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Ms Blears: Statistics for the number of special constables in each force basic command unit are not collected by the Home Office. Since 1998 data on the strength of special constabularies have been published annually in Home Office statistical bulletins on police service strength, copies of which are available in the Library. The total number of special constables in Lancashire constabulary from 19952004 is as follows:
|31 March 1995||608|
|31 March 1996||553|
|31 March 1997||483|
|31 March 1998||489|
|31 March 1999||449|
|31 March 2000||382|
|31 March 2001||360|
|31 March 2002||363|
|31 March 2003||351|
|31 March 2004||336|
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of a standard list offence, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age on appearance in court and (c) previous convictions; and what sentences each received. 
Paul Goggins: The available information contained in the table gives the number of offenders found guilty at all courts of a standard list offence, sentenced and the sentences they received, England and Wales 2003.
Information on sentencing by previous convictions was last published in chapter 9 of Criminal statistics, England and Wales 2000 (cm 5312). This was based on a sample of offenders sentenced in 2000. Updated information, for those sentenced in 2001 and 2002 will be published in Sentencing Statistics, England and Wales, 2003 next month.
|Proceeded against||Found guilty||Sentenced||Absolute/|
|Fully suspended sentence||Immediate custody||Otherwise dealt with|
|21 and over||465,374||328,099||327,277||43,005||109,214||85,711||2,004||76,724||10,619|
|21 and over||74,560||52,539||52,506||12,167||14,973||15,607||587||7,283||1,889|
|21 and over||539,934||380,638||379,783||55,172||124,187||101,318||2,591||84,007||12,508|
Mr. Browne: Of those who claimed asylum, 80 remain in the UK. They have been supported under section 111 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which allows grants to voluntary organisations. At present those who are still receiving support are housed in accommodation provided by the refugee arrivals project, which is one of the six voluntary organisations grant funded by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) for the provision of advice and support services for asylum seekers. Some of the Afghans are receiving income support. Those who are not receiving income support are provided with an additional cash allowance funded by NASS to meet their essential living needs.
Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about current levels of violent crime in the Thames Valley; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: The Home Office has had not had any representations about the current level of violent crime in the Thames Valley area. The British Crime Survey which is the most reliable long-term indicator of underlying trends in violence suggests that nationally the levels of violent crime are stable, levelling off after significant falls36 per cent. since a peak in 1995 and 26 per cent. since 1997. The most recent statistics show that violent crime has continued to fall by 9 per cent. in the year ending September 2004 but this is not statistically significant.
A Nightsafe project established to encourage safe drinking including: working with licencees; door staff issues; transport for faster and safer journeys home and other factors facing the night-time economy.
Recent initiatives under Pub Watch have including the winding down of cheap drink promotions, premises holding photographs of people banned for causing trouble, and the expansion of searching at the door of all club-goers for weapons and/or drugs.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the Senior Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in charge of Managed Migration was aware of Ms Casalme's visa application before 12 May 2003; 
(2) whether the Senior Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in charge of Asylum Support, Casework and Appeals was aware of Ms Casalme's visa application before 12 May 2003; 
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(7) how many Home Office representatives have met (a) Mrs. Quinn and (b) her representatives in an official capacity; and what were the (i) reasons for, (ii)times of and (iii) locations of each of these meetings were; 
(14) whether the Immigration and Nationality Directorate was contacted by officials in his Department concerning the application for indefinite leave to remain by Miss Leoncia Casalme in 2003; 
(3) when the first visa was awarded under the fast-track scheme to clear the backlog; 
(4) how many indefinite leave to remain visa applicants were told that they would have to wait and were then awarded those visas under his Department's official fast-track scheme to clear the backlog in 2003; 
Mr. Charles Clarke: It had for some time been the practice to decide a significant proportion of applications on initial consideration. On 11 April 2003, prior to the introduction of charging on 1 August 2003, new guidance was issued encouraging caseworkers in Managed Migration to take more decisions at the point of initial consideration.
Between 11 April and 1 August 2003, 80,380 Leave to Remain (LTR) and 28,805 Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications (5,770 of which were based on the four-year residency period) were submitted by post. All of these would have been considered under the revised guidance.
For those LTR applications from that period where a decision has been made, the average processing time was 40 days. For those ILR applications from that period where a decision has been made, the average processing time was 50 days.
Information on how many applicants would have received a notification advising of a possible delay to the processing of their applications is not collated centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The processing time is taken as the period between the date that the application was received in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate until the dispatch date. These figures are based on unvalidated information drawn from internal management systems, and there may be some data quality variations.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time for an indefinite leave to remain visa based on the four-year residency requirement period was in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The average processing time for cases received by post in the period between August 2003 and November 2004 was 30 days for charged applications and 135 days for non-charged applications.
