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Written Answers

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 22 January 2008

Duchy of Lancaster

Anniversaries

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list planned commemorative (a) coins and (b) events for 2008 in which the Government will be involved. (180345)

I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 115WS, which announces the coins to be issued in 2008.

The Government currently have no plans to attend any events in relation to 2008 commemorative coins.

Cabinet Committees

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information is published in respect of meetings of (a) Cabinet Committees' and (b) Cabinet Sub-Committees' (i) dates of meeting, (ii) attendees and (iii) decisions taken; and if he will make a statement. (180673)

The membership, chair and terms of reference of all Cabinet Committees are published periodically on the Cabinet Office website and this information is placed in the Library of the House.

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees and Sub- Committees is generally not disclosed. This includes the dates of meetings, attendees, and decisions taken.

Strategy Unit

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1085W, on the strategy unit, how many full-time equivalent staff in the strategy unit worked on the development of the Children's Plan. (178351)

The strategy unit worked in support of the Children's Plan between July and December 2007. Full-time equivalent numbers of staff involved ranged from 1-2 in July to August, rising to 4-6 in September to December.

Strategy Unit: Secondment

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) seconded appointments were made to the strategy unit in each month in 2007; (178568)

(2) how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) seconded staff work for the strategy unit.

The number of full-time appointments made to the strategy unit in each month of 2007 is set out as follows (there were no part-time appointments).

Strategy unit appointments in 2007

Number of appointments

January 2007

1

February 2007

0

March 2007

1

April 2007

2

May 2007

0

June 2007

1

July 2007

0

August 2007

2

September 2007

5

October 2007

4.8

November 2007

3

December 2007

0

Total

119.8

1 Of which two appointments were secondments from outside the civil service.

Total staff in post as of 1 January 2008 is 43.9 full-time equivalents, comprising: 18.2 fixed-term appointments; 14.9 permanent Cabinet Office staff; nine staff on loan from other Government Departments; and 1.8 secondments.

Solicitor-General

Departmental ICT

To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in the Attorney-General’s Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement. (181366)

The Attorney-General’s Office has not issued any personal digital assistants to members of staff since 2001.

Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

To ask the Solicitor-General what the ratio of domestic violence prosecutions to convictions was in each of the last 10 years. (179607)

The records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide an analysis of the outcome of proceedings for domestic violence only with effect from full implementation of the Compass Case Management System in 2004.

The following figures show the number of defendant cases either charged by police, or accepted for prosecution by the CPS, which were identified as allegations involving domestic violence. The data are split into those defendant cases resulting in a conviction, and those resulting in an unsuccessful outcome:

Convictions

Percentage

Unsuccessful outcomes

Percentage

Total

2004-05

19,468

55.10

15,867

44.90

35,335

2005-06

30,213

59.80

20,343

40.20

50,556

2006-07

37,505

65.20

20,034

34.80

57,539

2007 to 14 January 2008

34,034

68.40

15,698

31.60

49,732

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Audit: Tax Avoidance

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will introduce legislation to prevent auditors of banks from selling tax avoidance schemes to their audit clients. (178521)

I have no plans to do so. The provision of taxation services to audit clients is already regulated in two ways:

by the Ethical Standards of the Auditing Practices Board, which auditors are required to follow. These standards require auditors to adopt safeguards to mitigate any threats to their objectivity which might result from their providing tax services, or to refrain from providing the services.

by the requirement on companies to disclose in their annual accounts any sums paid to their auditors for taxation services.

Banks: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will appoint an inquiry to investigate executive remuneration at banks. (178523)

No. Directors’ remuneration is a matter for companies and their shareholders.

The Directors’ Remuneration Report Regulations 2002 have improved transparency and accountability in this area.

Broadband: Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1061W, on Broadband: Scotland, what the location is of each of the clusters; in which parliamentary constituency in Scotland each cluster falls; and if he will make a statement. (176946)

The Scottish Executive has completed preliminary research on broadband reach in Scotland, which was published in December 2006. They estimate that between 7,000 and 25,000 homes cannot access DSL bandwidths in excess of 512Kb/s. These are scattered throughout Scotland. There is “clustering” where local conditions affect a number of premises in the same way, and the Scottish Executive is aware of around 50 such “clusters” (of 10 or more homes) as shown in table.

The Scottish Executive is currently undertaking a data verification exercise of all known demand in connection with Scottish broadband reach project which is expected to be complete by the end of this month.

Cluster location

BT exchange

(Westminster) constituency

Strathrusdale

Alness

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Glen Creran

Appin

Argyll and Bute

Assynt

Assynt

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Second Coast

Aultbea

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Rowerdennan

Balmaha

Stirling

Throsk

Bannockburn

Stirling

Aigas

Beauly

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Craik

Borthwickbrae

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Forgandenny

Bridge of Earn

Ochil and South Perthshire

Drumfearn

Broadford

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Luib

Broadford

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Strathbrora

Brora

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Cortachy, Glen Prosen

Cortachy

Angus

Craigmarloch

Cumbernauld

Inverclyde

Carron Valley

Denny

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch

Kilcoy

Dingwall

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Kinkell

Dingwall

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Mulbuie

Dingwall

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Scoraig, Badcaul

Dundonnell

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Dunans

Glendaruel

Argyll and Bute

Arnisdale

Glenelg

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Inverfaraig

Gorthleck

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Whitebridge

Gorthleck

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Stromfirth

Gott

Orkney and Shetland

Nairnside

Inverness Culloden

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Jura

Jura

Argyll and Bute

Ardeonaig

Killin

Stirling

Dalqueich

Kinross

Ochil and South Perthshire

Kinggoldrum

Kirriemuir

Angus

Ewes

Langholm

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

Glenuig

Lochailort

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Dunadd

Lochgilphead

Argyll and Bute

Knoydart

Mallaig

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Eigg

Mallaig

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Canna

Mallaig

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Harperrig

Mid Calder

Livingston

Drimnin

Morvern

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Glenbuck

Muirkirk

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Cove, Inverasdale

Poolewe

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Bridgend

Port Charlotte

Argyll and Bute

Boyndie

Portsoy

Banff and Buchan

Rousay

Rousay

Orkney and Shetland

North Sanday

Sanday

Orkney and Shetland

Kylesku, Kylestrom

Scourie

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Invergloy, Clunes

Spean Bridge

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

South Ronaldsay

St. Margaret’s Hope

Orkney and Shetland

Corgarff

Strathdon

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

Balquhidder

Strathyre

Stirling

West Burrafirth

Walls

Orkney and Shetland

Business: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new businesses were started in each London borough in the last 10 years; how many of them received Government funding; and if he will make a statement. (178418)

VAT registration data provide the only accurate indicator of the level of business start-up activity.

The number of new VAT registrations in each London borough are shown as follows for 1997 to 2006. Data for registrations in 2007 will be available autumn 2008.

Number of VAT registrations in each London borough 1997-2006

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

London

35,825

37,690

36,210

36,330

33,400

32,955

35,750

35,320

34,875

34,825

Barking and Dagenham

280

305

340

365

320

315

345

350

330

370

Barnet

2,360

2,350

2,050

2,075

1,815

1,740

1,715

1,700

1,605

1,490

Bexley

655

585

565

585

620

545

580

580

535

560

Brent

1,205

1,185

1,135

1,200

1,085

1,040

1,175

1,175

1,105

1,135

Bromley

1,065

1,140

925

940

965

965

985

1,015

920

1,015

Camden

2,405

2,405

2,310

2,245

1,885

1,880

2,050

1,985

1,915

1,925

City of London

1,075

1,220

1,290

1,450

1,110

1,065

1,100

1,130

1,385

1,385

Croydon

1,045

1,070

970

970

945

975

1,065

965

1,030

960

Ealing

1,240

1,215

1,175

1,175

1,150

1,160

1,315

1,280

1,250

1,350

Enfield

830

875

850

895

830

860

-895

900

840

865

Greenwich

560

565

520

510

495

490

515

550

575

600

Hackney

995

1,130

1,095

1,155

1,025

1,020

1,060

980

960

990

Hammersmith and Fulham

970

1,135

1,020

1,010

970

930

960

1,065

1,045

1,000

Haringey

930

980

975

965

880

840

915

905

850

790

Harrow

950

1,065

900

960

915

935

985

970

925

835

Havering

725

765

655

655

635

630

620

625

630

635

Hillingdon

905

920

835

860

765

850

855

870

845

845

Hounslow

795

835

820

810

810

795

840

875

875

900

Islington

1,520

1,570

1,415

1,340

1,180

1,190

1,270

1,315

1,370

1,345

Kensington and Chelsea

1,075

1,115

1,165

1,200

905

1,065

1,095

1,170

1,125

1,205

Kingston upon Thames

670

695

605

640

615

595

610

640

640

585

Lambeth

860

905

885

840

1,000

850

880

990

945

985

Lewisham

625

660

635

615

605

590

605

660

590

635

Merton

745

830

720

765

695

655

725

705

725

830

Newham

530

580

555

565

530

565

650

620

580

620

Redbridge

840

930

855

870

810

755

865

830

815

830

Richmond upon Thames

975

1,010

960

955

895

1,000

1,020

945

975

1,000

Southwark

1,005

1,080

1,015

1,100

940

985

1,080

1,100

1,135

1,090

Sutton

595

600

535

510

505

495

560

525

520

525

Tower Hamlets

975

1,080

1,100

1,085

920

940

1,055

1,065

1,295

1,180

Waltham Forest

685

715

725

655

630

660

685

700

685

615

Wandsworth

1,160

1,210

1,215

1,170

1,105

1,105

1,245

1,380

1,310

1,370

Westminster

4,570

4,960

5,390

5,195

4,840

4,455

5,430

4,760

4,545

4,375

Source:

Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations 1994-2006, available at:

http://www.stats.berr.gov.uk/ed/vat

Although the number of new registrations has fluctuated over the period, the total number of VAT registered businesses in London has increased from 241,000 at the start of 1997 to 309,000 at the start of 2007, an increase of 68,000 (28 per cent.).

VAT registrations do not capture all business activity. Businesses are unlikely to be registered if they fall below the compulsory VAT threshold, which was £60,000 at the start of 2006. Only 1.9 million out of 4.5 million UK enterprises (43 per cent.) were registered for VAT at the start of 2006.

Over the last 10 years a range of Government programmes have supported business start-ups in London. These programmes include the single regeneration budget programme, European structural funds, Business Link, LEGI and a range of other programmes supported by the LDA and BERR.

Neither my Department nor the LDA, keep central records about the aggregate number of business start ups which have been supported by these programmes. Given the potential range of relevant programmes, the compilation of the information required to answer this question could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

Fuel Poverty

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plans to take to assist vulnerable groups affected by energy price increases. (178469)

The Government have a package of measures in place to support vulnerable households to keep their homes warm. We have announced that spend on energy efficiency measures for those on low incomes for the period 2008-11 will be in excess of £2.3 billion. This is in addition to the winter fuel payments, payable to all pensioners, which will continue for the lifetime of this Parliament.

