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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports mailed from the UK Passport Authority to addresses in the UK went missing in the post in each year since 1995. 
The new digital passport has enhanced security features. These features would make it extremely difficult for someone who is in possession of a stolen passport to alter the document for use under a false identity.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: The United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) received 281 written complaints about inaccuracies in passports received by customers during the financial year 200001.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: A passport card is recognised as a form of travel document in the international standards developed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The use of a card form of passport would be by bilateral agreements between issuing states. A United Kingdom passport card will need acceptance within the European Union if it is to be a viable business proposition.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: Incidents of fraud have decreased because the new Passport Application Support System (PASS) acts as a deterrent because it includes electronic security checks and the new digital machine readable passport incorporates new and improved security features.
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the uses and purpose will be of the passport card referred to in paragraph 2.13 of the Passport Service's Corporate and Business Plan 20012006. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: A passport card, if approved by Ministers, would provide users with a convenient travel document which can be kept in a wallet or purse. If a passport book is lost or stolen abroad, the card would provide an alternative document that can either be used to facilitate return to the United Kingdom or to present to the nearest British Consulate to support an application for a replacement passport book.
In addition a card form of a passport would provide a suitable platform for electronic innovations. The International Civil Aviation Organisation is developing standards for card-based travel documents incorporating electronic data storage. These documents could offer greater security, could be used as automated border controls and offer a route to speedy passport renewal.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: The United Kingdom Passport Service plans to introduce a passport card subject to gaining acceptance for the document in the European Union and subject to adequate funding and business case and subject to ministerial approval. The earliest that a passport card could be introduced is the financial year 200304.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he has made to cope with the expected demand in the summer of 2001 from people whose passports were exceptionally extended for two years in 1999. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 July 2001]: The Demand Forecast for the period October 2000 to September 2001 included an allowance for the expected demand in the summer of 2001 from people whose passports were exceptionally extended for two years in 1999. This has been supported by our market research, and our production capacity has allowed for this.
Mr. Denham: On 31 March 2000, the most recent date for which figures are available, the number of full-time equivalent Asian female officers in England and Wales was 140. This breaks down between forces as follows:
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|Force||Asian women officers|
|Avon and Somerset||0|
|City of London||2|
|Devon and Cornwall||0|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recruitment targets were for, and how many officers were recruited to, the Hertfordshire police force in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Denham: I am advised by Hertfordshire constabulary that the force set no target for recruitment in 199798 or 199899. The force has advised me that the number of new recruits and the number of transfers in to the force in each year from 199798 to 200001, and the recruitment targets for 19992000 and 200001 were as follows:
|Number of police officers recruited(35)||63||67||147||111|
|Number of transfers in||15||12||28||31|
(34) None set
(35) Excluding transfers in from England and Wales
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Under the Crime Fighting Fund (CFF) recruitment initiative, Hertfordshire constabulary has been allocated a total of 107 additional recruits, over and above their existing recruitment plans for the three years to March 2003.
According to the latest recruitment profile received from the force, they intend to recruit all of their revised 200102 CFF allocation of 70 this year. The force has been allocated 37 CFF recruits in 200203.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers left the Hertfordshire police force other than through retirement in each year since 1997; and what these figures are expressed as a percentage of the total numbers of police officers in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England and Wales. 
|Percentage of officers|
|Financial year||Number of officers||Hertfordshire||England and Wales|
Hertfordshire Constabulary expanded on 1 April 2000 when it took over an area previously administered by the Metropolitan police, and consequently the 200001 figures are based on a larger number of officers.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special police officers have been recruited to serve in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hertsmere in each year since 1997; and what the target for recruitment was in each case. 
Mr. Denham: Recruitment statistics for the Special Constabulary are collected by force area. The figures available for Hertfordshire in each year since 1997 are set out in the table. I understand from the Chief Constable that the force can only provide data on Hertsmere following the boundary changes with the Metropolitan police on 1 April 2000. The Hertsmere figure is in brackets.
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Special Constables but is working towards increasing the number. The force had 198 Special constables on 31 March 2000.
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