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Written Answers

Volume 710: debated on Monday 27 April 2009

Written Answers

Monday 27 April 2009

Banking

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the future of banks that trade in Ireland and the United Kingdom; and whether those discussions included any possible connection between senior officials and the robbery of Northern Bank in Belfast in 2004. [HL2728]

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations and international partners. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the recently announced loan scheme to begin. [HL2162]

The enterprise finance guarantee scheme was launched on 14 January 2009 and lending commenced immediately.

As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for lending under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme. [HL2183]

As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders. In the past week alone, potential lending of almost £30 million has been registered by lenders.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been lent under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme to each lender since its inception. [HL2184]

As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed. Twenty of the 26 approved lenders have commenced lending.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been lent in total under the enterprise finance guarantee scheme since its inception. [HL2185]

As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders. In the past week alone, potential lending of almost £30 million has been registered.

Banking: First Trust Bank

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Competition Commission required the Northern Ireland-based First Trust Bank to raise its interest rates; and, if so, whether such a request was within the Commission's remit. [HL2475]

The Competition Commission has not required First Trust Bank to raise interest rates. The decision to raise interest rates would appear to be a commercial matter for the enterprise concerned.

As part of its inquiry into personal current account banking in Northern Ireland, the Competition Commission did put in place a number of remedies aimed at making it easier for consumers to make informed choices about their accounts. These remedies included a requirement on banks to provide details of their charges and interest rates on customers’ statements.

Civil Service: Performance Pay

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WS 83–84), what was the estimated size of the Department of Health's non-consolidated performance-related pay pot for the senior Civil Service in each of the last five years for which information is available. [HL2845]

Pay arrangements for the senior Civil Service are managed centrally by the Cabinet Office and are based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

Communications Data

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what timetable they have set for a consultation on the public authorities able to access communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. [HL2758]

The consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 was launched on 17 April 2009. The consultation invites views on which public authorities should be able to access communications data and which public authorities are able to authorise the use of directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources, the purposes for which authorisations can be sought and whether there should be an increase in the rank of local authority authorising officers. The consultation also includes revised draft codes of practice for “Covert surveillance and property interference”, and “Covert human intelligence sources, CHIS”. The consultation will last for 12 weeks.

Crime

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of crime and disorder have been reported for each of the last ten years at (a) professional football matches; (b) screenings of professional football matches in venues whose prime purpose is not the screening of such matches; (c) performances of live music at venues whose prime purpose is the performance of live music; and (d) performances of live music at venues whose prime purpose is not the performance of live music. [HL2870]

This information is not collated centrally. Information on crime is recorded on the basis of the offence rather than the location of the incident.

The Home Office collates data on football-related arrests, inside and outside of football stadia, publishing the information annually. Published data for the past five seasons are available at http://www.homeoffice. gov.uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/football-disorder/.

Football-related arrest totals dating back to 2000-01 season is included in table five of the 2007-08 season published statistics.

Crime: Lethal Weapons

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the law permits persons, who claim to be followers of a religion which requires them to carry a lethal weapon in public, to do so. [HL2951]

Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides specific defences for those who have knives with them for use at work, as part of a national costume, or for religious reasons.

Criminal Justice: Penalty Notices

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government since the introduction of "on the spot" penalty notices, for each broad category of offence and to the latest convenient period, (a) how many have been issued; (b) how many have been paid within 21 days; (c) how many have been the subject of court proceedings; and (d) how many of those that were the subject of court proceedings have been subsequently paid. [HL2667]

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 and over in England and Wales from 2004, commencement of the scheme, to 2007 (latest available), by offence group and outcome is shown in the tables below.

Under the PND scheme, recipients have 21 days in which either to pay the penalty or request a court hearing. Twenty-one days is the minimum period before forces can register a fine for not responding to a notice. If no action is taken, a fine of one and half times the penalty amount is registered by the courts. Fines arising from non-payment of PNDs are treated by the courts in the same way as any other unpaid fine. It is not possible to identify the payment rate of fines arising from unpaid PNDs separately, but the latest enforcement rate for all fines, including those from unpaid PNDs, is 85.2 per cent for the period April to December 2008.

