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Forensic Science

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the professional forensic bodies' register of members who are suitably qualified to act as an expert witness. [49163]

Andy Burnham: There are a number of organisations (which could be described as professional forensic bodies") that maintain lists of persons who act as expert witnesses or, in some manner, are recommended as expert witnesses. The Home Office has no responsibility for these lists and has not undertaken any assessment of them.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the Home Office Policy Advisory Board for Forensic Pathology. [49165]

Andy Burnham: The Policy Advisory Board for Forensic Pathology was created in 1991 following the Wasserman Report" on the provision of forensic pathology in England and Wales. The role of the board was to advise the Home Secretary on forensic pathology matters with particular reference to the national aspects of forensic pathology services in England and Wales,
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such as appointment and accreditation, quality assurance, training and research and development. In response to the Leishman Review" of forensic pathology the role of the board has been transferred to other bodies. The board still exists and one of its sub-committees is still responsible for matters related to complaints but the transfer of functions is expected to be completed imminently. At that point the board shall be disbanded.

FRANK Campaign

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned on the effectiveness of the FRANK campaign. [47703]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office and Department of Health have jointly commissioned three pieces of ongoing research to study the effectiveness of the FRANK campaign: a campaign tracking survey; a stakeholder satisfaction survey; and research to inform the development of campaign messages. There has also been a single wave of research into caller satisfaction with the FRANK helpline.
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Harmondsworth Detention Centre

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have been detained in Harmondsworth Detention Centre over the last three years for over (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months. [47072]

Mr. McNulty: The Home Office does not hold information on the total number of persons who were detained over the last three years for specific periods of time. It would only be available by examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

Quarterly snapshots are published showing the number of persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers on the last Saturday of each quarter.

A table showing the numbers detained at Harmondsworth as at the last Saturday of the third quarter of the last three years is shown, as the published data does not show the length and place of detention in one table.

Further information about persons detained can be found on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at
Persons recorded as being held in Harmondsworth Immigration Service Removal Centre in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, by length of detention(14)(15)

Number of individuals as at:
Length of detention(16)(17)27 September 200326 June 2004(18)24 September 2005
14 days or less4560175
15 to 29 days357085
1 month to less than 2 months409580
2 months to less than 3 months203540
3 months to less than 4 months102535
4 months to less than 6 months103535
6 months to less than 1 year104540
1 year or more10155

(14) Figures rounded to the nearest 5, with * = 1 or 2, may not sum due to rounding and exclude persons detained in police cells and those detained under both criminal and immigration powers.
(15) Relates to current period of detention only.
(16) 2 months is defined as 61 days; 4 months is defined as 122 days; 6 months is defined as 182 days.
(17) There were no detainees in Harmondsworth on 25 September 2004, due to a major incident that occurred in July of this year, resulting in temporary closure.
(18) Due to a fire and subsequent refurbishment at Harmondsworth, no detainees were being held there as at 25 September 2004, so figures as at 26 June 2004 have been provided.

National Probation Directorate

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Director of Probation of the National Probation Directorate is entitled to performance-related bonuses; and if he will make a statement. [48112]

Fiona Mactaggart: The director of the National Probation Directorate is eligible for a performance related bonus each year, based on performance against objectives. This is in line with normal pay award arrangements for the senior civil service.

Neighbourhood Wardens

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether neighbourhood wardens will operate in rural areas outside villages and towns; and if he will make a statement. [44958]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I have been asked to reply. Wardens can function anywhere. It is for local authorities to decide whether warden schemes are appropriate to their area and where they might operate.

Indecent Images (Cautions)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued for the offence of having indecent pictures of children in each of the last five years. [48501]

Paul Goggins: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of offenders cautioned for possession of an indecent photograph of a child in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Essex in each of the past five years is shown in the table.

