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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of convictions were entered on the Police National Computer within three days of the conviction in the last six months; 
(3) what proportion of police forces met the target of three days between conviction and entry of that conviction on the Police National Computer over the last six months. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 28 October 2002]: Information is not collected in the form requested. Courts are required to notify court results (in conviction and other cases) to police forces within three working days of completion of the case. Under performance standards set by the Association of Chief Police Officers, police forces are required to input court results (in conviction and other cases) onto the Police National Computer within 72 hours of the receipt of information from the court about the case disposal. We are determined that such key information should be recorded on the Police National Computer in a timely fashion- We therefore commissioned Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to manage and monitor a 12-month programme of work for every force to improve the timeliness of the inputting of key data. As regards court results, the primary purpose was to clear backlog of outstanding cases. The Inspectorate's first report showed considerable progress. Its second report, on the programme overall, which indicates substantial further progress, is under consideration.
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Mr. Denham: [holding answer 29 October 2002]: Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs), which have been available since April 1999, can be used to exclude people from specific areas such as retail premises or shopping centres. ASBOs are currently granted by magistrates on application from the police or local authority.
The Government have also provided support to the British Retail Consortium to assist them in setting up retail crime partnerships. Members of these partnerships use exclusion notices to prevent people from entering their premises.
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to absorb rural policing funds into the main formula by increasing the sparsity factor. 
Mr. Denham: The option to incorporate the #30 million rural policing fund into the main formula and to increase the sparsity component to one per cent. was one of a number of options for change that were included in the local government finance formula grant distribution paper in July.
We are taking into account all responses received during the consultation period and are considering carefully the impact of implementing each of the changes. We shall announce our conclusions shortly.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the powers of a police authority to apply money raised from speeding fines for anti-speeding strategies. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: [holding answer 29 October 2002]: All revenue from speeding offences is normally paid to Her Majesty's Treasury. Under a scheme currently being rolled out nationally, however, fixed penalty fine revenue from enforcement by the use of speed and red-light traffic cameras can be re-invested to meet the costs of such enforcement. Deployment of cameras so funded is subject to strict conditions, including that sites must have a history of speed related casualties and that the cameras must be clearly visible and conspicuous, in order to deter speeding. Money left over goes, as before, to Her Majesty's Treasury.
Mr.Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whom he plans to send to represent the Government at the 46th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs to be held in April 2003; and what issues the Government expect to raise at the session. 
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Mr. Denham [holding answer 28 October 2002: We announced on 21 October that the existing Youth Inclusion programme will receive funding for a further three years from April 2003. These schemes, which operate in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England and Wales, have been successful in engaging those young people most at risk of crime, leading to reductions in arrests and rates of crime in the local areas. The Youth Inclusion programme is one of a range of measures that we have introduced to address youth crime. The programmes include work with families, schools and in neighbourhoods, and our programme to reduce street crime.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will require that, when an award of damages to a minor is invested, the principal sum is guaranteed in the event of a fall in the value of the investment. 
Yvette Cooper: The Court Funds Office (CFO) is the Office of the Accountant General of the Supreme Court. One of the functions of the CFO is to administer funds paid into court on behalf of children when an award of damages is made by the court. The CFO will hold money until the child's 18th birthday unless a Court Order instructs otherwise.
the money is placed to the CFO special account that pays a competitive gross rate (before tax) of interest with instant access.
Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the fourth Judicial Appointments Annual Report is to be published and what information this edition will contain. 
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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Judicial Appointments Annual Report, covering the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002, is published today. The report includes comprehensive narrative descriptions and statistics on appointments to the judiciary, Queen's Counsel, lay magistrates and general commissioners of income tax. It describes the continuing development of the Lord Chancellor's appointments policies, procedures and initiatives, including the establishment of the Commission for Judicial Appointments, and progress in implementing other recommendations from Sir Leonard Peach's 1999 scrutiny.
Andrew Bennett: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much was awarded in fines in each of the last 12 months and what percentage of such fines have been (a) collected and (b) written off by each magistrates court in Greater Manchester; and what assessment the Lord Chancellor has made of the impact of court enforcement officers in fine enforcements. 
Yvette Cooper: Magistrates courts committees (MCCs) have a responsibility for the collection of a range of debts imposed by the magistrates courts and the Crown court. Debt collected includes not only fines but also fees, compensation, confiscation orders, legal aid contributions and some maintenance orders. It is not possible to separate out only fines from the total.
Greater Manchester magistrates courts committee was unable to provide a monthly breakdown of figures. Data are collected from each of the 11 court houses in their estate on a quarterly basis. The figures for the last four quarters are set out in the following table. The percentages in the debt paid and debt written off columns include amounts that have been imposed in previous quarters. It is not possible therefore to isolate the amounts imposed that have been paid and written off in any particular quarter.
The Government remain committed to improving the enforcement of financial penalties and addressing variations in performance. Current variations in performance across the country are far too wide. Work is under way with the MCCs to look at the reasons behind the wide variations to improve their performance.
|Imposed (#)||Percentage debt paid(25)||Percentage debt written off(26)|
|October to December 2001||378,009||93||23|
|January to March 2002||332,802||114||21|
|April to June 2002||397,130||94||27|
|July to September 2002||381,990||95||28|
|Bury; Rochdale, Middleton and Haywood; Wigan; Leigh|
|October to December 2001||1,478,681||62||8|
|January to March 2002||1,545,300||63||25|
|April to June 2002||1,504,221||57||6|
|July to September 2002||1,827,840||47||11|
|October to December 2001||1,405,793||55||52|
|January to March 2002||1,602,245||64||52|
|April to June 2002||1,593,020||62||42|
|July to September 2002||1,550,876||69||55|
|October to December 2001||293,132||89||37|
|January to March 2002||248,668||96||40|
|April to June 2002||232,114||120||53|
|July to September 2002||212,528||122||25|
|October to December 2001||254,800||161||72|
|January to March 2002||197,860||136||75|
|April to June 2002||266,617||117||41|
|July to September 2002||235,158||107||44|
|October to December 2001||380,056||84||36|
|January to March 2002||333,999||95||42|
|April to June 2002||342,505||113||21|
|July to September 2002||402,187||82||33|
|October to December 2001||334,432||73||27|
|January to March 2002||277,520||78||29|
|April to June 2002||342,115||64||24|
|July to September 2002||322,791||69||40|
|October to December 2001||895,558||38||8|
|January to March 2002||1,072,288||26||7|
|April to June 2002||1,106,034||30||18|
|July to September 2002||1,038,753||32||88|
(25) Includes civil debt and debt imposed in previous quarters and paid in the present quarter.
(26) Percentage debt that was imposed in previous quarters but has been deemed uncollectable in the present quarter.
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