Information for Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office respectively.

PND data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Table 1: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2004(1)

of those paid

Offence Description

Number issued

Total paid in full (%)

Paid in full within 21 days (%)

Paid in full outside 21 days (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

1,171

512 (44)

362 (31)

150 (13)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

117

52 (44)

36 (31)

16 (14)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

44

18 (41)

15 (34)

3 (7)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

28,790

14,306 (50)

10,240 (36)

4,066 (14)

Throwing fireworks

177

89 (50)

72 (41)

17 (10)

Drunk and disorderly

26,609

14,927 (56)

11,050 (42)

3,877 (15)

Criminal damage (under £500)

1,190

681 (57)

528 (44)

153 (13)

Theft (retail under £200)

2,072

870 (42)

665 (32)

205 (10)

Breach of fireworks curfew

12

10 (83)

9 (75)

1 (8)

Possession of category 4 firework

12

5 (42)

1 (8)

4 (33)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

20

10 (50)

9 (45)

1 (5)

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

113

74 (65)

62 (55)

12 (11)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18

84

55 (65)

49 (58)

6 (7)

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

20

9 (45)

4 (20)

5 (25)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

96

48 (50)

30 (31)

18 (19)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

66

35 (53)

27 (41)

8 (12)

Drunk in a highway

2,497

1,233 (49)

860 (34)

373 (15)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

485

113 (23)

82 (17)

31 (6)

Depositing and leaving litter

51

25 (49)

19 (37)

6 (12)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

7

3 (43)

3 (43)

-

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

6

3 (50)

3 (50)

-

All offences

63,639

33,078 (52)

24,126 (38)

8,952 (14)

Table 1: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2004(1)

Other outcomes

Offence Description

Fine registered (%)

Court hearing requested (%)

PND cancelled (%)

Potential prosecution (%)

Outcome unknown (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

579 (49)

15 (1)

32(3)

30(3)

3(0)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

58 (50)

2 (2)

5 (4)

-

-

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

22 (50)

-

2 (5)

1 (2)

1 (2)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

13,125 (46)

205 (1)

666 (2)

366 (1)

122 (0)

Throwing fireworks

80 (45)

1 (1)

6 (3)

1 (1)

-

Drunk and disorderly

11,035 (41)

109 (0)

346 (1)

144 (1)

48 (0)

Criminal damage (under £500)

481 (40)

5 (0)

14 (1)

5 (0)

4 (0)

Theft (retail under £200)

1,128 (54)

13 (1)

30 (1)

12 (1)

19 (1)

Breach of fireworks curfew

2 (17)

-

-

-

-

Possession of category 4 firework

6 (50)

-

1 (8)

-

-

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

7 (35)

-

2 (10)

1 (5)

-

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

10 (9)

2 (2)

27 (24)

-

-

Purchase alcohol for person under-18

21 (25)

-

8 (10)

-

-

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

10 (50)

-

-

-

1 (5)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

45 (47)

-

1 (1)

1 (1)

1 (1)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

25 (38)

-

5 (8)

1 (2)

-

Drunk in a highway

1,166 (47)

6 (0)

75 (3)

9 (0)

8 (0)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

349 (72)

2 (0)

15 (3)

4 (1)

2 (0)

Depositing and leaving litter

25 (49)

-

1 (2)

-

-

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

4 (57)

-

-

-

-

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

2 (33)

-

1 (17)

-

-

All offences

28,180 (44)

360 (1)

1,237 (2)

575 (1)

209 (0)

(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.

- = nil

Source. Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis unit.

