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Holloway Prison

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staffing level is of (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) support staff in the medical facility at HMP Holloway; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last five years. [158982]

Mr. Boateng: As of 24 April 2001, there were (a) three doctors, (b) 43 nurses and (c) 26 support staff employed in Holloway's health care centre. On the same date last year, the equivalent figures were (a) four doctors, (b) 50 nurses and (c) 41 support staff.

Information for previous years is not available. While there are staffing difficulties at Holloway, due to a number of factors, it should be noted that in November last year,

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the detoxification and post-detoxification treatment facilities were removed from the health care centre to separate units, reducing the number of health care centre beds from 92 to 27.

Drug Misuse

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2001, how he proposes to measure his performance against the first and fourth of his targets in his Tackling Drugs strategy; what figures he is currently using for the numbers of young people using illegal drugs and the amount of drugs available on the streets; and how he has arrived at these estimates. [158935]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The target covers young people aged under 25 years, and is based on measuring the proportion of people who report use of Class A drugs (heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, methadone and LSD). This is measured principally by the British Crime Survey (BCS) which is a nationally representative victimisation survey of households in England and Wales. The survey is administered annually (from 2000) using computer- assisted interviewing to a random sample of households, with a sample of 40,000 (from 2001 onwards), aged 16 and upwards.

The results from the 1998 BCS form the baseline. The proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds reporting use of Class A drugs in the last year was 8.3 per cent. and in the last month was 3.4 per cent. The report on the drugs component of the 1998 BCS published in 1999 as Home Office Research Study 197, and is available in the Library.

The baseline information from the BCS will also be supplemented by other available research, including the results of a school-based survey.

The baseline in terms of drug availability will be based on a range of current and planned research (including intelligence estimates). The 1999-2000 baseline that determines the availability of drugs in the United Kingdom will be measured in a forthcoming Home Office research study. This study will estimate the size and extent of the United Kingdom drugs market for selected drugs including heroin, crack and cocaine. The Home Office will publish the findings of this research in the summer of 2001.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Drug Prevention Advisory Service Business Plan. [159023]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Drugs Prevention Advisory Service Business Plan is currently being prepared for publication and should be available by 2 May. We will arrange for copies to be placed in the Library.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment and testing orders have been (a) made, (b) breached and (c) revoked by the courts since the national roll-out of the order in October 2000. [158946]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: The available information is shown in the table:

Drug treatment and testing orders
England and Wales

1 October 2000-31 March 2001(21)
Number of orders
Made1,250
Breached(22)--
Revoked by courts100

(21) Estimated from those returns received from the 42 areas

(22) Not available at present


Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were dealt with for supply offences in respect of Class A drugs for the calendar years (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000 and for the financial years (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) 2000-01. [159024]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Not all the information requested is available. The table gives the number of persons dealt with during the calendar years 1996 through 1999 for supply offences involving Class A drugs. Data for 2000 are not yet available. Information broken down by financial year can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Persons dealt with for supply offences involving Class A drugs,
United Kingdom, 1996-99

YearPolice (Great Britain)Customs (United Kingdom)Total
19965,3324255,757
19976,8135107,323
19987,8662368,102
19999,1333849,517

Notes:

1. Police data not available by drug type for Northern Ireland, 1996-99. 'Dealt with' means found guilty, cautioned, given a fiscal fine (Scotland only), or dealt with by compounding (Customs).

2. 'Supply' offences have been taken to mean: unlawful production, possession with intent to supply unlawfully, unlawful supply, and unlawful import/export.

Source:

Drugs and Alcohol Research Unit, Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate.


Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the results

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of his Department's research into the results of the new England and Wales Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Initiative. [159022]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The first annual report of the new England and Wales Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring programme (NEW-ADAM) will be published in the summer of 2001. The results of previous NEW-ADAM studies are in the Library (Home Office Research Studies 183 and 205; published in 1998 and 2000).

Crime Statistics

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for (a) each police force area and (b) each basic command unit area, the number of recorded vehicle crimes in (i) the financial year 1998-99, (ii) the financial year 1999-2000 and (iii) the first nine months of the financial year 2000-01; what is the difference between the number of recorded vehicle crimes in 1999-2000 and in 1998-99; and what is the percentage change in the number of recorded vehicle crimes in 1999-2000 compared with 1998-99. [159047]

Mr. Charles Clarke: For the purpose of this question, 'vehicle crime' is taken to mean theft of and from vehicles. The number of vehicle crimes in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 by police force area is given in the table, with the change and percentage change between the two years. The numbers of thefts of and from vehicles in basic command unit areas have been collected for the period from 1 April 1999. Details of these offences in 1999-2000 by basic command unit area are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12-00, 'Recorded Crime Statistics: England and Wales, April 1999 to March 2000', which is available in the Library.