In addition, energy companies have recently increased the level of support they provide to vulnerable customers as a result of Government pressure. The level of support available this winter is now close to £60 million.

Radioactive Materials: Theft

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any radioactive materials have been stolen or lost in the United Kingdom since 1993. (172975)

I have been asked to reply.

Across the UK, the largest amounts of radioactive materials are handled on civil nuclear sites overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Smaller amounts of radioactive materials, handled at universities and hospitals for example, are regulated individually by the UK environment agencies.

Since 1993, the HSE has not recorded any thefts or losses of radioactive material in the UK.

Since 1999, the Environment Agency has recorded no thefts of radioactive materials regulated under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 in England or Wales. From premises that the Environment Agency regulates in England, there were nine cases involving losses of radioactive sources. These have included losses of clinical ‘marker’ substances and small sealed sources used in manufacturing processes. In each case the Environment Agency took enforcement action. There are no recorded cases involving a loss in Wales.

Small numbers of thefts and losses have occurred while radioactive materials have been transported in the UK and the Department for Transport (DFT) investigates such events and takes regulatory action as appropriate. Information is available in reports published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on behalf of DFT. All HPA reports have been placed in the House of Commons Library and copies of these reports since 2001 are available on the DFT website.

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) use of radioactive materials is covered by the ionising radiations regulations that require the reporting of losses and thefts. Since 1993, the MOD has reported various lost items to the civil authorities, mainly low activity gaseous tritium light devices (compasses, sights, route markers or illumination devices) lost on exercise. There has also been one known theft of such devices.

Regional Development Agencies: Brussels

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which regional development agencies have offices in Brussels; and how much they paid towards each of the offices in each of the last five years. (176358)

No RDAs have dedicated offices in Brussels. However, all RDAs make a contribution to European Regional Representation Offices, which are based in Brussels. These offices are run in partnership with other regional stakeholders such as local authorities, and other public and private sector organisations. Full details are given in the following table.

Contribution by RDAs towards the office (£000)

UK Regional Representational Offices in Brussels

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

West Midlands in Europe Brussels Office

200

391

445

377

378

East of England European Office

49

37

58

59

63

East Midlands European Office

50

58

197

209

315

London European Office1

0

100

50

50

50

North West Brussels Office

43

56

55

53

58

North East of England Brussels Office

51

53

56

93

63

South East of England Brussels Office

58

61

62

53

65

South West UK Brussels Office

188

192

197

172

178

Yorkshire2 Europe

0

0

0

60

340

1 Office was not set up in 2002-03.

2 Yorkshire Forward did not provide any funding before 2005-06.

Regional Development Agencies: Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what land holdings that each regional development agency owns. (176359)

A document listing the RDA land holdings (as at 1 April 2007) has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Rolls-Royce: Closures

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed closure of the Bootle Rolls-Royce factory on the manufacturing capacity of the region. (181149)

The Secretary of State met the hon. Member for Bootle and a trade union/work force delegation from Bootle on 13 December 2007, and heard their assessment of discussions with Rolls-Royce management. This included discussion about the impact of the proposed closure regionally. BERR has also maintained a dialogue with Rolls-Royce about its consultation process over Bootle. The final decision will be a commercial matter for Rolls-Royce. We will remain in close contact with the company, and consider what may need to be done once a decision is reached.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Burma: Arms Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what progress has been made on the EU review of the implementation of the arms embargo on Burma following the Prime Minister’s statement on 15 October 2007; (180736)

(2) what progress has been made in discussions with the UK’s international partners on a UN arms embargo on Burma following the Prime Minister’s statement on 15 October 2007.

Following my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister’s statement of 15 October 2007, the UK raised the embargo at the EU Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports. All member states confirmed that they rigorously enforce the embargo, but also agreed to pay particular attention when issuing licences where there was a risk that equipment might be diverted to Burma from third countries. Any such applications would be in breach of criterion 7 of the Consolidated EU and National Export and Licensing Criteria (known as the Code of Conduct), and as such, the licence would be refused.

The UK strictly applies the EU arms embargo on Burma and the Government have investigated all the reports received of alleged breaches. The Government have no evidence that British-made equipment is currently being exported to Burma in breach of the embargo.

The UK works closely with its partners at the UN to press the regime to engage constructively with the Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission. We have made clear that, should the regime fail to make progress towards genuine national reconciliation under UN auspices, we would press for further UN action. An arms embargo on Burma would require a Chapter VII Security Council resolution.

Chevening Scholarships Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of British Chevening scholarships. (179646)

Following major reviews in 2006 and 2007, and a reassessment by the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) ministerial team, we have determined a new, more focused approach to Chevening scholarships and fellowships. The scholarship programme will identify and sponsor young people with the potential to become the world's leaders of the future. Through our scholarship scheme we will build and maintain our relationships with these outstanding individuals as well as encouraging them to build relationships with each other. Our Fellowship programme will train and build networks of mid-career professionals working around the world on issues of vital importance to the UK. These are people we will work with closely to deliver our key policy goals.

FCO Ministers agreed that the Chevening programme should remain global, but targeted primarily on the key countries of interest to us in achieving our policy objectives.

The Chevening Annual Report for 2006-07, which we hope to publish shortly, will provide detailed information about the operation of the Chevening programme last year. There are 1,309 Chevening scholars studying at academic institutions in the UK this year (2007-08).

Gaza

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government about its description of Gaza as a hostile entity in September 2007 and the resulting boycott on supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. (180744)

We have regularly made clear to the Government of Israel our concern about the situation in Gaza. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has raised this issue with the Israeli Foreign Minister Livni. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development discussed the situation in Gaza with the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak during his recent visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories from 9 to 11 December 2007.

Regarding supplies to Palestinians in Gaza, my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Secretary of State for International Development made a statement on 11 January detailing our concerns.

The Quartet (US, EU, UN and Russia) has also expressed concern over the continued closure of major crossing points. The UN is actively involved in trying to find a solution. The EU has called “on all parties to work towards an opening of the crossings in and out of Gaza”.

Group of Friends of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the UK objectives were at the meeting on 19 December 2007 of the Group of Friends of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar; and who represents the UK on the group; (180729)

(2) when the Group of Friends of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar plans to meet next.

Our permanent representative to the UN represented the UK at the first meeting of the Group of Friends.

The UK looked to the group to strengthen and support the UN Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission, maintain international focus on Burma and encourage political reform in that country.

No date has yet been set for the group’s next meeting.

Gulf States: Military Bases

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the creation of a permanent French military base in the Gulf area. (180603)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has not discussed this matter with his French counterpart. However, we would welcome any agreement which reinforced peace and stability in the region.

Indian Subcontinent: Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitors’ visas were issued to residents of (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Sri Lanka in each of the last three years; and how many of these visitors overstayed. (180118)

The number of visit visas issued in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the last three years are as follows:

Issued:

Country

April 2005 to March 2006

April 2006 to March 2007

April 2007 to December 2007

Bangladesh

8,875

8,980

5,434

India

148,638

176,425

126,727

Pakistan

41,182

42,201

21,172

Sri Lanka

8,381

7,610

4,764

Total

207,076

235,216

158,097

We are unable at present to confirm how many of these visitors have overstayed. The Home Office does keep records of foreign nationals who have failed to comply with their conditions of stay and have had enforcement action taken against them. However, it is not at present possible to differentiate visitors from those who entered in other temporary categories (e.g. students, work permit holders). The Home Office is currently addressing this problem.

Israel: EU External Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to monitor the post code regulation of goods being imported to the UK by Israel under the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of monitoring in preventing the products of Israeli settlements in the West Bank being imported using the Agreement’s trade preferences. (178520)

I have been asked to reply.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs assess applications for relief based on the terms of the international agreements applying to the territories concerned. Claims to duty relief under the provisions of the EU-Israel Association Agreement are disallowed where documentation accompanying the goods indicates that they were produced in the Palestinian Authority.

The monitoring of the post code regulation is effective and resulted in the disallowance of 202 claims to preference since January 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that the EU Trade Association Agreement with Israel is properly implemented in relation to its human rights clauses. (180745)

The European Commission, on behalf of member states, is responsible for monitoring implementation of the EU/Israel Association Agreement. Twice a year, all aspects of the EU/Israel relationship are discussed at an Association Council at which Israel and the EU are represented.

Human rights issues in particular are also discussed in the Informal Working Group on Human Rights, established under the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan with Israel.

The UK also raises a range of human rights issues bilaterally with Israel at ambassadorial and ministerial level.

Israel: Oppression

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government about the release of imprisoned, democratically elected Palestinian representatives. (180743)

We continue to call for the elected members of the Palestinian government detained by Israel to be either released or subject to due legal process. On 30 May 2007, the Quartet also called for the release of the politicians. On 23 July 2007, the EU called for the immediate release of all Palestinian ministers and legislators detained in Israel. Our Embassy in Tel Aviv last raised the issue of the detained Palestinian ministers and legislators with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 5 December 2007.

Middle East: Diplomatic Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia will receive additional staff under the diplomatic surge strategy; which will receive additional staff and how many each will receive; and when the new staff are expected to be in post in each case. (179167)

On current plans, the 10 posts listed will receive additional staff. Numbers by post have yet to be decided. The intention is that wherever possible staff will be in their new positions by April 2009.

New Delhi

Islamabad

Dhaka

Kabul

Baghdad

Riyadh

Cairo

Sana’a

Rabat

Dubai

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the proposed 30 per cent. increase in staff in UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia includes locally-employed staff; and if he will make a statement. (179169)

The increase refers to numbers of UK based frontline policy staff only. Decisions on local staff manning levels are devolved to individual posts who employ the appropriate number to deliver their objectives.

Nuclear Disarmament

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further steps the Government plan to take to secure nuclear disarmament in accordance with their commitments under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (180611)

The UK has now met the commitment outlined in the 2006 White Paper on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent to reduce the number of operationally available warheads to fewer than 160. The explosive power of our nuclear arsenal has been reduced by 75 per cent. since the end of the cold war.

My right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett), then Foreign Secretary, announced in her June 2007 speech to the Carnegie Endowment that the UK would act as a “disarmament laboratory” for the thinking and practical work required to move forward global nuclear disarmament. We are supporting an independent International Institute of Strategic Studies in-depth study to help determine the requirements for the eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons. We have also tasked the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston with some detailed work on key stages in the verification of the reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons.

The UK continues to press for the immediate commencement of negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty, the next logical step for multilateral nuclear disarmament, at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of his Department’s contracts with PricewaterhouseCoopers relating to private finance initiative projects was in each year since 2000. (180848)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had no contracts with PricewaterhouseCoopers relating to private finance initiative projects since 2000.