It is not possible to identify those cases involving photographs on computers as the data is not collected at this level of detail.
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Number of offenders cautioned for possession of an indecent photograph of a child(19) in (i) England and Wales, and (ii) Essex, 2000–04(20)

(i) England and Wales253253205162
(ii) Essex2218

(19) Offences under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 160 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Services Act 2000, section 41(3) (previously 181/06).
(20) All data given refer to the principal offence only.

National Offender Management Service

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish his five year plan for the National Offender Management Service; and whether the National Probation Service will remain part of it. [46512]

Fiona Mactaggart: I plan to publish shortly a five year strategy for reducing re-offending and the work of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). The strategy will provide a vision for the whole of NOMS and its constituent parts, including the National Probation Service.


Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to create further police anti-terrorist units; [43412]

(2) when the regionalisation programme for special branches is expected to be completed. [43414]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Special Branch regionalisation programme continues to develop in line with police counter-terrorism commitments. Special Branch Regional Intelligence Cells (RICs) have been in place since April 2003, further to recommendations made in the HMIC
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Thematic Inspection of Special Branch and Ports Policing. They are now operating in all ACPO regions enabling greater efficiency and cross regional co-ordination. They continue to develop.

A Counter-Terrorist Support Unit (CTSU) was established in the West Midlands RIC in 2004 to provide intelligence analysis support for the East and West Midlands regions. The police are currently giving further consideration to extending the CTSU concept to other force regions.

The Government remain committed to ensuring that the Police Service has the necessary resources to meet its CT commitments. The additional police counter-terrorism funding, which amounts to £173 million over the next two years, announced on the 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 57WS, will strengthen the Police Service's intelligence and investigative capability both in the capital and in local and regional policing.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank each (a) English police force and (b) English Basic Command Unit by the ratio of burglaries to households in their area in the latest reporting period for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. [45575]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is given in the following table.
Basic command unit (BCD)—burglary in a dwelling per 1,000 households 2004–05