Details of the number of vehicle crimes for the first nine months of 2000-01 in police force areas are not yet available. The number of vehicle crimes by police force area in the year ending September 2000 is given in the table. Details of the number of thefts of and from vehicles in basic command units for the first nine months of 2000-01 are not available centrally. Figures for thefts of and from vehicles for basic command units for the year ended September 2000 are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 1-01, 'Recorded Crime: England and Wales, 12 months to September 2000', which is available in the Library.

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Notifiable offences recorded by the police by police force
Vehicle crime (thefts of and from vehicles)

Police forceOffences year ending March 1999Offences year ending March 2000ChangePercentage changeOffences year ending September 2000
Avon and Somerset37,82334,411-3,412-932,669
Bedfordshire12,75214,4421,6901313,897
Cambridgeshire13,23312,443-790-611,819
Cheshire12,44712,176-271-212,443
Cleveland14,30113,030-1,271-913,410
Cumbria6,4775,414-1,063-164,747
Derbyshire20,27318,121-2,152-1116,119
Devon and Cornwall22,27021,438-832-421,207
Dorset12,29811,427-871-710,851
Durham10,0569,126-930-98,689
Essex22,27820,429-1,849-819,718
Gloucestershire11,19610,244-952-99,056
Greater Manchester87,18187,932751185,306
Hampshire24,42523,363-1,062-423,046
Hertfordshire13,32012,578-742-613,456
Humberside25,40421,880-3,524-1420,479
Kent29,29422,465-6,829-2323,043
Lancashire23,47820,812-2,666-1119,541
Leicestershire20,54018,940-1,600-817,217
Lincolnshire6,9446,871-73-16,749
London, City of50261110922639
Merseyside30,33733,7353,3981132,801
Metropolitan police163,020174,99711,9777171,789
Norfolk10,83410,428-406-410,099
Northamptonshire14,06512,255-1,810-1311,685
Northumbria29,41626,199-3,217-1124,427
North Yorkshire9,6418,596-1,045-118,180
Nottinghamshire26,95724,716-2,241-824,485
South Yorkshire33,30429,523-3,781-1126,728
Staffordshire19,46417,601-1,863-1016,638
Suffolk6,4466,5015516,192
Surrey7,1077,45534858,634
Sussex25,33425,140-194-124,074
Thames Valley49,04750,4641,417346,287
Warwickshire8,9618,621-340-47,516
West Mercia16,17415,743-431-314,527
West Midlands74,14277,0312,889472,136
West Yorkshire64,07158,298-5,773-959,449
Wiltshire6,7596,598-161-25,620
Dyfed-Powys2,4802,203-277-112,113
Gwent9,7469,107-639-78,157
North Wales7,2547,50124737,000
South Wales36,68133,053-3,628-1027,687
England and Wales1,077,7321,043,918-33,814-31,000,325

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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for (a) each police force area and (b) each basic command unit area the number of recorded domestic burglaries in (1) the financial years 1998-99, (2) the financial year 1999-2000 and (3) the first nine months of the financial year 2000-01; what is the difference between the number of recorded domestic burglaries in 1999-2000 and in 1998-99; and what is the percentage change in the number of recorded domestic burglaries in 1999-2000 compared with 1998-99. [159045]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The number of burglaries in a dwelling in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 by police force area is given in the table, with the change and percentage change between the two years. The number of burglaries in a dwelling in basic command unit areas has been collected for the period from 1 April 1999. Details of these offences in 1999-2000 by basic command unit area are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12/00, "Recorded Crime Statistics: England and Wales, April 1999 to March 2000", which is available in the Library.

Details of the number of burglaries in a dwelling for the first nine months of 2000-01 in police force areas are not yet available, and are not available centrally for basic command units. Figures for the year ended September 2000 are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 1/01, "Recorded Crime: England and Wales, 12 months to September 2000", which is available in the Library.

