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Crime Statistics

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage clear-up rate for crimes in Wales was in each year since 1997. [102536]

The requested information is given in the following table.

Detection rate
1 Recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997, and then on a financial year basis thereafter.
2 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the coverage and rules in use until 3 I March 1998.
3 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.
4 Revised detections guidance was implemented on 1 April 1999.
5 Three out of the four police force areas in Wales (Dyfed Powys, North Wales and South Wales) adopted the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) prior to its national introduction across England and Wales on 1 April 2002. This may have affected the detection rates given.
There was a change in counting rules for detections on 1 April 1999. The new instructions provide more precise and rigorous criteria for recording a detection, with the underlying emphasis on the successful result of a police investigation. Numbers of detections before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the heads under which City of York Council received money to tackle crime in each year since 1997; and how much was received in each case. [102649]

The following table outlines the heads under which programme funding has been provided to the City of York Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership since 1997 to tackle crime and identifies the level of funding in each case.

Funding provision







Arrest Referral Scheme13,22113,61813,958
Reducing Burglary Initiative117,065
Intervention Work in Schools179,000
Partnership Development Fund5,58352,00047,500
Communities Against Drugs163,800163,800
Safer Communities Initiative59,484
Funding for Crime Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs)230,888
Basic Command Unit Fund2208,578

1 The total funding for these projects was allocated in 1999–2000 although the projects themselves may have lasted more than one year.

2 The Basic Command Unit Fund will be provided to the Central region of North Yorkshire Police of which the City of York is a part. This funding is for use within the Partnership.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on crime committed by asylum applicants residing in the United Kingdom. [102923]

We take very seriously any criminal or anti-social acts committed by asylum seekers. Although there is no evidence to suggest that asylum seekers are disproportionately likely to commit crime, we have taken powers in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 to prevent serious criminals availing themselves of the protection of the 1951 Refugee Convention. We will seek to remove such criminals from the United Kingdom wherever possible.

Offenders found guilty at all courts or cautioned ('known offenders') in Essex, by offence group
Offence group19971998199920002001
Violence Against The Person1,2061,072983825859
Sexual Offences16415412311981
Theft and Handling Stolen Goods5,1634,9874,4474,0854,221
Fraud and Forgery581569551494504
Criminal Damage604414378323858
Drug Offences2,1582,1732,0381,7021,588
Other Indictable Non-Motoring9781,094862829755
Indictable Motoring Offences1265264202188209
Total Indictable Offences12,00911,58110,4089,2739,710
Summary Non-Motoring Offences16,30218,95117,98018,36814,137
Summary Motoring Offences119,48919,15220,52519,93121,979
Total summary offences35,79138,10338,50538,29936,116
Total all offences47,80049,68448,91347,57245,826
1 Offenders found guilty only; motoring offences may attract written warnings.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers residing in the UK have been prosecuted for (a) sexual crime, (b) violent crime, (c) robbery and (d) other criminal offences in each year from 1997 to 2003; and what the total cost to public funds has been of such prosecutions. [02922]