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Forensic Science Service

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what dividends were paid by the Forensic Science Service to Government in each of the past five years. (80326)

The dividends paid by the Forensic Science Service to the Government in each of the past five years are set out in the following table:

Dividends paid

£000

Period to 4 December 2005

3,834

Year end 31 March 2005

1,438

Year end 31 March 2004

1,438

Year end 31 March 2003

1,438

Year end 31 March 2002

1,438

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force in Wales has spent on fees to the Forensic Science Service in each of the past five years. (80418)

The Forensic Science Service (FSS) is no longer an Executive agency of the Home Office but is now a limited company, wholly owned by the Home Office. As such, it is a commercial organisation operating in a competitive environment. The information requested concerning the income generated from individual police forces could have adverse commercial consequences for the FSS if released and could serve to benefit private forensic science service providers who compete for business against the FSS, but who are not subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the same way. I am therefore unable to provide a detailed answer. However, it is open to the hon. Member to take up her inquiry direct with the chief executive of the FSS who, I am sure, will be prepared to provide as much information as is consistent with the principles of commercial confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the income received by the Forensic Science Service came from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (80419)

The percentage of the income received by the Forensic Science Service, which came from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years, is displayed in the following table:

Forensic Science Service percentage income: police forces

Percentage

Period to 4 December 2005

90.9

Year end 31 March 2005

90.1

Year end 31 March 2004

91.6

Year end 31 March 2003

92.8

Year end 31 March 2002

91.1