Rizana Nafeek

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 709W, on Rizana Nafeek, what information he holds on the fate of Ms Nafeek. (179313)

Representatives for Rizana Nafeek filed an appeal against her death sentence on 15 July 2007. This is still awaiting a decision by His Majesty King Abdullah.

Our embassy in Riyadh continues to monitor this case. We shall continue to consider when best to take further action, including through the EU.

Spratly Islands

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the protests outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi and the Chinese consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands. (180658)

We have noted the demonstrations which recently took place outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi and the Chinese consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. We encourage all countries laying claim to the Spratly and Paracel islands to resolve this dispute peacefully, and welcome the commitment by all governments involved to finding a mutually acceptable solution through peaceful means and negotiation.

Sudan: Human Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for the UN Human Rights Council’s decision on 14 December 2007 to let the mandate of the Group of Experts on Darfur expire; and if he will make a statement. (180721)

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) renewed and strengthened the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Sudan by consensus on 14 December 2007 by extending it to cover all of Sudan, including Darfur. The Group of Experts for Darfur had been established under a temporary mandate. Its recommendations of 30 March 2007 will now be taken forward by the Special Rapporteur, which is a very positive outcome.

The UK was instrumental in obtaining a strong EU statement on Sudan, which condemned the continued human rights abuses and called on the Government of Sudan to comply with its obligations to the International Criminal Court and the HRC. We take every appropriate opportunity to discuss human rights with the Government of Sudan.

Sudan: Politics and Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking with its international partners to ensure that the government of Sudan complies with its obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1593; and what progress has been made in ensuring such compliance. (180720)

The UK sponsored UN Security Council Resolution 1593 of March 2005 which referred the human rights situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The UK fully supports the ICC and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs discussed Sudan’s compliance with the ICC with ICC President Kirsch on 8 November 2007.

The UK continues to press the Government of Sudan, at all levels, to comply with the ICC requirements. We have raised Sudanese compliance with the ICC with partners who have influence over the Government of Sudan.

Turkey: Religious Freedom

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on the prosecution of the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church for using the title Ecumenical; and if he will make a statement. (180051)

The issue of religious freedoms in Turkey is regularly raised with the Turkish Government. My right hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Hoon), then Minister for Europe, also met the Ecumenical Patriarch in January last year to discuss the difficulties facing the Orthodox Church in Turkey.

We continue to urge the Turkish authorities to resolve ongoing issues relating to fundamental rights and freedoms facing religious minority groups in Turkey, including the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to Turkey on its recognition of the spiritual and religious status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople; and if he will make a statement. (180052)

We regularly raise issues of freedom of religion in bilateral discussions at all levels. We continue to urge the Turkish authorities to resolve ongoing issues relating to fundamental rights and freedoms facing religious minority groups in Turkey, including the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish government on its obligations under the Lausanne Treaty provisions and the UN Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief; and if he will make a statement. (180056)

The Turkish government is aware of its obligations under the Lausanne Treaty provisions and the UN Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief. We continue to urge Turkey in regular bilateral discussions to take positive steps on issues surrounding freedom of religion and belief, and the European Commission monitors progress towards full and consistent alignment with EU standards.

Turkey: Travel Restrictions

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on its prohibition of the proposed visit of the Archbishop of Cyprus to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul; and if he will make a statement. (180049)

Our high commission in Nicosia is in regular contact with the Archbishop of Cyprus and we are not aware of a proposed visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. We would urge against prohibitions from being placed on travel for any religious reason.

More generally, we continue to urge Turkey in regular bilateral discussions to take positive steps on issues surrounding freedom of religion and belief, and we monitor their progress towards full and consistent alignment with EU standards.

Uganda: Kenya

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department urged the Government of Uganda not to interfere in the democratic processes of Kenya; and if he will make a statement. (180965)

The Government are deeply concerned about the post-election crisis in Kenya. We support the African Union initiative to facilitate talks between the political parties and Kofi Annan's mission. We have been in touch with regional, and other African leaders, including the Ugandan Government, to underline our support for this African-led process aimed at restoring peace, stability and prosperity to Kenya.

We are aware that President Museveni, in his capacity as Head of the East African Community, plans to visit Kenya. We understand that this visit would support the visit of the Eminent Persons Panel, led by Kofi Annan, which is due to arrive in Kenya on 22 January to facilitate talks between the parties.

Home Department

Asylum

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removals through enforcement action in (a) asylum cases and (b) non-asylum cases took place in each quarter since 1 January 2005. (177473)

Information on removals is published in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom Command Papers. Copies of these publications and others relating to 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 how many of those attending a Home Office Unit to make an asylum application had been referred there by the police following arrest and release in each of the last five years. (179818)

[holding answer 17 January 2008]: The information requested is not collated and any information recorded on individual case files could be extracted only at disproportionate cost.

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years. (171440)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) The costs for Christmas cards over the last five years are as follows:

Home Office

£

2003

1

2004

1

2005

1

2006

14,354.98

2007

4,724.72 (including BIA)

1 No information held centrally

Border and Immigration Agency Information concerning the cost of Christmas cards for previous years is not known centrally and would be available only at disproportionate cost.

Identity and Passport Service

£

2003

1

2004

1

2005

1,280

2006

1,030

2007 to date

1,000

1 No information held centrally

Criminal Records Bureau

£

2003

558.32

2004

786.14

2005

679.59

2006

578.38

2007

757.76

(b) There are no figures relating to Christmas parties—any parties attended are entirely at the cost of the staff member / individual.

(c) The costs for Christmas decorations over the last five years are as follows:

Home Office

£

2003

1

2004

1

2005

2 1,250

2006

2 550

2007

3 no cost

1 no information held centrally

2 at 2 Marsham street

3 at 2 Marsham street—they were provided on a complementary basis from our property services company Ecovert FM

Border and Immigration Agency / Criminal Records Bureau

Information concerning the cost of decorations to the Border and Immigration Agency and Criminal Records Bureau over the past five years is not known centrally and would be available only at disproportionate cost.

Identity and Passport Service

Spend on decorations during the last five years is unavailable but it has been a nominal amount.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department’s policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department’s festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of. (173526)

The Home Office believes that marking Christmas is important. The Department does not have a central policy on the selection of Christmas trees. Arrangements for purchasing both real and artificial trees are made locally. In terms of disposal, procedures vary according to the waste contract in operation at particular buildings but at our London headquarters building in 2 Marsham street, for example, the trees are chipped and added to a composting facility for later re-use.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007. (176918)

The Home Office believes that marking Christmas is important.

(a) Spend on Christmas Cards in 2007 is as follows:

The Home Office (including Border and Immigration Agency)—£4,724.72

Identity and Passport Service—£1,000 to date

Criminal Records Bureau—£757.76

(b) Spend on postage of Christmas cards is not separated from spend of all Home Office mail and is therefore not calculable.

Community Policing: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers (a) were recruited and (b) retired due to (i) age and (ii) sickness in each police force area in each year since 2002. (176319)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Number of police community support officers (FTE1) recruited and retired by police force area, 2002-03 to 2006-072

(a) Number of recruits3

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

0

15

10

20

126

Bedfordshire

0

11

28

10

45

Cambridgeshire

6

54

45

34

98

Cheshire

2

26

12

14

66

Cleveland

37

43

0

0

32

Cumbria

0

0

14

3

71

Derbyshire

0

0

26

0

123

Devon and Cornwall

20

36

6

5

277

Dorset

0

2

37

18

58

Durham

4

13

36

0

81

Dyfed-Powys

0

3

17

4

45

Essex

10

65

89

38

192

Gloucestershire

0

47

21

11

90

Greater Manchester

142

41

106

24

499

Gwent

30

26

58

13

44

Hampshire

0

0

26

6

275

Hertfordshire

14

30

57

57

106

Humberside

0

0

19

0

156

Kent

0

5

42

10

109

Lancashire

41

7

66

56

208

Leicestershire

28

24

43

40

100

Lincolnshire

30

19

47

9

80

London, City of

0

0

14

1

33

Merseyside

40

45

117

43

201

Metropolitan Police

518

1,060

817

598

1,726

Norfolk

10

22

34

5

107

Northamptonshire

8

0

26

3

101

Northumbria

0

53

30

22

138

North Wales

0

0

8

2

70

North Yorkshire

0

0

32

2

83

Nottinghamshire

0

34

39

4

102

South Wales

0

51

56

17

209

South Yorkshire

14

40

65

4

176

Staffordshire

0

3

52

12

143

Suffolk

0

12

12

1

72

Surrey

21

11

67

47

97

Sussex

0

59

170

51

139

Thames Valley

0

5

77

54

90

Warwickshire

11

17

34

19

69

West Mercia

8

39

24

8

142

West Midlands

0

33

106

28

370

West Yorkshire

70

172

181

128

265

Wiltshire

13

7

26

27

71

England and Wales

1,077

2,130

2,791

1,444

7,285

(b) (i) Number of normal retirements4

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

1

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

1

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

0

0

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

Durham

0

0

0

0

1

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

0

0

0

0

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

0

0

10

0

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

Hampshire

0

0

0

0

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

0

0

0

Lancashire

0

0

2

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

1

0

0

2

London, City of

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

1

Metropolitan Police

0

0

0

5

3

Norfolk

0

0

0

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

1

0

0

Northumbria

0

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

South Wales

0

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

1

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

0

0

0

Sussex

0

0

0

0

1

Thames Valley

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

0

West Mercia

0

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

1

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

0

England and Wales

0

1

4

16

10

(b) (ii) Number of medical retirements4

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

0

0

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

Durham

0

0

0

0

1

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

0

0

0

0

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

2

0

0

0

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

Hampshire

0

0

0

0

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

0

0

0

Lancashire

0

0

0

1

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

1

London, City of

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan Police

0

0

1

0

0

Norfolk

0

0

1

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

0

Northumbria

0

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

South Wales

0

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

0

0

0

Sussex

0

0

0

0

0

Thames Valley

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

0

1

0

0

0

West Mercia

0

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

0

England and Wales

0

3

2

1

2

1 Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

2 Financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

3 Recruits include those officers joining as police staff standard direct recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police community support officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

4 Normal and medical retirements excludes resignations and dismissals, as well as police community support officers on transfer to another force and deaths (on active duty or otherwise).

Departmental Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by her Department on international flights in each year since 1997. (174360)

Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.