Table 2: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2005(1)

of those paid

Offence Description

Number issued

Total paid in full (%)

Paid in full within 21 days (%)

Paid in full outside 21 days (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

2,525

1,199 (47)

890 (35)

309 (12)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

405

238 (59)

175 (43)

63 (16)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

92

49 (53)

35 (38)

14 (15)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

64,007

33,915 (53)

24,357 (38)

9,558 (15)

Throwing fireworks

642

347 (54)

253 (39)

94 (15)

Drunk and disorderly

37,038

20,862 (56)

15,420 (42)

5,442 (15)

Sale of alcohol to under-18

2,058

1,805 (88)

1,460 (71)

345 (17)

Purchasing alcohol for under-18

170

106 (62)

82 (48)

24 (14)

Purchasing alcohol for under-18 for consumption on premises

83

59 (71)

48 (58)

11 (13)

Delivery of alcohol to under-18

209

128 (61)

106 (51)

22 (11)

Criminal damage (under £500)

12,168

6,996 (57)

5,180 (43)

1,816 (15)

Theft (retail under £200)

21,997

9,057 (41)

6,965 (32)

2,092 (10)

Breach of fireworks curfew

33

18 (55)

13 (39)

5 (15)

Possession of category 4 firework

13

5 (38)

4 (31)

1 (8)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

47

29 (62)

21 (45)

8 (17)

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

32

24 (75)

13 (41)

11 (34)

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

3

2 (66)

1 (33)

1 (33)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

220

97 (44)

75 (34)

22 (10)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

20

13 (65)

9 (45)

4 (20)

Drunk in a highway

3,138

1,669 (53)

1,255 (40)

414 (13)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

712

168 (24)

113 (16)

55 (8)

Depositing and leaving litter

737

368 (50)

274 (37)

94 (13)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on licensed premises

84

66 (79)

54 (64)

12 (14)

Allowing consumption of alcohol for under-18

27

14 (52)

9 (33)

5 (19)

Buying alcohol by under-18

21

13 (62)

11 (52)

2 (10)

Total all offences

146,481

77,247 (53)

56,823 (39)

20,424 (14)

Table 2: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2005(1)

Other outcomes

Offence Description

Fine registered (%)

Court hearing requested (%)

PND cancelled (%)

Potential prosecution (%)

Outcome unknown (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

1,161 (46)

41 (2)

50 (2)

44 (2)

30 (1)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

140 (35)

7 (2)

10 (2)

7 (2)

3 (1)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

38 (41)

2 (2)

-

3 (3)

-

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

26,754 (42)

706 (1)

1,251 (2)

808 (1)

573 (1)

Throwing fireworks

271 (42)

6 (1)

8 (1)

6 (1)

4 (1)

Drunk and disorderly

14,459 (39)

488 (1)

504 (1)

472 (1)

253 (1)

Sale of alcohol to under-18

211 (10)

5 (0)

30 (1)

4 (0)

3 (0)

Purchasing alcohol for under-18

60 (35)

-

2 (1)

1 (1)

1 (1)

Purchasing alcohol for under-18 for consumption on premises

23 (28)

-

1 (1)

-

-

Delivery of alcohol to under-18

70 (33)

3 (1)

5 (2)

2 (1)

1 (0)

Criminal damage (under £500)

4,702 (39)

107 (1)

161 (1)

123 (1)

79 (1)

Theft (retail under £200)

11,927 (54)

187 (1)

301 (1)

292 (1)

233 (1)

Breach of fireworks curfew

14 (42)

-

1 (3)

-

-

Possession of category 4 firework

8 (62)

-

-

-

-

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

15 (32)

1 (2)

1 (2)

-

1 (2)

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

6 (19)

1 (3)

-

1 (3)

-

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

1 (33)

-

-

-

-

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

115 (52)

-

3 (1)

2 (1)

3 (1)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

5 (25)

-

1 (5)

1 (5)

-

Drunk in a highway

1,339 (43)

18 (1)

59 (2)

31 (1)

22 (1)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

499 (70)

7 (1)

26 (4)

3 (0)

9 (1)

Depositing and leaving litter

325 (44)

8 (1)

23 (3)

5 (1)

8 (1)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on licensed premises

16 (19)

-

-

-

2 (2)

Allowing consumption of alcohol for under-18

12 (44)

1 (4)

-

-

-

Buying alcohol by under-18

8 (38)

-

-

-

-

Total all offences

62,179 (42)

1,588 (1)

2,437 (2)

1,805 (1)

1,225 (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.

