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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if any future use of biometrics for both passports and identity cards will be entirely managed and delivered within the public sector. 
Andy Burnham: It is currently envisaged that the services required to support the delivery of biometrics for the use in both passports and identity cards, will be managed within the public sector and delivered using both public and private sector resources. This approach ensures that the best possible use can be made of external capability, while retaining critical decision making and strategically important functions within the public sector. Any developments in the future will support this principle and will ensure that the public sector retains control of all key decision making in regard to the use of biometrics and all decisions about enrolments using biometrics.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on community policing in Romford; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of ward policing in London. 
Hazel Blears: The Government are committed to every area in England and Wales benefiting from dedicated, visible, accessible and responsive neighbourhood policing teams by 2008. Within London, the roll-out of safer neighbourhoods teams are a decision for the commissioner of the Metropolitan police. There are currently eight teams in the London borough of Havering, and the commissioner plans that all areas of London will benefit by April 2007.
The Home Office has commissioned an evaluation of the impact of the National Reassurance Policing programme which includes four wards in the Metropolitan Police Service, in Bexley, Enfield, Kensington and Chelsea and Merton. This study will assess the impact of police activity on public feelings of safety and security, community engagement and confidence in the police, and will be published in the early part of 2006. The MPS are conducting their own internal assessment of the Safer Neighbourhoods programme for operational purposes, which includes a public attitudes survey.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have (a) resulted in and (b) not resulted in court action in (i) Romford and (ii) Havering since they were introduced. 
Hazel Blears: As set out in the Home Office Strategic Plan 200408 (Cm 6287) the target for 200405 was £60 million, with more in future years. In 200506 we aim to exceed last year's performance where £84.4 million of criminal proceeds was recovered.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of cases have been considered for more than two years before a decision has been reached under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority advises that in 200304 (the first year in which any case could satisfy this criterion) the percentage was 2.5 per cent. In 200405 it was 4.5 per cent.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocols the Government have in place to ensure that cross-border co-operation between police forces is effective; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: There are currently protocols for forces to collaborate to deal with cross border crime. The Closing the Gap report identified that some of these arrangements were not as effective as they could or should be. These issues are currently being progressed as part of the Review of the Structure of Police Forces.
Mr. Charles Clarke: In 200405, as part of the interior art strategy for the new Home Office at 2 Marsham Street, £17,260 was spent on art. The exterior art strategy for 2 Marsham Street was paid for by the developer Annes Gate Property plc. Art provided to Ministers' offices are loaned by the Government Art Collection at no cost to my Department.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms certificate applications were processed by each police force in England and Wales in each of the last three years for which records are available. 
|Police force area||2001||2002||200203||200304|
|Avon and Somerset||1,692||1,689||1,430||633|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,845||2,823||2,452||954|
|London, City of||5||9||7||5|
|England and Wales||42,194||42,299||38,761||17,071|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria are used in assessing whether military police should participate in policing civilian areas and events; 
Hazel Blears: I am advised by Cheshire police that operation yellow card does not involve military personnel. Operational policing is the responsibility of the chief police officer in the area concerned. Military assistance can be sought in exceptional circumstances in accordance with arrangements that include the need to seek approval of the relevant Ministers in the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence. In such circumstances, military personnel provide support to and work under the control of the chief police officer. This remains the case even in circumstances where military personnel are deployed in support of the police.
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