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Written Answers

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

Written Answers to Questions

The following answers were received between Monday 4 September and Friday 8 September 2006

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Chevening Scholarships

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships were awarded in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country from which students obtaining such scholarships have come. (88030)

The number of Chevening scholarships awarded in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country, is provided in the following table:

Chevening scholarships awarded between 1995-96 and 2004-05

Country

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

Afghanistan

Albania

3

5

4

3

14

Algeria

10

17

12

8

13

Andorra

Angola

2

2

3

1

3

Anguilla

1

Antigua and Barbuda

1

1

1

1

Argentina

34

29

23

25

24

Armenia

2

3

4

4

10

Australia

16

14

21

22

26

Austria

1

1

2

1

1

Azerbaijan

4

4

5

4

9

Bahamas

3

4

5

3

3

Bahrain

11

11

11

13

12

Bangladesh

9

5

6

5

10

Barbados

3

4

6

3

3

Belarus

6

3

5

7

16

Belgium

7

6

8

7

6

Belize

4

3

3

5

5

Bhutan

Bolivia

7

6

3

4

6

Bosnia-Herzegovina

2

4

7

7

6

Botswana

3

2

4

2

Brazil

75

71

65

84

56

British Virgin Islands

1

Brunei

1

3

Bulgaria

9

9

9

4

19

Burma

7

4

3

2

Cambodia

3

1

2

4

3

Cameroon

2

3

3

3

3

Canada

13

12

10

12

11

Cayman Islands

2

3

2

2

11

Chile

7

11

9

10

11

China (including Hong Kong)

79

116

131

138

186

Colombia

21

11

14

15

17

Congo

1

Costa Rica

6

8

8

5

3

Croatia

5

6

6

6

11

Cuba

5

4

4

6

5

Cyprus

14

32

21

12

25

Czech Republic

9

8

9

11

18

Denmark

16

16

12

12

14

Dominica

1

Dominican Republic

10

6

5

8

8

East Timor

Ecuador

4

4

4

3

3

Egypt

59

53

58

58

41

El Salvador

2

2

3

3

Eritrea

Estonia

5

7

6

4

10

Ethiopia

8

5

7

7

8

Fiji

3

5

5

3

3

Finland

7

6

4

5

6

France

35

20

20

14

12

Gambia

1

1

1

1

Georgia

3

4

6

3

9

Germany

24

27

14

18

14

Ghana

9

8

10

10

8

Greece

6

4

6

7

5

Grenada

1

Guatemala

3

2

Guyana

2

4

4

4

5

Honduras

1

Hungary

12

17

14

9

23

Iceland

9

12

9

11

6

India

60

85

122

93

125

Indonesia

72

63

64

58

69

Iran

4

Iraq

Irish Republic

17

16

11

14

10

Israel

31

37

32

29

24

Italy

19

13

14

10

10

Ivory Coast

2

3

3

3

4

Jamaica

7

3

4

7

4

Japan

7

6

6

7

6

Jordan

36

32

28

25

18

Kazakhstan

12

8

8

6

15

Kenya

10

10

11

11

12

Kiribati

Korea (South)

67

79

66

55

58

Kosovo

Kuwait

12

8

5

4

4

Kyrgyzstan

3

Latvia

7

4

6

4

10

Lebanon

5

7

3

8

6

Lesotho

4

3

4

3

3

Libya

Lithuania

5

5

8

4

17

Luxembourg

5

9

10

7

5

Madagascar

1

1

3

3

3

Malawi

4

5

7

5

10

Malaysia

73

72

82

45

40

Mali

Maldives

1

1

2

1

Malta

12

14

9

9

10

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

1

1

Mauritius

3

3

4

2

3

Mexico

109

83

79

68

62

Micronesia

Moldova

1

3

Mongolia

5

4

5

6

8

Montserrat

1

1

Morocco

7

6

10

8

6

Mozambique

6

5

4

5

5

Namibia

7

4

1

2

2

Nepal

5

7

5

5

5

Netherlands

10

14

13

9

11

New Zealand

7

11

7

10

7

Nicaragua

2

1

1

2

1

Nigeria

61

36

42

55

42

Norway

13

13

11

6

Oman

5

7

7

9

9

Pakistan

69

73

60

55

50

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

6

7

4

4

3

Paraguay

3

2

2

3

1

Peru

13

8

11

8

7

Philippines

12

11

18

13

9

Poland

14

13

13

15

34

Portugal

16

19

12

13

14

Qatar

2

Romania

13

12

12

10

33

Russia

25

19

23

20

29

Rwanda

1

4

Saudi Arabia

7

11

14

10

6

Senegal

4

5

5

5

3

Serbia and Montenegro

Seychelles

4

3

3

3

Sierra Leone

1

2

2

Singapore

14

8

10

7

10

Slovakia

15

17

15

12

11

Slovenia

9

Solomon Islands

1

3

Somalia

South Africa

24

36

24

24

18

South Pacific

2

Spain

1

Sri Lanka

4

3

3

2

2

St. Helena

St. Kitts and Nevis

1

1

1

St. Lucia

2

1

2

St. Vincent

1

1

2

1

2

Sudan

5

8

15

14

12

Swaziland

1

2

1

2

1

Sweden

9

8

7

5

4

Switzerland

5

6

7

4

7

Syria

15

8

16

34

15

Taiwan

11

15

17

19

16

Tajikistan

1

Tanzania

5

6

7

7

6

Thailand

41

30

29

34

27

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

1

4

7

6

8

Tonga

1

2

2

2

1

Trinidad and Tobago

6

4

3

4

5

Tunisia

6

9

6

8

8

Turkey

100

129

118

185

124

Turkmenistan

2

3

Turks and Caicos

1

1

Tuvalu

2

1

Uganda

6

6

6

7

10

Ukraine

14

10

15

12

32

United Arab Emirates

5

5

2

2

2

United States

Uruguay

8

7

4

4

4

Uzbekistan

6

8

10

7

11

Vanuatu

1

1

1

3

Venezuela

34

25

18

18

14

Vietnam

10

12

15

13

23

West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip

21

19

22

18

11

Yemen

5

8

12

24

8

Yugoslavia

6

8

6

7

10

Zaire

1

2

Zambia

6

8

6

7

9

Zimbabwe

14

9

14

10

12

Undefined

4

5

Total

1,891

1,910

1,920

1,894

2,022

Country

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Afghanistan

34

20

13

Albania

10

16

11

13

13

Algeria

8

3

5

1

Andorra

1

Angola

2

4

1

3

3

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

2

1

2

Argentina

31

28

25

23

17

Armenia

8

6

17

6

8

Australia

22

33

25

31

24

Austria

1

3

1

Azerbaijan

5

6

8

9

7

Bahamas

5

4

3

3

2

Bahrain

14

15

25

21

16

Bangladesh

6

9

15

15

10

Barbados

2

5

5

3

3

Belarus

12

12

10

11

11

Belgium

3

3

3

Belize

4

6

5

3

3

Bhutan

1

1

Bolivia

4

5

5

6

7

Bosnia-Herzegovina

5

12

11

13

12

Botswana

4

6

8

7

5

Brazil

84

87

65

72

63

British Virgin Islands

1

2

3

1

1

Brunei

3

4

2

6

2

Bulgaria

28

24

30

25

20

Burma

7

4

1

16

2

Cambodia

4

4

3

3

3

Cameroon

3

7

5

10

9

Canada

18

17

14

27

26

Cayman Islands

2

1

1

3

1

Chile

13

18

16

13

13

China (including Hong Kong)

