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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment how many passports were stolen in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by police force area; and how many of those passports were subsequently used fraudulently. 
The figures for 2002 and 2003 are collated from applications for replacement passports, and therefore may not accurately reflect all passports that were lost or stolen in those years. The figures for 2004 have been collated from new arrangements that more accurately reflect the numbers of passports reported to the UK Passport Service (UKPS) as lost or stolen. The reporting process does not discriminate between passports reported as lost and those reported as stolen. It is not possible to break down these totals by police force area, and UKPS do not have figures on the subsequent use of such passports in fraudulent activities.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took the emergency services to reach each of the underground trains attacked on 7 July; and how long it took to reach the bus that was attacked. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The following table is drawn from information provided by the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. The times given are those at which the control room was first notified and when the first crews were officially recorded as arriving at the locations to which they were mobilised. This may not have been the trains themselves as a number were deep underground. As three of the scenes were at stations, British Transport Police Officers were often already on the scene. Additionally many police officers who were near the scenes self deployed to assist.
| Metropolitan/City of London Police|| London Ambulance Service||London Fire Brigade|
|Aldgate Tube Station||08.51||08.59||08.51||09.03||08.56||09.00|
|Edgware Road Tube Station||09.08||09.22||09.02||09.09||08.58||09.04|
|Kings Cross/Russell Square Tube Station||08.56||09.07||09.04||09.14||09.02||09.07|
|Tavistock Square Bus||09.47||(59)||09.48||09.58||09.47||(60)09.54|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office uses a standard timber procurement contract clause when tendering for construction and refurbishment projects. This stipulates that timber used in those projects must be from legal and sustainable sources.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the arrangements at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, with particular reference to children being held there. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of benefit fraud in (A) Essex, (B) Southend and (C) England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available; 
(2) how many (a) males and (b) females pleaded guilty to benefit fraud in each area in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available; 
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(3) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 17 to 24, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 31 to 35, (iv) 36 to 40 and (v) over 40 years were (1) charged and (2) convicted of benefit fraud in each of the last five years for which figures are available; 
(4) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 17 to 24, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 31 to 35, (iv) 36 to 40 and (v) over 40 years pleaded guilty to benefit fraud in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
|April to March||DWP||Local authorities|
Mr. Plaskitt: We have firm targets to reduce fraud and error overpayments in income support and jobseeker's allowance for working age people by 33 per cent. by March 2004, and by 50 per cent. by March 2006.
By September 2004, we had reduced fraud and error in income support and jobseeker's allowance by 41 per cent. to 6.1 per cent. compared with the 1998 baseline figure of 10.4 per cent. achieving the first stage of the target. At the same time, we had reduced the level of fraud in working age income support and jobseeker's allowance by more than half.
This shows we are getting results in preventing, detecting and deterring fraud. We have improved data matching to catch people who work and claim and other tools in our armoury, such as the National Benefit Fraud Hotline mean we are clamping down on fraudsters.
The Targeting Fraud campaign has helped to increase public awareness of the problem of fraud and is currently targeting fraudsters and potential fraudsters directly, with messages of deterrence and detection, warning them that 'We're on to you'.
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Our efforts in the future will focus on further development of our effective criminal investigation structure for fraud and strong controls on the day-to-day processing of benefit claims to stop fraud before it starts.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Child Support Agency's internal audit recommended that risk mitigation plans be (a) kept up to date and (b) actioned timeously. 
Mr. Plaskitt: DWP internal audit has only made the recommendation once in the last three years. The recommendation was business unit specific and not applicable to the whole agency. Following the review and implementation of the business unit action plan the recommendation was cleared.
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