Information in respect of flights taken by officials could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Publicity

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by her Department on advertising in the last 12 months. (167955)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

In the financial year 2006-07, the Home Office has spent a total of £14,182,537 on advertising, which was allocated to the following areas of public concern:

£

Crime Reduction

Acquisitive Crime (Robbery, Burglary and Car Theft)

3,295,134

Domestic Violence

806,200

Rape - Consent awareness

287,664

Alcohol Fixed Penalty Notices

233,832

National Knife Amnesty

138,622

Stop and Search awareness

135,264

Child protection on the Internet

47,092

Alcohol Harm Reduction

2,052,614

Single Non Emergency Number

1,002,780

Drugs

Frank

3,510,850

Police Recruitment

Police Community Support Officers 2006-07

1,829,370

Passports (IPS)

IPS Communications

22,680

Immigration (BIA)

Immigration 2006-07

795,450

Classified

Recruitment

24,984

Total

14,182,537

The costs provided relate to net media, excluding fees and production, on press, TV, cinema, out of home and radio advertising.

Driving Under Influence: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to enforce legislation against under-age drinking. (177318)

[holding answer 21 January 2008]: Between 2004-06 successive Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaigns (AMECs) were focused on tackling crime and disorder in the night-time economy and included within them element of underage sales test-purchase activity.

From 2006 two Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaigns (TUSAC) have been conducted with specific focus on test-purchase activity with an additional focus on supporting existing and new powers available through the Licensing Act 2003:

Pilot TUSAC (October 2006) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the license review powers available through the Licensing Act 2003.

National TUSAC (May to July 2007) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the commencement of the new offences of persistently selling alcohol to children (section 147A Licensing Act 2003, commenced 6 April 2007)

A pilot Confiscation of Alcohol Campaign (October to July 2007) was undertaken to utilise police powers to seize alcohol from children in public places and to disperse persons aged 16 or more causing alcohol related crime and disorder.

EC Immigration

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on UK participation in the development of EU rapid border intervention teams. (178213)

The UK fully supports the EU Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) initiative; but is excluded from the Frontex Regulation and thus the RABITs Regulation. However, as signalled by the Council Declaration accompanying adoption of the RABITs Regulation in June 2007, we are exploring ways in which the UK can support RABITs operations abroad on an observer/adviser basis, in a similar way to our support for Frontex joint operations. The UK can participate in Frontex operations, if we wish to, with the agreement of the Frontex Management Board on a case-by-case basis.

Extradition

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were sought for extradition (a) from and (b) to the UK in each year since 1997. (172947)

Since 1997, there have been 1,232 extradition requests made to England and Wales. These have resulted in 517 people being extradited back to the requesting state.

In the same time, the prosecuting authorities in England and Wales have made 589 extradition requests to extradition partners, with 378 people being extradited back. The following table gives a year-on-year breakdown.

It should be emphasised that these figures do not include statistics for the European Arrest Warrant, which the UK has been operating with our European Union partners since 1 January 2004. I refer to the answer given to this House on 29 November 2007, which gave the statistics for the EAW.

Total of extradition requests made to and by England and Wales, 1997 to 2007

Received

Extradited

Made

Returned

1997

107

43

44

28

1998

108

45

64

38

1999

103

37

56

35

2000

113

47

70

31

2001

161

55

82

52

2002

179

53

70

36

2003

148

56

82

64

2004

142

50

35

49

2005

54

62

29

17

2006

65

40

31

14

2007

52

29

26

14

Total

1,232

517

589

378

Foreigners: Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what she expects the cost will be to administer the proposed cash bond for families to pay when receiving a visitor from outside the EU; (176829)

(2) when she expects the proposed cash bond scheme for non-EU visitors to Britain to come into force;

(3) what she expects the change in the number of visitors from non-EU countries will be after the implementation of the proposed cash bond scheme.

The visitor consultation, published on 18 December 2007, provides an opportunity for ideas, comments and discussion on a number of options to ensure that our system for visitors is fit for the 21st century. The consultation period concludes on 10 March 2008.

We shall consider all responses before announcing what changes, if any, we intend to make to the Immigration Rules relating to visitors.

Human Trafficking

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been confiscated from criminals convicted of trafficking people in the UK in each of the last three years. (177917)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: The total value of confiscation orders and cash forfeiture orders made in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland over the last three years against criminals involved in people trafficking is set out in the table.

Value (£)

2004-05

392,942

2005-06

924,576

2006-07

2,438,243

Illegal Immigrants

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found trying to enter the United Kingdom with stolen or forged passports in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by nationality. (163139)

The total number of detections of travel document abuse (passports and identity cards) at United Kingdom arrivals controls (which includes our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium) in 2006 was 4,152. Of these 3,944 were stolen and/or forged travel documents.

Complete figures are set out in the following tables and are broken down by nationality.

Doc Type

Total

Nigerian Ppt

402

Lithuanian Ppt

247

British Ppt

244

French Ppt

193

Portuguese ID

137

Polish Ppt

126

Italian ID

126

French ID

111

Portuguese Ppt

104

Italian Ppt

100

South African Ppt

99

Greek Ppt

95

Dutch ID

83

Ghanaian Ppt

80

Latvian Ppt

73

Czech Ppt

72

Dutch Ppt

68

Hungarian Ppt

63

German ID

60

Spanish Ppt

58

Danish Ppt

56

Belgian Ppt

51

Polish ID

50

British Travel Doc.

47

Indian Ppt

44

Slovak Ppt

44

Other documents

1,111

Grand total

3,944

Nationality

Total

Nigerian

553

Romanian

310

Ukrainian

242

Brazilian

213

Albanian

152

Chinese

143

Somali

140

Ghanaian

130

Sri Lankan

116

Russian

102

Undetermined

100

Indian

95

Iranian

90

Dem Rep Congo

89

Moldovan

81

Pakistani

78

Former Yugoslav

71

Cameroonian

70

Jamaican

67

Algerian

61

Bangladeshi

52

Ivorian

51

South African

51

Zimbabwean

47

Turkish

46

Other nationalities

794

Grand total

3,944

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many estimates her Department has made of the illegal migrant population since 1997; what methodology was employed to produce each such estimate; what those estimates were; what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the size of the illegal migrant population in the UK since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (177393)

No Government have ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately and that remains the case. Exit controls were phased out from 1994 but are being re-instated from this year, so it will become possible to count people in and out of the country. ID cards for foreign nationals are also going to be introduced.

Illegal Immigrants: Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants working in the UK. (175216)

No Government of the United Kingdom has been able to produce an accurate estimate for the number of illegal migrants in the country, and this is the case for any Government in the world.

Immigration

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many grants of settlement on the basis of family formation and reunion were made in (a) 1987, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available; and which 10 nationalities obtained the most such grants in each of those years. (177474)

Total grants of settlement on the basis of family formation and reunion are published in the yearly Command Paper “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom”. This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Immigration and Nationality Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with local authorities on the legacy exercise dealing with the former Immigration and Nationality Directorate’ caseload; and what representations she has made to local authorities on the accommodation of those dealt with under the exercise and the costs thereof. (177325)

The Secretary of State for the Home Department has had no discussions with local authorities on the work of the Case Resolution Directorate.

However, I and my officials have worked closely with local authorities in dealing specifically with families who are no longer entitled to asylum support.

The Border and Immigration Agency has offered to reimburse unavoidable transitional costs incurred by local authorities in dealing with the cases when families are given leave to remain.

Immigration Controls: Skilled Workers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to announce details of the blue card scheme for non-EU migrant workers. (175444)

Our initial view is that the Directive is incompatible with the Points Based System because of its (the Directive’s) requirement for a job offer, a minimum salary level and provisions on equal treatment.

Immigration: Deportation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those deported or otherwise removed from the UK as illegal migrants in each year since 2001 had entered the UK on a student visa; and what estimate she has made of the number of student visa holders in the UK who have overstayed. (177395)

Information on the number of people who have been removed from the United Kingdom (UK) having entered on a student visa could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.

As the then Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, following the dismantling of routine embarkation controls beginning in 1994, no Government has been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally, and that remains the case.

A clear goal has been set to reintroduce systems to count everyone in and out of the UK. The e-Borders programme, scheduled to commence this year, will strengthen and modernise our border control including providing an electronic record of all those entering and leaving the UK. We expect to count 95 per cent. of all passengers in and out of the country by the end of 2010.

In the meantime, targeted embarkation controls continue to take place at major ports to identify failed asylum seekers and other immigration offenders who are leaving the UK, and the Border and Immigration Agency is reviewing its capacity to extend these.

Immigration: Turkey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of Turkey have had their applications for permanent leave to remain (a) considered and (b) granted under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement in each year since the inception of the agreement. (178330)

Since 2000 48 Turkish citizens have had applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement considered with 34 (71 per cent.) of these granted.

The following table provides annual breakdown of applications.

1973-99

2000-03

2004

2005

2006

2007

20081

Total

Considered

2

0

2

3

4

38

1

48

Granted

2

0

0

0

2

31

1

34

Percentage granted

0

0

0

50

82

100

71

1 January only.

2 Data unavailable.

Note:

The figures quoted are ‘not’ provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Full information on all decisions relating to Turkish nationals making applications for the period May 2005 to December 2006 under terms of the agreement was published by the Home Office in February 2007 in “European Community Association Agreements Statistics for Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey to 31 December 2006”. A copy of this report will be placed in the House Library.

Offensive Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives were confiscated by the police in the last year for which figures are available. (178234)

Offensive Weapons: Amnesties

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives were voluntarily handed in to the police in the last year for which figures are available. (178230)

We do not routinely collate figures on the number of knives voluntarily handed to police. However, during the national knife amnesty held between 24 May and 30 June 2006, the number of surrendered items was reported to the Home Office. A total of 89,864 items were handed in to police in England and Wales during that period.

Passports

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries issue passports that are not readable by electronic or automated passport readers; and how many citizens from such countries presented themselves for entry into the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available. (163140)

A list of countries that do not currently issue machine readable passports and how many citizens from such countries were admitted to the United Kingdom during 2006 is set out in the following table. The list is the International Civil Aviation’s (ICAO) list of those countries that do not issue passports that are capable of being machine read by electronic or automated passport readers.

Nationality

Passenger journeys1

Afghanistan

15,100

Algeria

25,100

Bahamas

4,170

Bangladesh

58,100

Bolivia

5,700

Botswana

4,620

Chad

235

Colombia

38,300

Congo

4,910

Congo Democratic Republic

2,520

Cook Islands

n/a

Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

5,450

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

2,110

East Timor

180

Egypt

47,400

El Salvador

2,170

Equatorial Guinea

350

Eritrea

1,720

Gabon

715

Ghana

73,600

Guinea

1,770

Guinea-Bissau

290

Guyana

Kiribati

150

Laos

Libya

17,200

Madagascar

510

Marshall Islands

15

Mauritania

450

Micronesia (Federated States of)

30

Montenegro

120

Morocco

20,700

Mozambique

1,310

Nauru

40

Nepal

25,900

Philippines

Republic of Serbia

4,570

Sao Tome and Principe

270

Solomon Islands

135

Somalia

3,360

Sudan

13,900

Turkey

160,000

Turkmenistan

2,520

Vanuatu

60

n/a = Not available.

