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Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what types of data are included within the code of practice which his Department is drawing up for data retention by communications service providers. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: I will draw up the Code of Practice in consultation with communications service providers and the law enforcement and security and intelligence agencies. The general definition of communications is in Part I, Chapter II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The types of data within that category that will be covered by the code will be agreed in the course of consultation. That way we can be sure that both sides are clear about the types of data which are retained.
Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has in respect of the retention of communications data by communication service providers; and whether this will be (a) voluntary or (b) mandatory. 
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Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: I intend to make it clear that communications service providers may retain data for up to 12 months for law enforcement and national security purposes. I will then work with the telecommunications industry to develop a voluntary code of practice on retention of data.
|Year(16)||Police officer strength||Special constable strength||Civilian support staff strength|
(16) As at 31 March
(17) Special constable numbers for 1991 to 1993 are for 31 December
In the latter part of the 1990s the chief constable civilianised a significant number of non-operational police posts, which accounts for the fall in police numbers from 1997 to 2000. At the end of August 2001 the force had 2,948 officers. Much of the recent increase reflects the success of the crime fighting fund.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 68W, on Sussex police numbers, what are the working-time equivalent numbers for (a) the 2,963 police officers and 1,573 civilian support staff employed by the Sussex constabulary, (b) the 108
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additional police officers and 119 additional civilian support staff taken on since March 2001 and (c) the expected 224 new recruits in the current year. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 29 October 2001]: The figures provided by the acting chief constable of Sussex police in the answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 68W, are full-time equivalent numbers for officers and civilian support staff except for the expected new recruits in the current year. The projection for new recruits (224) is actual officer numbers because predictions cannot be made on whether new recruits will be full or part-time officers.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days in 2001 the Home Office computer system has incorrectly issued permissions for exceptional leave to remain; and how many such permissions were issued. 
Angela Eagle: Where appropriate, decisions on exceptional leave to remain are taken by caseworkers after a full consideration of the facts of the asylum application. I am not aware of any exceptional leave to remain decisions being made as a result of computer error.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) families, (b) single persons and (c) persons of all categories including dependants, received voucher-only support in each of the last six months for which data exist. 
Angela Eagle: The table shows the number of asylum seekers, in each of the requested categories, who were receiving voucher-only support as at the end of each of the last six months for which data exist 1 , 2 .
|As at end of||Families(20)||Singles||Total (excluding dependants)||Total (including dependants)|
(18) Figures have been rounded to the nearest ten. Figures may not sum owing to rounding.
(19) Cases where support has been ceased are excluded.
(20) A family, in this context, is defined as any principal applicant with at least one dependant.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: Officials in the three Departments concerned (Home Office, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and Lord Chancellor's Department) are currently engaged in taking stock of the detailed and comprehensive responses to the Road Traffic Penalties
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Consultation Paper which was published on 19 December 2000. A considered Government report containing a summary of the responses received and final set of recommendations will be published in the near future.
Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners (a) are known to have taken illegal drugs and (b) have tested positive at a later date in each of the last three years; and what percentage the latter represents. 
Beverley Hughes: Information on the use of illegal drugs in Prison Service establishments is provided by the random Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT) programme. Information as to how many prisoners tested positive more than once is not held centrally.
|Year||Number of positive random MDT results||Total number of random MDT tests|
(21) Year to 31 August 2001.
Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on the proportion of those convicted of car theft who have previous car theft convictions; and what assessment he has made of the consequences of those figures for future policy. 
Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the offending rate for car theft for (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16, and (d) 17-year-old (i) males and (ii) females in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Denham: Information for 1997, 1998 and 1999 taken from the Home Office's Cautions and Court Proceedings Databases showing the number of persons aged (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16 and (d) 17, broken down into (i) males and (ii) females, cautioned by the police or convicted at all courts for: (a) theft of a motor vehicle, (b) aggravated vehicle taking, (c) being carried knowing vehicle to have been taken or driven away, unauthorised taking and carrying away of a motor vehicle (Theft Act Section 12(1) as amended by the Section 37 Criminal Justice Act 1998), per 100,000 population for each age is given in the table.
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|Offence type and gender||1997||1998||1999|
|Theft of a motor vehicle|
|Aggravated vehicle taking|
|Unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle(22)|
(22) Including offences of "being carried knowing vehicle to have been taken or driven away"
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