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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what types of machinery and
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equipment are used by immigration officials to detect illegal immigrants at the (a) Hull, (b) Dover, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Southampton ports of entry; and how many hours per day on average each was used in the last period for which figures are available. 
CO2 Probes, manual passenger vehicle checks, use of body detection dogs (operated by the Immigration Service), Heartbeat detectors, Passive Millimetric Wave Imagers (PMMWI) (operated by the Calais Chamber of Commerce)
In addition to these checks the Mobile Freight Search Team operates at all UK seaports and at juxtaposed locations and is deployed on a risk assessed, intelligence led basis. The team uses a gamma ray scanner, CO2 probes and body detection dogs.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected at the (a) Hull, (b) Dover, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Southampton ports of entry in the last six months for which figures are available. 
From 1 December 2004 to 22 May 2005 3,268 persons were prevented from boarding by port authorities checks and 2,590 were detected by the Immigration Service at juxtaposed locations serving Dover from 1 December to 31 May 2005. 2,560 were reported by carriers as the number of persons off-loaded at ports with services to Portsmouth in the same period.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been fined under the offence of using a hand held mobile phone while driving; how many people have contested the fines; and what revenue has been raised through fines, broken down by (a) month and (b) police authority region. 
Available information on the number of fixed penalty notices and court fines ordered to be paid for the new offence (introduced as from 1 December 2003) of driving while using a hand held mobile telephone is given in the table. Statistics are not collected centrally on appeals against court fines by type of offence. Information on revenue raised through fines is also not available centrally but data are given in the
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table on the amount of fines imposed by the courts and on the estimated revenue from fixed penalties. Fixed penalty notice data are submitted to the Home Office on a calendar year basis from police forces and as such it is not possible for a month by month break down.
|Number of offences|
|Type of action|
|Court proceedings(32)||Fixed penalties|
|Total findings of guilt||Amount of fines (£)||Number of tickets(33)||Estimated revenue (£)(34)|
|Avon and Somerset|||||||||
|Devon and Cornwall||||||345||10,350|
|London, City of||||||45||1,350|
|England and Wales||1||30||1,888||56,640|
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent per capita from central Government funds on policing in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) Humberside and (c) England in each of the last five years. 
Information on spend for policing in the East Riding of Yorkshire is not held centrally. The distribution of resources within a force area is a matter for the chief constable and the police authority.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports were prepared by probation officers for people convicted of any offence in each year since 2000 in (a) Essex and (b) England; and how many of those reports were challenged and subsequently found to be unreasonable. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The number of pre-sentence reports and specific sentence reports (now replaced by the Fast Delivery PSR) written by probation officers in the Essex probation area and in all probation areas in England in each year since 2000 is given in the following table. Information on the number of reports which were challenged and subsequently found to be unreasonable is not collected centrally.
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