1 A person who makes more than one journey is counted on each occasion.

Notes:

1. Due to some gaps in the data from ports, estimates have been used.

2. Excluding refugees, exceptional leave cases and their dependants.

3. Includes those admitted under the Iris recognition immigration system (IRIS).

4. Based on ICAO list of non-machine readable passport countries.

5. Data rounded to three significant figures or the nearest five where applicable, therefore they may not sum to the total shown.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispatched passports have been reported lost since October 2006; and what estimate she has made of the number of such passports that may have been stolen. (171128)

For the period October 2006 to August 2007, the latest period for which data are available, the estimated number of passports recorded as lost during the delivery process is 665. Of these, 584 are recorded as mis-posted by the courier, 78 as a consequence of a theft from or attack on a courier, and three were reported as lost within Secure Mail Services, the courier company that delivers passports on behalf of IPS.

All confirmed losses are cancelled on the IPS system and details entered onto the centralised database of lost and stolen passports, and all passports contain security features to prevent misuse.

Police Service Pay Award

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost is of backdating the Police Service Pay Award from 1 December to 1 September. (175384)

Police: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding was allocated per head of population to each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997; (172868)

(2) what the total police grant funding was for each police authority in each year since 1997.

The information requested is set out in the table.

The Government do not distribute grant to police authorities purely on the basis of population. The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics to reflect the relative needs of each authority. Grant allocations also take into account the relative tax base of each authority. Grant allocations are stabilised by damping to limit year-on-year variations.

Police authority total Government grant allocations 2006-07 and 2007-08

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

Police authority

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Avon and Somerset

134.80

1.46

139.75

1.47

142.56

1.48

146.96

1.49

Bedfordshire

50.14

0.55

51.90

0.55

51.97

0.56

54.24

0.56

Cambridgeshire

57.23

0.70

60.66

0.70

62.87

0.70

66.89

0.71

Cheshire

85.08

0.98

88.15

0.98

91.65

0.98

94.16

0.98

Cleveland

67.59

0.55

72.66

0.55

73.65

0.55

76.30

0.55

Cumbria

50.94

0.49

51.11

0.49

51.84

0.49

53.66

0.49

Derbyshire

81.06

0.95

83.35

0.96

87.29

0.96

94.24

0.96

Devon and Cornwall

132.97

1.54

141.09

1.54

146.70

1.55

152.88

1.57

Dorset

54.09

0.68

54.88

0.68

56.58

0.69

58.82

0.69

Durham

65.06

0.60

69.68

0.60

72.46

0.59

74.77

0.59

Dyfed-Powys

24.67

0.48

25.21

0.48

25.92

0.48

26.77

0.49

Essex

129.70

1.58

131.53

1.59

132.75

1.60

142.51

1.61

Gloucestershire

50.59

0.56

51.78

0.56

52.12

0.56

52.88

0.56

Greater Manchester

315.27

2.52

328.12

2.52

337.39

2.52

351.70

2.52

Gwent

31.82

0.55

33.27

0.55

34.85

0.55

35.83

0.55

Hampshire

150.38

1.75

158.77

1.76

162.66

1.77

169.64

1.77

Hertfordshire

76.02

1.01

77.23

1.02

82.42

1.02

92.89

1.03

Humberside

93.43

0.88

97.83

0.88

99.71

0.87

103.06

0.87

Kent

141.72

1.55

151.44

1.55

154.31

1.56

162.74

1.57

Lancashire

146.86

1.41

153.65

1.41

155.94

1.41

163.35

1.41

Leicestershire

83.88

0.92

85.27

0.92

87.84

0.92

90.60

0.92

Lincolnshire

52.23

0.62

51.13

0.63

53.30

0.63

56.43

0.64

Merseyside

207.64

1.39

213.25

1.39

215.31

1.38

220.65

1.37

Metropolitan5

1,610.26

7.01

1,633.26

7.06

1,658.78

7.15

1,601.10

7.23

Norfolk

65.65

0.77

68.10

0.78

69.95

0.79

74.20

0.79

North Wales

34.96

0.65

36.27

0.66

37.95

0.66

39.16

0.66

North Yorkshire

59.23

0.73

62.62

0.73

63.89

0.74

66.55

0.74

Northamptonshire

50.77

0.61

53.28

0.62

55.14

0.62

57.14

0.63

Northumbria

173.67

1.42

185.28

1.41

192.25

1.40

197.06

1.40

Nottinghamshire

104.73

1.02

108.06

1.02

110.75

1.02

113.91

1.02

South Wales

76.37

1.21

79.54

1.21

81.98

1.21

84.27

1.21

South Yorkshire

141.47

1.28

147.75

1.27

152.90

1.27

159.24

1.27

Staffordshire

96.15

1.05

95.09

1.05

96.27

1.05

100.13

1.05

Suffolk

52.57

0.66

55.14

0.66

57.29

0.67

59.09

0.67

Surrey

75.60

1.04

67.61

1.04

67.61

1.06

83.09

1.06

Sussex

127.99

1.46

134.66

1.47

137.03

1.49

142.03

1.49

Thames Valley

171.15

2.06

181.27

2.07

184.64

2.08

193.02

2.09

Warwickshire

42.18

0.50

42.54

0.50

43.16

0.50

44.98

0.50

West Mercia

87.74

1.13

90.86

1.14

92.92

1.14

98.36

1.15

West Midlands

317.34

2.59

335.10

2.59

342.16

2.58

357.58

2.57

West Yorkshire

238.20

2.07

249.54

2.07

255.01

2.07

268.61

2.07

Wiltshire

52.08

0.59

52.87

0.60

53.84

0.60

57.20

0.61

England and Wales total

5,861.30

51.56

6,050.55

51.71

6,185.59

51.93

4,737.60

52.13

2001-022002-032003-042004-05

Police authority

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Avon and Somerset

152.58

1.49

158.87

1.50

173.99

1.51

175.19

1.52

Bedfordshire

59.89

0.57

61.51

0.57

66.83

0.57

69.22

0.58

Cambridgeshire

71.27

0.71

76.80

0.72

77.96

0.73

79.66

0.74

Cheshire

100.79

0.98

103.02

0.99

112.59

0.99

119.77

0.99

Cleveland

80.96

0.55

84.06

0.55

90.97

0.55

94.79

0.55

Cumbria

55.61

0.49

60.11

0.49

63.08

0.49

65.27

0.49

Derbyshire

101.56

0.97

106.46

0.97

111.23

0.98

114.88

0.98

Devon and Cornwall

163.44

1.58

167.49

1.59

174.26

1.60

180.29

1.62

Dorset

62.45

0.69

65.46

0.70

71.17

0.70

75.46

0.70

Durham

77.69

0.59

81.78

0.59

86.93

0.59

90.27

0.60

Dyfed-Powys

28.00

0.49

28.17

0.49

30.12

0.50

32.23

0.50

Essex

152.99

1.62

157.94

1.62

169.34

1.63

173.67

1.64

Gloucestershire

55.55

0.56

58.78

0.57

61.48

0.57

63.66

0.57

Greater Manchester

374.55

2.52

384.68

2.52

417.66

2.53

433.15

2.54

Gwent

37.23

0.55

37.64

0.55

40.90

0.56

43.29

0.56

Hampshire

178.39

1.78

185.16

1.79

197.87

1.80

208.08

1.80

Hertfordshire

100.61

1.04

102.27

1.04

108.85

1.04

114.58

1.04

Humberside

106.20

0.88

110.26

0.88

117.34

0.88

124.65

0.89

Kent

178.10

1.58

179.96

1.59

188.38

1.60

198.30

1.61

Lancashire

173.85

1.42

174.78

1.42

188.91

1.43

196.55

1.43

Leicestershire

94.60

0.93

101.21

0.93

107.59

0.94

111.45

0.95

Lincolnshire

60.34

0.65

60.97

0.66

64.98

0.67

68.22

0.67

Merseyside

235.53

1.37

241.29

1.37

267.38

1.36

269.90

1.37

Metropolitan5

1,731.70

7.32

1,838.70

7.36

1,923.90

7.38

1,983.50

7.42

Norfolk

81.58

0.80

86.60

0.80

90.79

0.81

94.37

0.82

North Wales

41.36

0.66

41.11

0.67

44.71

0.67

47.08

0.67

North Yorkshire

72.69

0.75

71.68

0.76

78.89

0.76

80.61

0.76

Northamptonshire

59.46

0.63

62.21

0.64

69.79

0.64

70.71

0.65

Northumbria

209.79

1.39

211.02

1.39

226.21

1.39

233.28

1.40

Nottinghamshire

123.97

1.02

129.84

1.02

136.54

1.03

142.04

1.03

South Wales

88.02

1.20

89.25

1.21

93.45

1.21

103.17

1.22

South Yorkshire

167.09

1.27

168.77

1.27

184.86

1.27

191.87

1.28

Staffordshire

105.23

1.05

106.36

1.05

112.87

1.05

117.62

1.05

Suffolk

62.24

0.67

62.02

0.67

69.57

0.68

71.81

0.68

Surrey

83.35

1.06

87.48

1.06

93.59

1.06

96.78

1.07

Sussex

149.10

1.50

153.68

1.50

168.05

1.51

180.99

1.51

Thames Valley

210.13

2.10

219.41

2.10

233.34

2.11

237.32

2.12

Warwickshire

46.90

0.51

48.67

0.51

51.91

0.52

53.90

0.53

West Mercia

108.63

1.16

109.21

1.17

114.12

1.17

117.77

1.18

West Midlands

379.35

2.57

388.14

2.58

415.20

2.58

433.31

2.58

West Yorkshire

287.07

2.08

288.26

2.09

310.30

2.10

329.12

2.11

Wiltshire

60.89

0.61

60.78

0.62

64.68

0.62

65.85

0.63

England and Wales total

5,038.79

52.35

5,173.15

52.56

5,548.65

52.79

5,770.08

53.04

2005-0632006-0742007-084

Police authority

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Government Grant1,2 (£ million)

Resident population (million)

