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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress his Department is making in dealing with (a) passport fraud and (b) duplicate or false national insurance numbers. 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in each year since 199697 involving (a) handguns, (b) rifles, (c) shotguns, (d) air weapons and (e) imitation firearms; and how many gun crimes for each year were drug-related. 
|Year(20)||Handguns||Rifles||Shotguns||Air weapons||Imitation firearms|
(19) Fired, used as a blunt instrument or in a threat.
(20) Calendar years up to 1997 and financial years thereafter.
(21) There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which may have had an inflationary effect on firearm offence statistics.
(22) Some police forces adopted the National Crime Recording Standard in advance of its national implementation on 1 April 2002, and this may have had an inflationary effect on firearm offence statistics.
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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegally owned or carried (a) handguns, (b) rifles, (c) military weapons, (d) automatic weapons and (e) semi-automatic weapons have been recovered by (i) police forces in England and Wales and (ii) Customs and Excise at ports of entry in the UK in each of the last five years. 
Customs and Excise have provided the following details to the Home Office of the numbers of firearms they have seized in the last five years. These figures include imports and exports. Any military, automatic and semi-automatic weapons will be included in the totals and are not separately identified.
|Year ended 31 March||Hand guns||Rifles||Shotguns|
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for conversion of (a) air and (b) imitation weapons to fire live ammunition in each of the last five years. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 12 January 2004]: The available information is given in the table. The statistics collected centrally relate only to the illegal conversion into firearms of anything which, though having the appearance of being a firearm, is so constructed as to be incapable of discharging any missile through its barrel. It is not possible to make a distinction between the type of guns converted, but the conversion of air weapons is not covered by the offence under section 4(3) of the Firearms Act 1968 since most are already classified as firearms.
(23) Excludes figures for Staffordshire.
Statistics for 2003 will be published in the autumn.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the full-time equivalent strength of the police force in Lancashire, broken down by rank, for each of the last three years. 
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|Rank||31 March 2001||31 March 2002||31 March 2003|
(24) ACPO ranks include Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Assistant Chief Constable.
(25) Chief Superintendent rank was abolished in April 1995 and was reintroduced from 1 January 2002. Separate collection of Chief Superintendent and Superintendent data was not reintroduced until March 2003.
Ms Blears: Home Office figures on police strength moved to an annual cycle from March 2002 and are available in the House Library, as are previous publications. The total number of Special Constables in Lancashire for each of the past three years is as follows:
31 March 2002363
31 March 2003351.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what inquiries his Department has conducted into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and on what occasions the names of those persons accused of leaking information from his Department have been made public (a) by the Government and (b) by way of another source. 
Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 12 January 2004]: Since 1997, the Home Office has investigated 65 suspected leaks. In line with Exemptions 1 (a) and 7 (b) set out in Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, it has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the outcome of such inquiries in order to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant workers there are in the UK (a) from the EU and (b) from outside the EU; and what percentage he estimates are legal migrant workers. 
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|Outside the EU||113,135|
1. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. Figures are taken from a 100 per cent. sample and are rounded to the nearest five.
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|Offences recorded||Offences detected|
(26) Homicide is comprised of murder, manslaughter and infanticide offences.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people visited the United Kingdom from (a) Cameroon, (b) Romania and (c) South Africa in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Total||Ordinary visitor||Business visitor|
The figures in this table have been rounded to three significant digits;
because of this the sum of the constituent items may not agree with the total as shown.
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Data on passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom are published in the Command Paper 'Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002' (Cm6053), obtainable from the House Library, The Stationery Office and via the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hobpubs1.html.
Data on passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom are published in the Command Paper 'Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002' (Cm 6053), obtainable from the Library, The Stationery Office and via the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hobpubs1.html
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