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Data collected centrally at police force area level are not available by parliamentary constituency area.

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.

It is not possible to identify the individual circumstances of offences (such as whether they were alcohol related) from the data on arrests reported to the Home Office.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) men have been convicted of alcohol-related offences in each of the last five years. [266817]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The number of men and women found guilty at all courts for alcohol-related offences, by age group (the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10) and Government office region (GOR), from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is given in tables 1 and 2 respectively, which have been placed in the Library.

Data relating to those persons cautioned and proceeded against using the same conditions, have also been included as part of tables 1 and 2.

Data relating to the number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder (PND) for alcohol-related offences from 2004 to 2007 by GOR, age group (data are available for persons aged 16 and over) and sex are given in table 3, which has been placed in the Library. The PND scheme was implemented in all 43 police force areas in England and Wales in 2004.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the link between alcohol misuse and crime; what steps her Department is taking to tackle alcohol-related crime; and if she will make a statement. [269299]

Mr. Woolas: The Government have made a number of such assessments. The main one is the British Crime Survey (BCS), a report into ‘The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: An Evaluation (2008) by Hough et al' as well as ‘Violent Crime, Disorder and Criminal Damage Since the Introduction of the Licensing Act (2007) Babb et al'.

In addition to piloting alcohol arrest referral schemes, the Government are taking a number of steps to tackle alcohol-related crime. These include the provisions in the Policing and Crime Bill which will introduce a mandatory code for all alcohol retailers, and will give licensing authorities new powers to clamp down on specific problems in their areas. We have also given £3 million to Crime and Disorder Reduction partnerships (CDRPs) in order to undertake multi-agency enforcement activities on specific alcohol-related problems. We have made available a further £1.5 million to our top 50 priority areas which have the highest levels of alcohol-related crime and disorder and public concern about drunk or rowdy behaviour. This money has been used to tackle under age sales, to confiscate alcohol from under 18's
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and to run communications campaigns to tell local people what action is being taken in their area. We have also just finished the series of 13 alcohol training enforcement workshops for front-line practitioners.

Animal Experiments: Licensing

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of (a) the conditions in which monkeys are held at Nafovanny, Long Thanh, Vietnam and (b) the appropriateness of allowing the importation of monkeys from that facility under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. [267754]

Mr. Malik: In July 2008, a review of the Nafovanny Centre against the published qualifying criteria confirmed the centre as category A (no issues or only minor issues noted). Nafovanny's suitability was reviewed again in February 2009 in the light of a recent campaign report, in which allegations were made about the use and condition of some small cages. As a result, the centre remains acceptable as a source of non-human primates, but has been reassigned as category B (issues identified that require further monitoring by the Inspectorate and/or action by the breeding centre). Accordingly, a visit by the Home Office Inspectorate to Nafovanny has been arranged and is scheduled to be completed before the end of May 2009. Since the date of the last assessment there have been no requests from users to acquire animals from Nafovanny.

Ashford Borough Council

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants her Department has made to Ashford borough council in each year since 2005-06; what sums were awarded; under what budget category each grant was made; and how much was allocated for grants in 2009-10. [269174]

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Mr. Woolas: The Department has not made any grant payments directly to Ashford borough council, and there are no plans to do so.

However, Ashford BC may have benefited indirectly under the Department’s funding of Kent county council for the following grant streams:

Association of Chief Police Officers

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in each year since 2000; for what purpose; what restrictions apply to the use of the money; what discussions she has had since January 2008 with the President of ACPO; and if she will make a statement. [259061] [Official Report, 21 July 2009, Vol. 496, c. 7MC.]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office has provided funding for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) since 1997.

In addition to an annual grant in aid payment, the Home Office has made regular payments to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to fund a number of specific projects or in support of initiatives that are best delivered by those with professional police experience. All the grants are prescribed only for the project or use specified. From the information currently held by the Department, the payments made to ACPO since 2006-07 have been listed as an annex to this response.

The Home Secretary and I meet Sir Ken Jones, the current President of ACPO, regularly to discuss a range of issues, including the projects in which ACPO are involved. This is in addition to frequent telephone conversations and joint attendance at conferences and events. Formal notes of these meetings are not available to place in the House Library.

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Home Office payments to ACPO
Financial year
Project 2006-07 (£) 2007-08 (£) 2008-09 (£) Detail( 1)

Grant Aid




To meet the costs of the ACPO president and part of the ACPO office costs



To fund the ACPO Change and Implementation Support Team

Criminal Records project




UK Central Authority for exchange of criminal records

Operation Sycamore


Investigation into prostitution project

Community Tensions project




To fund the ACPO National Community Tensions Team

Domestic Extremism project




To fund the ACPO Domestic Extremism Team

Disaster Victims Identification




To fund the ACPO UK DIVI Management Team

Stockwell project


Learning lessons of the Stockwell incident

Drugs Conference


Contribution to ACPO conference

Cannabis cultivation


Funding part of the costs of a co-ordinator

Wildlife crime




Funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit

Vehicle Intelligence


Funding for ACPO Vehicle Intelligence Service

Car Parking




Funding for ACPO Safer Car parking Scheme

Co-ordination of Counter-Terrorism policing



Funds the national co-ordination functions: the National Coordinator of Special Branch, media liaison work, CT training needs analysis and the police contribution to the Border Management programme.




Prevent Channel project



Prevent policing

Protective Services



Co-ordination costs

Level 2


Level 2 project

Operation Overt


PNICC work on the air terrorist action




Setting up regional intelligence units

Policing the Olympics


Co-ordinating work

Prisoner Intelligence Network




Support funding for programme

AVCIS (ACPO vehicle crime intelligence service)


Organised vehicle crime investigation



Freight crime intelligence service




Contribution to ACPO organised drugs conference

Operation Cube (ACRO)




DNA analysis

Operation Element (National Community Tension Team)



NCTT—Operation Element (2007-08 funding)

Knife Crime




Knife Crime £100,000 funding approximately agreed for 8 months (mid-September 2008 to mid-May 2009)

Domestic violence posters




Domestic violence awareness campaign. Grant agreement signed—funding awaited





(1) Funding allocated for these purposes only.

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