Avon and Somerset

183.81

1.53

185.92

1.54

184.21

1.55

Bedfordshire

73.11

0.58

74.15

0.59

76.21

0.59

Cambridgeshire

85.26

0.75

82.33

0.75

85.58

0.76

Cheshire

124.28

0.99

130.88

1.00

136.13

1.00

Cleveland

99.54

0.55

101.32

0.55

105.29

0.55

Cumbria

68.71

0.50

72.43

0.49

72.29

0.49

Derbyshire

119.38

0.98

117.32

0.99

119.81

0.99

Devon and Cornwall

189.16

1.63

190.95

1.64

199.38

1.65

Dorset

73.19

0.70

81.17

0.71

82.66

0.71

Durham

95.28

0.60

94.36

0.59

97.68

0.59

Dyfed-Powys

33.61

0.51

32.69

0.51

34.17

0.51

Essex

181.81

1.65

180.43

1.65

187.91

1.66

Gloucestershire

68.00

0.58

67.93

0.58

71.35

0.58

Greater Manchester

462.73

2.55

479.73

2.54

484.16

2.55

Gwent

44.44

0.56

44.27

0.56

45.70

0.56

Hampshire

239.16

1.81

222.35

1.82

221.75

1.83

Hertfordshire

117.84

1.05

121.12

1.06

127.33

1.06

Humberside

132.49

0.89

135.00

0.89

134.90

0.89

Kent

203.93

1.62

193.45

1.63

219.23

1.65

Lancashire

205.41

1.44

207.98

1.44

215.90

1.44

Leicestershire

118.17

0.95

124.81

0.95

126.03

0.96

Lincolnshire

71.17

0.68

66.54

0.69

72.47

0.70

Merseyside

279.85

1.37

276.08

1.36

287.30

1.36

Metropolitan5

1,928.50

7.51

2,019.00

7.51

2,115.40

7.56

Norfolk

99.27

0.82

100.08

0.83

102.25

0.84

North Wales

49.47

0.68

48.07

0.68

50.28

0.68

North Yorkshire

83.73

0.77

86.24

0.77

79.39

0.77

Northamptonshire

72.37

0.65

75.49

0.66

78.53

0.66

Northumbria

250.55

1.41

249.17

1.39

260.01

1.39

Nottinghamshire

148.94

1.04

143.48

1.04

145.55

1.04

South Wales

107.45

1.22

91.93

1.23

94.82

1.23

South Yorkshire

202.82

1.29

205.49

1.28

211.15

1.28

Staffordshire

122.43

1.05

122.05

1.05

126.77

1.05

Suffolk

74.76

0.69

73.73

0.69

75.57

0.70

Surrey

100.80

1.08

104.76

1.08

110.12

1.08

Sussex

180.95

1.52

156.10

1.53

189.14

1.54

Thames Valley

249.35

2.14

260.52

2.14

261.98

2.15

Warwickshire

56.16

0.53

54.57

0.53

56.91

0.53

West Mercia

122.50

1.19

126.05

1.19

131.49

1.19

West Midlands

466.12

2.59

471.41

2.59

487.88

2.59

West Yorkshire

347.12

2.12

345.62

2.12

348.95

2.13

Wiltshire

70.26

0.63

68.77

0.64

73.03

0.64

England and Wales total

6,075.37

53.38

6,066.75

53.45

6,271.23

53.68

1 Revenue funding includes all grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF) (i.e. revenue grants paid for councils’ core services) and includes formula grant and all specific grants.

2 Welsh Government grant includes Home Office police grant, floor funding and additional support provided to ensure Welsh police authorities receive at least a minimum increase in grant in line with English authorities.

3 In 2005-06 figures were adjusted for comparison purposes following the transfer of pensions and security funding from general grant in 2006-07.

4 2006-07 Government grant figures are provisional outturn figures. 2007-08 figures are budget figures.

5 The data for Metropolitan police authority from 2000-01 onwards is not available from DCLG as they are collected as consolidated data from GLA. Data used is compiled from Home Office data for allocated grants.

Source:

DCLG—from English Police Authorities/WAG—from Welsh Police Authorities. Population figures sourced by DCLG from ONS (2006-07 and 2007-08 figures are projected).

Police: Firearms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many operations firearms were issued to police officers in England and Wales in each year since 1997; in how many of these operation shots were fired by police officers; and how many police officers were qualified to carry firearms in each of the last nine years. (176307)

The number of police operations in which firearms were authorised to be used in each force area in the last 10 years, and the number of authorised firearms officers in those forces, are shown in the following tables. The number of incidents where a conventional firearm was used is also shown.

Number of operations in which firearms were authorised

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

12,379

11,842

10,928

10,915

11,109

13,991

14,827

16,657

15,981

18,891

Avon and Somerset

312

139

88

90

65

195

262

311

333

247

Bedfordshire

345

323

260

190

294

237

301

442

475

575

Cambridgeshire

54

96

43

75

71

114

57

104

241

201

Cheshire

288

216

299

386

545

419

451

397

358

367

Cleveland

1,026

103

35

76

28

37

170

453

530

657

City of London

308

307

147

125

3

40

131

364

404

323

Cumbria

72

68

52

24

30

71

77

72

152

112

Derbyshire

109

147

176

178

167

275

401

369

287

305

Devon and Cornwall

160

133

61

65

151

101

96

112

71

84

Dorset

36

54

69

79

174

184

193

231

223

263

Durham

131

103

114

114

40

89

83

156

144

291

Essex

331

505

590

497

435

323

312

275

296

432

Gloucestershire

41

51

52

52

48

165

185

127

176

229

Gtr Manchester

214

165

160

224

357

580

518

507

461

478

Hampshire

245

217

129

103

114

198

162

208

237

289

Hertfordshire

96

82

75

73

86

112

172

195

185

187

Humberside

291

472

317

193

158

297

187

183

206

362

Kent

236

423

92

85

83

115

137

207

163

219

Lancashire

333

338

616

267

242

232

238

318

241

240

Leicestershire

155

89

109

222

217

300

268

295

260

363

Lincolnshire

58

52

57

155

336

477

392

386

294

220

Merseyside

671

675

484

489

825

1,020

628

751

733

669

Metropolitan

2,439

2,578

2,742

2,862

1,862

2,447

3,199

3,563

2,964

4,711

Norfolk

166

128

185

239

226

175

200

178

195

175

Northamptonshire

64

77

51

57

58

43

138

148

158

137

Northumbria

1,360

823

683

465

708

1,440

1,275

1,140

977

611

North Yorkshire

65

102

69

612

72

92

100

147

185

183

Nottinghamshire

84

306

266

255

233

384

452

459

408

394

South Yorkshire

155

302

135

237

127

258

463

484

546

749

Staffordshire

257

240

209

174

203

232

281

255

216

171

Suffolk

180

193

174

165

176

163

270

251

153

202

Surrey

133

87

60

143

221

245

247

203

151

222

Sussex

235

330

123

185

353

248

204

280

187

190

Thames Valley

215

227

158

110

153

179

167

195

289

427

Warwickshire

97

152

291

194

233

130

149

164

124

180

West Mercia

106

132

130

110

36

117

91

197

162

122

West Midlands

270

227

305

362

485

822

902

1,377

1,264

1,044

West Yorkshire

617

630

662

813

822

757

604

575

853

1,335

Wiltshire

26

26

24

19

66

45

58

63

88

139

Dyfed Powys

17

27

38

37

18

28

29

28

51

63

Gwent

89

86

64

39

30

20

37

40

81

94

North Wales

233

310

386

371

195

302

259

197

223

350

South Wales

59

101

148

255

363

283

281

250

236

279

Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

6,738

6,585

6,308

6,262

6,064

5,776

5,763

6,096

6,243

6,584

Avon and Somerset

165

161

153

150

135

116

84

122

118

117

Bedfordshire

46

42

50

46

45

48

53

58

56

59

Cambridgeshire

90

80

80

77

73

56

71

60

60

50

Cheshire

70

82

70

75

74

81

89

75

76

73

Cleveland

86

84

78

80

75

85

80

95

100

100

City of London

88

81

55

73

74

73

72

86

89

86

Cumbria

108

122

98

98

94

92

87

89

90

89

Derbyshire

110

100

87

77

81

80

69

70

74

75

Devon and Cornwall

151

147

82

119

100

108

115

132

123

122

Dorset

74

72

72

66

67

57

59

60

64

62

Durham

138

144

96

101

101

86

102

97

103

100

Essex

228

217

235

228

195

180

184

186

202

205

Gloucestershire

82

84

79

77

72

71

80

82

93

92

Gtr Manchester

209

182

217

218

240

219

202

205

187

245

Hampshire

106

112

110

111

100

87

94

94

92

97

Hertfordshire

42

41

43

52

44

46

47

50

53

52

Humberside

90

102

102

97

102

96

96

96

101

92

Kent

150

150

130

136

136

113

93

90

94

94

Lancashire

132

125

132

143

132

138

129

122

115

123

Leicestershire

104

94

90

90

85

69

68

51

53

59

Lincolnshire

82

85

75

78

80

91

87

78

86

87

Merseyside

147

165

121

96

103

78

84

94

93

129

Metropolitan

2,035

1,971

1,951

1,977

1,940

1,805

1,823

2,060

2,134

2,331

Norfolk

98

102

109

110

114

104

109

114

125

119

Northamptonshire

92

92

92

75

77

51

56

52

50

56

Northumbria

173

126

123

114

109

125

99

90

93

98

North Yorkshire

108

95

83

59

66

66

64

60

56

78

Nottinghamshire

128

129

120

116

137

136

131

138

138

149

South Yorkshire

110

108

90

100

98

92

100

98

122

116

Staffordshire

78

86

92

81

67

71

63

67

76

70

Suffolk

82

96

101

98

90

90

80

96

88

84

Surrey

76

61

69

71

72

62

48

53

49

51

Sussex

180

146

156

131

118

120

141

134

130

129

Thames Valley

185

194

179

187

185

156

180

172

176

180

Warwickshire

41

38

44

54

45

50

51

46

53

55

West Mercia

155

159

139

129

130

125

131

139

141

152

West Midlands

88

95

92

93

83

111

110

124

134

145

West Yorkshire

131

114

128

110

117

116

132

140

130

150

Wiltshire

134

105

88

89

71

71

78

80

74

72

Dyfed Powys

70

71

67

65

61

77

62

58

79

68

Gwent

70

59

64

68

66

57

60

71

74

86

North Wales

72

90

97

92

67

83

75

73

65

57

South Wales

134

176

169

155

143

138

125

139

134

130

Number of incidents where conventional firearms were used

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Incidents

5

3

5

7

9

11

16

4

5

9

Percentage of incidents compared with number of authorised operations

0.040

0.025

0.046

0.064

0.081

0.079

0.067

0.024

0.031

0.048

Police: Lost Working Days

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officer working days were lost due to (a) stress and (b) illness in each police force in each of the last five years. (172861)

The available data are for the amount of police officer working time lost to sickness. Breakdowns for the type of sickness are not collected centrally. Data are available for 2002-03 onwards.

Police Officer sickness absence data for 2002-03 onwards are available on the Home Office website, located at:

http://www.police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/

For 2002-03 and 2003-04, the data are given in the 2003-04 Police Performance Monitoring report, in the form of police officer days lost per person per year.

For 2004-05 onwards, the data are given in the annual Police Performance Assessment reports, in the form of average number of police officer hours lost per person per year.

