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Communications Data (Access)

Sandra Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for consultation on the regulation of access to communications data. [72295]

Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 23 July 2002]: We are considering how best to carry out the consultation exercise on the regulation of access to communications data to ensure a wide-ranging and detailed debate of the issues raised and how to balance the individual's right to privacy with legitimate arrangements to safeguard national security and protect the public.


Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Woking dated 13 June regarding Dayekh reference D1056360. [69771]

Beverley Hughes: I wrote to the hon. Friend on 24 July 2002.

Retail Crime

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £15 million grant funding to help retailers tackle crime in deprived areas has been allocated; to whom it has been allocated and over what time period. [71221]

Mr. John Denham: The £15 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund for the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas initiative has been made available in annual instalments of £3 million in 2001–02, £6 million in 2002–03 and £6 million in 2003–04. Apart from a small amount set aside for administration and evaluation, all this money has been allocated to regional Crime Reduction Directors, as in the table.

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Region2001–022002–032003–04Total (£)
East Midlands236,060471,052471,0521,178,164
North East248,530496,244496,2441,241,018
North West470,670942,209942,2092,355,088
South East246,500493,580493,5801,233,660
South West194,300389,604389,604973,508
West Midlands333,210666,182666,1821,665,574
Yorkshire and Humber327,410655,882655,8821,639,174

For more details about the scheme, and the funding formula used, I would refer the hon. Member to the Written Answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport (Ann Coffey) on 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 984W.

I placed in the Library at the same time a paper showing the allocation of funds to individual projects for 2001–02. I hope to announce shortly the projects we shall be funding in 2002–03.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make retail crime a best value indicator for police force performance. [54623]

Mr. John Denham: The Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for 2002–03 came into effect on 1 April 2002, following consultation with the Association of Police Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Following the Home Secretary's commitment in September last year to halve the number of indicators, there are currently 18 BVPIs as compared with 32 in 2001–02.

Whilst we have no plans to introduce an additional national performance indicator on retail crime, a police authority would be able to set a local performance indicator relating to retail crime should this be a particular problem locally.

Police (Compensation Claims)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the public have been prosecuted this year for making fraudulent and malicious compensation claims against the police; and what range of penalties was imposed. [71104]

Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The information requested cannot be distinguished in the court statistics collected centrally from other offences of fraud.

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in West Sussex, broken down by local authority area. [71099]

Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 July 2002]: Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) were introduced from 1 April 1999. The data given in the table covers the period up to the end of December 2001 (latest available).

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We are currently considering whether any further checks are needed to ensure the accuracy of the number of ASBOs reported.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation claims, and at what financial cost, have been made against (a) Sussex Police and (b) the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1999. [71103]

Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The Home Office does not collect this information centrally. Information is compiled by forces according to their own management needs and is not therefore directly comparable. Information provided by the forces is as follows:

(a) Sussex Constabulary
(i) Civil claims: public liability (wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and damage to property) and employer liability

Civil Claims in Financial Years
Claims closed258308295
Not proceeded with144169191
Judgement for claimant152
Payments (£)224,776166,609155,342

(ii) Employment Tribunals

Claims in Calendar Years
Claims received966
Judgement for claimant000
Payments (£)029,00022,000

(b) Metropolitan Police Service
(i) Employer liability and damage to property

Number of ClaimsNumbers of ClaimsAmount Paid (£million)
(incl. £5 million provision against future claims)

(ii) Civil actions and damages: the following tables relate to actions against the police by members of the public for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment etc.

Civil Actions received in financial years
Threatened actions633503439

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Damages paid in financial years
No of CasesCost (£k)No of CasesCost (£k)No of CasesCost (£k)
Out of court settlements4133,7032202,3181291,261
Court awards22203153406125

(iii) Employment Tribunals

Claims Settled386,970531,764129,574
Tribunal Awards14,652363,0850

Number of Cases with financial settlement
Claims Settled171818
Tribunal Awards220

Parliamentary Questions

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Maidenhead of 8 March on the number of functioning police stations. [71491]

Mr. John Denham: With apologies for the delay in responding I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave her on 22 July 2002 Official Report, column 829W.

Policing (Bromley)

Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police served in (a) the London Borough of Bromley and (b) the Orpington sector of Bromley; and what the establishment figure was in each year since 1996. [9997]

Mr. John Denham: The information in the table has been provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. Figures for the Orpington Sector of Bromley are not available.

The budgeted strength is not an establishment figure. Differences between actual and budgeted strength have a variety of causes. They may arise because patterns of recruitment to and wastage from the police service are different or because targets for strength at the end of the financial year reflect planned changes in strength, for example the allocation of officers recruited through the Crime Fighting Fund.

YearBudgeted Workforce Total in BromleyStrength
December 1996479471
December 1997Not Available464
December 1998Not Available443
December 1999440432
December 2000440412
January 2002458424

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