224

211

290

311

277

Colombia

20

17

13

20

18

Congo

Costa Rica

3

3

3

4

2

Croatia

10

20

24

31

32

Cuba

5

4

4

3

4

Cyprus

11

20

21

15

17

Czech Republic

23

19

12

14

18

Denmark

15

9

8

Dominica

1

1

2

1

1

Dominican Republic

8

8

7

8

5

East Timor

6

4

3

2

3

Ecuador

5

4

5

2

2

Egypt

52

40

43

40

36

El Salvador

2

2

2

1

Eritrea

3

3

1

Estonia

14

14

14

9

7

Ethiopia

7

10

8

12

8

Fiji

4

6

7

6

4

Finland

6

6

4

France

8

7

6

Gambia

2

1

2

3

3

Georgia

8

11

12

10

13

Germany

11

8

1

Ghana

12

13

'21

16

19

Greece

6

5

3

Grenada

2

2

2

1

Guatemala

4

2

3

3

5

Guyana

6

4

7

6

10

Honduras

1

1

1

Hungary

25

25

20

35

15

Iceland

9

9^

8

7

8

India

135

130

133

121

130

Indonesia

77

80

72

74

59

Iran

7

11

40

14

10

Iraq

8

48

Irish Republic

12

10

4

Israel

17

12

14

15

12

Italy

6

4

Ivory Coast

4

4

5

3

2

Jamaica

7

10

7

8

9

Japan

16

16

19

14

5

Jordan

16

16

15

27

19

Kazakhstan

13

11

9

16

14

Kenya

15

13

14

20

16

Kiribati

1

1

1

Korea (South)

66

82

75

71

67

Kosovo

10

13

14

Kuwait

4

3

4

1

2

Kyrgyzstan

3

2

5

5

6

Latvia

13

11

11

11

10

Lebanon

5

6

9

9

9

Lesotho

2

6

4

5

4

Libya

5

8

8

5

5

Lithuania

13

14

13

9

7

Luxembourg

8

8

7

10

5

Madagascar

3

3

2

4

4

Malawi

7

8

10

13

12

Malaysia

54

48

57

56

36

Mali

1

Maldives

1

1

2

1

Malta

10

11

12

10

17

Marshall Islands

1

Mauritania

Mauritius

6

5

7

5

6

Mexico

81

77

67

68

56

Micronesia

1

Moldova

1

4

8

6

7

Mongolia

15

7

12

7

6

Montserrat

4

2

2

2

2

Morocco

9

9

8

6

5

Mozambique

6

6

4

5

6

Namibia

4

6

6

3

4

Nepal

10

8

6

10

3

Netherlands

7

6

5

New Zealand

12

12

10

12

8

Nicaragua

3

2

2

2

2

Nigeria

45

37

46

39

35

Norway

5

7

5

5

Oman

10

12

16

11

14

Pakistan

51

51

57

62

52

Palau

2

Panama

2

1

2

1

1

Papua New Guinea

5

3

6

3

6

Paraguay

3

2

3

4

2

Peru

9

8

9

7

6

Philippines

13

15

15

13

13

Poland

36

46

37

29

23

Portugal

11

14

5

Qatar

2

2

3

3

Romania

32

25

22

29

26

Russia

70

83

66

80

53

Rwanda

6

4

3

4

3

Saudi Arabia

10

6

14

13

16

Senegal

5

8

6

4

5

Serbia and Montenegro

16

26

18

21

15

Seychelles

2

6

2

Sierra Leone

2

3

4

4

1

Singapore

18

16

13

14

11

Slovakia

18

13

11

12

9

Slovenia

11

9

11

7

14

Solomon Islands

3

2

2

2

1

Somalia

1

South Africa

31

26

33

34

32

South Pacific

Spain

1

Sri Lanka

4

3

6

8

4

St. Helena

1

1

1

1

St. Kitts and Nevis

2

1

St. Lucia

3

2

1

2

St. Vincent

3

3

1

1

Sudan

12

18

15

13

5

Swaziland

3

6

4

7

4

Sweden

2

2

2

Switzerland

6

5

4

5

Syria

20

15

20

24

25

Taiwan

24

30

30

19

12

Tajikistan

1

2

3

7

6

Tanzania

8

14

7

9

6

Thailand

29

34

25

25

20

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

12

16

11

14

12

Tonga

2

1

1

2

2

Trinidad and Tobago

5

6

5

10

6

Tunisia

5

9

8

10

6

Turkey

76

45

49

49

51

Turkmenistan

4

7

6

6

6

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

Uganda

10

12

15

22

15

Ukraine

25

30

27

38

27

United Arab Emirates

2

2

4

2

2

United States

1

2

1

Uruguay

7

8

7

5

5

Uzbekistan

11

10

16

12

16

Vanuatu

3

2

3

2

1

Venezuela

22

18

16

21

12

Vietnam

19

15

24

20

22

West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip

16

9

10

10

15

Yemen

4

7

5

6

7

Yugoslavia

Zaire

Zambia

11

11

12

12

13

Zimbabwe

14

16

23

35

49

Undefined

Total

2,285

2,284

2,387

2,401

2,124

IT Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value was of each IT contract awarded by her Department in each of the last five years; and who the contractor was in each case. (88990)

The main suppliers, categories and values of Information Communication Technology (ICT) contracts over £1 million are illustrated as follows:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office's ICT contracts over £1 million as at May 2006

Category

Title of contract

Supplier

Period of contract

Total value of contract when let (£)

Hardware, software and external support services

Compass

WorldReach (Canada)

June 2001 to June 2006

1,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

GenIE/GenIE Worldwide

3M/AIT

April 1999 to March 2009 (Replaced by Biometrics contract—see below)

3,000,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Biometric Passports

3M UK plc

April 2005 to April 2009

6,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Focus

Fujitsu Consulting

January 2002 to March 2003

10,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Focus (Knowledge Management)

Fujitsu Consulting

March 2003 to December 2005

1,087,000

Hardware, software and external support services

FCONet2 (FCO's Intranet)

Fujitsu Services

November 2004 to October 2005

2,077,000

Hardware, software and external support services

WIOL Project Management

Fujitsu

April 2003 to February 2005

1,090,000

Hardware, software and external support services

WIOL/WIPA Technical refresh. Work performed by Fujitsu Services to migrate the WI from Windows NT to Windows XP.

Fujitsu

March 2006 to March 2007

1,773,262

Hardware, software and external support services

Cash Registers (world-wide maintenance and support)

Wincor Nixdorf Ltd

September 2003 to September 2008

1,500,000

External support services

Consultancy Services

AKC

June 2003 to May 2005

5,000,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Firecrest Global Support

Hewlett Packard

May 2001 to April 2005

5,000,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Future Firecrest

Hewlett Packard

February 2005 to February 20l2

189,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

ICT - provision of technical installers for overseas installations

Serco Defence

January 2003 to December 2005

1,238,000

Telecommunications

FCO global telecommunications network (PFI)

Global Crossing

May 2000 to April 2010

180,000,000

External support services

Implementation of ICT Strategy and Pre-procurement of Future Firecrest (Stage 2c & 3)

KPMG

from May 2002

3,329,000

External support services

Implementation of ICT Strategy and Pre-procurement FF (Stage 3)

AKC

from August 2004

1,700,000

Electronic Archive

E-Archive services (Minerva)

British Telecom

November 1996 to March 2007

1,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Internet Project

LogicaCMG

from March 2002

6,500,000

Hardware, software and external support services

FCO Website -support and maintenance

LogicaCMG

March 2005 to March 2008

1,401,000

Hardware, software and external support services

Prism integrated accounting, HP and procurement system

CGEY

January 2002 to January 2010

53,800,000

Private Office Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available. (55718)

I apologise for the delay in replying.

As far as our systems will allow us to identify, "running costs" relating to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's Private Office, for Financial Year 2005-06, total approximately £725,000.

This is made up of charges for staff salaries, stationery, books, publications and newspapers, office machinery (including photocopiers, fax machines and their maintenance charges), refreshments, and telephone equipment and calls (including desk phones, mobiles, blackberries, broadband connection and actual call costs).

Running costs for corporate overheads such as heating and lighting are calculated across the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it is therefore not possible to identify which charges relate specifically to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's Private Office.

Shebaa Farms

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government received from the Lebanese Government concerning the Shebaa farms during the visit of the Lebanese Prime Minister to the UK in May. (86626)

Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon raised the Shebaa farms with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister when they met in London on 9 May 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government have made to Israel in the last 12 months regarding its armed presence in the Shebaa farms. (86627)

The UK has not made formal representations to the Government of Israel in the last 12 months regarding the Shebaa farms, although we have discussed the issue in the course of bilateral talks. The UK believes the issue of the Shebaa farms is a bilateral issue for the Governments of Lebanon and Syria which should be resolved through a delineation of their common border as called for in United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1680. As set out in UNSCR 1701, the United Nations Secretary-General is requested to draw up proposals for implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and UNSCRs 1559 and 1680, including on the disputed Shebaa farms area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which country the Government recognise the Shebaa farms as being a part of. (86686)

The UK believes the issue of the Shebaa farms is a bilateral issue for the Governments of Lebanon and Syria which should be resolved through a delineation of their common border as called for in United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1680. As set out in UNSCR 1701, the United Nations Secretary-General is requested to draw up proposals for implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and UNSCRs 1559 and 1680, including on the disputed Shebaa farms area.

