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Richard Watson

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will request a report from the Chief Constable of Sussex Police on the action it proposes to take following the Police Complaints Authority investigation into matters arising from the murder of Richard Watson. [146123]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I am advised by the Chief Constable of the Sussex Police that a second investigation into the murder of Richard Watson is under way but that he cannot comment on it at this stage as it might interfere with progress. I am assured that lessons from the first investigation will be learned and that new processes and procedures will be followed in the new investigation.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the findings of the Police Complaints Authority investigation into the complaint made by Linda Watson and Amanda Lord-Williams. [146126]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Metropolitan police carried out an investigation in to the complaint made by Linda Watson and Amanda London-Williams; the investigation

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was supervised by the Police Complaints Authority. I am satisfied that the investigation was thorough and that it identified properly the systemic failures which led to the shortfalls and errors in the original murder investigation. The main responsibility for the failures rested with the senior investigating officer who was found to be guilty of neglect of duty. He cannot be subject to disciplinary proceedings as he retired from the Sussex police.

Crime Clear-up Rates

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear-up rate for recorded crime in England on the latest date for which figures are available. [146332]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Clear-up rates are assessed for financial years. The clear-up rate for all recorded crime in England for the year ending 31 March 2000 was 24 per cent.

Police Time

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police time is estimated to be spent on (a) motoring offences and (b) vandalism in the latest year for which figures are available. [146328]

Mr. Charles Clarke: This information is not collected centrally.

Communications Data

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to publish the document, "Clarity Communication Data Retention Law" by Roger Gaspar. [146169]

Mr. Boateng: The Home Office has received representations from National Criminal Intelligence Service on behalf of the law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies underlining the importance of communications data to their investigations.

We have no plans to publish this document.