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Notifiable offences recorded by the police by police force--Burglary in dwelling

Offences
Police forceYear ending March 1999Year ending March 2000ChangePercentage change
Avon and Somerset14,58413,121-1,463-10
Bedfordshire3,3023,70940712
Cambridgeshire5,6285,259-369-7
Cheshire5,9255,379-546-9
Cleveland8,8757,717-1,158-13
Cumbria2,2982,222-76-3
Derbyshire6,6036,427-176-3
Devon and Cornwall7,4357,416-190
Dorset3,8283,524-304-8
Durham4,5974,044-553-12
Essex6,3315,868-463-7
Gloucestershire4,8664,160-706-15
Greater Manchester45,73940,953-4,786-10
Hampshire7,8927,372-520-7
Hertfordshire3,5893,501-88-2
Humberside13,49613,040-456-3
Kent10,1798,177-2,002-20
Lancashire12,18910,561-1,628-13
Leicestershire8,9377,803-1,134-13
Lincolnshire4,4554,6261714
London, City of3927-12-31
Merseyside14,17713,606-571-4
Metropolitan police75,79779,5043,7075
Norfolk3,7113,9562457
Northamptonshire5,1104,907-203-4
Northumbria15,33412,539-2,795-18
North Yorkshire4,8224,343-479-10
Nottinghamshire13,69712,612-1,085-8
South Yorkshire18,40516,169-2,236-12
Staffordshire9,9749,073-901-9
Suffolk2,4642,332-132-5
Surrey3,1002,903-197-6
Sussex11,0269,596-1,430-13
Thames Valley14,43415,4981,0647
Warwickshire2,8873,18930210
West Mercia5,8675,667-200-3
West Midlands37,32335,583-1,740-5
West Yorkshire35,95229,623-6,329-18
Wiltshire2,4472,149-298-12
Dyfed-Powys973696-277-28
Gwent3,3773,148-229-7
North Wales2,4492,219-230-9
South Wales9,2398,383-856-9
England and Wales473,352442,601-30,751-7

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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the recorded crime statistics for the 12 months ending 31 March. [159012]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The recorded crime bulletin for the year ending March 2001 is due to be published in the week beginning 16 July 2001.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police force areas and basic command units that make up the principal cities which are the subject of his Department's target for reducing recorded robbery. [159013]

Mr. Charles Clarke: We have set the following five forces a target of a 14 per cent. reduction of robbery by March 2005: Greater Manchester police, Merseyside police, Metropolitan police, West Midlands police and West Yorkshire police.

The basic command units which make up these police force areas are:









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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) for each police force area and (b) each basic command unit area the number of recorded robberies in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) the first nine months of the financial year 2000-01; what is the difference between the number of recorded robberies in the first nine months of 2000-01 compared with the first nine months of 1999-2000; and what is the percentage difference between the number of recorded robberies in the first nine months of 2000-01 compared with the first nine months of 1999-2000. [159044]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The number of robberies in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 by police force area are given in the table.

The number of robberies in basic command unit areas has been collected for the period from 1 April 1999. Details of the number of robberies in 1999-2000 by basic command unit areas are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12-00, 'Recorded Crime Statistics: England and Wales, April 1999 to March 2000', which is available in the Library.

Details of the number of robberies for the first nine months of 2000-01 in police force areas are not yet available, and are not available centrally for basic command units. Figures for the year ended September 2000 are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 1-01, 'Recorded Crime: England and Wales, 12 months to September 2000', which is available in the Library.

Notifiable offences recorded by the police by police force--Robbery

Police forceOffences year ending March 1999Offences year ending March 2000ChangePercentage change
Avon and Somerset1,8312,38155030
Bedfordshire5306158516
Cambridgeshire43754811125
Cheshire3974666917
Cleveland908839-69-8
Cumbria11990-29-24
Derbyshire5045848016
Devon and Cornwall462487255
Dorset2052413618
Durham1722366437
Essex52362610320
Gloucestershire273291187
Greater Manchester7,6328,6341,00213
Hampshire58873214424
Hertfordshire25042017068
Humberside83995011113
Kent71282711516
Lancashire9821,058768
Leicestershire9671,023566
Lincolnshire1491782919
London, City of29492069
Merseyside2,4842,6631797
Metropolitan Police26,33036,3179,98738
Norfolk2202977735
Northamptonshire443481389
Northumbria1,3471,389423
North Yorkshire1702124225
Nottinghamshire1,3121,76845635
South Yorkshire9791,12214315
Staffordshire50969718837
Suffolk1402238359
Surrey1712245331
Sussex9391,020819
Thames Valley1,3271,65933225
Warwickshire1702245432
West Mercia35135982
West Midlands7,31510,0922,77738
West Yorkshire3,0723,088161
Wiltshire1952586332
Dyfed-Powys4228-14-33
Gwent1732164325
North Wales1271461915
South Wales51151982
England and Wales66,83684,27717,44126

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