Transport

Cycling Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight injuries suffered by cyclists on (i) urban roads and (ii) rural roads in each year since 2003 resulted from collisions involving (A) at least one motor vehicle, (B) no motor vehicles and (C) powered two-wheel vehicles. (87211)

[pursuant to the reply, 24 July 2006, Official Report, c. 738W]: the information requested is given in the table. The figures relate to casualties in personal injury road accidents reported to the police.

Cyclist Casualties on Urban and Rural Roads, by Vehicle Involved in an Accident: 2003-051

Accidents involving:

2003

2004

2005

Motor vehicle2

Urban

Fatal

58

67

65

Serious

1,644

1,537

1,628

Slight

12,041

11,877

11,787

Rural

Fatal

46

52

65

Serious

479

477

432

Slight

2,170

2,063

2,083

No motor vehicle

Urban

Fatal

2

6

8

Serious

95

98

100

Slight

311

309

236

Rural

Fatal

8

9

10

Serious

73

61

52

Slight

88

75

90

Two-wheeled motor vehicle

Urban

Fatal

2

2

2

Serious

37

41

30

Slight

234

225

217

Rural

Fatal

0

0

3

Serious

8

14

13

Slight

56

38

47

1 Excludes accidents which do not have an urban/rural marker. 2 Includes accidents which involve a two-wheeled motor vehicle.

Defence

Armoured Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the work undertaken to align the withdrawal from service of the current fleet of armoured vehicles with the introduction into service of (a) the Future Rapid Effect System and (b) the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. (84559)

The Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) and the PANTHER Command Liaison Vehicle will replace the FV430, CVR(T) and Saxon families of vehicles.

The PANTHER, now in the demonstration and manufacture phase, has a detailed fielding plan. Under the Sustained Armoured Vehicle Capability Pathfinder programme, work is under way to ensure that the withdrawal of FV430, CVR(T) and Saxon is coherently aligned with the introduction of FRES and that there is continuity of the required capability.

Defence Attachés

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expenditure on defence attachés was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. (60781)

The overall cost to the Ministry of Defence of Defence Attachés in each financial year is as follows:

Financial year

Costs identified (£ million)

2004-05

37.2

2005-06

38.7

Under the terms of the MOD/FCO service level agreement, costs are shared with the FCO, which pays 30 per cent. of the total in respect of accommodation, fixed communications, security and some other support costs. The figures quoted in the table represent the balance (70 per cent.) attributable to the Defence Budget.

Full costs of Defence Attaché posts are not held centrally and their calculation would involve disproportionate cost.

Iran

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any British Armed Forces personnel, including special forces, are operating in Iran. (82199)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: No. British Armed Forces personnel are not operating in Iran. It is long standing Government policy not to comment on special forces.

Nuclear Deterrent

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring, 23 January 2006, Official Report, column 1154, on what date he first asked his officials to explore the options for replacing the nuclear deterrent with a successor system; and when he expects to be presented with their findings. (48009)

[holding answer 2 February 2006]: As was made clear in the December 2003 Defence White Paper (Paragraph 3.11), we have continued to take steps to keep options open on the possible replacement of Trident. As the then Defence Secretary indicated previously on 30 June 2004, Official Report, column 358W, this included concept studies on options for platforms to carry the Trident missile in the longer term, which began in May 2002.

Ministers have been briefed by officials on some of the relevant issues and have requested that further work be undertaken. As the Prime Minister said on 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 254, during Prime Minister’s Questions, decisions on this issue will be taken later this year.

Trade and Industry

Radioactive Material

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many train journeys carrying nuclear waste there were in (a) Brent, (b) London and (c) England in the last 12 months; and how much waste was transported in each case. (89155)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Transport does not hold this information. The transport of radioactive material by rail is a highly regulated activity that is carried out in accordance with stringent national and international regulations. The intention of the regulatory system is to ensure that these shipments are safe irrespective of the route chosen.

Communities and Local Government

Environmental Health Notices

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many environmental health notices were issued in each London borough since 1997. (87228)

I have been asked to reply.

I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the information requested is not available centrally in the form requested.

Local authorities (LAs) are required to report to the Food Standards Agency the number of food premises subject to formal enforcement action, including those to which written warnings, improvement notices, prohibition orders and emergency prohibition orders were issued. But the monitoring data returns from London boroughs cover the enforcement of both food hygiene and food standards, and the total enforcement action data cannot be divided between the two.

Information on general food law enforcement action by LAs in 2004-05 was set out in the paper presented to the Food Standards Agency Board in February 2006, paper FSA 06/02/04. I have arranged for a copy of the paper to be placed in the Library.

Social Care Funding

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the social care formula spending share per head was for each local authority for (a) children and (b) adults for 2006-07. (88798)

In announcing the provisional 2006-07 Local Government Finance Settlement on 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 627, I explained to the House that we were abolishing Formula Spending Shares. These notional spending figures were misunderstood and misused for a variety of purposes for which they were neither intended nor suitable.

Formula grant, which comprises Revenue Support Grant, redistributed business rates and principal formula Police Grant, is an unhypothecated block grant—i.e. councils are free to spend it on any service. Because of this, and because of the calculation of formula grant, in particular floor damping, it is not therefore possible to say how much grant an authority received for a particular purpose. I would therefore refer the hon. Member to the table showing formula grant per head placed in the Libraries of the House in response to a question from the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 14 July 2006, Official Report, column 2103W.

Home Department

Abdoulie Njie

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status is of Abdoulie Njie, recently convicted of rape in Stoke-on-Trent Crown court. (81843)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: It is not our policy to comment on individual cases to Members who do not hold a constituency responsibility for the named individual.

Adelphi System

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on the Adelphi finance and human resource system. (88504)

The total expenditure on the Adelphi programme, relating to HR, finance and procurement, from January 2003 to June 2006, is £51,907,961.

Advertising Campaigns

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advertising campaigns his Department has run since July 2004; and what the (a) date and (b) cost was of each. (81918)

The advertising campaigns the Home Office has run since 2004-05 are listed in the table. Due to the way media are invoiced and as our campaigns are long term and not month specific, we cannot break down costs by month.

The breakdown by each financial year, however, is as follows:

£

2004-05

Frank Drugs Campaign

1,135,091

Gun Crime

200,000

Antisocial Behaviour

600,006

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

7,578,732

Police Recruitment—Special Constables

1,968,171

Domestic Violence

450,635

Child Safety on the Internet

299,094

Clean Up Week—Community Sentences

33,295

2005-06

Frank Drugs Campaign

1,588,007

Antisocial Behaviour

638,313

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

3,967,890

Single Non Emergency Number

151,781

Alcohol Misuse

93,865

Police Recruitment—Special Constables

1,427,014

Police Recruitment—High Potential Scheme

226,865

Domestic Violence

542,456

Child Safety on the Internet

879,002

Safer Car Parks—Park Mark Scheme

95,656

Crime Stoppers

84,039

Clean Up Week—Community Sentences

49,278

Rape

67,108

2006-07—invoiced to date

Frank Drugs Campaign

190,456

Knife Amnesty

138,622

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

158,650

Single Non Emergency Number

56,280

Alcohol Misuse

233,832

Domestic Violence

314,694

Rape

287,664

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advertising campaigns the Department ran between 2000 and June 2004; and what the (a) date and (b) cost was of each. (87061)

The advertising campaigns the Home Office ran between 2000-01 and 2004-05 are listed as follows. Due to the way media are invoiced and as our campaigns are long term and not month specific, we cannot break down costs by month.

