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Retail Crime

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on how many shops in high street shopping centres in England and Wales have CCTV systems. [77979]

Mr. Denham: The Home Office does not hold information on privately operated Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems in shops. However, West Bromwich was awarded 465,000 under the Crime Reduction Programme CCTV Initiative for its town centre CCTV scheme.

RoadPeace

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what actions he proposes to take to respond to the representations from RoadPeace following their meeting with Ministers on 10 October; and if he will make a statement. [79618]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Road Safety

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that the National Policing Plan for England and Wales includes the requirement for road safety to be a priority responsibility for police forces. [79533]

Mr. Denham: The National Policing Plan will set out the Secretary of State's strategic priorities for policing in England and Wales for the coming three years. The Plan will cover a wide range of policing activity including the important contribution of policing to reducing death and injury on roads. The National Policing Plan will be published by the end of November.

Schemes and Initiatives

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available. [75672]

Mr. Denham: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Schengen Information System

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information on UK nationals is held on the Schengen Information System; and how many nationals this covers. [78120]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

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Security Operation (Barrow-in-Furness)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs were incurred by (a) Cumbrian police and (b) his Department in the security operation at Barrow-in-Furness for the docking of the Pacific Pintail and Pacific Teal vessels in September. [77772]

Mr. Denham: Cumbria Constabulary inform me that their preliminary estimate of the additional costs incurred on this operation is around 140,000.

The force has an agreement with British Nuclear Fuel Limited (BNFL) for full reimbursement of these costs.

No expenditure has been incurred by my Department.

Sentencing Proposals

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to put forward new sentencing arrangements for motorists who (a) kill and (b) seriously injure a cyclist. [77071]

Mr. Denham: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Service Failures

Mr. Burstow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision has been made in contracts and specifications to cover service failures by (a) Capita and (b) the Criminal Records Bureau that result in (i) postponing the inclusion of categories of person in the disclosure system and (ii) delays in processing disclosure applications. [80029]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Sex Offenders

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, columns 221–22W, on sex offenders, what the reasons were for the delay in answering the questions; and what (a) statutory provision and (b) guidance prevents the publication by Chief Constables of information disaggregated below force level on the number of resident, registered or notified sex offenders. [80056]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act 1997

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making towards implementation of the Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act 1997. [77275]

Hilary Benn: During the passage of the Regulatory Reform Bill, Ministers announced their intention to use a Regulatory Reform Order to amend the Act, to facilitate its implementation. Officials within the Home Office are currently considering practical proposals to bring about an amendment to the legislation.

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Sikhs (Kirpans)

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis Sikhs are required to remove their kirpan when entering his Department's buildings. [80369]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to the hon Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Staff Absence

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the working target is for the average number of days absence per staff year in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003. [47730]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to the hon Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Stalking

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures he has collated on the extent of stalking of women; and how many women aged 16 to 24 years old have been stalked in the last three years. [78820]

Mr. Denham: The 1998 British Crime Survey included an innovative computerised self-completion questionnaire designed to provide the first reliable measure of the extent of 'stalking' in England and Wales. A nationality representative sample of 9,988 16 to 59 year olds were asked whether they had been subject to 'persistent and unwanted attention' during their lifetime and during the preceding year. Persistent and unwanted attention was described to respondents at the beginning of the questionnaire in the following way:


Those who had been subject to such incidents were asked details about their experience. The questionnaire was deliberately designed to capture a wide range of experiences that could potentially be regarded as incidents of 'stalking'. However it should be stressed that these incidents were not necessarily regarded as crimes by the respondents and do not equate to offences under the Protection for Harassment Act 1997.

These results are published in Home Office Research Study 210, which is deposited in the Library. This report indicates that four per cent of women had experienced persistent and unwanted attention in the last year, compared to two per cent of men. 17 per cent of women aged 16 to 19 and eight per cent of those aged 20 to 24 had experienced such in this period. It is possible that those patterns are, at least in part, accounted for by differences in how men and women, particularly young women, interpret both the term persistent and unwanted attention and their own experiences.

Last year prevalence, by age and sex

Percent victims
AgeWomenMenAll
16 -1917310
20—24857
All423

Note:

Definition of stalking: persistent and unwanted attention (excluding incidents in which the victim and perpetrator were living with each other throughout the period over which the incidents occurred).

Source:

1998 BCS


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Statistics Commission (Management Information)

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library his reply to the Statistics Commission correspondence on the release of management information following the meeting of the Statistics Commission on 25 September; and if he will make a statement. [78411]

Mr. Denham: It is a matter for the Statistics Commission to decide how to handle my reply.

Stray Dogs

Dr. Palmer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to police forces on appropriate temporary housing for stray dogs. [52575]

Mr. Denham: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.


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