Police force areaBasic command unitBurglary dwelling offences per 1,000 households 2004–05
HampshireIsle of Wight4
NorfolkNorfolk Western4
HampshireNew Forest5
SuffolkSuffolk Eastern5
SuffolkSuffolk Western5
NorfolkNorfolk Eastern5
CumbriaBarrow and Kendal5
DerbyshireBuxton (B Division)6
HampshireWest Hampshire26
WiltshireChippenham (C)6
DorsetDorset Eastern6
HampshireCentral Hampshire6
HampshireSolent East 26
HampshireNorth East Hampshire6
West MerciaShropshire (F Division)6
Devon and CornwallCornwall and Isles of Scilly6
Thames ValleyNorthern Oxfordshire7
WiltshireSalisbury (A)7
SussexNorth Downs7
LancashireLancashire Southern7
Devon and CornwallNorth and East Devon7
Metropolitan PoliceKingston upon Thames7
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire Eastern7
SurreyWest Surrey7
Avon and SomersetSomerset West7
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire Western7
CumbriaWorkington and Whitehaven7
SussexWest Downs8
NorfolkNorfolk Central8
DorsetDorset Western8
LancashireLancashire Northern8
Avon and SomersetSomerset East8
LincolnshireSouth Lincolnshire8
CheshireCongleton and Vale Royal8
West MerciaHereford (E Division)8
Thames ValleySouthern Oxfordshire8
GloucestershireCotswold and Stroud8
CumbriaCarlisle and Penrith8
KentSouth-East Kent8
StaffordshireNorth Staffordshire8
SurreyEast Surrey8
SuffolkSuffolk Southern8
Thames ValleyWest Berkshire8
DurhamSouth Durham(21)9
SurreyNorth Surrey9
HumbersideEast Riding of Yorkshire9
Metropolitan PoliceSutton9
Devon and CornwallSouth and West Devon9
Thames ValleyAylesbury Vale9
KentWest Kent9
Avon and SomersetBath and North East Somerset10
West MerciaSouth Worcestershire (C Division)10
SussexEast Downs10
SurreyNorth-West Surrey10
Metropolitan PoliceHavering10
CheshireChester and Ellesmere Port10
NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire Western10
Avon and SomersetNorth Somerset10
LincolnshireEast Lincolnshire10
Thames ValleyMilton Keynes11
LincolnshireWest Lincolnshire11
DurhamNorth Durham(21)11
Metropolitan PoliceBexley11
West MidlandsWest Midlands J211
StaffordshireTrent Valley11
HertfordshireHertfordshire Eastern11
DerbyshireChesterfield (C Division)11
LeicestershireEast Leicestershire11
GloucestershireCheltenham and Tewkesbury11
HertfordshireHertfordshire Western12
West MerciaNorth Worcestershire (D Division)12
Metropolitan PoliceMerton12
Avon and SomersetSouth Gloucester12
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire Area B12
NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire Eastern12
KentNorth Kent12
LancashireLancashire Western12
SussexHastings and Rother12
LeicestershireNorth Leicestershire12
ClevelandLangbaurgh (Redcar and Cleveland)13
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire Central13
Thames ValleyThames Forest13
LancashireLancashire Eastern13
Devon and CornwallPlymouth13
South YorkshireRotherham13
DerbyshireAlfreton (A Division)13
West MidlandsWest Midlands H214
West YorkshireCalderdale14
West YorkshireDewsbury14
Metropolitan PoliceRichmond upon Thames14
MerseysideSt. Helens14
South YorkshireBarnsley14
West YorkshireHuddersfield14
GloucestershireForest and Gloucester14
West MidlandsWest Midlands G115
West YorkshireKeighley15
Metropolitan PoliceBromley15
HertfordshireHertfordshire Central15
Metropolitan PoliceCroydon15
West MidlandsWest Midlands F115
Thames ValleyChiltern Vale15
West MerciaTelford and the Wrekin (G Division)15
West MidlandsWest Midlands D215
West MidlandsSolihull15
DerbyshireDerby (D Division)16
West YorkshireWakefield16
LeicestershireWest Leicestershire16
West MidlandsWest Midlands K116
NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire Northern16
West MidlandsWest Midlands M116
Metropolitan PoliceCity of Westminster17
Greater ManchesterWigan17
West MidlandsWest Midlands H117
Metropolitan PoliceBarking and Dagenham17
Metropolitan PoliceHarrow17
StaffordshireStoke on Trent17
Thames ValleyOxford18
LancashireLancashire Central18
Greater ManchesterBury18
SussexBrighton and Hove18
Metropolitan PoliceRedbridge18
West MidlandsWest Midlands J118
West MidlandsWest Midlands M318
Metropolitan PoliceKensington and Chelsea18
Metropolitan PoliceGreenwich19
Metropolitan PoliceTower Hamlets19
Metropolitan PoliceWaltham Forest19
South YorkshireSheffield South19
Metropolitan PoliceEnfield19
West YorkshireCity and Holbeck CA19
Greater ManchesterTrafford20
West MidlandsWest Midlands G220
Thames ValleyReading and Wokingham20
Metropolitan PoliceNewham20
Metropolitan PoliceBarnet20
West MidlandsWest Midlands F320
Metropolitan PoliceHillingdon20
West MidlandsWest Midlands E220
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire Area D21
Metropolitan PoliceWandsworth21
HumbersideNorth Lincolnshire21
Greater ManchesterTameside21
Metropolitan PoliceHounslow21
West MidlandsWest Midlands E321
West MidlandsWest Midlands K221
West MidlandsWest Midlands M222
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire Area A22
Greater ManchesterRochdale22
Metropolitan PoliceEaling22
NorthumbriaNewcastle Central22
South YorkshireSheffield North22
West MidlandsWest Midlands F222
Greater ManchesterOldham23
West MidlandsWest Midlands D323
Metropolitan PoliceSouthwark23
Metropolitan PoliceLewisham23
Greater ManchesterStockport23
West MidlandsWest Midlands E124
Metropolitan PoliceLambeth24
Metropolitan PoliceCamden24
South YorkshireDoncaster24
West MidlandsWest Midlands D124
West YorkshireBradford North25
Metropolitan PoliceBrent25
West YorkshireBradford South26
Metropolitan PoliceHammersmith and Fulham26
South YorkshireSheffield Central27
LeicestershireCentral Leicestershire27
MerseysideNorth Liverpool28
West YorkshireChapel Town AC28
Greater ManchesterSalford28
Metropolitan PoliceIslington29
Metropolitan PoliceHackney30
West YorkshireKillingbeck BB30
HumbersideNorth East Lincolnshire30
Thames ValleySlough and District30
MerseysideSouth Liverpool30
HumbersideKingston upon Hull31
Greater ManchesterBolton31
Metropolitan PoliceHaringey32
Greater ManchesterNorth Manchester34
West YorkshirePudsey and Weetwood AA39
Greater ManchesterSouth Manchester41
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire Area C55
London, City ofBishopsgate*
London, City ofSnowhill*
Avon and SomersetBristol(21)
Avon and SomersetCentral Bristol(21)
Avon and SomersetNorth Bristol(21)
Avon and SomersetSouth Bristol(21)
EssexStansted Airport
HampshireBasingstoke and Deane(21)
Metropolitan PoliceHeathrow
NorthumbriaGateshead East(21)
NorthumbriaGateshead West(21)
NorthumbriaNewcastle East(21)
NorthumbriaNewcastle North(21)
NorthumbriaNewcastle West(21)
NorthumbriaNorth Northumberland(21)
NorthumbriaNorth Tyneside(21)
NorthumbriaSouth Tyneside(21)
NorthumbriaSouth-East Northumberland(21)
NorthumbriaSouth-West Northumberland(21)
NorthumbriaSunderland West(21)