The breakdown by each financial year, however, is as follows:

£

2000-01

Vehicle Crime Reduction

8,377,736

Police Recruitment

7,580,663

Police Recruitment—Fast Track

137,371

Human Rights

765,956

Rolling Registration

3,236,126

UK Immigration Service

7,783

Postal Voting

1,322,750

Fire Safety

2,005,093

2001-02

Vehicle Crime Reduction

5,847,867

Police Recruitment

6,473,845

Police Recruitment—Special Constables

499,938

Police Recruitment—Fast Track

126,310

Police Reform

45,000

UK Immigration Service

8,568

Postal Voting

864,093

Fire Safety

1,698,875

Drugs Campaign

1,404,398

Child Protection on the Internet

1,281,529

2002-03

Vehicle Crime Reduction

4,911,621

Police Recruitment

4,736,223

Drugs Campaign

669,185

Child Protection on the Internet

763,290

Firearms Amnesty

600,000

2003-04

Vehicle Crime Reduction

4,617,658

Police Recruitment

4,987,946

Drugs Campaign

2,348,500

Child Protection on the Internet

825,557

Domestic Violence

936,587

Youth Offenders

39,214

2004-05

Frank Drugs Campaign

1,135,091

Gun Crime

200,000

Anti Social Behaviour

600,006

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

7,578,732

Police Recruitment—Special Constables

1,968,171

Domestic Violence

450,635

Child Protection on the Internet

299,094

Clean Up Week—Community Sentences

33,295

Airport Security

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which airports have (a) 24 hour security and (b) security provision during operating hours. (87299)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Transport is responsible for regulating and monitoring aviation security in the UK under the provisions of the Aviation Security Act 1982, as amended by the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990.

It would be inappropriate to comment on the specific security arrangements which have been put in place at UK airports.

Alan Kittle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take in respect of Alan Kittle, Senior Immigration Inspector in charge of the criminal casework team responsible for deciding whether foreign prisoners should be deported after release from prison. (68419)

[holding answer 8 May 2006]: Issues of performance or conduct of individual members of staff are a matter for the permanent secretary and are addressed in accordance with the Department’s internal procedures.

Antisocial Behaviour

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will visit Castle Point to discuss antisocial behaviour with local residents and the police. (78183)

The Home Secretary regularly undertakes visits in respect of his departmental responsibilities. However, due to existing diary commitments, he has no plans to visit Castle Point in the immediate future.

Asylum/Immigration

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish First Minister about the interaction between the UK Government's policy on asylum and immigration and the Scottish Executive's policy on attracting fresh talent to the country. (25323)

The Home Secretary has regular discussions with the Scottish First Minister about immigration and other issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals seeking asylum in the UK since 1997 have been granted leave to remain as a result of their application taking too long to process. (84414)

Asylum applications are decided on an individual case by case basis. Information on any cases falling into the category mentioned in this question is not available and could be available only by examination of individual case records.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used in drawing up the regional language list by the National Asylum Support Service for the dispersal of asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement. (86883)

[holding answer 24 July 2006]: The language list is no longer in operation, although language remains a factor in placing asylum seekers. It is just one of the criteria considered by relevant stakeholders when considering dispersal issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum have had their applications rejected in the last (a) one, (b) three and (c) 12 months. (85748)

[holding answer 14 July 2006]: Information on asylum applications is published in quarterly web pages and in the annual statistical bulletin Asylum Statistics United Kingdom. Copies of these publications and others relating to general immigration to the UK are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2006, Official Report, column 1041W, on asylum/immigration, how competency in the English language is assessed. (87302)

For potential employees of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND), competency in the English language may be assessed through formal academic qualifications and/or through ability testing including verbal reasoning. Potential employees must meet a minimum standard of competence to be offered a post. Progression to higher grades involves competency based assessment including psychometric testing and other exercises.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers convicted of criminal offences in the UK have been detained pending deportation in each of the last five years. (86728)

The information requested is not currently collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2006, Official Report, column 2305W, on illegal immigrants, what estimate was made of the cost of providing the information. (61251)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are illegal immigrants. (71445)

The information requested on the immigration status of prisoners is not currently available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In my Written Ministerial Statement of 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 29WS, I set out the progress the Department is making to address the fact that there is no unique identifier to link individuals who come in contact with the asylum and immigration and criminal justice systems. We have commenced development of a comprehensive approach to identity management across all Home Office areas and will finalise a strategic action plan in this area by the end of September 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Founia Ilyas, reference 3107 2668, will be notified of her immigration status. (53913)

Ms Ilyas was notified of a decision on her application on 18 January 2005 when at the same time her documents were returned to her home address.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the status is of the following Russian nationals (a) Chernysheva, Natalia Vladimirovna, (b) Chernikova, Irina Vladimirovna, (c) Karaseva, Alla Alexandrovna, (d) Spirichev, Alexey Valerievich, (e) Kartashov, Vladislav Nikolaevich, (f) Maruev, Dmitriy Lavovich, (g) Gorbachev, Alexander Lavovich, (h) Golubovich, Alexey Dmitrievich, (i) Gololobov, Dmitriy Vladimirovich, (j) Burganov, Ranil Raisovich, (k) Temerko, Alexander Viktorovich, (l) Trushin, Mikhail Anatolevich and (m) Beilin, Yuri Arkadevich. (84103)

[holding answer 10 July 2006]: No. It is the general policy of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate not to disclose to a third party personal information about another person, including information concerning their immigration status, as well as personal details.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates were detained on behalf of the Immigration Service awaiting deportation in each of the last five years, broken down by prison; what the (a) average and (b) maximum period of detention beyond completion of a sentence was in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost of this detention; and if he will make a statement. (66545)

The Department does not collate information in the format requested and it could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Greater London and (b) Bexley borough have been waiting more than six months for a decision on their immigration status; and if he will make a statement. (86222)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees who escaped from the Yarl's Wood detention centre on 14 February 2002 had previously been in custody for committing an offence prior to being sent to Yarl's Wood. (74046)

Of the 23 individuals who escaped from Yarl’s Wood on the night of 14 February 2002, there is no record of 19 having committed offences prior to being detained. Records indicate three had previous convictions and one other is a possible match.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of the seven detainees who escaped from Yarl’s Wood following the fire on 14 February 2002, and whose whereabouts remain uncertain, are suspected to have committed a crime since their escape in February 2002. (79193)

To our knowledge none of the seven detainees, who escaped from Yarl’s Wood on the night of 14 February 2002 and whose whereabouts are unknown, have committed a crime since their escape in February 2002.

Bird and Bird Solicitors

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts were awarded by his Department to Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 1997; what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such contract was; and if he will make a statement. (88181)

I am advised that the (a) value and (b) duration of contracts awarded by the Home Department to Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 1997 are as follows:

Year awarded

Contract and duration

Expenditure to date (£)

1997-98

IPS: Provision of legal advice and services to IPS and CRB 1997-2007

805,693

1998-99

Prisons Quantum Project and associated IT projects 1998-2006

1,451,590

2000-01

Managed Payroll Service Contract, August

1,293

2002-03

Managed Payroll Service Contract

9,955

2005-06

Prisons: Control accounts, Phoenix Shared Service Centre and Service Management Group 2005

91,000

2005-06

Financial and banking matters 2005

64,449

Bogus Marriages

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriage visas were refused on the grounds that the marriage in question was not considered to be genuine in each of the last five years. (86682)

The figures on the number of spousal visas refused are contained in the following table. Also included is another table showing the number of refusals of extension of leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of marriage.

It is not possible to determine how many were refused on the grounds that the marriage was not considered to be genuine without examination of individual case records at disproportionate costs.

