|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) number of actions, (b) number of settlements, (c) number of court cases and (d) the costs of each settlement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 4 April 2005]: Information on the total number of deportation orders made between 1997 and 2000 is shown in table 1. From 2001 this information is not available. Deportations are a specific subset of removals alongside persons subject to administrative removal or removal due to illegal entry action.
|Deportation orders made(28)|
A breakdown of those subject to deportation orders by country of origin is also not available; however table 2 shows a broad-nationality breakdown of persons removed as a result of deportation action from 1997 to 1999. Data from 2000 onwards are unavailable due to data quality issues.
|Europe (including EEA)||350||355||355|
Information on the number of people deported from the UK in 2004 will be available from August on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people subject to deportation orders in each year since 1997 were successfully deported by the authorities. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 4 April 2005]: Information on the proportion of people subject to deportation orders who were successfully deported is not available, as persons who received deportation orders in a period are not necessarily deported in the same period. Data on the number of persons removed from the United Kingdom as a result of deportation action are shown in table 1.
|Principal asylum applicants(37)||460||350||140||145||85||100|||
Information on the number of people deported from the UK in 2004 will be available from August on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics web site at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html
(5) what discussions his Department has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers regarding the documentation and written recording of police interviews with complainants and other significant witnesses in historical sex abuse cases; and what the outcome was of those discussions; 
(7) if he will make a statement on the advice provided by the Association of Chief Police Officers Investigative Interviewing Group to police forces on statement validity analysis techniques for use in historical sex abuse investigations; 
Ms Blears: The Government's Response to the Home Affairs Committee's Report published in April 2003 indicated that the Senior Investigations Handbook already included guidance that the Senior Investigating Officer in any individual case should always record, as a matter of routine, justification for using the dip sampling or investigation method for making initial approaches to former residents of care homes. This serves as a guide and is not mandatory therefore neither the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) nor Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) would make a routine assessment as to compliance therein.
The Association of Chief Police Officers has established a multi-agency working group to review the SIO Handbook which was produced in 2002, the group includes officials form the Home Office. That review group has cognisance of all recommendations made by the Committee and in particular on-going concerns raised by my hon. Friend and will ensure amendments
7 Apr 2005 : Column 1796W
in line with police investigative policy. This will include adding further safeguards to the initial approach for evidence as considered by the group similarly for recordkeeping. I understand that the Chair of that group has now invited my hon. Friend to present her concerns to the group in person.
The Home Department is not aware of the Gudjohnsson, SCAN or any other statement validity assessment tools for use in cases involving historical child abuse. The work of the ACPO SIO Manual review group is still in progress: it has not issued any guidance on the use of such tools in investigating complex cases of historical child abuse.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places there were in each detention centre in each year since 1997; and what occupation rates were in each centre. 
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|