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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many snatch thefts have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction. 
Ms Blears: The available information relates to offences of theft from the person. Tables 1 and 2 give the number of offences recorded by the police in the Essex police force area and the Southend Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area. Recorded crime data are published on a financial year basis and data at CDRP level for theft from the person are only available from 200102.
Table 3 gives the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty in the Essex police force area and South East Essex petty sessional area. Court proceedings data are published on a calendar year basis. Data for 2004 will not be available until the autumn.
|Number of offences|
|Essex police force area||199798(40)||631|
|Southend Crime and Disorder||199798||n/a|
|Reduction Partnership area||199899||n/a|
|Number of offences|
|Essex police force area||200203||1,810|
|Southend Crime and Disorder||200203||354|
|Reduction Partnership area||200304||299|
|Theft from the person|
|Area and year||Proceeded against||Found guilty(43)|
|Essex police force area|
|South East Essex petty sessional area(44)|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of gun crime have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction. 
Ms Blears: The available information is given in the table and relates to crimes recorded by the police in Essex in which firearms were reported to have been used. This information is not collected centrally for Southend.
Ms Blears: The issue of publishing the identities of persons suspected of involvement in an offence and wanted by the police either for questioning or for court appearance is an operational matter for the individual chief officer police.
Guidance is published by the Association of Chief Police Officers Media Advisory Group on using public media to locate or identify individuals. The guidance is available at http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/index.html.
Mr. Browne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate's (IND) resources cover a wide range of activities including the asylum process and it is not possible to identify separately the costs of the asylum process. Total IND resource expenditure for 200203 was £1,863 million.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to accelerate the deportation of foreign nationals who remain in detention, having completed their sentence; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Browne: Detention under Immigration Act powers is only used where there is no reasonable alternative once a deportee reaches the end of his or her prison sentence but cannot be immediately removed. The common barriers to removal are the unavailability of valid travel documentation, an outstanding application for leave to remain in the United Kingdom or an appeal against the decision to make a deportation order.
The Immigration and Nationality Department's (IND) criminal casework team recruited an additional 16 staff in November 2004 to ensure that the deportation cases are considered at an earlier stage into the sentence and to afford those being detained greater priority. It is additionally currently recruiting a further seven immigration officers to increase the number of surgery visits conducted across the Prison Service estate in order to complete applications for replacement passports at an earlier stage where they have been lost or destroyed.
IND has no influence over the determination of an appeal as this properly falls to the independent appellate authorities who in turn are responsible to the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA). However, IND does
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highlight to the independent appellate authorities that a person is detained in order for the appeal to be heard as quickly as possible.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in the prison estate are held on remand awaiting deportation having completed their sentences; how many prisoners were held on this basis in 2004; and what the average period was for which such prisoners were held on remand. 
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