(21) Changes in BCU boundaries mean that figures for 2003–04 and 2004–05 are not comparable.
1. Metropolitan police figures will not agree with totals published in 'Crime in England and Wales 2004–05' since not all crimes are assigned to BCUs.
2. Offence rates are not applicable for airports as they have no resident population.
3. All crime rates are based on mid-2003 population estimates supplied by the Office for National Statistics.
4. Caution needs to be taken when considering crime rates of city centre areas, due to the very small population and household levels in these areas. The very high reported crime rates in city centres are partly due to the use of small resident population and household figures as the denominator of the crime rate. The 'transient population' that migrates into these areas on a daily basis, either for work or leisure, will not be reflected in the resident population figures. Changes in population estimates between years must also be borne in mind when comparing changes in crime rates.

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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there have been in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [47790]

Hazel Blears: Police officer numbers have increased
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by 15,588 (12 per cent.) between March 2001 and September 2005. The following table sets out the year by year numbers and the increase. In addition to police officers, at the end of September 2005 there were 6,324 community support officers and a record 71,967 police (support) staff involved in the delivery of policing.
Police officer strength March 2001 to September 2005

As at 31 MarchPolice officer strengthIncrease/ decreasePolice staff strengthIncreaseCommunity Support Officer strength
2005 (30 September)141,270-871,9671,2806,324

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to the police on procedures to follow when they need to verify the identity of a suspect whose face is covered for religious reasons. [45542]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Section 64A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 provides that photographs can be taken of persons detained at a police station and elsewhere than at a police station. Under the PACE Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers (Code D), the officer proposing to take a detainee's photograph may require the person to remove any item or substance worn on, or over, or any part of, their head or face. If the person does not comply with such a requirement, the officer may remove the item or substance. In order to obtain a suspect's consent and co-operation to remove an item of religious headwear or face covering to take a photograph, officer should consider whether in the removal of the situation the removal of the headwear or covering and the taking of the photograph should be by an officer of the same sex as the person. It would be appropriate for these actions to be conducted out of public view.

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he received a business plan from the police authorities of Wales relating to the creation of a single strategic force in Wales. [44278]

Hazel Blears: A single joint submission from all four Welsh police forces and authorities was received by the 23 December 2005 deadline.

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