Refusals of extension of leave to remain1 in the United Kingdom excluding EEA nationals2 and Switzerland, 2001 to 20053— United Kingdom

Number of decisions

Category

All refusals

Of which: Spouse (probationary period applications)4

20015

15,485

1,850

20025

18,575

735

20035

33,175

2,445

20042

24,730

1,895

20053

27,175

1,265

1 Excludes dependants of principal applicants, asylum related decisions and withdrawn applications. 2 Includes nationals of the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date. 3 Provisional and subject to change. 4 Data include unmarried partners. 5 Excludes the outcome of appeals. Note: Figures rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Immigration Research and Statistics Service, RDS-IND, Home Office

Visa applications and refusals for spouse endorsements, 2001 to 2005

Endorsement

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

To accompany spouse

Applications received

5,011

3,931

3,536

5,032

5,077

Refusal decisions

64

60

63

162

325

Refusal rate (percentage)

1

2

2

3

6

To join spouse

Applications received

5,058

3,818

5,442

6,635

6,672

Refusal decisions

182

189

385

854

1,260

Refusal rate (percentage)

4

5

7

13

19

EEA Family Permit: to accompany spouse

Applications received

660

12,948

Refusal decisions

4

272

Refusal rate (percentage)

1

2

EEA Family Permit: to join spouse

Applications received

150

2,586

Refusal decisions

3

90

Refusal rate (percentage)

2

3

Note: “UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot 100% guarantee accuracy. UKvisas continues to work on IT and working practices to improve the quality of the statistics we provide.” Source: UKVisas Central Reference System 24 July 2006

Child Trafficking

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child trafficking victims were deported after being taken into custody by the authorities in the last period for which figures are available. (75976)

The information requested is not centrally recorded and therefore not available, however the Government would not normally consider a person for deportation in his or her own right if he or she is under 16 years of age.

Where a child is thought to have been a victim of trafficking, referrals to the police and local authority children's services are made. In the case of a child who has been trafficked and who is neither a UK nor European Union citizen, the immigration and nationality directorate will determine what action it will take by taking into account what is in the best interests of the child.

Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the companies which were paid consultancy fees by his Department in 2005-06; how much each was paid; and what each of the companies was used to accomplish. (69701)

The definition of consultancy was revised by Office of Government Commerce (OGC) during 2005-06. Consultancy now falls under the wider category of professional services which covers the following areas: general management and business, legal, human resources, IT property and financial. Consultancy services cover one or more of advice, design and development, and implementation where the assignment is time limited or ad hoc, and is in addition to business as usual activity.

We do not currently hold a central record of overall consultancy expenditure; however, the total fees paid in respect of management consultancy in 2005-06 were £19,500,297 in respect of the core Home Office and £8,959,716 for the agencies. To provide details of expenditure against a list of companies and what each of the companies was used to accomplish would incur disproportionate cost.

Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the immigration and nationality directorate will reply to the letter of 18 January from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, on behalf of Andrew Russell, of Park Lane, Birmingham (Home Office Reference R1050090, correspondence ref. B1755/5). (29145)

The immigration and nationality directorate wrote to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on 6 April 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will answer the letter of 8 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. S. Khan; (77587)

(2) when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 8 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. S. Khan.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's fax of 5 May regarding Ali Baker Zerar. (80374)

Officials advise me that they have been unable to trace the fax sent from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's office on 5 May. However, they are in contact with the hon. Member's office to take this matter forward.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sunderland, South of 4 April regarding Mr. Joseph Dede Omanga (HO 01066013). (82974)

The then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Andy Burnham) wrote separately to my hon. Friend regarding Mr. Joseph Dede Omanga on 27 April 2006. It is expected that a substantive response to these representations will be provided by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate within the next few weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 10 April 2006 (acknowledgement reference B9696/6) and 24 May 2006 on behalf of Mulukjan Begum (Home Office reference M1273553). (83365)

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the hon. Member for Ladywood on 6 July 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter dated 6 June 2006, from the hon. Member for Peterborough, concerning the immigration status of Wakil Sahebzadeh; and if he will make a statement. (84940)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 22 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Emmanuel Yawe Dzisi. (88195)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 5 July 2006, on behalf of his constituent Mrs. Martha Patricia Vargas, of St. George's Road, Cheltenham (Home Office reference V2037814) regarding the refusal of her application for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. (88250)

[holding answer 24 July 2006]: The IND replied to the hon. Member for Cheltenham on 29 August 2006.

Crime (Non-UK Citizens)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the proportion of crime in England which is committed by non-UK citizens; and if he will make a statement. (73421)

Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in Denbighshire. (86983)

I understand that the Denbighshire Partnership has helped to achieve notable reductions in crime but some further reductions are required if they are to achieve the current levels of performance being achieved by partnerships with similar challenges elsewhere in England and Wales.

Data Protection Act

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Data Protection Act Section 10 notices he has received in each year since 1998. (86866)

The Home Office does not, and is not required to keep central statistics on the number of Data Protection Act Section 10 Notices received. The receipt of such a notice is a very infrequent occurrence. The department is aware of having received two such notices since 1998. One was received in 2002 and one other last year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocol his Department follows when it receives a formal Data Protection Act Section 10 Notice to Correct Erroneous Data; and if he will make a statement. (86867)

Section 10 of the Data Protection Act gives data subjects the right to prevent the processing of personal data which are causing, or are likely to cause, substantial damage or distress to them or another person where that processing is or would be unwarranted. Section 14 of the Data Protection Act provides data subjects with rights in relation to the correction of inaccurate personal data. The Home Office does not currently have, and is not required to have, a formal written protocol for either circumstance. The Home Office is committed to meeting its legal obligations in relation to both, however. With regards to the correction of inaccurate personal data, when an error is highlighted all necessary steps are taken to correct that error and, where necessary, remedy any underlying faults that caused the mistake.

Departmental Data

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2006, Official Report, column 1423W, to the right hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) on departmental data, with which other (a) Departments and (b) public sector organisations his Department shares data. (88932)

In addition to sharing data within the constituent parts of the Department, the Home Office shares information, in accordance with relevant legislative provisions, with the following Government Departments and public sector organisations:

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

NI Director of Public Prosecutions

Magistrates Courts in England and Wales

Scottish Executive

Department of Trade and Industry

Crown Prosecution Service

Department of Work and Pensions

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK Visas

National Health Service

Department for Education and Skills

The Royal Navy Regulating Branch

All UK Police forces

The Royal Marines Police

The Royal Military Police

The Royal Air Force Police

The Ministry of Defence Police

The British Transport Police

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

The States of Jersey Police Force

The Salaried Police Force of the Island of Guernsey

The Isle of Man Constabulary

Departmental Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by his Department in each year since May 1997. (39101)

The information held by the Home Office on its spend on consultants is given in the following table:

Spend on consultants(£)

1997-98

7,627,016

1998-99

4,588,445

1999-2000

10,302,672

2000-01

27,877,286

2001-02

21,147,058

2002-03

Not held

2003-04

106,800,000

2004-05

46,900,000

We do not hold information on the Department's total expenditure on consultants for 2002-03 and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Total expenditure figures on consultants by non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), executive agencies, independent statutory body organisations and bodies financially sponsored by the Department for the period in question is not held centrally. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

The definition of consultancy covers investigating problems, providing analysis or advice, or assisting with the development of new systems, new structures or new capabilities within the organisation.

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his practice is regarding meeting, discussing and taking into account the views and opinions of (a) private individuals and (b) representatives of organisations when drawing up and framing legislation to be introduced by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (81312)

The Home Secretary and his Ministerial team hold a wide range of meetings involving an extensive number of organisations and individuals throughout the year. These meetings allow them to consider various perspectives and the differing interests of stakeholders when formulating Home Office Policy and where necessary, the legislation needed to implement it.

The Home Office more widely, when developing policy or drawing up legislation, regularly undertakes informal consultation with those directly affected or involved. We routinely undertake formal written public consultations which are listed on our website and reported in our annual report. In conducting such consultations, the Home Office follows the guidance laid down in the Code of Practice on Consultation issued by Cabinet Office. The published results of the consultation include a summary of the responses both from individuals and from representative organisations. Wherever possible, the summary will also include the next steps in policy development and reasons for any decisions taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Deposited Papers placed in the Library by his Department since 2000; and when they were published. (81321)

The information requested is not held in one central unit and therefore it is impossible to collate without incurring disproportionate costs.

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid to his Department from the Access to Work Scheme for adjustments for disabled staff in the last year for which figures are available; from what budget he plans to meet the costs of reasonable adjustments for disabled staff following withdrawal of Access to Work funding for central Government Departments; and if he will make a statement. (89009)

The following table shows the last available figures for the Access to Work Scheme.

Consideration is being given to how reasonable adjustments should be funded once the Access to Work funding is withdrawn for central Government Departments.

