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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firework-related prosecutions occurred in (a) England and Wales,
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(b) Wales and (c) the South Wales Police Force area in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004. 
|Offence description||Principal statute||2002||2003||2002||2003||2002||2003|
|Throwing, casting or firing any fireworks in or into any highway, street, etc. public place||Explosives Act 1875 S.80 Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc.) Act 1985, S2A(1)||1||1||5||2||63||48|
|Being in possession of fireworks etc. in or when entering a designated sports ground||||||||||5||3|
|Contravention of regulations offences under S.12 Consumer Protection Act 1987||Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997||18||3||20||6||272||170|
Firework offences can also attract penalty notices. When penalty notices for disorder were introduced in 200304, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, they included the offence of throwing fireworks under section 80 of the Explosives Act 1875. Three further firework offences were added to the scheme from 11 October 2004. These were made under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003) and cover breach of the national fireworks curfew, the illegal possession of category 4 fireworks and possession of an adult firework by a person aged under 18.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices for littering have been issued by Coventry community support officers in the last year. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 25 January 2005]: The information requested is not available. Community support officers in West Midlands police have been designated with the power to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) but no central record is kept of the number of FPNs issued.
Mr. Browne: The United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) Biometrics Enrolment Trial concluded on 24 December 2004 and the findings are currently being evaluated with the final report due for delivery to UKPS in February 2005. This will be followed by a Quality Assurance process prior to release during March 2005.
Mr. Browne: Qualitative research was commissioned during the consultation period on the draft legislation to examine current public perceptions of ID cards. 18 group discussions were conducted with members of the public at 11 locations. Two group discussions took place at each of the following locations: London W1; Erdington, Birmingham; Wimborne, Dorset; Bridgend; East Cramlington, Northumberland; Edinburgh; Belfast and Greenford, Middlesex. One group discussion took place at each of the following locations: Randlay, Telford and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of adults in Scotland who for physical reasons are unable to provide (a) fingerprints and (b) iris scans for the purposes of the national identity cards scheme. 
There is evidence from evaluations of equipment and research studies that for iris and fingerprints, between one per cent. and two per cent. of applicants will be unable to provide a usable fingerprint
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or iris biometric. The results from the United Kingdom Passport Service biometric pilot, in particular the results from the disabled quota, will provide more detail. For some within this group their biometrics may be readable with special equipment or with the help of manual assistance.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of (a) false positive matches and (b) false negative matches in the UK Passport Service biometrics trial has been; and what estimates have been made of these rates in a database of all UK adults. 
The rates of false negatives and false positives in the enrolment have not been estimated with any degree of certainty because no final decision on the technology to be used in the scheme has been taken and work on this subject will be undertaken in the future.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of UK adults who for physical reasons are unable to provide (a) fingerprints and (b) iris scans for the purposes of the national identity cards scheme. 
Mr. Browne: There is evidence from evaluations of equipment and research studies that for iris and fingerprints, between one per cent and two per cent of applicants will be unable to provide a usable fingerprint or iris biometric. For some within this group their biometrics may be readable with special equipment or with the help of manual assistance. The results from the UKPS biometric pilot, in particular the results from the disabled quota, will provide more detail.
By definition, the scale of illegal migrant working is difficult to measure because illegal immigrants fall outside of the United Kingdom official statistics. Consequently, there is no official estimate for the number of illegal immigrants working in the United Kingdom. The experience of workplace enforcement officials indicates that illegal migrant working tends to feature in commercial sectors characterised by low skilled, temporary employment in which labour is often supplied via sub-contractual arrangements. The Immigration Service has detected illegal migrant workers employed in various sectors, including hospitality (including hotels and restaurants), car washes and repair garages, the sex trade, horticulture and agriculture, food production, contract cleaning, manufacturing and the care home sector. The Government take seriously the harm caused by illegal working, including the risk to our immigration control and the exploitative treatment often experienced by workers. We have strengthened the law preventing illegal working and are examining how best to improve compliance and enforcement.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants for asylum who have been granted temporary leave to remain in the UK who have served, or are serving, custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK in each of the last five years for which there are records, have been (a) returned to their country of origin and (b) had their status revoked; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many applicants for asylum who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK who have served, or are serving, custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK in each of the last five years for which there are records, have been (a) returned to their country of origin and (b) had their status revoked; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Browne: The Prison Service does not record information on deportation orders on the Inmate Information System. Information on the number of persons held in prison who are the subject of a deportation order is not therefore available except by examination of individual case files, at disproportionate cost.
