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Information on fixed penalty notices issued by the Staffordshire police force can be found in the annual Home Office publication Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary tablestables 20(b) and 20(c) refer. The publication is available on the Research Development and Statistics (RDS) website. Copies of the publication are also available in the Library.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government will decide whether to sign the European Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Prime Minister announced on the 22 January the UKs intention to sign the Council of Europe Convention. Details on how implementation will be taken forward are currently being developed.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued in each of the last three years for (i) burglaries, (ii) theft and (iii) other offences; and if he will make a statement. 
The Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) Scheme was rolled out to all police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. Under the scheme, the police are able to issue penalty notices of either £50 or £80, for a specified range of minor disorder offences including (minor) shop theft of goods under £200. PNDs cannot be issued for burglary offences. The power to issue a penalty notice is a discretionary one and provides an additional option to other methods of disposal including custody.
As the PND Scheme was introduced in 2004, data on the number of PNDs issued are only available for 2004 and 2005 (shop theft became a PND offence on 1 November 2004). This is provided in table B. Provisional data on the number of PNDs issued for the whole of 2006 will be available in April 2007.
|Table A: Offenders cautioned for burglary, theft and all other offences, England and Wales, 2003 to 2005( 1)|
|(1) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.|
However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
|Table B: Penalty notices for disorder issued for shoplifting and all other offences, England and Wales, 2004, 2005 and January to June 2006 provisional figures( 1)|
|(1) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.|
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what different types of specific grants that his Department has allocated to police authorities in Gloucestershire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
|Gloucestershire specific grant funding 1997-98 to 2007-08|
|(1) Was originally included within general grant.|
Mr. Coaker: Organised immigration crime is the second priority for the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) after drugs and shall aim to devote broadly 25 per cent. of its resources to tackling it. SOCA does not comment on operational matters but will publish an annual report following the end of the financial year on the exercise of its functions during the year.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer question (a) 112034, on the company Veritas, and (b) 112035, on contracts held between English police forces and Veritas, tabled on 24 January by the hon. Member for Taunton. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) composition, (b) objectives and (c) cost of the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan. 
Dr. Howells: The General Affairs and External Relations Council of the European Union agreed on 12 February an European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing with linkages to the wider rule of law. The mission will work towards an Afghan police force in local ownership, that respects human rights and operates within the framework of the rule of law. The mission will build on current efforts, and follow a comprehensive and strategic approach. In doing so, the mission will address issues of police reform at central, regional and provincial level, as appropriate. Detailed planning is under way, which will determine the composition and cost of the mission.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan is expected to commence; and whether the UK will be contributing to the mission. 
Dr. Howells: The UK will be contributing to an European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing, with linkages to the wider rule of law, which should be launched in the first half of this year.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK has taken since July 2005 to promote regional economic co-operation between Afghanistan and its neighbours; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: Since July 2005 the UK has played an important role in promoting regional economic co-operation between Afghanistan and its neighbours. Under the G8 presidency the UK was instrumental in initiating the first Regional Economic Co-operation Conference (RECC) in Kabul in December 2005 aimed at developing economic ties and trade between Afghanistan and its neighbours. The event represented an important milestone in Afghanistans progress towards greater regional economic integration. I had the pleasure of co-chairing proceedings alongside the then Afghan Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The UK was also a full participant in the second RECC hosted by India in November 2006 where I again represented the UK.
In April 2007 Afghanistan will assume its full membership of the South Asia Association for Regional Co-operation. The UK is committed to ensuring the progress Afghanistan has made in improving its regional economic integration continues into the future.
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the European Gendarmerie Force was established; for what reason the UK did not join it; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) was established in September 2004, following an agreement signed by the Defence Ministers of France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. It was declared operational in July 2006.
The EGF is drawn from the national paramilitary police bodies of the five contributing states, i.e. the Nationale Gendarmerie (France), Carabinieri (Italy), Guardia Civil (Spain), Guarda Nacional Republicana (Portugal), Koninklijke Marechaussee (The Netherlands). The EGF comprises armed police units organised in military formations of companies and battalions, with the ability to undertake a variety of military and civilian policing tasks. EGF units can be placed under either a military or civilian chain of command according to prevailing operational circumstances.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Israeli Government on the construction work on the damaged walkway in the Old City of Jerusalem. 
Dr. Howells: We are concerned at the ongoing work near Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount. It is important that any Israeli action in this holy site is taken with the agreement of all parties concerned and in a way that respects the status quo. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed this most recently with Israeli Foreign Minister Livni on 20 February.
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