- = nil

Source. Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis unit.

Table 3: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2006(1)

Of those paid

Offence description

Number issued

Total paid in full (%)

Paid in full within 21 days (%)

Paid in full outside 21 days (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

3,933

1,911 (49)

1,355 (34)

556 (14)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

909

523 (58)

388 (43)

135 (15)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

106

43 (41)

35 (33)

8 (8)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

82,235

43,120 (52)

30,757 (37)

12,363 (15)

Throwing fireworks

682

380 (56)

267 (39)

113 (17)

Drunk and disorderly

43,556

24,673 (57)

18,123 (42)

6,550 (15)

Criminal damage (under £500)

20,620

11,351 (55)

8,342 (40)

3,009 (15)

Theft (retail under £200)

38,772

16,169 (42)

12,370 (32)

3,799 (10)

Breach of fireworks curfew

53

34 (64)

27 (51)

7 (13)

Possession of category 4 firework

28

12 (43)

9 (32)

3 (11)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

76

51 (67)

34 (45)

17 (22)

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

47

35 (74)

29 (62)

6 (13)

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

60

53 (88)

41 (68)

12 (20)

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

3,195

2,756 (86)

2,354 (74)

402 (13)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18

407

268 (66)

213 (52)

55 (14)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18 for consumption on premises

60

39 (65)

35 (58)

4 (7)

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

297

176 (59)

132 (44)

44 (15)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

1,042

551 (53)

320 (31)

231 (22)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

15

6 (40)

5 (33)

1 (7)

Drunk in a highway

2,712

1,433 (53)

1,064 (39)

369 (14)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

1,061

252 (24)

165 (16)

87 (8)

Depositing and leaving litter

1,169

593 (51)

427 (37)

166 (14)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

75

55 (73)

46 (61)

9 (12)

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

14

10 (71)

10 (71)

-

Buying or Attempting to buy alcohol by person under-18

73

52 (71)

43 (59)

9 (12)

All offences

201,197

104,546 (52)

76,591 (38)

27,955 (14)

Table 3: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2006(1)

Other outcomes

Offence description

Fine registered (%)

Court hearing requested (%)

PND cancelled (%)

Potential prosecution (%)

Outcome unknown (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

1,787 (45)

44 (1)

108 (3)

81 (2)

2 (0)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

319 (35)

14 (2)

26 (3)

24 (3)

3 (0)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

52 (49)

-

6 (6)

5 (5)

-

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

35,154 (43)

780 (1)

1,914 (2)

1,126 (1)

141 (0)

Throwing fireworks

264 (39)

5 (1)

23 (3)

10 (1)

-

Drunk and disorderly

16,919 (39)

269 (1)

886 (2)

725 (2)

84 (0)

Criminal damage (under £500)

8,492 (41)

134 (1)

324 (2)

287 (1)

32 (0)

Theft (retail under £200)

21,157 (55)

203 (1)

732 (2)

392 (1)

119 (0)

Breach of fireworks curfew

16 (30)

1 (2)

1 (2)

-

1 (2)

Possession of category 4 firework

15 (54)

-

-

-

1 (4)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

21 (28)

-

3 (4)

1 (1)

-

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

9 (19)

1 (2)

2 (4)

-

-

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

7 (12)

-

-

-

-

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

390 (12)

6 (0)

30 (1)

10 (0)

3 (0)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18

122 (30)

1 (0)

10 (2)

6 (1)

-

Purchase alcohol for person under-18 for consumption on premises

20 (33)

-

-

1 (2)

-

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

99 (33)

3 (1)

14 (5)

3 (1)

2 (1)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

463 (44)

2 (0)

19 (2)

6 (1)

1 (0)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

6 (40)

-

2 (13)

-

1 (7)

Drunk in a highway

1,158 (43)

7 (0)

94 (3)

16 (1)

4 (0)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

749 (71)

7 (1)

45 (4)

6 (1)

2 (0)

Depositing and leaving litter

536 (46)

3 (0)

26 (2)

10 (1)

1 (0)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

17 (23)

-

2 (3)

1 (1)

-

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

4 (29)

-

-

-

-

Buying or Attempting to buy alcohol by person under-18

20 (27)

-

1 (1)

-

-

All offences

87,796 (44)

1,480 (1)

4,268 (2)

2,710 (1)

397 (0)

(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.