£

2005-06

2004-05

Core Home Office

1903.35

Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND)1

n/a

42,437.18

HM Prison Service2

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available. 1 Figures are no longer available for IND as the purchase of such equipment has been devolved to individual units and no central record is kept. 2 Purchase of equipment was devolved to individual prison establishments five years ago; therefore no central record is kept.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of his Department’s employees have been (a) dismissed, (b) suspended and (c) subject to disciplinary action for criminal activity in each year since 1997; (88461)

(2) how many staff members in his Department have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted following fraud charges since 1997.

The information requested is not centrally held and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Domestic Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic violence cases have been brought to trial in each of the last five years in each (a) London borough and (b) constituency; and if he will make a statement. (82930)

The CPS does not hold a historical record of domestic violence data for each London borough. During the year April 2005 to March 2006, there was a total of 4,841 prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of the London courts. Of these, 2,503 (51.7 per cent.) were convicted, 1,882 (38.9 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 456 (9.4 per cent.) were acquitted.

Nationally, during the year April 2005 to March 2006, there was a total of 49,782 prosecutions for domestic violence. Of these, 29,719 (59.7 per cent.) were convicted, 17,311 (34.8 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 2,752 (5.5 per cent.) were acquitted.

During the year April 2004 to March 2005, there was a total of 2,807 prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of the London courts. Of these, 1,365 (48.6 per cent.) were convicted, 1,187 (42.3 per cent.) were not proceeded with, and 255 (9.1 per cent.) were acquitted.

Nationally, during the year April 2004 to March 2005, there was a total of 34,839 prosecutions for domestic violence. Of these, 19,156 (55 per cent.) were convicted, 13,599 (39 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 2,084 (6 per cent.) were acquitted.

Comparable figures are not held for years prior to 2004-05.

Extradition

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 544W, on extradition, if he will break the figures down by the alleged offence. (88390)

Details are given in the following tables, which has been updated to 24 August 2006 in order to reflect developments since the original answer. It should be noted that:

(a) an extradition request is not included in this table unless the individual has been arrested for extradition and is in custody, or on bail, or has been surrendered

(b) an individual may be arrested in a different year from that in which the request is made;

(c) the offences quoted are brief descriptions and not detailed charges e.g. "fraud" also covers "conspiracy to defraud";

(d) an individual may be wanted for more than one crime—the principal offences only are shown in the table; and

(e) more than one request may have been received for an individual, so that a surrender may be pursuant to more than one request.

US requests to England and Wales 2001 to 2005

2001

Number

Surrenders

Child abduction

2

Child enticement

1

Drugs

3

Fraud

1

Money laundering

1

Murder

2

Theft

1

Wire fraud

1

Closed without surrender

False statements to Government agency

1

Fraud

1

Murder

1

Terrorist-related

1

Outstanding from the year

2002

Number

Surrenders

Bank robbery

1

Fraud

1

Sex assault on children

1

Closed without surrender

Drugs

1

Terrorist-related

1

Fraud

1

Theft

2

Outstanding from the year

Drugs

1

20031

Number

Surrenders

Child abduction

1

Drugs

2

Theft/bribery

1

Fraud

2

Closed without surrender

Fraud

2

GBH

1

Rape

1

Outstanding from the year

Murder

2

Rape

1

Theft

1

1 One figure for 2003 has been moved from the "Closed without surrender" column to the "Surrender" column because the individual was the subject of requests in both 2003 and 2004, and it has been confirmed that he was extradited pursuant to both of them.

2004

Number

Surrenders

Child pornography

1

Drugs

6

Fraud

5

Forgery

1

GBH on minor with intent

1

Indecent assault

1

Mail fraud

1

Rape

1

Sex assault on minor

1

Wire Fraud

2

Closed without surrender

Drugs

1

Fraud

1

Outstanding from the year

Computer fraud

1

Drugs

1

Fraud

3

Robbery

2

Satellite signal theft

3

Terrorist-related

2

2005

Number

Surrenders

Child pornography

1

Theft

1

Closed without surrender

Fraud

1

Sex offences

1

Outstanding from the year

Drugs

2

Fraud

1

Terrorist-related

1

False Accusations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list organisations that received funding from his Department to help individuals who claim to have been falsely accused of criminal offences; and how much each organisation received in the last 10 years for which figures are available. (47402)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has received Grant in Aid from the Home Office from its inception in 1996 to date, as shown in the following table. The Commission's role is to review and investigate possible miscarriages of justice and to refer cases to an appropriate appeal court where there is a real possibility that the conviction, finding, verdict or sentence will not be upheld.

The Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice provides free, confidential and independent advice to members of the public who have cases in the Court of Appeal. It has received funding from 2004-05 as follows:

2004-05: £97,000 grant for a pilot scheme

2005-06: grant of £108,445

2006-07: grant of £119,400.

Criminal Cases Review Commission: Grant in Aid

Amount (£)

1997-98

14,303,977

1998-99

4,517,134

1999-2000

5,530,000

2000-01

5,415,000

2001-02

6,525,000

2002-03

7,000,000

2003-04

7,800,000

2004-05

25,750,000

2005-06

6,834,628

1 This figure includes the last three months of 1996. 2 The 2004-05 figure was reduced in comparison with the previous years because the CCRC had to use their cash reserves as required by the Treasury under the rules of Government Accounting.

Foreign Criminals

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil service staff hours have been expended on duties related to the release of foreign offenders since July 2005. (68619)

This information is not readily available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the former foreign national prisoners identified as not having been assessed for deportation and subsequently relocated have been claiming benefits. (68745)

The immigration and nationality directorate are working with all other relevant agencies to conclude all cases where foreign national prisoners were released without due consideration. The information as requested is not currently available in the format requested and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals who were not assessed for deportation on release from prison were visited by foreign consular services during their incarceration; and which embassies were involved in each case. (68768)

This information is not held centrally. During the induction process for new prisoners, it is a requirement that all foreign national prisoners are offered the opportunity to contact their embassy or high commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct chief police officers to publish any available photographs in their respective constabulary areas of foreign nationals considered for deportation but released on completion of their sentences and still at large, to facilitate their arrest; and if he will make a statement. (70168)

[holding answer 12 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary already explained during his appearance before the Home Affairs Committee on 23 May 2006 that this is an operational matter for the police. Discussions have taken place between officials from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on whether making public details of ex-offenders would assist in locating them. It is the considered view of ACPO that a decision should only be taken on a case by case basis as to whether to publicise the details of those individuals who are the subject of ongoing deportation action and still need to be located.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are (a) awaiting trial and (b) helping police with inquiries. (67458)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules govern applications for (a) leave to remain and (b) British citizenship by foreign nationals who have served in the British Army. (82372)

[holding answer 4 July 2006]: The rules applying to applications for leave to remain in the UK by foreign nationals discharged from the British Army are set out in paragraphs 276L to 276Q of the Immigration Rules. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the information contained on the IND website at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/lawandpolicy/immigrationrules/part7.

Foreign nationals who have served in HM Forces and who wish to apply for British citizenship must make a successful application for naturalisation under sections 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Policy requirements and procedures for handling applications are available for viewing on the IND website at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishnationality.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Lin Homer's letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, what crimes were committed by the seven serious foreign national offenders who have not been detained; what the nationality was of each; how long each served in prison; and when each was released. (88953)

It is not the general policy of the Department to disclose specific details into the public domain which may identify individuals included among the 1,013 foreign national prisoners who were released without deportation consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Wellingborough in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May 2006; and how many were considered for deportation. (85596)

Comprehensive statistical information on discharges is not centrally available, and providing information based on manually stored records could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

The Department does not hold information on how many foreign nationals released from HMP Wellingborough in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May were considered for deportation and could provide this information only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) claimed asylum and (b) were deported at the end of their prison sentence in each of the last five years. (73531)

The information requested for the period concerned is not collected centrally and only available at disproportionate cost. In a written ministerial statement of 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 28WS, I provided an update to the House on the progress the Department is making to ensure that foreign national prisoners face deportation as early as possible within their sentences.

Hadi Nozadi

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will conclude consideration of the status of Hadi Nozadi of Lower Sharpham Barton, Ashprington, Totnes, who was refused asylum on 22 November 2001. (77516)

[holding answer 22 June 2006]: The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan), wrote separately to the hon. Member regarding Hadi Nozadi on 26 June 2006.

