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Crime Reduction Fund

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each initiative to date in each year since the start of the Crime Reduction Fund indicating (a) the current amount budgeted in each year to date, (b) the initial amount budgeted in each year to date and (c) the total expended in each year of the initiative to date; and if he will make a statement. [151624]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Announced annual provision and expenditure on the Crime Reduction Programme are as follows:

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£ million
Provision for three-year programme for 1999-2002Budgeted provision for 1999-2000(13)Actual expenditure for 1999-2000Budgeted provision for 2000-01(13)
Reducing Burglary59.8813.82.06719.83
Locks for the over-60s8005.15
Summer Schemes1.5001.5
Prostitution--What Works0.5000.5
Targeted Policing32.4560.50912.45
'On Track'310.50.16912.5
Innovation Fund9009
Vehicle Crime Publicity8008
Treatment of Offenders20.85.32.2988
Drug Arrest Referrals2020.3069
Schools Intervention1240.2056
Violence Against Women700.0905
Vehicle Crime6004
Youth Inclusion5.5002.75
Sentencing Practices4.650.6750.3320.575
Neighbourhood Wardens4.5001.5
Design Against Crime30.50.5891.5
Arson Control Forum0.165000.165
Offenders Index0.1500.0750.0750.075
Suzy Lamplugh Trust0.455000.205
CCTV Initiative(14)150200.00560
Total(15)384.5552.856.645167.7

(13) The voted provision for 1999-2000 and 2000-01--as published in the Home Office Annual Report for 2000--was £60 million and £160 million respectively. The figures in the table differ from those in the report because they reflect updated profiles of planned expenditure

(14) Provision comes from the Capital Modernisation Fund

(15) The total figure excludes central and regional programme support costs, which are not allocated to particular initiatives

Note:

The third year of the programme (2001-02) is covered by Spending Review 2000


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The table shows actual expenditure for the first year of the programme (1999-2000) and the budgeted provision for the second year (2000-01). Although not reflected in these expenditure figures, over £250 million has now been committed to over 1,100 projects under all programme initiatives and further bids are under consideration. Action is continuing to expedite the allocation of the remaining funds and implementation of projects through the Crime Reduction Directors and other measures in support of partnerships.

Criminal Investigations

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal investigations are current where the crime in question was committed more than five years ago. [151760]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested is not available.

The National Crime Faculty at the Bramshill Police Staff College has a Serious Crime Analysis Section which collates details of both solved and unsolved serious crime in the United Kingdom (mainly murders, rapes and abductions). The crimes are recorded on a database, and the details of new crimes are searched against the existing crimes on the database to look for commonalties. This ensures that unsolved crimes are at least being reviewed regularly. Currently, there are 418 crimes committed before 31 December 1995 on the database. In the same way, crime scene stains on the National DNA Database are regularly compared against new suspect samples as they are loaded onto the system.

Examples of old cases where advances in DNA technology have recently resulted in convictions include the murder of Louise Sellars in 1995, whose killer was convicted after DNA was obtained from a cigarette butt, and the murder of Mary Gregson, which had occurred in 1977.

The Association of Chief Police Officers issued Major Incident Room Standardised Administrative Procedures (MIRSAP) guidelines in April 2000. These gave guidance on the review process in relation to murder investigations, and where appropriate, other major crime inquiries. Each undetected murder is reviewed after 28 days and thereafter at least once every two years. Each force therefore has its own policy for dealing with reviews based on these guidelines, including cold case reviews.

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Police (Cardboard Cut-outs)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have used cardboard cut-outs of police officers and police cars as an aid to crime fighting. [149461]

Mr. Charles Clarke: This information is not collected centrally by the Home Office. I understand that mock-ups are used on a limited basis in some crime prevention initiatives, but that mock-up vehicles at the roadside have not been judged practical by the Association of Chief Police Officers Road Policing Committee.

The police have a wide range of equipment to ensure speed limits are rigorously enforced. The Vehicles (Crime) Bill, now proceeding through Parliament provides for a new funding mechanism for speed and red-light cameras. Better investment in this area of road safety will ensure even greater compliance with speed limits and will therefore contribute directly to the prevention of deaths on the road.

London Crime

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported crimes there were in (a) each London borough and (b) London as a whole in each category in (i) 1996 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available. [152207]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The available information, for the calendar years 1996 and 2000, has been provided by the Metropolitan police, and is given in the tables. The 1996 figures may differ from the previously published overall and offence group totals because they have been compiled using a new computer system (CRIS) which interprets historical data differently from the previous system.

It should be noted that there was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998. This expanded the coverage of offences, changed the basis of counting more towards one crime per victim, and introduced the new category of drugs offences. Previously drugs trafficking was the only drugs offence recorded in these statistics, and it was included in the "Other" category. Also, the outer boundary of the Metropolitan police area changed on 1 April 2000, so as to be coterminous with the boundary of the Greater London area. These changes mean that recorded crime statistics for these two years are not directly comparable.