- = nil

Source Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis unit.

Table 4: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2007(1)

Of those paid

Offence description

Number issued

Total paid in full (%)

Paid in full within 21 days (%)

Paid in full outside 21 days (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

3,966

1,862 (47)

1,384 (35)

478 (12)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

1,193

670 (56)

526 (44)

144 (12)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

96

55 (57)

38 (40)

17 (18)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

77,827

40,357 (52)

30,761 (40)

9,596 (12)

Throwing fireworks

649

374 (58)

290 (45)

84 (13)

Drunk and disorderly

46,996

26,367 (56)

19,727 (42)

6,640 (14)

Criminal damage (under £500)

19,946

11,072 (56)

8.401 (42)

2,671 (13)

Theft (retail under £200)

45,146

19,111 (42)

15.390 (34)

3,721 (8)

Breach of fireworks curfew

39

25 (64)

20 (51)

5 (13)

Possession of category 4 firework

22

10 (45)

7 (32)

3 (14)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

106

67 (63)

57 (54)

10 (9)

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

81

64 (79)

50 (62)

14 (17)

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

54

41 (76)

31 (57)

10 (19)

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

3,583

3,074 (86)

2,623 (73)

451 (13)

Purchase alcohol for person under 16

555

320 (58)

244 (44)

76 (14)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18 for consumption on premises

64

31 (48)

23 (36)

8 (13)

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

431

268 (62)

219 (51)

49 (11)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

1,527

780 (51)

441 (29)

339 (22)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

25

13 (52)

11 (44)

2 (8)

Drunk in a highway

2,066

1,146 (55)

942 (46)

204 (10)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

1,544

328 (21)

259 (17)

69 (4)

Depositing and leaving litter

1,374

705 (51)

541 (39)

164 (12)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

85

67 (79)

55 (65)

12 (14)

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

11

9 (82)

8 (73)

1 (9)

Buying or Attempting to buy alcohol by person under-18

158

109 (69)

85 (54)

24 (15)

All offences

207,544

106,925 (52)

82,133 (40)

24,792 (12)

Table 4: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2007(1)

Other outcomes

Offence description

Fine registered (%)

Court hearing requested (%)

PND cancelled (%)

Potential prosecution (%)

Outcome unknown (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

1,807 (46)

34 (1)

122 (3)

140 (4)

1 (0)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

431 (36)

17 (1)

43 (4)

32 (3)

-

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

37 (39)

-

3 (3)

1 (1)

-

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

33,021 (42)

626 (1)

2,210 (3)

1,577 (2)

36 (0)

Throwing fireworks

223 (34)

9 (1)

30 (5)

13 (2)

-

Drunk and disorderly

18,161 (39)

244 (1)

1,038 (2)

1.177 (3)

9 (0)

Criminal damage (under £500)

7,979 (40)

112 (1)

384 (2)

393 (2)

6 (0)

Theft (retail under £200)

24.344 (54)

172 (0)

988 (2)

507 (1)

24 (0)

Breach of fireworks curfew

13 (33)

-

1 (3)

-

-

Possession of category 4 firework

10 (45)

-

2 (9)

-

-

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

31 (29)

1 (1)

5 (5)

2 (2)

-

Sale of alcohol to drunken person

9 (11)

3 (4)

2 (2)

3 (4)

-

Supply of alcohol to person under-18

11 (20)

1 (2)

1 (2)

-

-

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

405 (11)

13 (0)

69 (2)

22 (1)

-

Purchase alcohol for person under 16

211 (38)

4 (1)

14 (3)

5 (1)