Immigration and Nationality Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff there are in each civil service grade in the immigration and nationality directorate who have been recruited since 1 January (a) 2006 and (b) 2005; and if he will make a statement. (75161)

The immigration and nationality directorate does not hold this information in the format requested, which could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between officials of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Jobcentre Plus regarding the allocation of national insurance numbers. (76196)

Officials at a variety of levels in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been in regular contact with their counterparts in Jobcentre Plus about the procedures for allocating national insurance numbers. No central record is kept of the detail of these discussions. However, they have covered a wide variety of legislative, policy and procedural matters relating to the recently announced changes to these procedures. These changes introduced from July 2006 a “right to work” condition for employment related applications for national insurance numbers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations (a) his Department and (b) the police are conducting into allegations that (i) permanent residency visas and (ii) changes in residency status are being bought from immigration officials; and if he will make a statement. (84146)

The Department takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously. Any such allegation will be thoroughly investigated and any necessary action taken in accordance with departmental procedures.

To provide details about the investigations that are under way at the moment would risk compromising their successful outcome.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been lost while being held by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate pending an immigration decision in each of the last five years. (85402)

The only information on passports relates to applications made under managed migration routes for variation of leave, work permits and citizenship. Management information for all of these work streams is only available for the last three years. This indicates that the number lost in 2003-04 was 588, in 2004-05 was 452 and in 2005-06 was 288.

Information Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of each IT contract awarded by his Department in each of the last five years; and who the contractor was in each case. (88986)

The following tables outline those details that are centrally held in relation to major IT projects with a value over £10 million. The Home Office runs a number of smaller IT projects but details of these are not held centrally.

Desktop Services

Business

IT Unit

Supplier/contract

Value (£ million)

Year

IND

HOITSS

Atos Origin/TBC

200

2004

NOMS (Probation Service)

NOMS

Steria/OMNI

250

2006

IT Enabled Change Programmes

Business

Programme

Supplier/contract

Value (£ million)

Year

IND

Project Semaphore (part of e-Borders)

IBM

31.9

From 2004 to date

Project IRIS (part of e-Borders)

Sagem

2.8

2004

Mycroft

SERCO/Mycroft

42

From 2004 over five years

Points Based System

Atos Origin Sirius FCO Services

<4

Still in definition stage and has therefore contracted less than £4 million to date

Warnings Index

Fujitsu—WI and WW Tech Refresh

14

May 2005

Warnings Index

Fujitsu—WI Support Procurement

14.5

May 2006

NOMS

NOMIS

EDS/Steria

190

2005

CS

EDRM

CapGemini/Sirius

16.8

2005-06

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many IT projects have been developed for his Department since 2001; and whether he has agreed to make public Gateway reviews for these projects (a) in full and (b) in part. (23519)

Information on the number of projects is not held centrally and is therefore not available. To provide a complete answer in the time available would therefore incur disproportionate costs.

A Gateway review is conducted on a confidential basis for the Senior Responsible Officer. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 each request for the release of information contained in a Gateway Review is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Life in the UK Test

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have (a) taken and (b) successfully completed the Life in the UK test for adult applicants who want to become British citizens since its inception; and if he will make a statement. (88450)

Information on the number of individuals who have taken the Life in the UK Test is not currently available, as some applicants will have taken the test more than once before passing it. Between the introduction of the Life in the UK Test in November 2005 and 22 July 2006, 82,375 tests were taken. Of these, 56,615 were passed and 25,760 failed, giving an overall pass rate of 68.7 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the Life in the UK test for adult applicants who want to become British citizens. (88519)

No. The Life in the UK test is a multiple choice test comprising 24 questions, selected from a bank of around 200 questions, which were carefully scrutinised by the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration. All of the answers to the test questions can be found through study of the handbook “Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship”. It would not be appropriate to publish the test questions, as this would enable people to learn them by rote and thus defeat the object of the test.

Ministerial Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that he has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose was in each case; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if he will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if he will make a statement. (65001)

This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, all ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. The Government publishes on an annual basis lists of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500 which will include visits to the European Union. Lists covering 1997 to 2005 are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2005-06 is currently being compiled and will be published when it is available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what visits (a) in the UK and (b) overseas Ministers in his Department have made in the last 12 months. (73677)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions he has visited each region in an official capacity in the last 12 months. (84004)

The current Home Secretary and his immediate predecessor visited the Government regions of the South West, the South East, the West Midlands, the North East and London over the last 12 months.

National Asylum Support Service

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the National Asylum Support Services stakeholder briefing pack for target contracts-transition document has been removed from the Department’s website. (84598)

[holding answer 11 July 2006]: The stakeholder briefing pack for the target contracts—transition phase has not been removed from the Department’s website. However the website link to this briefing pack has recently changed. The new link is: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/applying/nass/news andinfo/projects/nassaccommodationproject/stake holderengagement

Offender Managers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a date has been set for introducing Going Straight contracts between offenders and offender managers as set out in the five year strategy for protecting the public and reducing re-offending. (80377)

Proposals on Going Straight contracts will be developed by the National Offender Management Service, alongside the implementation and delivery of Offender Management. Decisions on their possible content and implementation have yet to be made.

Olympics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which officials in his Department (a) are responsible for Olympics-related activity and (b) sit on the Inter-Departmental Steering Group for the Olympics. (81564)

The Director of Specialist Crime is responsible for Olympic-related activity within the Home Office and is a member of the Inter-Departmental Steering Group.

Opinion Polling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what issues his Department has conducted opinion polling in the last 12 months. (88944)

The Home Office undertakes a wide range of research activities that support the development of information-led policy, including surveys of public opinion that consider Home Office issues and its related areas of responsibility.

The Department commissions such work only when it is justified by the specific needs of a particular policy or programme and when this is the most economic, efficient and effective way to achieve the purpose. Consulting and involving the public helps inform both policy formulation and delivery of better quality public services.

Opinion polls have been conducted in the last 12 months on the following issues:

Identity Cards

Late night businesses’ attitudes to alcohol related crime and disorder

Offending behaviour programmes delivered to offenders serving community sentences

Public concern about organised crime

Prison Service Staff Issues

Measuring the Quality of Prison Life

Evaluation of Intensive Supervision and Monitoring schemes for persistent offenders

Cognitive Skills Booster Evaluation

Juvenile cohort feasibility

Single intervention Randomised Control Trial feasibility

Satellite tracking

National Evaluation of Community Safety Officers

Perceptions of border control among the travelling public

Northwest Offender Management Pathfinder

Employment Pathfinder

Investigating the Targeting, Tailoring and Sequencing of Interventions feasibility study

Evaluation of neighbourhood policing

Crime Patterns.

Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question 67922, on release of foreign prisoners, tabled by the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome for named day answer on 3 May. (70179)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to Questions (a) 68921, (b) 68923, (c) 68918, (d) 68919, (e) 68920, (f) 68922 and (g) 68924, on prisoners, tabled on 3 May by the hon. Member for Wellingborough. (79465)

[holding answer 22 June 2006]: In respect of questions 68920 and 68922 I replied to the hon. Member on 29 June 2006, Official Report, column 634W.

With regard to questions 68918, 68919, 68921, 68923 and 68924 my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Sutcliffe) replied on 13 July 2006, Official Report, column 2031W.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer question 67756, on prisoners released from Shepton Mallet prison, tabled by the right hon. Member for Wells on 27 April 2006. (81662)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: I refer the right hon. Member to my reply of 29 June 2006, Official Report, column 646W.

Passports

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what stage of the process passport applications are assessed for rejection. (89170)

The current process for checking passport applications has two main stages: an initial check that the application has been fully completed and all necessary documents have been provided, followed by examination to establish the identity and nationality of the applicant. If a deficiency is found at the first stage, an explanation is given of what is needed to correct the problem. If the application has been made in person at either a post office, any accredited travel agent or a regional passport office, the incomplete or incorrect application is handed back with the explanation and the passport fee is not taken. If the application has been made by post, the form and fee are retained and a letter is sent either asking for missing documents or a fresh application form, depending on the problem.

The action taken to resolve problems encountered during the examination stage varies. The Identity and Passport Service will not issue a passport until the applicant's identity and nationality have been established.

