in the Home Office. A further three advisers are being sought in the current recruitment process. The cost of this recruitment is £32,732.

Stop and Search

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops and searches were conducted

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in each police force area in England and Wales in each month of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by ethnic origin of the person stopped; how many resulted in an arrest; and if he will make a statement. [146287]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information on stops and searches is not collected centrally on a monthly basis, and information on the ethnicity of those persons stopped and searched has only been collected since 1 April 1997.

Annual figures for each police force are contained in "Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System", 1998, 1999 and 2000, Home Office publications under section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, copies of which are in the Library. A quarterly breakdown of these figures is not possible without disproportionate cost.

Police Performance

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the performance measures, indicators, targets and milestones that have been established for the police since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [145716]

Mr. Charles Clarke: In April 2000, Best Value was introduced for police authorities. Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) have replaced all previous performance indicators for the police. For 2000-01, there are 37 BVPIs. For 2001-02, there will be 32, although three of these will not be reported on until 2002-03. The BVPIs are specified under section 4 of the Local Government Act 1999 and are published jointly by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), Home Office and Audit Commission. They are available in the Library and on the DETR website (www.detr.gov.uk). There are also two Ministerial Priorities, although there are no separate Performance Indicators attached to these. These are:



Under Best Value, all police authorities were required to set five-year reduction targets for domestic burglary and vehicle crime (BVPIs 126 and 128). Five metropolitan police authorities (Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Metropolitan, West Midlands and West Yorkshire) were required to set five-year reduction targets for robbery (BVPI 127). We do not set milestones, although police authorities may choose to do so. They may also choose to set local indicators and targets.


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