1 (0)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18 for consumption on premises

22 (34)

-

10 (16)

1 (2)

-

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

138 (32)

1 (0)

19 (4)

5 (1)

-

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

675 (44)

-

45 (3)

26 (2)

1 (0)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

10 (40)

-

2 (8)

-

-

Drunk in a highway

788 (38)

8 (0)

94 (5)

30 (1)

-

Consumption of alcohol in public place

1,090 (71)

6 (0)

87 (6)

32 (2)

1 (0)

Depositing and leaving litter

589 (43)

2 (0)

64 (5)

13 (1)

1 (0)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

16 (19)

-

2 (2)

-

-

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

1 (9)

1 (9)

-

-

Buying or Attempting to buy alcohol by person under-18

35 (22)

13 (8)

1 (1)

-

All offences

90,057 (43)

1,253 (1)

5,249 (3)

3,980 (2)

80 (0)

(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.

- = nil

Source Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis unit.

Cultural Festivals

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that competitors in cultural festivals have no difficulty entering the United Kingdom. [HL2922]

The Immigration Rules provide for visiting entertainers to come to the United Kingdom to participate in certain major arts festivals, music competitions and charity events, normally under Tier five of the new points based system.

In order to enter the United Kingdom, foreign nationals subject to immigration control need to satisfy the immigration or entry clearance officer that they meet the requirements of the rules under which they are seeking entry. Full guidance is publicly available on both the UKBA and visa services websites.

Education: Home Schooling

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how often ministers have met Education Otherwise or the Home Education Advisory Service in the past 10 years. [HL2804]

From the available diary archives, there have been two occasions where Ministers have met with Education Otherwise. There is no record of any meetings between Ministers and the Home Education Advisory Service.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WA 220–21), how they ensure that public funds are satisfactorily deployed in employing staff in the Equality and Human Rights Commission; and how accountability is achieved in the use of such funds. [HL2854]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission was established by Parliament in October 2007 as a non-departmental public body, at arm’s length from, but accountable to, Government. The commission’s pay and grading structure has been agreed with the Treasury and its annual pay remits are subject to Treasury approval. The accountability arrangements for the commission are set out in a framework agreement between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Government Equalities Office. This agreement records that the chief executive of the commission is the designated accounting officer, responsible to the commission and to Parliament for the effective and proper use and management of its resources in line with Treasury guidance set out in Managing Public Money and for the preparation and signature of its accounts. The commission is subject to internal audit in accordance with the Treasury’s government internal audit standards and to external audit by the National Audit Office.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WA 220–21), whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission is taking steps to improve staff morale; and what impact levels of staff morale have had on the operational performance of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. [HL2855]

Work has included sharing the results of the survey with staff and a process to establish the priorities for improvement. An action plan is being developed to address these issues. Key areas have been identified and learning and development programmes strengthened to address areas for improvement. Over 40 training courses have been advertised to staff and 140 people have signed up for training. The programmes focus on personal and professional development, a direct response to the issues raised in the colleague survey. We are not aware of the level of staff morale having a significant or adverse impact on operational performance.

Government: IT Contracts

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or over have been entered into by the Cabinet Office since 1997; and which of those have been completed to budget, to time and to specification. [HL2715]

Since 1997, the Cabinet Office has not entered into any information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or more.

Health: Former UK Residents

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries are in receipt of annual payments to fund health treatment of those who previously worked in the United Kingdom; and how the amounts paid are calculated. [HL2967]

Under European Union Regulations (1408/71) European economic area (EEA) member states reimburse each other for the cost of providing healthcare to each other's tourists, workers, pensioners and the dependants of both groups. Under these regulations, payments are either made on an actual or average cost basis, depending on the category of the individual.

The following table shows the breakdown of claims by other EEA Member State against the United Kingdom in 2007-08.

There are no similar arrangements with regard to non-EEA countries.

