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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given to the Association of Chief Police Officers in response to therequest for further clarification of the legal position on enforcing the ban on hunting with dogs; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: I have had discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on the enforcement on the ban on hunting with dogs. It is for the police to enforce the ban on hunting with dogs, when the Hunting Act comes into force. ACPO are producing guidance to all forces on the enforcement of the Act.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the consultation with stakeholders on which services should be linked to identity cards and whether there should be unique personal numbers across public services. 
Mr. Browne: The consultation on the draft Identity Cards Bill asked for comments on the powers set out in the draft Bill making regulations on the use of a card. Various stakeholders commented as part of the draft Bill consultation and in broader discussions with the Identity Cards Programme on whether, and if so how, to link identity cards with access to services. The Government published a summary of findings from the consultation exercise in October 2004 (Cm 6358).
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 304W, on identity cards, what the value is of the contracts with each private sector company; and what work has been undertaken by (a) the private sector companies and (b) the Government bodies mentioned. 
|Sirius consortium||Advice on feasibility and scheme costs.||78,724|
|SchlumbergerSema (Atos Origin)||Programme and Project Management advice.||56,000|
|PA Consulting Services Limited||Project Management consultancy.||27,200|
|Shreeveport Management Consultancy||Facilitation of Workshops and Core Proposition development.||43,250|
|Axon Group Plc.||Proposals relating to Human Resources.||28,766|
|Cornwell Management Consultants plc.||Assessment of potential Public sector delivery partners.||47,548|
|PA Consulting Services Limited||Provision of management consultancy for the development of the ID Card Scheme.||6,527,760|
committed up to
1 January 2005
|Communications Electronic Security Group (GCHQ)||Provision of advice on communications and general security.|
|Office of Government Commerce||Provision of general project management advice.|
|Partnerships UK plc.||Procurement and Contracting advice relating to potential Public and Private sector|
|UK Passport Service||Provision of advice including work on costings and processes|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what coaching will be provided to citizens in how to present their biometrics for verification purposes when applying for an identity card; whether such coaching will form part of the identity card enrolment process; and what provision has been made for such coaching in the published costs for the scheme. 
Mr. Browne: As part of the broader communications plan for the scheme, provision has been made to make the public aware of biometrics and how they will be recorded and used. The precise forms of the communication are to be determined.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 335W, on passports, what the figures are for adult passport (a) applications and (b) renewals. 
|Adult new passport applications||Adult passport renewals|
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest average waiting time is for determination of applications for permanent leave to remain from persons who have in excess of four continuous years of being granted work permits, where the applicant is (a) from an EU member state and (b) not from an EU member state; and what the waiting times were in each of the previous six months. 
|Number of applications||1,465||1,435||1,700||1,765||1,715||1,610|
|Applications processed on the same day through the Public Inquiry Office (PEO)||365||370||360||385||350||115|
|Average processing time (calendar days) for applications not processed on same day in PEO||25||30||35||25||30||20|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers whose applications have not been resolved, are currently serving custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK. 
Paul Goggins: The Prison Service central IT system does not record the immigration status of prisoners who are serving a custodial sentence. The information requested is not therefore available except by examination of individual case-files, at disproportionate cost.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether plans are in place to use the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground at Imber Court and related buildings and property for other purposes in certain circumstances; and if he will make a statement. 
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