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Northamptonshire Police

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the change in the performance of Northamptonshire police in detection of burglaries between March and October 2004; [219788]

(2) whether the detection rate of Northamptonshire police for burglaries in October 2004 was about 60 per cent. below the average for its group of police forces; [219789]

(3) whether the detection rate of Northamptonshire police for criminal damage in October 2004 was below the average for its group of police forces. [219790]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Northern Ireland Memorial Fund

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied by the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund when assessing applications from victims of the Troubles; how many applications the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund has received from these victims; and how many of these have failed to meet those criteria. [212367]

Mr. Browne: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Opinion Polls

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what issues his Department has conducted opinion polling in the last three years. [201710]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Home Office undertakes a wide range of research activities that support the development of information led policy, including surveys of public perception and focus groups of the public that consider Home Office issues and its related areas of responsibility.

The Department conducts or commissions such work only when it is justified by the specific needs of a particular policy or programme and when this is the most economical, efficient and effective way to achieve the purpose. Consulting and involving the public helps inform both policy formulation and the delivery of better quality public services.

Areas where opinion polls (as opposed to other forms of market and opinion research) have been conducted in the last three years are:


 
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Parliamentary Questions

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the delay in replying to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock (a) references 203582 and 203583, tabled on 6 December, (b) reference 204996, tabled on 14 December and (c) reference 204071 and 204164, tabled on 7 December; and if he will make a statement. [207586]

Mr. Browne [holding answer 10 January 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Worcester (Mr. Foster) of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 747W, if he will estimate (a) the number of staff hours required to answer the question and (b) the total cost of answering it. [220338]

Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 4 March 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question reference 213124 from the hon. Member for St. Ives. [222118]

Fiona Mactaggart: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question reference (a) 213518 and (b) 213519 tabled on 31 January. [222406]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Passports

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent applications there have been for passports in each year since 1997. [223193]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Figures for the number of fraudulent passport applications detected by the UK Passport Service in each year since 1997 are shown in the table.
Number
19971,880
19981,368
19991,596
20001,484
20012,419
20021,973
20031,571
20041,880

 
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Pay Television Subscriptions

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year. [207662]

Fiona Mactaggart: The information is as follows:
Number of subscriptionsCosts ex-VAT (£)
2004–055320,610
2003–043818,273
2002–033713,858
2001–02(48)14,606
2000–01(48)(48)
1999–2000(48)12,798
1998–99(48)7,295
1997–98(48)(48)


(48)No record.


These exclude the parliamentary channel and palace annunciator. These figures are for the old Home Office in 50 Queen Anne's Gate. Arrangements for 2 Marsham Street are still to be finalised.

Police

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the (a) distribution to and (b) printing and compiling of documents for police officers in each year since 1997, broken down by document. [203519]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received, and from whom, for additions to the ring-fenced grants in the Bedfordshire Police Authority's budget for the years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; and if he will make a statement. [213518]

Ms Blears [holding answer 3 February 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Government ring-fenced grants were included in the budget of the Bedfordshire Police Authority in each year between 1996–97 and 2004–05. [213519]

Ms Blears [holding answer 3 February 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of a police officer the Government uses. [214293]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.
 
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted of crimes in each year since 1997 in (i) England, (ii) Essex and (iii)Southend. [224916]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have taken early retirement in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last five years. [224917]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the extent of racist attitudes within the police service. [218613]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards reaching the target of 7 per cent. ethnic minority police officers by 2009; and what measures are (a) in place and (b) planned to reach the target. [218614]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in the Metropolitan police force hold (a) advanced police driving licences and (b) patrol car licences. [223810]

Ms Blears [holding answer 24 March 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in the (a) Kent police force and (b) England hold (i) advanced police driving licences and (ii) patrol car licences. [223811]

Ms Blears [holding answer 23 March 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many job vacancies there are in Essex police division; when he expects them to be filled; and if he will make a statement. [222297]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average age of police officers was in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997; [222470]

(2) what the average length of service of police officers was in each year since 1997 in (a) Southend and (b) Essex. [222475]

Ms Blears: Information on the average age of police officers or the average length of service of police officers in Southend and Essex since 1997 has not been collected by the Home Office.
 
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police working days were lost due to (a) sickness, (b) bereavement and (c) attending court hearings in Essex in each year since 1997. [220583]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been employed in Hampshire in each of the past 10years. [224728]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason his Department is closing the Crime Reduction Unit at Hawkshill, Easingwold in the Vale of York; and what the reason is for the timing of the closure. [221145]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce random drug tests for police officers. [218276]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) community support officers and (c) police support staff were employed in North Yorkshire on the latest date for which figures are available. [222291]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) the average cost in England and Wales of recruiting a police officer and (b) the average establishment cost of a police officer in post, including salary, benefits and overheads were in 2003–04. [223057]

Ms Blears [holding answer 21 March 2005]: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours constitute a normal working week for police officers, broken down by rank. [224258]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been available for duty in (a) Lancashire, (b) each police division in Lancashire and (c) each Lancashire constituency in each year for which records are available. [215464]

Ms Blears: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.
 
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