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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of his Department's website was in real terms in each of the last four years; and how many hits it received in each of those years. 
Angela Eagle: The available information for the main Home Office website is shown in the table. Because members of the website team have not been employed exclusively on this work throughout the period, their costs have been excluded from this table.
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|Year||Cost||Number of page impressions|
|199899||Not separately identified||Not available|
|200102||£133,339||7,969,832 (to 30/9/01)|
The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) established a separate site in late 2000. It measures unique visitors to the site, not the number of hits or page impressions. There were 836,711 unique visitors to the IND site during the year 2001, the first full year of operation.
With almost half of the homes in the United Kingdom now online* and public access on the rise, our website is an invaluable tool for disseminating important information to the public and in opening up new areas of knowledge about Home Office activity in general. It is a cost-effective vehicle that allows us to speak to many people at once and offers the option for anyone to give us their feedback.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 since the 19 December 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Blunkett: Nine foreign nationals have so far been detained using powers in Part IV of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act. Of those detained two have left the United Kingdom voluntarily; the other seven remain in detention.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been held under suspicion of being a terrorist under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. 
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 11 March 2002]: Nine foreign nationals have so far been detained using powers in part IV of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act. Of those detained two have left the United Kingdom voluntarily; the other seven remain in detention.
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SDA Protec Ltd in the United Kingdom has carried out work across a number of Departments under arrangements approved by Government. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on individual commercial contracts.
Departments are required to ensure that any security contractor is reputable and reliable. Where a contractor needs access to sensitive official information then specific security standards must be met, and an appropriate security clearance is required for any employees requiring access to this information. Such companies are periodically inspected by the security authorities to ensure that these obligations are being fulfilled. If the hon. Member has any specific concerns I would be prepared to discuss these in confidence.
Mr. Denham: A list of all those statutes which make an explicit reference either to the police or to police authorities has, due to its length, been placed in the Library. Additional statutes relating to the criminal justice system have also been included. Other statutes may also affect the police service as they do a wide variety of other bodies and organisations, although their provisions do not deal specifically with policing or criminal justice issues. However, an investigation of all Acts of Parliament since 1990 to assess their possible effect on the police in this way is not possible without disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This would not be appropriate. The British Crime Survey asks respondents about their experiences of, and views about, crime. This is a different matter to road traffic injuries and fatalities, which may or may not be the result of a criminal act, such as dangerous driving.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of drink related and disorderly crime there were reported in 1997 and each subsequent year in (a) Preston, (b) Blackburn, (c) Lancashire, (d) the North West of England, (e) Wales and (f) the UK. 
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year in (a) Preston, (b) Blackburn, (c) Lancashire, (d) the North West of England, (e) Wales and (f) the UK. 
There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which expanded the offences covered, and placed a greater emphasis on counting crimes in terms of numbers of victims. Numbers of recorded crimes after this date are therefore not directly comparable with previous years. Over England and Wales as a whole, the change in counting rules caused an increase in total recorded violent crime of 83 per cent.
It should be noted that recorded violent crime is subject to changes in reporting and recording. The 2001 British Crime Survey found that, over England and Wales as a whole, reporting to the police of violent offences in total rose from 37 per cent. in 1997 to 45 per cent. in the 2000 calendar year.
The British Crime Survey has also shown that, in England and Wales as a whole, the number of violent crimes recorded in the survey decreased by 23 per cent. between the 1997 and 2000 calendar years, whereas violent crime recorded by the police increased by an estimated 14 per cent. Violent crime recorded by the police may therefore not necessarily be a reflection of real changes in the level of violent crime.
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|Blackburn with Darwen2||||||1,423||1,996|
|North West of England||46,224||87,033||93,029||95,940|
|England and Wales||347,064||605,797||703,105||733,374|
1 Violent crime is comprised of violence against the person, sexual offences, and robbery.
2 Year ending March.
3 These figures are at Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) level.
No data available.
Mr. Denham: The information requested was published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin No. 23/01, "Police Service Strength, England and Wales, 30 September 2001" and can be found in Table 3. A copy of the Bulletin is in the Library.
|Police force||Chief Constables||Assistant Chief Constables||Superintendents||Chief Inspectors||Inspectors||Sergeants||Constables||Total Male Ranks|
|Avon and Somerset||1||3||23||29||135||411||1,971||2,573|
|Devon and Cornwall||1||3||30||33||130||385||1,865||2,447|
|London, City of 3||1||2||9||12||48||100||433||605|
|Total of all 43 forces||44||134||1,151||1,449||5,621||16,722||78,047||103,169|
|Total police officer strength||46||146||1,245||1,550||5,810||17,096||79,243||105,137|
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|Police force||Chief Constables||Assistant Chief Constables||Superintendents||Chief Inspectors||Inspectors||Sergeants||Constables||Total Female Ranks|
|Avon and Somerset||0||0||1||6||9||34||418||468|
|Devon and Cornwall||0||0||1||1||11||43||469||525|
|London, City of 3||0||0||0||1||3||7||83||94|
|Total of all 43 forces||4||13||78||117||413||1,885||19,289||21,800|
|Total police officer strength||4||13||81||127||435||1,932||19,502||22,094|
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|Police Force||Total Police Ranks||Total officers per 100,000 population||Total Constables||Constables per 100,000 population|
|Avon and Somerset||3,040||201.1||2,389||158.0|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,972||187.3||2,334||147.1|
|London, City of 3||699||||517|||
|Total of all 43 forces||124,969||236.0||97,337||183.9|
|Total police officer strength||127,231||240.3||100,153||182.4|
1 This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
2 The Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners are counted as Chief Constables.
3 Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan Police are combined.
4Secondments to Central Services and Inter-Force Units.
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