The number of asylum seekers removed from the United Kingdom as a result of deportation action is given in the following table. There is no information on whether these cases would have been deported immediately after completing a prison sentence, without examining individual files at disproportionate cost.
|Principal asylum applicants(17)140||145||85||100|||
Deportations are a specific subset of removals alongside persons subject to administrative removal, removal due to illegal entry action or those refused entry at port and subsequently removed. Information on the number of asylum seekers who have been deported in 2004 is not currently available. This is due to be published this summer in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2004".
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the numbers of people who migrated to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity. 
This information is published annually in the Command Paper Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom" available from the Library of the House or via the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html
|Geographical region||Children (under 16)||1624||2534||3544||4559||60+||Adults (16 and over)|
|Europe (excluding EEA)|
|Remainder of Asia|
|British Overseas citizens and other countries|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of central Government grants to each local authority to supportasylum seekers was in each year since 199697. 
Mr. Browne: The information is not available in the precise format requested. Information for the 199697, 199798 and 199899 is not available. Available information for the years 19992000 to 200405 is in the following table.
|Category/year (rates shown represent maximum grant available)|
|199920001, 5||199920002, 3, 5||200001||200102(23)|
|Large families||London boroughs(27)||240.00||240.00||350.00||380.00|
|Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (U16)||Up to 100 claimants||n/a||n/a||400.00||400.00|
|More than 100 claimants||n/a||n/a||575.00||575.00|
|Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (016)||Up to 100 claimants||n/a||n/a||200.00||200.00|
|More than 100 claimants||n/a||n/a||300.00||300.00|
|Category/year (rates shown represent maximum grant available)|
|Large families||London boroughs(27)||(25)||(25)||(25)||(25)|
|Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (U16)||Up to 100 claimants||420.00||(26)||670.00||686.75|
|More than 100 claimants||575.00||(26)||670.00||686.75|
|Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (016)||Up to 100 claimants||220.00||(26)||300.00||307.50|
|More than 100 claimants||300.00||(26)||300.00||307.50|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been removed from the UK less than three months after all appeals have been exhausted in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Stoke-on-Trent who are applying for asylum are (a) male, (b) female, (c) married and (d) single; and how many have children. 
The table shows the numbers of people supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) resident in Stoke-on-Trent as at the end of September 2004. These data are analysed by gender and whether the person is a single applicant, an applicant with dependants or a dependant of an applicant. Details of age, marital status and number of children are not available.
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|Applicants with dependants||55||25||80|
|NASS subsistence only|
|Applicants with dependants||*|||||
Numbers of asylum seekers placed in MASS accommodation and numbers who are in receipt of subsistence only support from MASS, are published on
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a quarterly and annual basis. The next publication covering the fourth quarter of 2004 (October to December) will be available on 22 February 2005 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum registration cards have been issued in each of the last six months; and how many in each month prohibited employment. 
|2004||Employment prohibited ARCs produced||Total ARCs produced|
|Total for period||27,890||30,690|
These figures have been obtained from the Asylum Registration Cards Database and are subject to change. They include cards issued to new asylum seekers and their dependants as well as replacements where, for instance, the original has been lost or damaged.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of asylum registration cards with employment prohibited have left the UK (a) voluntarily and (b) through deportation in each of the last six months. 
Mr. Browne [holding answer 31 January 2005]: Application Registration Cards (ARCs) are only issued to asylum seekers who are present in the UK. Details are not recorded of the numbers of ARC holders who have since left the UK.
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