Claims by EEA member states against UK 2007-08

Resource Outturn Totals: 2007-08 Activity

Actual CostsLump Sum

Country

Claims

Claims

Total

Austria

£1,554,000

£1,061,000

£2,615,000

Belgium

£2,670,000

£1,516,000

£4,186,000

Bulgaria

£44,000

£27,000

£71,000

Cyprus

£580,000

£4,172,000

£4,751,000

Czech Republic

£183,000

£50,000

£233,000

Denmark (Waiver)

£0

£0

£0

Estonia (Waiver) (2)

£0

£0

£0

Finland (3)

£17,000

£0

£17,000

France

£28,226,000

£107,887,000

£136,112,000

Germany

£6,893,000

£5,902,000

£12,795,000

Greece

£230,000

£3,337,000

£3,567,000

Hungary (Waiver) (3)

£0

£0

£0

Iceland

£153,000

£0

£153,000

Ireland

£11,120,000

£292,102,000

£303,221,000

Italy

£5,308,000

£4,624,000

£9,932,000

Latvia

£13,000

£14,000

£27,000

Liechtenstein

£3,000

£0

£3,000

Lithuania

£9,000

£6,000

£15,000

Luxembourg (4)

£0

£0

£0

Malta (Waiver) (3)

£0

£0

£0

Netherlands

£3,631,000

£3,047,000

£6,678,000

Norway (Waiver) (3)

£0

£0

£0

Poland

£564,000

£191,000

£754,000

Portugal

£1,000

£2,795,000

£2,795,000

Romania

£16,000

£0

£16,000

Slovakia

£58,000

£2,000

£59,000

Slovenia

£178,000

£40,000

£218,000

Spain

£14,162,000

£122,769,000

£136,931,000

Sweden

£1,122,000

£239,000

£1,361,000

Switzerland

£3,439,000

£481,000

£3,920,000

£80,200,000

£550,300,000

£630,400,000

Notes

(1) Source: 2007-08 Resource Accounting and Budgeting (RAB) exercise. Totals are based on estimates of the costs of European Economic Area (EEA) healthcare claims made annually for the purposes of provisions made in the Department of Health accounts in accordance with Treasury resource accounting rules.

(2) excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) & Article 55.1c (industrial injury) claims.

(3) excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) claims.

(4) Previously waiver, regulations apply from 30 June 2008

(5) Totals for individual countries are rounded to nearest £1,000.

(6) Sub totals may not add up to rounded overall totals due to rounding.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made to the Republic of Ireland in the last ten years to fund health treatment of those who previously worked in the United Kingdom; whether those payments are net or gross; and whether they are continuing at the same rate. [HL2968]

The United Kingdom makes payments to the Republic of Ireland under a bilateral agreement which is in line with European Union regulations covering patient mobility. The majority of these payments relate to the provision of healthcare for around 50,000 pensioners that the UK pays for each year in the Republic of Ireland. According to departmental data, under the terms of the agreement, the UK has paid the Republic of Ireland around €2 billion over the past five years. This figure is gross of income to the UK. Data relating to payments made prior to 2003, is not readily available. The size of payments made by both countries changes on an annual basis and is based on the numbers each country is liable for, the rate which is used and the size of the average healthcare costs.

Immigration

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 March (WA 191) concerning the average cost of deporting an illegal immigrant, what is the cost of not deporting illegal immigrants. [HL2953]

While research into the costs of illegal migration has been undertaken, this has been conducted with the aim of making general assessments on the impact of such migration, rather than producing definitive financial figures.

The two most relevant recent studies are the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs regarding the economic and fiscal impact of migration which was published in October 2007 and a Home Office research paper entitled Migration: an Economic and Social Analysis which was published in 2001 and is available on the Home Office website.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the last 12 months for licensing immunotherapy products; and [HL2877]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, on a named patient basis, for the import of immunotherapy products which are not licensed in the United Kingdom but are licensed in other European Union countries. [HL2878]

No applications have been made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the past 12 months for licensing of immunotherapy products.

In the period 1 Apr 2008 to 1 Apr 2009 there were a total of 52 notifications for immunotherapy products originating elsewhere in the EU.

