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Crime Prevention

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households have used the Lock Out Crime scheme in Northern Ireland since inception. [178318]

Paul Goggins: A total of 18,216 households registered for the Lock Out Crime scheme and 16,928 homes had additional home security devices installed.

Prisoners: Correspondence

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what monitoring takes place of mail (a) sent to and (b) received by inmates in Northern Ireland prisons. [175793]

Paul Goggins: All mail sent to and received by inmates in Northern Ireland prisons is opened by prison staff and checked for any illicit enclosures or contraband.

A 10 per cent. sample of mail sent and received is randomly censored by prison staff for security reasons.

The only exception to this is legal and privileged mail. A record is kept of all mail sent to, and received by, inmates.

Rape

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place to provide counselling and advice to victims of male rape in Northern Ireland. [174860]

Paul Goggins: The provision of counselling services to victims of rape is now the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Administration, however, the Northern Ireland Office does fund Victim Support Northern Ireland to provide information, help and emotional support to all victims of crime. Victim support will also make onward referrals to organisations such as Nexus who provide counselling services to victims of sexual violence.

The Northern Ireland Office is working jointly with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to develop a cross-cutting regional strategy on sexual violence which will be published in spring 2008. One of its key objectives is the establishment of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre which will provide immediate medical care, advice and other support services to all victims of sexual violence.

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accusations of rape were withdrawn in circumstances where admission of false allegations were made in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [174861]

Paul Goggins: Figures relating to the numbers of rape allegations which are withdrawn in circumstances where there is admission of false allegations are not recorded in the format requested.

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Bank of Credit and Commerce International: Insolvency

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the administration and liquidation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International began; what fees were collected by insolvency practitioners and their advisers in relation to the Bank; and when the liquidation was finalised. [178446]

Mr. McFadden: The UK operation of BCCI was placed into provisional liquidation on 5 July 1991. At about the same time BCCI operations in Luxembourg (its place of registration) and in the Cayman Islands were also put into provisional liquidation. On 14 January 1992, attempts at rescue having failed, the High Court ordered that BCCI be wound up and similar orders were made in the other jurisdictions at about that time.

The most recent date at which the costs of the liquidation are available is 15 January 2007, from the annual report to the Secretary of State. The English liquidators’ remuneration totalled US $337 million paid and legal fees incurred by the English liquidators totalled US $225 million. In addition to those legal fees are the amounts which have been paid to the Bank of England following the abandonment of the liquidators’ action in 2006, which totalled some £85 million, including VAT and interest. It is noteworthy that despite the high costs total moneys received by the UK liquidators as at 15 January 2007 amounted to just over US $4.1 billion and there had been five dividends to
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creditors who had by then received 81 per cent. of their debts. The liquidators paid a further dividend of 3 per cent. on 27 November 2007 and expect to make a further payment but are unable to provide detail at present.

The liquidation is not yet finalized. The liquidators are making every effort to conclude the liquidation and pay final amounts to creditors as soon as possible, however, the English liquidation is one of several worldwide that are closely linked and only when they are all substantially complete will it be possible for a formal conclusion in this country.

Bankruptcy

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals in each (a) age cohort and (b) London borough filed for bankruptcy in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [178420]

Mr. McFadden: The number of bankruptcies by age, and separately, by London borough can be seen in tables 1 and 2 as follows. This level of detailed information is only available for the years 2000 to 2006.

Table 1: Number of bankruptcy orders in England and Wales
Age group 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Under 25

876

1,051

1,254

1,725

2,648

3,498

4,006

25 to 34

5,810

6,258

6,339

7,233

9,319

11,844

15,539

35 to 44

6,358

6,964

7,210

8,265

10,377

13,590

18,532

45 to 54

4,181

4,413

4,410

5,128

6,206

8,447

11,644

55 to 64

1,662

1,908

2,145

2,633

3,405

4,707

6,662

65 and over

403

418

587

713

983

1,470

2,262

Missing ages

1,980

2,266

2,082

2,151

2,762

3,720

4,300

Total

21,270

23,278

24,027

27,848

35,700

47,276

62,945



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Table 2: Number of bankruptcy orders in London boroughs
London borough 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Barking and Dagenham

49

45

40

82

86

132

224

Barnet

66

86

85

94

135

215

250

Bexley

62

69

66

89

119

178

182

Brent

55

58

47

68

91

112

197

Bromley

60

77

64

80

123

219

312

Camden

42

66

50

105

143

202

264

City of London

7

1

2

5

6

7

10

City of Westminster

58

63

82

99

123

169

190

Croydon

72

76

85

96

139

207

282

Ealing

58

43

55

74

108

154

194

Enfield

53

71

66

76

119

120

187

Greenwich

58

48

77

90

121

190

250

Hackney

29

45

58

76

129

195

265

Hammersmith and Fulham

30

36

52

45

98

134

147

Haringey

52

39

54

62

113

135

217

Harrow

50

56

50

55

64

98

153

Havering

62

56

49

89

94

169

181

Hillingdon

69

49

47

74

83

163

202

Hounslow

41

61

44

62

120

153

202

Islington

46

45

67

76

142

199

243

Kensington and Chelsea

53

58

60

83

125

149

181

Kingston upon Thames

42

23

55

46

79

89

130

Lambeth

56

73

95

154

372

403

319

Lewisham

59

60

52

70

109

180

238

Merton

41

36

43

64

91

107

105

Newham

53

38

61

98

112

150

243

Redbridge

42

62

51

73

95

143

195

Richmond upon Thames

33

45

65

64

81

103

136

Southwark

35

54

69

107

182

246

274

Sutton

31

41

59

59

98

125

183

Tower Hamlets

88

76

102

131

169

214

249

Waltham Forest

45

48

31

55

96

134

216

Wandsworth

50

57

48

87

93

140

164


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