Applications received in the Public Enquiry Office (PEO) are expected to be completed in the same day. In the same period, 99 per cent. of charged cases and 60 per cent. of non charged cases in PEO were completed in a single day. For the PEO applications not completed on the same day the average processing time was 25 days for charged cases and 110 days for non charged applications.
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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain applications have been refused for not fulfilling the four-year residency requirement in each year since 1997, broken down by month. 
|Number of decisions|
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain visas on the basis of the four-year residency requirement were granted in total in each year since 1997, broken down by month. 
|Number of applications granted|
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain visas have been granted before the end of the four-year residency requirement period in each year since 1997, broken down by month. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) median, (b) shortest and (c) longest length of time taken to complete the processing of a visa application has been since 1997. 
|Leave to remain|
|2002||Less than 1||35||1,035|
|2003||Less than 1||15||675|
|2004||Less than 1||15||335|
|Indefinite leave to remain|
|2002||Less than 1||40||1,045|
|2003||Less than 1||15||335|
|2004||Less than 1||25||690|
|LTR (days)||ILR (days)|
Comparable data is not available prior to 2002 due to changes in data recording between old and existing databases. The information for 2004 is for the period between 1 January 2004 and 6 December 2004.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications have
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been (a) made and (b) approved in each year since 1997, broken down by month and type of visa. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The available statistics relate to applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and Leave to Remain (LTR), and are given as follows. Data for each month could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Information on applications made is not published or available for the period requested.
|Category of grant||1997(65)||1998(65)||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003(66)|
|Grants in own right or on a discretionary basis (excluding spouses and dependants)|
|On completion of four years:|
|In employment with a work permit||2,845||3,155||3,285||4,455||4,335||5,845||9,190|
|In permit free employment(67)||705||855||700||1,415||890||980||1,325|
|As business or self employed, or as persons of independent means||265||200||130||260||160||115||230|
|Commonwealth citizens with a United Kingdom-born grandparent, taking or seeking employment||1,110||1,675||2,240||2,580||3,255||4,060||5,275|
|British Overseas citizens with special vouchers||220||170||220||160||140||60||(68)|
|Refugees and persons given exceptional leave to remain||4,830||6,675||22,505||25,355||17,965||18,235||12,580|
|Persons given exceptional leave to remain||2,425||2,405||||||||7,280||7,310|
|Other grants on a discretionary basis||2,160||3,700||2,580||6,150||4,190||6,730||11,235|
|Total granted in own right or on a discretionary basis(70)||12,145||16,435||31,665||40,380||30,935||36,020||39,830|
|Spouses and dependants|
|Settled on arrival||15||10||15||25||55||45||85|
|Settled on removal of time limit:||11,240||13,620||15,370||15,730||17,780||16,640||19,495|
|On basis of marriage(71)||10,700||13,010||14,565||14,460||16,850||15,470||17,285|
|At same time as wife||540||610||805||1,270||930||1,170||2,210|
|Settled on arrival||150||125||150||165||240||190||230|
|Settled on removal of time limit:||20,250||22,165||24,800||30,750||30,745||30,535||37,790|
|On basis of marriage(71)||16,160||18,390||19,945||24,100||26,590||24,930||30,565|
|At same time as husband||4,090||3,775||4,855||6,655||4,155||5,605||7,225|
|Settled on arrival||1,535||1,430||1,710||1,520||1,730||1,505||1,355|
|Settled on removal of time limit:||9,985||10,850||17,725||27,485||18,400||19,725||26,065|
|With parent accepted on basis of marriage||1,395||1,615||2,005||3,580||3,830||3,420||4,560|
|Parents and grandparents joining children or grandchildren:|
|On removal of time limit||885||1,050||815||2,175||1,465||1,530||3,020|
|Other and unspecified dependants(72)||1,870||3,510||4,380||7,150||6,600||6,940||6,905|
|Total spouses and dependants||46,230||53,045||65,225||85,265||77,305||77,335||95,020|
|Claim to right of abode upheld and other grants||350||310||230||295||170||120||130|
|Work permit holders||10,380||12,045||13,775||26,190||43,240||53,170||73,330|
|Permit free employment(76)||4,930||4,325||4,095||5,460||5,845||6,620||10,305|
|Spouse (probationary period applications)(78)||15,865||15,610||16,285||26,410||23,060||18,500||22,635|
|Other limited leave||15,455||7,345||6,305||6,360||5,680||8,745||10,810|
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