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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he (a) has taken and (b) plans to introduce, to help homeless people who are addicted to (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs. [206589]

Miss Melanie Johnson: I have been asked to reply.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to her on Wednesday 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 1030W.

Identity Cards

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the work conducted by Consult Hyperion Ltd. on (a) the biometric technology roadmap for person identification within UK policing and (b) the Facial Images National Database. [214935]

Mr. Browne: Amtec Consulting Group has been contracted to update the 'Identification Roadmap' document.

Copies of the updated paper titled Identification Roadmap", subtitled Biometrics Technology Roadmap for Person Identification within the Police Service" prepared by the Police Information Technology Organisation together with Amtec Consulting Group, will be placed in the Library.

With regards to the Facial Images National Database I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 18 January 2005, Official Report, column 896W.

The Facial Images National Database paper was produced by the Police Information Technology Organisation. Amtec Consulting Group was not involved.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) biometric passports and (b) identity cards will contain (i) radio frequency identification chips and (ii) contactless integrated circuits. [214994]

Mr. Browne: The biometric passport will contain a radio frequency contactless integrated circuit that conforms to ISO 14443 in accordance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) recommendations on biometric travel documents. It will be a close proximity-type chip that can only work within 0–2 cm of a reader.

No decision has yet been made on whether the ID Card will contain a chip capable of being read through a contactless interface. Work is progressing on developing the technical, interoperability, security and business requirements which influence this decision.

Legal Proceedings (Costs)

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average total cost, including all staff, legal, court and other process costs, of securing (a) an antisocial behaviour order, (b) an injunction and (c) an eviction was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [213527]

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Ms Blears [holding answer 7 February 2005]: We do not hold data on the information requested. We hold data on the average cost to the applicant authority of obtaining an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO). The Campbell Review, published in 2002, provides the latest data on the cost of obtaining an ASBO. It quoted an average cost of £4,800 for an ASBO but this figure was based on a small sample of orders in the early period of their introduction and was skewed by one abnormally complicated and unrepresentative expensive application. Practitioners advise that applications usually cost much less than this and that costs decrease with experience of using the orders. New research, due to be published shortly, shows that costs have reduced significantly since the Campbell Review.

Injunctions are civil orders taken out by landlords or local authorities. We do not hold information on the average cost of an injunction or eviction.

Missing Children

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were reported to the police as missing from home in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender. [213766]

Ms Blears: This information is not collated centrally. The Police National Missing Person Bureau (PNMPB) collates data from police forces on missing persons who have been missing for more than 14 days. Statistics are not produced at a national level. A review into the PNMPB is due to report by the end of February 2005 and we will inform ministers of its findings.

People Trafficking

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Albanian nationals Taulant Merdany and Elidon Bregu, sentenced at Sheffield Crown court for the trafficking of women into the United Kingdom for the purposes of prostitution, will be deported from the United Kingdom on the completion of their prison sentences; and if he will make a statement. [208387]

Mr. Browne: In sentencing Taulant Merdany and Elidon Bregu to terms of imprisonment, the judge recommended that they should be deported at the end of their sentences. The Secretary of State will consider whether deportation remains appropriate on completion of those sentences. When deciding whether or not to deport a person on their release from prison, the nature and seriousness of the offence will be among the factors taken into account.

A deportation order will not normally be revoked earlier than three years after its enforcement. However, the length of time that a deportation order should remain in force after removal will depend on the individual case. For those convicted of serious offences this may be 10 years or more.

The offence of trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation is covered by section 57 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and carries a maximum penalty following conviction on indictment of 14 years' imprisonment.
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Police Officers (Lancashire)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future role and strength of special constables in Lancashire. [215465]

Ms Blears: The deployment of special constables within Lancashire is a matter for the Chief Officer.

The recent White Paper, Building Communities, Beating Crime" sets out the Government's vision for continued improvements in policing and the future role of the special constabulary in delivering neighbourhood policing.

Special constables will help to reduce crime and the fear of crime and tackle antisocial behaviour by focusing on intelligence-led, high visibility patrolling and local crime reduction initiatives.

The Government remain committed to increasing the numbers of special constables throughout England and Wales. Accordingly, we have been working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Forces and other stakeholders on a variety of measures aimed at improving specials' recruitment, retention, management and deployment. These include the production of good practice guidance and the provision of Capacity Building Funding of up to £70,000 per Force (second year funding of £70,000 has just been approved for Lancashire) for staff and/or initiatives dedicated to the special constabulary.

Police/Crime Statistics (Durham)

Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in North Durham since their introduction. [214464]

Ms Blears: Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have been available to the courts since 1 April 1999. From commencement, up to 30 June 2004 (latest available), the Home Office has been notified of five ASBOs issued where restrictions have been imposed in
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Chester-le-Street district council area, and 12 where restrictions have been imposed in Derwentside district council area (parts of which make up the North Durham constituency).

Data up to 30 September 2004 will be available shortly.

Prison Service

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the change in capital charges payable by the Prison Service has been following the revaluation of the estate; [208801]

(2) if he will list the prison estate assets and their value (a) before and (b) after the latest revaluation; [208803]

(3) what sum was identified to be rolled over from the 2003–04 financial year's underspend in the Prison Service, as at 1 April 2004. [208804]

Paul Goggins: The total capital charges (that is the cost of capital and depreciation) for Her Majesty's Prison Service are forecast to increase by £39.974 million in 2004–05 compared to the amount actually incurred in 2003–04.

These are detailed in the following table.
£ million
Capital charges2003–042004–05(1)
Other equipment3.4272.579
Working capital-4.0592.495
Total cost of capital charges164.603180.055
Other equipment12.8258.029
Total depreciation118.891143.413
Total capital charges283.494323.468

(1) Forecast

The change in value of the Prison Service assets following the revaluation is set out in the following table:
£ million
LandBuildingsAssets under constructionEquipmentTotal fixed assets
Asset value prior to revaluation as at 31 March 2004793.6653,819.829206.64677.6514,897.791
Revaluation 31 March 2004120.253332.1470.0000.182452.582
Asset value after revaluation as at 1 April 2004913.9184,151.976206.64677.8335,350.373

Further details can be obtained from Note 6 on page 70 of the 2003–04 Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts as laid before Parliament and available in the Library.

The underspends against the budget delegated to Her Majesty's Prison Service for 2003–04 totalled:
£ million

These amounts were available to be carried forward as end-year flexibility in the Home Office departmental settlement.

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