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Hate Crime

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the prevention of hate crime; and if he will make a statement. [186888]


 
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Paul Goggins: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) support and (b) resources the Government are providing to the police to tackle hate crimes. [186889]

Ms Blears: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the collection of data on hate crimes; and if he will make a statement. [186911]

Ms Blears: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Hertfordshire Police Authority

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the funding settlement for Hertfordshire police authority for 2005–06. [198088]

Ms Blears: Correspondence has been received from a number of Hertfordshire MPs, on behalf of Hertfordshire police authority, explaining financial pressures on the authority, in advance of the announcement of the provisional funding settlement for 2005–06.

Hizb at Tahrir

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the activities of Hizb at Tahrir. [198409]

Mr. Blunkett: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Home Detention Curfew Scheme

Mr. Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list offences committed by those released on the Home Detention Curfew Scheme since its inception; [185079]

(2) what the original offence was of each person released under the Home Detention Curfew Scheme since its inception; and what the average sentence (a) imposed and (b) served was, broken down by original offence. [185080]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 19 July 2004]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were committed by prisoners while released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the category of each offence was; and on how many occasions the offence committed was similar in character to that for which the prisoner had originally been sentenced. [199271]


 
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Paul Goggins: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the categories of offences were for which they had been sentenced; how many such prisoners were released in each category; and what the average sentence received was in relation to each category. [199272]

Paul Goggins: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Homeland Security

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is planning to enhance UK resilience and homeland security over the next (a) two and (b) five years. [190861]

Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 14 October 2004]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Hospital Admissions (Excessive Alcohol)

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of hospital admissions in the accident and emergency departments surveyed in the summer alcohol enforcement campaign were connected with excessive alcohol consumption. [198781]

Caroline Flint: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Housing

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on police funding of the Government's proposals for housing growth in the South Midlands and Milton Keynes area. [197604]

Keith Hill: I have been asked to reply.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Home Office are working together to assist police authorities in planning future needs in the Milton Keynes-South Midlands (MKSM) Growth Area.

Funding for policing is based on an assessment of the relative need for police resources across the 43 police areas in England and Wales. That assessment is based on the police funding formula, which takes account of population data and socio-demographic factors including density, sparsity and deprivation.

In addition, the three relevant police forces (Thames Valley, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire) have recently commenced a joint project to consider the implications for policing of the proposals contained within the revised draft MKSM sub-regional strategy. This includes community safety (as understood in the context of section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and subsequently by Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships) particularly in relation to the
 
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physical design of neighbourhoods and infrastructure, but also the wider context of crime, disorder and accident reduction.

Identity Cards

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent consultants from PA Consulting are advising his Department on the design of the National Identity Card Programme; what the average annual cost per consultant is; what the total cost of the consultants is; and if he will make a statement. [195696]

Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the unit cost of a biometric identity card reader; [198901]

(2) what estimate he has made of the potential savings in identity fraud costs that may be consequent on development of the identity card scheme; [198902]

(3) which (a) employers and (b) interested groups are being consulted about the design of the identity card verification service; [198905]

(4) if he will publish the conclusions of his Department's Science and Technology Reference Group's examination of the identity card programme; [198906]

(5) through which stages of the Office of Government Commerce's Gateway process the identity cards project has passed; [198900]

(6) what research he has commissioned into the effects of identity cards in reducing terrorism. [198904]

Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the cost estimates for identity card readers which have been incorporated into work with stakeholders on benefits. [198946]

Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of whether cost savings are associated with the issue of a free-standing identity card compared to a combined passport and identity card. [198947]

Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the annual cost of the identity card scheme announced by his Department on 2 November includes the cost of adding visual verification features to the face of the card; and what visual verification options are under consideration. [198949]


 
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Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps, over what timescale, are being taken to have barcodes in place in UK passports; what information the barcode would represent; and if he will make a statement. [147540]

Mr. Browne: At present, the UK Passport Service does not plan to include barcodes in British passports. All British passports incorporate a machine readable zone containing essential passport holder details in compliance with IACO standards.


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