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Mr. Boateng: Receipts from stamp duty charged on sales of land and property, for the last five financial years for which figures are available, from the Inland Revenue Statistics website http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take to assist (a) North Yorkshire police and (b) other forces to tackle the impact of early retirement on officer levels. 
Mr. Denham: The Home Office has asked the Police Negotiating Board to explore and agree ways to deliver a fair and more consistent approach towards early retirement due to ill health, so that forces, including North Yorkshire police, can match the performance of the best quartile by 2005. We also hope to introduce a national Occupational Health strategy for the police service, which should assist forces to manage cases of ill-health more effectively at the outset.
Mr. Denham: Official statistics on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued are based on quarterly returns received from magistrates courts committees (MCC). A review identified an under-count and my Department therefore undertook an exercise with
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the police to obtain more reliable figures. As a result of this reconciliation exercise the total number of ASBOs issued up until the end of September this year was 466, 184 more than previously reported. A breakdown by MCC area is given in the table.
|MCC area||Up to 31 May 2000||1 June 2000 to 30 September 2001||Total|
|Avon and Somerset||9||19||28|
|Devon and Cornwall||1||9||10|
|England and Wales||104||466||466|
(12) Implemented from 1 April 1999 and data collected centrally from 1 June 2000 (including data from reconciliation exercise)
(13) Greater London Magistrates Courts Authority
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the investigation of the National Black Police Association complaints against DAC Hayman and Superintendent Norman. 
Mr. Denham: I am assured by the Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that both the authority and the Metropolitan police service have taken all necessary and appropriate action as outlined in the relevant police regulations and legislation to deal with matters with due promptness and diligence.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action will be taken in relation to the investigating officer who authorised the interception of legally privileged conversations of Dr. Ali Dizaei in his role as the legal adviser to the National Black Police Association. 
Mr. Denham: I understand from the Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority that the authority has received a complaint into which it is making preliminary inquiries under the provisions of the Police (Conduct) (Senior Officers) Regulations 1999.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the impact on black staff in the Police Service who sought legal advice from Dr. Ali Dizaei by the recording, transcription or use of privileged conversations of the legal adviser to the National Black Police Association. 
Mr. Denham: I have no plans at present to institute a review. I would refer the hon. Member to my letter to him of 9 November, which clarifies the position regarding the telephone calls that Superintendent Dizaei made in connection with his National Black Police Association business. A copy of this letter is in the Library.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 12 December 2001]: There is no average figure for the accuracy of speed cameras. In order to ensure their accuracy and reliability all speed cameras have to be of a type approved by the Secretary of State, after rigorous testing, before evidence from them can be used in proceedings.
Measurements of vehicle speed are made by radar or by sensors in the road. Radar displays a primary speed using several hundred measurements taken during the passage of the vehicle through its beam. It requires most of these to be within two kilometres per hour. Devices using sensors on or in the road show a primary speed which is the lower of two measurements taken between different sensor pairs. The speed is only shown when they agree within two miles per hour.
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and how the money is apportioned between (a) local police forces, (b) local authorities and (c) the Home Office. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 12 December 2001]: The table gives information on the number of fixed penalties for speeding offences over the last five years where cameras have provided the evidence and the estimated revenue from fines. All the money has been paid to Her Majesty's (HM) Treasury.
|Fixed penalties||Estimated revenue (£ million)|
1. Automatic cameras from 1995 until 1998, all camera types for 1999.
2. Estimate based on number of fixed penalty notices accepted for payment at £40 each from 1995 to 1999 for England and Wales.
3. Figures for 2000 not yet available.
From April 2000 eight partnerships, comprising local police forces, local authorities, highways authorities and magistrates courts have been piloting a new 'netting off' scheme. This allows the fixed penalty revenue from speed and red-light traffic cameras to be re-invested to fund additional camera enforcement.
Under the scheme, local magistrates courts within a partnership collect all fixed-penalty notice and fine revenue from offenders. The element to be netted off goes to the partnership's Local Authority, which acts as treasurer for the scheme, and distributes the funds to each of the partners on the basis of invoiced spend. Any revenue not used for camera enforcement goes to HM Treasury. The Home Office receives no money.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 12 December 2001]: Speed cameras indicate whether or not a driver may be exceeding the speed limit. The enforcement of speed limits is an operational matter for chief officers of police. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) published guidelines on speed enforcement thresholds in February 2000 to support a transparent and consistent approach, while recognising that not all speeding offences are the same. The police retain discretion to take account of the particular circumstances of any individual speeding incident.
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