Police: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers there were in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each of the last three years. (176316)

Figures for numbers of police community support officers and police officers as at 31 March by police force area are published each year in the Home Office Statistical Bulletins ‘Police Service Strength, England and Wales’. They are accessible online at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pubsstatistical.html

Police: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what commitments on pay and conditions were made to staff transferring from other police services to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency; and if she will make a statement. (179337)

The terms applying to staff from the precursor agencies that formed the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) were regulated by the Transfers to SOCA Scheme 2006, made under Schedule 3 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

The terms of transfer were in accordance with the Cabinet Office Statement of Principles (COSOP) which reflects the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Act 1981. The core principle under COSOP is that on transfer staff should not be in a worse position than under their previous conditions of employment.

Commitments were given, and communicated to staff in the lead up to SOCA’s inception, that any incremental progression arrangements would be honoured and that the purchasing power of their salaries would be maintained. Police officers were able to retain certain allowances; retained membership of the Police Pension Scheme; and maintenance of their pay review date (1 September).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will next meet staff representatives of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency to discuss pay and conditions; and if she will make a statement. (179338)

I will be meeting members of the Public and Commercial Services Union by the end of February.

Police: Sick Leave

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer working days were lost to sickness in each (a) police force in England and Wales and (b) London borough in each of the last five years. (174810)

The available data for the amount of police officer working time lost to sickness, are for 2002-03 onwards at the police force level only. Police Officer sickness absence data for 2002-03 onwards are available on the Home Office website, located at:

http://www.police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/

For 2002-03 and 2003-04, the data are given in the 2003-04 Police Performance Monitoring report, in the form of police officer days lost per person per year.

For 2004-05 onwards, the data are given in the annual Police Performance Assessment reports, in the form of average number of police officer hours lost per person per year.

Prostitution

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has commissioned on the extent and nature of all forms of commercial sexual exploitation in off-street settings. (179222)

We have not commissioned any formal research on this. Our co-ordinated prostitution strategy included a specific commitment to undertake action research into off-street prostitution, and through Pentameter 1 and 2 we have collated a considerable amount of information about the extent and nature of off-street prostitution in the United Kingdom.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advocacy services are available to support women in prostitution who become victims of serious violent and sexual crime. (179223)

Prostitution is inherently dangerous and the safety of those involved is of the utmost importance. Our co-ordinated prostitution strategy recognises the importance of advocacy services for those involved in prostitution, who are often at increased risk of being the victims of serious or sexual violence.

As part of wider work to reduce sexual violence, we have funded 38 Independent Sexual Violence Adviser posts across the country, to provide support for the victims of this horrendous crime. Although all of these Advisers will be available to those involved in prostitution who have been the victims of sexual violence, we have also funded a specific post in the Armistead Project in Liverpool. An evaluation is currently under way and will report this summer. However, anecdotal information from the project suggests that the post has increased reporting and engagement in the criminal justice process among this particularly vulnerable group, through advocacy, information provision and general support.

The cross-Government Action Plan for Sexual Violence and Abuse also recognises those involved in prostitution as a particularly vulnerable group, and includes specific measures to improve our response to those who are the victims of serious sexual violence. This includes the provision of personal safety training, delivered by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to projects working with individuals who sell sex, and personal safety leaflets, which provide practical advice about staying safe. In partnership with Crimestoppers we have also launched a national ‘ugly mugs’ campaign, which is aimed at increasing the circulation of information about those who perpetrate crimes against those involved in prostitution, and increasing reporting of these crimes.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specialised (a) drug treatment programmes, (b) mental health services and (c) housing-related support have been made available to those involved in prostitution in each of the last three years. (179224)

Our co-ordinated prostitution strategy provides a framework for local areas to develop their own responses to prostitution, so that local strategies can respond to local prostitution markets. Where prostitution is identified as an issue, local authorities should work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that they respond effectively. This response should include the appropriate provision of services for those involved in prostitution in terms of harm minimisation and developing routes out, specifically in relation to drug treatment, mental health services and housing-related support. These services are commissioned locally and we do not hold any central information about the nature or extent of provision.

We plan to examine the local implementation of the Government’s strategy, which will include the provision of dedicated services. The results of this exercise will feed in to the development of commissioning guidance for local partnerships.

Visas: Overseas Students

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of students in the UK on student visas who are not complying with the visa length of stay requirements. (178053)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: As the then Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, following the dismantling of routine embarkation controls beginning in 1994, no government have been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally, and that remains the case.

A clear goal has been set to reintroduce systems to count everyone in and out of United Kingdom (UK). The e-Borders programme, scheduled to commence this year, will strengthen and modernise our border control including providing an electronic record of all those entering and leaving the UK. We expect to count 95 per cent. of all passengers in and out of the country by the end of 2010.

In the meantime, targeted embarkation controls continue to take place at major ports to identify failed asylum seekers and other immigration offenders who are leaving the UK, and the Border and Immigration Agency is reviewing its capacity to extend these.

International Development

Developing Countries: AIDS

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is providing to tackle AIDS in developing countries in 2007-08; how much of this funding is going to children affected by AIDS; and if he will make a statement. (180913)

The precise value of HIV and AIDS funding in 2007-08 will not be known until the end of the current financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress he has made in increasing the access of people with AIDS in developing countries to generic medicines; and if he will make a statement. (180915)

The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), UNITAID and the US Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are the largest funders of HIV treatment for low and middle income countries. Each allows countries to purchase generic medicines. PEPFAR, UNITAID and the GFATM provide guidelines for the quality assurance of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) purchased with their support.

The UK has made a commitment to the GFATM of up to £1 billion up to 2015 subject to performance. The UK has also made a commitment to UNITAID of up to £760 million over 20 years subject to performance.

The GFATM estimates that it has provided treatment for 1.8 million people over five years. It has strongly supported the purchase of generic ARVs by countries. However, the GFATM does not currently publish a total figure for the proportion of ARVs purchased with its funding that are generics.

For HIV treatment, UNITAID provides funding primarily for paediatric and second-line ARVs. UNITAID also provides funding for diagnostic tests and treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children. UNITAID specifically aims to increase access to quality low-price and generic ARVs through its funding.

PEPFAR’s supply chain management system reports that it increased its purchasing of generic versus branded ARVs from 72 per cent. between April and September 2006 to 88 per cent. (by volume) from January to March 2007.

Developing Countries: Trade Barriers

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on reducing trade barriers to goods from developing countries. (180916)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development is in regular contact with his EU counterparts, both informally and during formal encounters in Brussels. The most prominent recent discussions on reducing trade barriers to goods from developing countries have related to the adoption of a series of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and some 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACPs). EPAs will allow full access to European markets for ACP country goods as of this year for those who sign them, apart from a few interim arrangements. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State held important and extensive talks on EPAs with his EU counterparts before and at the General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 19-20 November 2007.

Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the percentage of his Department’s funding for microfinance which reaches families living on the equivalent of less than US$1 a day. (180967)

The Department for International Development is committed to tackling poverty and reducing the number of people living on less than US$1 a day. All of our programmes, including our financial sector programmes, are designed to help the world’s poorest people.

A review of DFID’s largest financial sector programmes showed that in 2006 more than nine million people benefited from microfinance initiatives that received support from DFID in that year. DFID programmes use different, country specific, measures of poverty for measuring their impact. Calculating an aggregate figure, across all programmes, for the proportion of families living on less than US$1 per day would incur a disproportionate cost. DFID regularly carries out evaluations of its programmes to ensure that they are reaching the poorest people.

Pakistan: Education

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to encourage the Government of Pakistan to spend a higher percentage of its national income on education; and if he will make a statement. (179890)

The 10-year Development Partnership Arrangement (DPA), signed by the Prime Ministers of the UK and Pakistan in November 2006, sets out a number of commitments by the Government of Pakistan to poverty reduction. In education, the Government’s commitment are

“to good quality primary education for all, particularly girls and children in difficult circumstances”.

In the context of the DPA, one of the indicators that DFID has used to make decisions about budget support is education spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). This increased by 21 per cent. between 2004-05 and 2005-06, exceeding the jointly agreed target of 13 per cent. More generally, in the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act 2005, the Pakistan Government have made a commitment to double spending in both education and health as a percentage of GDP by 2015.

Sub-Saharan Africa: AIDS

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist women in sub-Saharan Africa in combating HIV/AIDS. (180208)

The UK is the second largest bilateral funder of HIV and AIDS, having committed £1.5 billion between 2005 and 2008 and one of the largest donors on health. Women are highlighted as a priority in the UK AIDS strategy “Taking Action” and since its launch, the UK was central to securing international agreement on universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support at the 2005 G8 summit and subsequent UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS.

DFID will continue to support key international institutions and partnerships to address the needs of women affected by HIV and AIDS. For example, DFID has committed £1 billion to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria until 2015, subject to performance.

DFID will continue to work through its country programmes to fund prevention, treatment, care and support for women. For example, in Nigeria DFID will commit £100 million over six years to reduce the transmission of HIV, and mitigate the impact of AIDS on the lives of the most vulnerable. The programme will support women, girls, young people, orphans and vulnerable children and other vulnerable groups through collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, civil society organisations and UN agencies. DFID will also work to integrate HIV and AIDS with maternal and child health and strengthen countries maternal health services. From 2007, DFID will invest £25 million over five years to improve maternal and newborn health in Zimbabwe. The programme will reduce the number of maternal deaths and reduce the number of children becoming infected or dying from HIV infection.

Work and Pensions

Backdated Pension Payments

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that where backdated pension payments of over £100 arise from the correction of omitted home responsibilities protection or the payment of Class 3 national insurance contributions in respect of one or more years between 1996-97 and 2001-02 such payments automatically include interest; if he will investigate whether interest has routinely been added to such payments in such circumstances in the past; and if he will make a statement. (170276)

[holding answer 3 December 2007]: All backdated payments of £100 or more arising from the omission of home responsibilities protection or, in the case of a person who reached pension age before 24 October 2004, payment of voluntary contributions for one or more of the years 1996-97 and 2001-02, should be automatically considered for compensation under the terms of the Departmental Guide to Financial Redress for Maladministration a copy of which is obtainable at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2003/frm/

If the hon. Member has identified instances where compensation appears not to have been considered in these circumstances I would be grateful if he could let me have details of the individuals concerned.

Benefits: Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many prisoners released (a) in 2007 and (b) in the last five years are on jobseekers allowance; and what the cost to the public purse has been of ex-offenders claiming jobseekers allowance in each such year; (179720)

(2) how many prisoners released in the last five years were receiving housing benefit on the most recent date for which figures are available; and what the cost to the public purse was of paying such benefits in the last financial year.

Better Off in Work Credit

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the time the proposed better off in work credit will be available beyond 26 weeks; and if he will make a statement. [Official Report, 31 January 2008, Vol. 471, c. 3MC.] (175769)

[holding answer 7 January 2008]: As the Prime Minister announced at the TUC Conference, the In Work Credit will be rolled out across the country from October 2008. We have no current plans to extend the credit beyond 26 weeks.