Police

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours he expects to spend working on police reorganisation until the end of 2006. (68612)

The Home Secretary and his Ministerial team have had and will continue to have various meetings and conversations with officials and interested parties to discuss general policing matters and police reform. It is not possible to quantify the amount of time each has spent or will spend discussing the specific issue of police restructuring.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total police staff hours, including uniformed staff and support staff, that will be spent on duties related to the release of foreign offenders in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (68614)

The level of detail requested is not required under the Annual Data Return that must be submitted to the Department by police forces in England and Wales. We would not wish to impose additional burdens on police forces by asking them to carry out such ad hoc surveys. The police continue to play a key role in working with all other relevant agencies to pursue those cases where foreign national prisoners were released without due consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the performance of police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last seven years. (46394)

[holding answer 30 January 2006]: The current and previous Home Secretary have received numerous representations regarding police forces in England and Wales. In addition, there have been formal reports published relating to the performance of the police service and of Essex police force specifically. These can be found on the websites for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) at http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/ and the Home Office at http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/assessments-2004-2005/

The next police performance assessments will be published in October.

The latest HMIC publication regarding Southend was the BCU inspection report (September 2003) and the report of the follow-up visit (December 2004).

Port Security

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2006, Official Report, column 1676W, on port security, for how long each day the port of Swansea has immigration, customs and security services present; and which ports' immigration, customs and security teams provide an out-of-hours service to the port of Swansea. (86449)

Small ports such as Swansea are staffed in a targeted way based on risk and supported by reliable intelligence. It is believed to be the most effective method of countering the overall threat, and the best use of the finite staff resources.

This information cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue & Customs' controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.

Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British criminals sentenced to custody abroad have been deported to the UK after sentence in each of the last five years. (68802)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for South West Devon (Mr. Streeter) on 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1670W.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 57W, on prisoners, if he will confirm that the figures provided for 2004-05 are for the first three quarters of the year; and when the figures for January to March 2005 will be available. (30985)

The figures in respect of prisoners released on parole licence were the figures for the whole year as reported by the Parole Board in its annual report 2004-05. The Parole Board has confirmed that it has not been notified of any further charges since the answer was laid.

The figures in respect of prisoners released on to the home detention curfew scheme were the figures for the year as a whole as notified to the Home Office at the point the question was laid. Data in respect of re-offending on the home detention curfew scheme are changing constantly as new information is received. This is because notifications of further offences, either by the police or other criminal justice agencies, is supplemented by a quarterly interrogation of the police national computer or through notification of acquittals or withdrawal of charges.

The total number of charges as currently notified to the Home Office in respect of prisoners on the home detention curfew scheme for the whole of the year 2004-05 is 1,313. This figure is likely to be further amended as new information is received.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people, who were later found not to be guilty of the offences for which they were imprisoned, were imprisoned in England and Wales in each year since 1998. (49865)

Prisons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the relative efficiency of the Prison Service and the private sector in delivering penal services; and if he will make a statement. (48507)

The relative efficiency of public sector and private sector delivery of penal services has been assessed through market testing. Each of the four prisons which had been managed by the private sector after opening in the early 1990s was market tested before the expiry of their contracts. In the case of two, Blakenhurst and Buckley Hall, the management was won by the Prison Service. The private sector retained the management of the other two, Doncaster and Wolds. In addition the Prison Service managed Manchester in accordance with a service level agreement (SLA) following a market test after it re-opened in 1994. The management was market tested again, in 2000, and the Prison Service won the competition and was awarded a new SLA.

The individual efficiency of all prisons, including the nine prisons designed, constructed, managed and financed under the private finance initiative, is assessed quarterly through the performance rating system which comprises a raft of performance measures such as cost performance and findings from external inspections.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are used to determine whether a prison is meeting the obligations contained in its service level agreement. (63294)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) requires Service Providers to deliver high quality services as specified in the Service Level Agreement (SLA), including high performance against an operational requirements specification. Each SLA contains a Performance Measurement System (PMS) that is designed to measure the Service Providers’ delivery of the operational requirements in key areas over an agreed period.

Compliance with the requirements of the SLA includes achieving all Service Delivery Targets and providing NOMS with quality assurance systems, principally through a comprehensive self-audit programme supplemented with a range of policy documents and procedural guidance to staff, together with a meetings structure that ensures that performance, standards and contractual compliance are achieved.

Private Finance Initiative

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what total amount private finance initiative projects for which his Department is responsible that went over budget did so in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (83649)

I am advised that none of the private finance initiative projects for which the Home Department is responsible went over budget in the last five years.

Public Bodies (Reorganisation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to ensure that the consultation on non-departmental public bodies includes Welsh organisations. (88175)

[holding answer 25 July 2006]: In the Home Office Action Plan, From Improvement to Transformation, we announced an in-depth review of the Home Office's non-departmental public bodies. We have already written to the bodies concerned and we aim to consult as widely as possible when we begin to develop our proposals.

Public Information

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on his Department's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (48957)

Information services are defined as websites and phone lines set up for campaigns. The following table shows expenditure on phone lines established for campaigns.

Phone line information service expenditure by year

£

Police recruitment

Car security

Year of the volunteer

2001-02

241,273

2002-03

258,962

23,095

2003-04

348,236

2004-05

179,648

12,707

2005-06

92,818

To obtain the information regarding websites would incur disproportionate costs.

Public relations are handled by the Department's press office—costs for the last five years are in the following table.

£Financial yearTotal2000-0112,446,2272001-0222,078,7232002-033,009,4892003-042,959,9662004-052,777,5782005-063,113,249 1 2000-01. Expansion of the Home Office press office followed an external consultant's review of its staffing and operation in 1999 and recommended the creation of the Newsdesk to better meet the demands of the 24-hour media. This improved efficiency from 'losing' in excess of 20 per cent. of the calls pre-expansion, to a positive where from June 2003 to June 2004, 91.8 per cent. of 61,070 calls received by the Newsdesk were answered. 2 2001-02. The Home Office press office and the Prison Service press office merged in May 2001.

Questionnaires

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at public expense on behalf of or by his Department or public bodies for which he is responsible in each year since 1997; and what the (i) nature, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost was in each case. (83177)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Russian Orchestras

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the cost of visas and work permits for visiting orchestras from Russia; and if he will make a statement. (72174)

Proposals for recovering, through fees and charges, the costs of the new Points Based System are at an early stage of development. Alongside developing these, we have continued to engage with key stakeholders, including representatives from the Arts and Entertainment sector and are aware of the issues surrounding touring groups such as visiting orchestras. We will be undertaking a public consultation on fees and charges in the autumn.

Science Applications International Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total value was of contracts entered into by his Department with Science Applications International Corporation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (87567)

From available records, the total value of contracts entered into by the Home Department with Science Applications International Corporation in each year since 1997 is as follows:

Total value of contracts (£)

1997

500,000

1998

0

1999

0

2000

0

2001

4,000

2002

17,022,000

2003

0

2004

2,350

2005

0

1 Value includes a contract initially entered with another company that was subsequently acquired by SAIC.

Security Industry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are in place to ensure that persons applying for a security licence from the Security Industry Authority are not asylum seekers. (75665)

Employers have clear legal responsibilities under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 which makes it a criminal offence to employ a person who is subject to immigration control unless that person has permission to work in the UK. The possession of a Security Industry Authority licence does not give a person a right to work in the UK, and employers are still expected to assure themselves that their employees have the necessary permission.

Security Service Personnel

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Government have made of the incidence of security service personnel (a) infiltrating terrorist groups and (b) colluding in paramilitary killings; and if he will make a statement. (61774)

The longstanding practice of successive governments is not to comment on the work of the security and intelligence agencies. The agencies operate within the law. Any person may complain to the Independent Investigatory Powers Tribunal if he or she is aggrieved by anything they believe has been done to them or their property by the agencies. The tribunal has full powers to investigate and order such remedial measures as it sees fit.

Select Committee Recommendations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions have been taken by his Department to implement Home Affairs Select Committee recommendations since the 2001-02 Session; and if he will make a statement. (77773)

The Home Office regularly reports its progress on accepted recommendations to the Home Affairs Committee.

The latest report, “Memorandum from the Home Office: progress in implementing accepted Committee recommendations 2001-05”, was published by the Home Affairs Committee on 26 May 2006. A copy is available in the House Library and on the Home Affairs website at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmselect/cmhaff/1007/100702.htm

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