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Antisocial Behaviour: Gwent

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were confiscated as a result of anti-social behaviour in Islwyn constituency in each of the last five years. [231610]

Mr. Alan Campbell: Information on the number of vehicles confiscated as a result of antisocial behaviour is not collected centrally by the Home Office.

Crime: Children

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to include people under the age of 16 years of age in the British Crime Survey; and if she will make a statement. [231709]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The Home Office has already announced that we plan to extend the British Crime Survey to people under the age of 16 from January 2009.

A National Statistics consultation seeking users' views on our proposals was carried out during the summer. Responses to this consultation are currently being considered and the Home Office will publish a document summarising comments received and its response in due course.

Crime: Petrol Stations

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) assaults, (b) robberies and (c) other crimes were committed at petrol stations in (i) Lancashire and (ii) nationally in each of the last three years. [230935]

Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 27 October 2008]: The information requested is not collected centrally. It is not possible to determine the number of offences occurring at petrol stations from the recorded crime data collected by the Home Office.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) Neighbourhood Wardens: an Evaluation of Selected Schemes, (b) Approved Premises: Referrals, Admissions and Outcomes, (c) Implementing Diversionary Restorative Justice: Lessons Learnt, (d) Process Study of Offender Management in the North West region and (e) Organised Crime: Revenues, Economic and Social Costs, and Criminal Assets Available for Seizure. [219060]


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Mr. Alan Campbell: A copy of the draft unpublished research reports on “Neighbourhood Wardens: an Evaluation of Selected Schemes” and on “Organised Crime: Revenues, Economic and Social Costs and Criminal Assets Available for Seizure” will be placed in the Library as requested.

The reports on “Premises: Referrals, Admissions and Outcomes”, “Implementing Diversionary Restorative Justice: Lessons Learnt” and “Process Study of Offender Management in the North West region” are now held in the Ministry of Justice following the machinery of government changes implemented in May 2007.

The Ministry of Justice will write to you separately regarding the release of these reports.

Domestic Violence

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) recorded and (b) estimated actual number of incidents of domestic violence against (i) women and (ii) men was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [229293]

Mr. Alan Campbell: From the information collected centrally on police recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

The British Crime Survey (BCS) is a nationally representative survey of adults living in private households in England and Wales. The survey asks about crimes that have been experienced in the last 12 months including those not reported to or recorded by the police. Latest estimates from the 2007-08 BCS, show that 288,000 incidents of domestic violence were committed against women and 52,000 incidents against men.

Domestic Violence: Gloucestershire

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of offences related to domestic violence were reported in each police division in Gloucestershire in the latest year for which figures are available. [229608]

Mr. Alan Campbell: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.


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The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales, but it is not possible to break the statistics down by police force area.

Domestic Violence: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of offences related to domestic violence were reported in each police division of Hertfordshire constabulary in the latest year for which figures are available. [231107]

Mr. Alan Campbell: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales, but it is not possible to break the statistics down by police force area.

Driving Offences

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for driving without a licence or insurance in (i) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (ii) Cambridgeshire, (iii) the East of England and (iv) England and Wales in each of the last five years. [229290]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. The offence of driving without a licence or insurance is not a notifiable offence and does not form a part of the arrests collection.

Available information on convictions held by the Ministry of Justice, for the offences of 'driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence' and 'using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks', from 2002-06 (latest available) are provided in the following tables. 2007 data should be available end of November 2008.

Data are available at police force area level only.

Table A: Findings of guilt at magistrates courts for the offence of 'using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks( 1) , within Cambridgeshire police force area, the East of England and England and Wales, 2002-06
Number of offences

2002 2003( 2) 2004 2005 2006

Cambridgeshire

2,298

2,728

2,678

2,827

3,430

East of England

21,569

24,917

23,965

23,464

23,430

England and Wales

288,499

323,367

322,814

287,198

265,749

(1) An offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143(2)
(2) As from 1 June 2003, 'driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks' became a fixed penalty offence.
Notes:
1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences may be less than complete.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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Table B: Findings of guilt at magistrates courts for the offence of driving without a licence( 1) within Cambridgeshire police force area, the East of England and England and Wales, 2002-06
Number of offences

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Cambridgeshire

1,265

1,399

1,591

1,649

1,826

East of England

11,834

13,859

14,016

13,681

12,645

England and Wales

170,910

196,848

207,040

183,788

160,727

(1) An offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 87 (1) and (2) as amended.
Notes:
1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences may be less than complete.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have been (a) stopped by police, (b) charged, (c) convicted, (d) fined and (e) cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone in each police force area in each year since the ban came into force. [230639]

Mr. Alan Campbell: Information requested on the number of drivers stopped or charged for using hand held mobile phones while driving is not collected centrally. Data on court proceedings for the offence have been provided in lieu of charging.

Available information taken from the Court proceedings Database held by the Ministry of Justice from 2003 to 2006 (latest available) is provided in table 1. 2007 data should be available end of November 2008.

As the majority of ‘use of hand held mobile phone while driving’ offences are dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice, data on the number issued are also included in table 2, covering the period from 2003 to 2006.


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Table 1: Proceedings, findings of guilt and fines imposed at magistrates courts for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 1,2) by police force area, England and Wales, 2003-06
Number of offences
2003 2004
Police force area Total court proceedings( 2) Total findings of guilt Total number of court fines Total court proceedings( 2) Total findings of guilt Total number of court fines

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

19

19

18

Bedfordshire

1

1

1

5

5

5

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

7

6

6

Cheshire

0

0

0

2

1

1

Cleveland

0

0

0

4

3

3

Cumbria

0

0

0

24

24

23

Derbyshire

0

0

0

17

16

16

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

19

17

16

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

0

Durham

0

0

0

1

1

1

Essex

0

0

0

28

25

25

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

1

1

1

Greater Manchester

0

0

0

73

65

64

Hampshire

0

0

0

18

15

15

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

6

6

6

Humberside

0

0

0

4

4

4

Kent

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lancashire

0

0

0

17

16

15

Leicestershire

0

0

0

12

9

8

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

9

5

5

London, City of

0

0

0

7

5

5

Merseyside

0

0

0

22

20

10

Metropolitan Police

0

0

0

203

124

116

Norfolk

0

0

0

20

15

13

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northumbria

0

0

0

32

29

26

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

18

18

16

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

8

7

6

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

12

12

11

Staffordshire

0

0

0

11

10

9

Suffolk

0

0

0

7

4

4

Surrey

0

0

0

9

7

7

Sussex

0

0

0

1

1

1

Thames Valley

0

0

0

24

21

20

Warwickshire

0

0

0

7

7

7

West Mercia

0

0

0

17

15

14

West Midlands

0

0

0

61

52

46

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

11

9

9

Wiltshire

0

0

0

21

19

18

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

13

13

13

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

3

3

3

South Wales

0

0

0

16

12

11

England and Wales

1

1

1

789

641

596


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