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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have
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been against people found doing graffiti in each of the last five years in (a) Essex and (b) Southend. 
Paul Goggins: It is not possible to distinguish offences of graffiti from other types of criminal damage in the Home Office figures for court proceedings as the circumstances of individual offences are not collected centrally.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) the Metropolitan police, (b) the UK Atomic Energy Authority constabulary and (c) the British Transport police in each year since 1994; and what projections there are for numbers of officers in the force in future years. 
Ms Blears: Information on police numbers in the Metropolitan Police Service is set out in the table. Police officer numbers for the UK Atomic Energy Authority constabulary (UKAEAC) and the British Transport police (BTP) has been provided by my right hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Secretary of State for Transport.
|As at 31 March||Metropolitan police||British Transport police||UK Atomic Energy Authority constabulary|
|2004 (31 August)|
Following boundary changes on 1 April 2000 with Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey, the Metropolitan police district was reduced in size and some resources were transferred to the other three forces. Metropolitan Police Service strength data prior to April 2000 is therefore not comparable with later information.
The Home Secretary has not set projections of police strength for future years for England and Wales, or for individual forces. I understand that neither the Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry and Transport have set targets for police strength for the UKAEAC or the BTP. The number of police officers in any force is a matter for the Chief Officer of Police and the Police Authority, subject to the available budget provision.
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Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of revenue from speed cameras was in the area policed by the Lancashire Constabulary in the last year for which figures are available. 
Ms Blears: Information on the total revenue from offences detected by speed camera is not collected centrally, but an estimate can be made from the number of fines and fixed penalties and is given in the table for 2002 (latest available).
|Fixed penalties||Court proceedings(27)|
|Number of tickets(28)||Estimated revenue (£)(29)||Number of fines||Total amount of fine(£)||Average fine (£)|
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the impact of the proposals to increase visa charges on the number of international students studying in the UK. 
Following on from the Home Office consultation document 'Review of Charges for Immigration Applications', I am introducing new fees
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for a range of immigration applications. On 7 February I published a summary and analysis of the consultation responses, the supporting Regulatory Impact Assessments and an analysis of the likely impact of the new charges on international student numbers. These documents are available on the Home Office website at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk.
International students bring significant economic and social benefits to the UK. In recognition of this, students seeking to vary or extend their conditions of stay in the UK will be charged a reduced fee for postal applications. Our analysis, which is set out in the published Regulatory Impact Assessment, indicates that at the level proposed, the postal charges were unlikely to have a significant impact on the UK's ability to attract and retain international students. However, in order to ensure that remaining to study in the UK remains a competitive option, we have decided that charges should be at a lower rate of £250 for the standard postal service. The higher, premium fee is an optional service which students can take advantage of if they so choose.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications made in the UK prior to 1 August 2003 remain to be dealt with; how many personnel are dealing with the applications; and when he expects the applications to be processed and a decision made. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected expenditure of his Department for advertising and publicity is for the year 200405, broken down by campaign; and what the projected total expenditure on advertising and publicity is for the following three years. 
|200405 campaign||Advertising expenditure||Total publicity expenditure|
|Future pensioners/Informed Choice||||854,400|
|State Second Pension||||84,200|
|State Pension Deferral||200,000||300,000|
|The Pension Service||||559,000|
|Direct Payment Information Campaign||8,808,000||9,500,000|
|Direct Payment roadshow||||3,000,000|
|Jobcentre Plus employer marketing||443,000||1,300,000|
|Jobcentre Plus Awareness||||275,740|
|Council Tax Benefit||661,640||850,000|
|Winter Fuel Payments||514,910||815,000|
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