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Metropolitan Police Officers

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan police officers have (a) retired, (b) resigned and (c) been dismissed in each of the last three years. [22485]

Mr. Denham: The information set out in the table has been provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

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1998–991999–20002000–01
Retired(68)1,087839685
Resigned332361359
Required to resign483020
Dismissed101510

(68) Includes medical retirements: 494, 285, 220, 153 (April to November)


James Ashley

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the publication of information concerning the fatal shooting of James Ashley in 1998. [22783]

Mr. Denham: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 344W. Subsequently the Police Authority considered the matter and concluded that it is not possible at this stage to disclose the investigation reports.

I have commissioned two other reports which will address matters relevant to this shooting:


Social Exclusion

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by his Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion. [22402]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 12 December 2001]: No such estimate has been made. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Home Office does, however, publish application criteria and guidance notes for each grant programme in the hope that this will reduce the number of inappropriate applications received.

Driving Convictions

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were for driving without motor insurance in the past five years. [22803]

Mr. Denham: Available information on the number of convictions for the offence of 'using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks' is shown in the table.

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Findings of guilt at all courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, England and Wales, 1995 to 1999

YearConvictions
1995283,141
1996267,932
1997257,689
1998256,974
1999259,552

Downview Prison

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 476W, on Downview Prison, what steps he will take to secure the immediate local transfer of male prisoners who are now in higher category prisons than Downview. [23214]

Beverley Hughes: As stated in the previous answer, in preparation for the change of role of Downview to a women's prison, 340 male prisoners were moved from the establishment between 17 July 2001 and 1 September 2001. No prisoners were moved out of the South East and none had their security category increased as part of this process.

As far as possible prisoners were relocated to other category C training prisons/units or where appropriate were recategorised and transferred to an appropriate category D prison from Downview.

One hundred and forty Downview prisoners were temporarily accommodated at Wormwood Scrubs in a separate wing, supervised by former Downview staff, in category C conditions. The majority of these prisoners were moved to category C training prisons or recategorised and transferred to appropriate category D prisons. A small number, for whom Wormwood Scrubs is a convenient location, have remained there in long term category C conditions.

Cyber-terrorism

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the measures to counter cyber-terrorism; what time scale is planned to build on the assessment; how much extra funding will be allocated to countering cyber-terrorism; and if he will make a statement. [23227]

Mr. Blunkett: The threat from computer-related attacks by terrorists or their supporters is kept under continuous review, as are measures to counter it. Government co-ordination of the effort to protect the United Kingdom critical national infrastructure is centred in the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC). The risk is assessed to be low, but growing. It could change rapidly at any time and our response will need to adjust to remain proportionate. I will keep closely under review the level of funding needed for this work.

Sports Clubs (Charitable Status)

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the number

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of sports clubs that will apply for charitable status following the decision to recognise healthy recreation as charitable. [22979]

Angela Eagle: This is a matter for the Charity Commission as the Government Department that registers charities in England and Wales. The Chief Charity Commissioner will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

EU Treaty Bodies

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations are referred to as representatives of other Treaty bodies under Article 1.12 of 12442/01, Council doc COPEN 56. 9 October 2001, Belgian Initiative on Joint Investigation Teams; and what (a) privileges and (b) immunities will be granted to these organisations. [22889]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Council document 12442/01 COPEN 56, now document 14242/01 COPEN 71 (Council Framework Decision on joint investigation teams) of 28 November 2001, is a joint initiative of Belgium, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Paragraph 12 of Article 1 of the Framework Decision provides that the two or more member states setting up a joint investigation team may enter into arrangements for persons other than the representatives of the competent authorities of these member states to take part in the activities of the team. These other persons may include, but are not limited to, officials of bodies set up pursuant to the Treaty on the European Union. Such bodies include Europol, OLAF which is the European Community's anti-fraud office and, when the relevant Council Decision comes into effect, Eurojust. The Government are still considering what privileges and immunities, if any, should be granted to persons who are not representatives of United Kingdom competent authorities.

Prison Visitors

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if prison visitors to prisons run by private companies are subject to (a) fingerprints and (b) photographic records. [23208]

Beverley Hughes: Yes. Private prisons in England and Wales are required to meet appropriate security standards. Prisons which hold category A prisoners must have some form of visitor recognition system in place, and it is considered good practice in lower category prisons. However, it is for local management to decide exactly which form of visitor recognition system they employ or, for prisons that do not have category A prisoners, how they manage this issue without using such technology.

Tagging

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are on release under the tagging system; and what the equivalent figures have been in each year since the introduction of the system. [24458]

Beverley Hughes: As at midnight on 30 November 2001, a total of 1,786 prisoners were being monitored under the Home Detention Curfew scheme. The equivalent

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figures for 30 November 1999 and 30 November 2000 were 2,000 and 1,939 respectively. The scheme was introduced on 28 January 1999.

Women Prisoners (Wales)

Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of women in the prison population are from Wales; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last five years. [22185]

Beverley Hughes: Information is provided on the basis of a prisoner's court of committal as home address is not consistently recorded on central records.

The information requested is given in the table 1 :

Total femalesFemales committed in WalesPercentage of female population committed in Wales
19983,1201193.8
19993,2071193.7
20003,3551263.8
20013,7131383.7

(69) The information in the table is provisional and shows data as of 30 June each year for prisons in England and Wales. Data for 1997 were not available.


For the latest date available (30 November 2001) there were 169 female prisoners in prisons in England and Wales who were committed in Wales. There were 4,022 female prisoners in total.


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