Calendar year 1996

Major category description (pre-April 1998)
BoroughViolence against the personSexual offencesRobberyBurglary and going equippedTheft and handling Fraud and forgeryCriminal damageOther notifiable offencesGrand total
Barking and Dagenham6931702383,1926,0774393,71312914,651
Barnet9571525164,95510,3129134,50815822,471
Bexley8561361834,1916,9926243,45917716,618
Brent1,6112102,0435,1859,3241,3604,47326524,471
Bromley8971473914,62410,6897914,76619122,496
Broxbourne(16)606165811,0522943172,182
Camden1,6912561,2716,02018,5091,8575,71458635,904
Croydon1,8993329366,48012,6181,3546,00224529,868
Ealing2,0922361,0595,53011,5061,6775,93729328,330
Elmbridge(16)13735197621,612116915193,615
Enfield9641456036,22411,2117904,44011924,496
Epping Forest(16)24725298111,744121988323,997
Epsom and Ewell(16)25140391,2091,7681651,315354,822
Greenwich1,9203556435,67811,1821,3396,17335427,644
Hackney1,8683312,1085,86212,2541,0344,62837928,464
Hammersmith and Fulham1,1051408523,84010,2687863,65920620,876
Haringey1,4342521,9185,92211,2581,4224,62128527,112
Harrow7911013573,2026,3497753,3899715,061
Havering604931212,9247,8486483,49514115,874
Heathrow3073683,8707482619425,929
Hertsmere(16)25976391,1243,0223321,590526,494
Hillingdon1,6182402775,2239,3257415,39214122,957
Hounslow1,1621783803,9999,3151,9344,28126121,510
Islington2,1222121,1705,18712,5878845,02746327,652
Kensington and Chelsea9201168644,05215,3301,2902,86522325,660
Kingston upon Thames6041171372,2996,0555682,53910912,428
Lambeth2,7003402,7338,59415,5411,5586,29655838,318
Lewisham1,4182691,3716,21311,2111,1695,18736227,200
Merton747752172,9736,5807443,50914514,990
Newham1,3272471,1475,75011,7131,0155,03823426,471
Redbridge6521153813,4107,5208813,15016718,478
Reigate and Banstead(16)78142447679460430161,892
Richmond upon Thames515771283,2816,4205612,6319513,708
Southwark3,0543841,7067,26116,4622,4327,18868239,169
Spelthorne(16)32874411,0463,3542551,567406,705
Squads(17)------34782729168
Sutton6531191302,3045,2184342,8648411,806
Tower Hamlets1,1371758034,46010,9627554,30028422,876
Waltham Forest1,1161447444,8088,4421,0083,83017620,268
Wandsworth1,4372121,0255,24014,1061,4245,36432128,129
Welwyn and Hatfield(16)----41836111--70
Westminster1,7762802,0837,89039,0242,6165,06659359,328
Total43,9306,63328,749162,871379,52737,730151,0199,695820,154

(16) Areas outside Greater London policed by the Metropolitan police

(17) 'Squads' refers to crimes that were reported by Specialist Operations groups such as the flying squad


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Calendar year 2000

Major category
BoroughViolence against the personSexual offencesRobberyBurglaryTheft and handlingFraud or forgeryCriminal damageDrugsOther notifiable offencesTotal
Barking and Dagenham3,5962036792,0586,8942,2023,87140317520,081
Barnet4,6542511,0114,19011,4513,3115,07849531530,756
Bexley3,2911653702,7347,8621,2344,70041120420,971
Brent5,6933701,9004,53410,4864,5024,33583232832,980
Bromley3,5541746443,34610,6331,5415,77145221626,331
Camden5,3163571,8145,18424,0513,6024,7251,43335146,833
Croydon6,2503541,5164,07313,0173,2736,68070826236,133
Ealing6,4653541,5974,78714,9623,5546,45387338639,431
Enfield4,7502381,2254,37610,5103,0493,83660730928,900
Greenwich6,4173584803,13810,6381,4055,19196825828,853
Hackney6,3833642,3614,44316,1752,4634,75999237238,312
Hammersmith and Fulham4,3412198512,99712,9801,7153,61771230927,741
Haringey5,2234672,3734,36312,7412,2134,6621,10537033,517
Harrow2,4311536032,8155,9431,7932,79046019117,179
Havering2,8381753582,3417,9731,7193,35646215619,378
Heathrow Airport3263010544,428607173379826,647
Hillingdon3,9242244854,26410,6851,7615,04839825127,040
Hounslow5,4072346803,64611,5862,4315,11255424329,893
Islington5,3362971,5304,31916,3472,9634,61586437536,646
Kensington and Chelsea3,4161558823,47716,8653,1902,46657129031,312
Kingston upon Thames2,3631232271,3655,3371,4322,58948514714,068
Lambeth8,0555534,4986,11819,9884,2786,7131,45642952,088
Lewisham5,2694181,5413,62410,1961,9154,69068628028,619
Merton2,9571233871,7165,6891,6423,55324815616,471
Newham7,4833422,0913,47015,0463,3456,45560540139,238
Redbridge3,7522058173,03610,5273,1183,65937823125,723
Richmond Upon Thames1,959942012,3115,7551,0172,97025215414,713
Squads65----325172137600
Southwark7,2894312,1804,37915,0503,8705,2791,44341940,340
Sutton2,1021062621,4635,1671,1023,47729912114,099
Tower Hamlets5,8503711,7313,64814,8033,0884,70498738535,567
Waltham Forest4,8422411,1863,2579,1312,9173,49554126125,871
Wandsworth4,9212711,3224,15514,9074,1094,61466125535,215
Westminster8,6605292,3415,35053,5387,4025,2772,72388086,700
Total155,1198,95440,153115,031421,39388,280144,71524,10210,4991,008,246

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