§ Mr. Norman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff employed by the Audit Commission were responsible for inspecting the work of the police force in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Bob Ainsworth
In addition to conducting national value for money police studies, the Audit Commission is responsible for the financial audit of Police Authorities and auditing best value performance plans. However, this question is directed at "inspecting the work of the police force"—responsibility for inspecting the police service rests with her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Juveniles1 found guilty at all courts or cautioned for all offences, England and Wales, 1997 and 2000 Found guilty at all courts Cautioned2 Total known offenders Notifiable offences3 Other offences All offences Notifiable offences3 Other offences All offences Notifiable offences3 Other offences All offences 1997 61,137 18,014 79,151 98,239 6,281 104,520 159,376 24,295 183,671 2000 70,140, 21,283 91,423 93,590 3,951 97,541 163,730 25,234 188,964 1 Persons aged 10 and under 18. 2 Given reprimands or final warnings from April 2000. 3 Those offences covered by recorded crime.
Statistics for 2002 will be published in the Autumn.