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Lord Bassam of Brighton: Transfer of responsibility for warrant enforcement, originally planned for 1 October 2000, has been rescheduled for 1 April 2001. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is arranging for the relevant funding, £4.34 million, to be allocated to police authorities according to police grant/Standard Spending Assessment levels for 2000-01.
|Avon & Somerset||£104,455|
|City of London||£32,866|
|Devon & Cornwall||£108,050|
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The House of Lords ruled in the appeal case of David Steed v the Home Office that a firearms compensation claimant could bring proceedings against the Home Office in the County Court to claim for unpaid compensation. In line with the normal court procedures in such a case, a claimant would also be entitled to claim simple interest at the statutory rate if successful and if the payment of compensation was regarded as being "late". The House of Lords did not stipulate what a reasonable
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Curfew orders with electronic monitoring were made available to all courts in England and Wales on 1 December 1999. From this date up to 20 November 2000, a total of 4,693 curfew orders with electronic monitoring have been made. Of these, 424 (9 per cent) have been revoked. Figures on the reasons for revocation are not centrally available.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Section 2 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 (now Section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000) provided for an automatic life sentence for a second serious sexual or violent offence. Section 3 of the 1997 Act (now Section 110 of the 2000 Act) provided for a minimum seven years' imprisonment for a person convicted for a third time of a Class A drug trafficking offence. These provisions were both implemented on 1 October 1997. Section 4 of the 1997 Act (now Section 111 of the 2000 Act) provides for a minimum sentence of three years' imprisonment. This was implemented on 1 December 1999.
We have a record of 260 life sentences imposed under what is now Section 109 of the PCC(S)A. We only have reliable figures for sentences imposed under what is now Section 110 of the PCC(S)A for the period from December 1999 to June 2000 inclusive. During that period, four offenders were sentenced under that provision. There have been no sentences under what is now Section 111 of the PCC(S)A.
|Mixed, White and Asian||1|
|Mixed, White and Black African||3|
|Mixed, White and Black Caribbean||8|
|Other Ethnic Group||0|
|Mixed, White and Asian||0|
|Mixed, White and Black African||2|
|Mixed, White and Black Caribbean||22|
|Other Ethnic Group||6|
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has today put a copy of his proposals for the allocation of police grant for 2001-02 in the Library. He intends to implement these proposals subject to consideration of any representations he receives about them.
|£ million||£ million||£ million||% increase|
|(a) Total Standard Spending||7,354||7,732||377||5.13|
|(b) Special police grants and central support services||219||531||312|
|(c) Police Authority capital||144||232||88|
Police funding proposals within the local government finance system are being announced today by my right honourable friend the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Ms Armstrong, and by the National Assembly for Wales. These proposals and my right honourable friend the Home Secretary's would provide Total Standard Spending on the police in England and Wales of £7,731.774 million, an increase of around £377.4 million or 5.1 per cent over the comparable provision for 2000-2001.
The overall increase is 5.1 per cent, but increases for individual police authorities vary. The formula used to determine the distribution of grant/Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) is unchanged for 2001-02. The main reasons for differences between police authorities result from changes in the data applied from one year to the next. These include changes in population, unemployment, projected pensions commitments and the Area Cost Adjustment.
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary proposes that the Metropolitan Police Service should continue to receive additional funding in recognition of its distinct national and capital city functions. It has proved very difficult for the principal formula to take account of these special circumstances. As in previous years, therefore, a special payment of grant will be made to the Metropolitan Police Service over and above that available through the principal formula. He has set the amount of this special payment at £191 million; which is included in the total provision.
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary proposes to make special payments of grant to the following police authorities in 2001-02 in recognition of the additional costs which will be incurred as a result of the changes to the Metropolitan Police District boundaries as follows:
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary intends to increase the provision of grant and supplementary credit approvals from £144.43 million this year to £157.43 million next year. Allocations will reflect any remaining outstanding undertakings given to support particular capital projects and will otherwise be guided as in previous years by the grant/SSA formula. In addition, capital grants for the introduction of Airwave (up to £75 million) will be made available to those police authorities taking up
Several projects to be carried forward next year were launched or increased with new money this year, in addition to that in the settlement for 2000-01. The original targets in the Crime Fighting Fund were accelerated (£24 million), the Rural Policing fund was introduced (£15 million), provision was made for special initiatives to counter robbery in metropolitan areas (£20 million) and a central programme of recruitment advertising to support local police authority initiatives was launched (£7 million).
The settlement continues to take account of my commitment to improve police efficiency. For the third year running, my right honourable friend the Home Secretary has set a target of 2 per cent efficiency gains year on year for the police service from 2001-2002. As in previous years, police authorities may invest the savings to help meet front line policing priorities. Police grant allocations for 2002-2003 will be considered in the light of police authorities meeting the 2 per cent efficiency targets. Authorities which fail to achieve the efficiency gain sought may be subject to an appropriate deduction from their resources. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is pleased that performance this year is such that it has not been necessary to apply this sanction to the grant allocations for 2001-2002.
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary expects police authorities in England to exercise restraint and sound financial management by setting budgets that are responsible, prudent and reasonable. We shall be monitoring the position very carefully. The National Assembly for Wales is responsible for exercising reserve powers to limit council tax increases in Wales.
|Police Authority||2000-01 Allocation(1) £m||2001-02 Allocation(1) £m||% Change|
|English Shire forces|
|Avon & Somerset||173.7||181.5||4.4%|
|Devon & Cornwall||178.9||187.9||5.0%|
|English Metropolitan forces|
|City of London(3)||56.4||57.4||1.8%|
(1) Rounded to the nearest £100,000. The Allocation is the sum of: Police Grant, Transitional Grant, Police SSA, Capital Finance SSA, SSA Reduction Grant and Central Support Protection Grant. Figures for Capital Finance SSA are provisional.
(2) Figure for the Metropolitan Police includes its Special Payment.
(3) Figure for the City includes Police SSA, Grant and SSA Reduction Grant, but excludes other SSAs (eg Capital Financing) and Central Support Protection Grant. These are allocated to the Common Council of the City of London as a whole in respect of all its functions.