Children: Daycare

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to identify and address barriers to taking up formal child care by (a) low income groups, (b) lone parents, (c) workless households with two adults and (d) ethnic minorities. (177966)

DWP works closely with colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families in the development of the Government’s child care strategy, to increase the supply, and improve the affordability, of formal child care for everybody, including low income groups, people in workless households and people from ethnic minorities.

In addition, Jobcentre Plus Childcare Partnership Managers are engaged with child care services at the local level to ensure that Jobcentre Plus staff are fully apprised of the issues around formal child care and developments in the local market. Advisers are then better able to advise their customers on the availability and benefits of formal child care.

Departmental Surveys

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what surveys his Department has conducted of its customers in the last 10 years; and if he will place in the Library copies of such surveys. (177969)

For information up to February 2007, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1049W.

Since 2005 Jobcentre Plus has undertaken a survey of its customers every two years. The 2007 Jobcentre Plus satisfaction survey report is due to be published later this year; copies will be placed in the Library on publication.

A customer satisfaction survey for the Pension Service's International Pension Centre was conducted last year. It is due for publication later this year; copies will be placed in the Library on publication. The Pension Service is now in the final stages of conducting its latest survey and the results will be published in July 2008.

The Child Support Agency conducted a client satisfaction survey last year. The results are due to be published later this year; copies will be placed in the Library on publication.

A copy of the Disability and Carers Service Customer Service Survey 2006-07 has been placed in the Library.

Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the starting date for the implementation of the £60-per-week added support for lone parents to obtain and keep employment is for each Jobcentre Plus office branch in London. (177076)

In work credit has already been introduced in all Jobcentre Plus London districts except the North East London district. The amount of credit was increased in London from £40 to £60 per week in July 2007.

The £60 per week in work credit will be introduced in the North East London district from 28 January 2008, and implemented in all remaining Jobcentre Plus offices at the national rate of £40, from 7 April 2008.

Fireworks: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has given to local authorities on municipal (a) bonfires and (b) firework displays. (176258)

While not aimed solely at local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive’s “Working together on firework displays” publication is relevant to anyone organising a firework display and to display operators. It was developed in association with stakeholders and includes practical guidance on safety arrangements for bonfires, as well as fireworks. A copy of the publication has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

HSE has also promoted straightforward fireworks guidance on its website. The site urges people not to over-react to the risks but instead to adopt simple, sensible precautions. The pages can be accessed at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/fireworks

Housing Benefit

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of housing benefit in each local authority in the UK who do not have access to a bank account. (180616)

DWP has made no such estimate.

A person’s access to a bank account is not pertinent information for a housing benefit claim. Consequently, it is not recorded in the Department for Work and Pensions administrative data.

Housing Benefit: North East Region

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of housing benefit was for tenants of (a) local authorities, (b) registered social landlords and (c) private sector landlords in (i) North East and (ii) North Lincolnshire in each of the last five years. (179718)

The information is in the following table.

Average weekly amount of housing benefit by tenure type, in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, as at February each year

North East Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire

Local authority tenants

2003

38.99

37.74

2004

39.67

37.93

2005

41.39

39.64

2006

41.85

2007

44.00

Private sector tenants (excluding RSL)

2003

65.42

52.36

2004

56.37

52.55

2005

58.41

53.81

2006

65.72

53.29

2007

66.91

53.80

Registered social landlord (RSL) tenants

2003

58.65

63.94

2004

57.39

55.65

2005

54.55

58.90

2006

47.32

60.79

2007

51.04

63.60

‘—’ Denotes suppressed amount as case loads are below 10.

Notes:

1. The average amounts have been rounded to the nearest penny.

2. The data refer to benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.

3. Figures exclude extended payments.

4. NE Lincolnshire transferred its housing stock to an RSL on 21 March 2005.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in February 2003 to February 2007.

Jobcentre Plus: Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data sharing protocols are in place for Jobcentre Plus negotiations with (a) customer advocates and (b) intermediary organisations. (173275)

The Department has guidance for all staff on disclosing information to advocates and intermediaries. We have a duty to ensure that information is not improperly disclosed, but this must not interfere with the customers’ right to use and advocate or intermediary to help them conduct their business.

This guidance also applies to staff in all the Department’s Agencies, including Jobcentre Plus.

For customers with communication difficulties or disabilities, for example, the involvement of an advocate or intermediary not only helps them to access our services, but also helps us to obtain the information we need.

The guidance covers the steps to be taken when deciding whether to disclose information about a specific customer. When contact is made by telephone or in person, and it can be established, using judgment based on the information that the caller already holds about the customers business, and the type of questions they ask, that the caller is an advocate or intermediary who is clearly acting on behalf of the customer, then the customer’s consent can be considered implicit. If our staff have any doubt about the bona fides of the caller, they must ask for written authority from the customer before disclosing any information. Where requests for information are made in writing, a written authority from the customer is required.

Staff are told never to disclose information that the customer’s advocate would reasonably be expected to know, such as addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, names of household members and bank account details.

The full guidance can be accessed on the Department’s website at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/repsguide.pdf

Jobseeker's Allowance: Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Peterborough constituency had been in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in excess of 12 months as at 31 December 2007; and if he will make a statement. (178093)

As at December 2007 there were 250 people in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency with a jobseeker’s allowance claim of over 12 months duration.

Labour Party: Elections

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Department of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party and (b) registered them with the Cabinet Office in accordance with the Ministerial Code. (179966)

[holding answer 17 January 2008]: In accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, a list of Ministers’ relevant interests declared to their Permanent Secretary will be published in due course.

Low Incomes: Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk whose income is below 60 per cent. of median UK household income; and if he will make a statement. (178084)

The information requested is not available below the level of Government Office Region.

Our child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, allow a breakdown of child poverty by Government Office Region.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 26 November 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. R.R. Hart. (179262)

I can confirm that a response to this letter was issued to the right hon. Friend on 14 January 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 3 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. A. Khashan. (179331)

I can confirm that a response to this letter was issued to my right hon. Friend on 16 January 2008.

National Insurance: Foreigners

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance registrations (a) of non-UK citizens and (b) of people from each of the 10 countries from which the greatest number of registrations were received there were in the city of Sheffield in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07. (168761)

The information is not available prior to 2005-06. The available information is in the following tables.

National insurance number registrations in respect of non-UK nationals in Sheffield local authority

Year of registration

Number of registrations

2005-06

4,400

2006-07

5,130

National insurance number registrations in respect of non-UK nationals in Sheffield local authority

Country of origin

Number of registrations

2005-06

Poland

600

Slovak Rep

440

India

390

Pakistan

300

China Peoples Rep

230

Malaysia

190

Rep of Lithuania

120

Iran

120

Eritrea

120

Zimbabwe

110

2006-07

Poland

1,110

India

590

Slovak Rep

470

Pakistan

360

China Peoples Rep

230

Malaysia

160

Nigeria

110

France

90

Czech Rep

90

Zimbabwe

90

Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Numbers are based on 100 per cent. data from the national insurance recording system (NIRS).

4. Local authority is assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.

5. Local authority counts are based on the most recently recorded address of the NINO recipient.

Source:

100 per cent. sample at 17 June 2006 and 14 May 2007 from the national insurance recording system (NIRS).

New Deal for Young People: Cleethorpes

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the destination was upon leaving of individuals who participated in the new deal for young people in Cleethorpes constituency. (179717)

The information requested is in the following tables.

Immediate destination of individuals on leaving the NDYP in Cleethorpes parliamentary constituency1

Number

Percentage

Sustained employment

1,100

51.4

Employment and benefits

60

2.8

Benefits

Jobseeker’s allowance

120

5.6

Income support

60

2.8

Incapacity benefit

30

1.4

Income support and incapacity benefit

150

7.0

Other

50

2.3

Other known

130

6.1

Off benefits/unknown

430

20.1

1 Cumulative data to May 2007

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Percentages are of total leavers (2,140)

3. Immediate destination is measured within two weeks of leaving new deal, using information from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS).

4. People recorded as leaving to employment and benefits have evidence of both employment and have an active benefit.

5. ‘Benefits—Other’ includes all benefits which have not been included individually in the table, eg pension credit.

6. ‘Other known’ includes people going back into education and people moving abroad.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate

Leavers to sustained employment: Immediate destination of individuals on leaving the NDYP in Cleethorpes parliamentary constituency1

Number/percentage

Total of individuals leaving NDYP in Cleethorpes

2,140

Total of individuals leaving NDYP in Cleethorpes with a known destination

1,710

Total of individuals leaving NDYP in Cleethorpes into sustained employment

1,100

Individuals leaving NDYP in Cleethorpes into sustained employment as a percentage of those individuals leaving NDYP in Cleethorpes with a known destination

64.3

1 Cumulative data to May 2007.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Percentages are of total leavers (2,140)

3. Immediate destination is measured within two weeks of leaving new deal, using information from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). People recorded as leaving to employment and benefits have evidence of both employment and have an active benefit.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate

New Deal for Young People: Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of individuals participating in the new deal for young people in Peterborough constituency were referred to the employment option after the conclusion of the gateway period. (178428)

[holding answer 15 January 2008]: All participants in the employment option of new deal for young people have to go through the Gateway.

The information requested is in the following table.

Number of individuals currently participating in new deal for young people in Peterborough parliamentary constituency (May 2007)

Stage of participation at the end of the month

Number participating

Percentage of all participants

Gateway

170

65.4

Options

Employment

Full Time Education and Training

30

11.5

Voluntary Sector

20

7.7

Environment Task Force

Follow through

40

15.4

Total

260

100

Notes:

1. ‘—’ = nil or negligible;

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Stage of participation at the end of the month: People participating in Gateway includes those awaiting their first Gateway interview. The Employment option can be accessed at any stage of the new deal programme.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate

Occupational Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working age population that belonged to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in each year since 1997. (167759)

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is presented in the following table:

Estimates of the percentage of the working-age population who belong to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in the public sector and private sector by year

Defined benefit scheme

Public

Private

Total

1991

12

16

28

1995

12

14

26

2000

12

12

25

2004

13

10

23

2006

14

9

23

Notes:

1. Pension scheme membership figures were taken from the Occupational Pension Scheme Survey. Data for years 1991, 1995, 2000 and 2004 were produced by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD). Data for 2006 were produced by the Office for National Statistics. 2006 is the latest year published. The coverage of the survey is the UK.

2. Population figures were taken from Table 1 of the mid-year Population Estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics. 2006 is the latest year published.

3. The working age population is defined as males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59.

4. To be eligible for membership of an occupational pension scheme, including defined benefit schemes, a person must be an employee working for an employer offering such a scheme.

5. Results may not sum to totals shown due to rounding.

Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of successful pension tranches (a) conducted in each of the last 10 years and (b) that will be conducted in 2008. (174805)