Mental Health: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what secure psychiatric accommodation exists or is planned for Northern Ireland. [HL2916]

These are devolved matters which are the responsibility of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.

Petitions

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions the Wales Office received in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; what steps the Office has taken to publicise them; and whether they will place the text of the petitions received and the number of signatures in the Library of the House. [HL2036]

Police: Appointments

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for appointment and dismissal of Chief Police Officers in the Metropolitan Police Service. [HL2927]

The commissioner is appointed by the Queen following a recommendation from the Home Secretary. This is made following an open competition and having regard to the recommendations made to her by the Metropolitan Police Authority and representations from the Mayor of London.

The deputy commissioner is appointed in the same way, except that the commissioner has a statutory entitlement to make representations rather than the mayor.

Officers at the rank of assistant commissioner, deputy assistant commissioner and commander are appointed by the Metropolitan Police Authority with an approval role for the Home Secretary.

Under Sections 9E to 9G of the Police Act 1996 as amended, the Metropolitan Police Authority can require a chief officer to retire or resign in the interests of efficiency or effectiveness, provided the police authority has the approval of the Home Secretary. Under Section 42 of the Act the Home Secretary can require the MPA to exercise this power in respect of the commissioner and the deputy commissioner.

The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008 apply to all officers. In cases of gross misconduct, the ultimate sanction is dismissal form the services.

Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (HL2394) concerning the length of time taken to answer parliamentary questions for the Northern Ireland Office, whether there are any specific plans to reduce the number of questions not answered within two weeks. [HL2935]

The department takes the timescales for answering Questions very seriously and makes every effort to answer Questions within 14 days.

The Northern Ireland Office’s parliamentary section issues regular reminders to staff as PQ deadlines approach.

As the previous Answer stated (Official Report 20 April, col. WA365) many Questions require the collation and checking of figures or the acquisition of information from third parties. It is not therefore always possible to answer complex Questions of this kind within the two-week period.

Roads: A470

Question

Asked by

The responsibility for trunk roads in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government. In December 2008, the Welsh Assembly Government announced a reprioritised trunk road forward programme. This sets out their proposals for improving the A470 between North and South Wales.

Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the consultation on the draft Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, they will require the General Lighthouse Authorities to submit business plans for a 25 per cent reduction in their costs of operations, to match the reductions in costs that the shipping sector is having to achieve. [HL2876]

Following the conclusion of the consultation period on 18 May, we will consider all the representations that have been made and take the appropriate decisions on the level of annual light dues rates. The General Lighthouse Authorities' expenditure plans will need to reflect the anticipated income provided by the light dues levels set. In reaching this decision we will have to balance the need to minimise costs against maintaining funding for vital maritime safety equipment.

Terrorism

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the joint programmes and exercises between police and the armed forces referred to on page 14 of The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism. [HL2580]

The military have a range of well developed operational plans that are exercised regularly and which could be used to support the police in responding to a terrorist incident if required in the land, maritime and air environments.

The Government has a comprehensive counterterrorism exercises programme, led by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office, which tests and improves the abilities of the police and other key stakeholders, including the Armed Forces, to prepare for, respond to and manage terrorist investigations and incidents. The programme comprises three national-level exercises each year and the scenario for each one is based in a different policing region.

Transport: ID Papers

Questions

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require passengers to carry identity papers on domestic air and sea routes; and [HL2744]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will collect advanced passenger data for those travelling on domestic air and sea routes; if so, who will collect that data; and who will have access to the data. [HL2745]

Section 14 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 gives the police the power, subject to commencement through secondary legislation, to require a carrier, on request, to capture passenger and crew identity and other service data on domestic routes.

The Government will consult formally on the detailed terms of any implementation legislation, including the forms of identity that would be needed, before the powers are introduced on these routes.

United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd is liable if all legal actions against the Royal Bank of Scotland succeed. [HL2622]

UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI) is an arm’s-length company wholly owned by the Government, which has been established to manage the Government's investments on a commercial basis.

Liability in respect of legal actions brought against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would ordinarily lie with RBS and not with UKFI.