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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means ministerial boxes are conveyed from private offices in his Department to (a) himself and (b) his Ministers; how frequently and at what expense private courier firms are employed for such a task; and which courier firms have been used for such duties. 
Angela Eagle: Ministerial boxes originating from this Department are transported to Ministers' homes either by Government car or by a service provided by the Royal Mail. Where exceptional circumstances require it, a courier service may be used.
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Angela Eagle: Parental leave is available to all Home Office staff as one of a number of policies designed to help staff achieve their preferred balance between work and home. These include paid and unpaid maternity leave, paid paternity leave, career breaks, paid and unpaid special leave and a range of flexible and alternative working patterns. As an unpaid entitlement the costs of parental leave to the Department is minimal.
The Home Office is committed to helping staff balance their work and home life and as an employer recognises that work/life balance policies have significant business benefits including: improved recruitment and retention of staff; reduced absenteeism and a happier and therefore more productive work force.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what domestic violence perpetrator programmes and linked partner support services are provided in the London probation area. 
Beverley Hughes: The central area currently has four groups running per week and a women's support service is provided. In the north-west of London current provision is by the Domestic Violence Intervention Project, and the south-east, south-west and north-east areas are piloting the Domestic Violence Pathfinder programme delivering Duluth. The programme for perpetrators is known as 'Duluth'. It gets its title from the programme under development in Duluth in Minnesota, in the United States of America. A multi-agency programme runs in conjunction with support services to women and involves close networking with police, the Probation Service, Social Services, voluntary agencies and any other appropriate organisations. The programme is 24 weeks long and involves pre and post group work. It is currently running in West Yorkshire and London as a pathfinder
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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions for speeding were obtained as a result of evidence from speed cameras in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north-east and (c) the United Kingdom in 2001; 
Mr. Denham: The available information on the number of convictions and fixed penalty notices issued for the offence of "speeding detected by camera device" for 2000 is shown in the table. Statistics for 2001 are not yet available. It is not possible from the data collected to identify South Tyneside and there are no central records to indicate the number of speed cameras in operation in England and Wales. However, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) estimates that there are about 4,500 speeding camera sites in England and Wales. Information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland (Mrs. Liddell) and Northern Ireland (Dr. John Reid).
|Prosecutions||Fixed penalties paid|
|North East Region(94)||10,800||38,500|
|Total England and Wales||109,200||624,300|
(92) Offences under Sections 16, 81, 84, 86, 88, 89 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.
(93) Not available
(94) Region covers Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria police forcessource Office for National Statistics.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been prosecuted as a result of speed camera evidence in each year since 1997 broken down by (a) police force area and (b) local authority area. 
|Avon and Somerset||2,186||2,997||1,607||1,660|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,880||2,684||2,848||3,353|
|London, City of||||||||6|
|Total England & Wales||48,046||65,072||75,596||109,157|
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much net income police forces have received from speed camera fines in each year since 1997 broken down by police force area; 
Mr. Denham: Available information on aggregate revenue is given in the table. This shows the total number of fixed penalties and court proceedings for speeding offences detected by camera from 1997 to 2000. This information is not available by local authority area and to provide a breakdown by police force area would be possible only at disproportionate cost.
|Fixed penalties||Court proceedings|
|Number of tickets(97)||Estimated revenue(98) £||Number of fines||Total amount of fine £||Average fine £|
(96) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.
(97) Paid i.e no further action.
(98) Estimate based on £40 fixed penalty charge from 1997 to 2000.
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All revenue from speeding offences is normally paid to Her Majesty's Treasury. But since April 2000, seven partnership areas in England and Wales have been piloting a new netting-off scheme. The partnerships comprise police forces, local authorities, highways authorities and magistrates courts. The scheme allows fixed penalty fine revenue from speed and red-light traffic cameras to be re-invested to meet the costs of camera enforcement. Money left over goes, as before, to Her Majesty's Treasury.
|Police force||Netted-off income received £|
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