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Deepcut Barracks

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Devon and Cornwall police Report into the Surrey police's investigation into the deaths of four recruits at the Deepcut Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002. [25731]

Hazel Blears [holding answer 10 November 2005]: Devon and Cornwall police have completed their review of Surrey police's investigation into the deaths of the soldiers at Deepcut Barracks. This was submitted to Surrey police on 31 August 2005. The report is a Surrey police document which is not normally subject to publication as they have a duty of care to other interested parties who may be named in the report with regards to sensitive or protected information. However, they have advised us that they intend to provide the
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families of the deceased soldiers with as much information as possible. They have written to each of the families informing them that they have received the report and explaining the next stage of the process.


Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were deported from the United Kingdom between 1 January and 2 November, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) destination. [26436]

Andy Burnham: The Home Office produces quarterly bulletins on the number of asylum seekers removed from the UK, broken down by nationality. The latest available figures cover the second quarter of 2005. Figures for the third quarter of 2005 will be published on
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22 November. Information on the destination of asylum removals for the first six months of 2005 is given in the following table.

Statistics on the number of non-asylum cases removed from the UK are published annually. Figures for 2005 will be published in the summer of 2006. The published statistics are available on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics website:

Removals and voluntary departuresl of principal asylum applicants, by destination: January to June 2005(19)(5508340020)

DestinationPersons removed
Czech Republic5
Serbia and Montenegro640
Other Former USSR70
Other Former Yugo50
Europe Other1,060
Europe Total2,685
Americas Other75
Americas Total380
Middle East
Middle East Other65
Middle East Total465
Dem. Rep. Congo15
Ivory Coast5
Sierra Leone20
Africa Other190
Africa Total1,175
Sri Lanka190
Asia Other130
Asia Total1,335
Other, and nationality not known50
Grand total6,095

(18) Includes persons departing "voluntarily" after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme run by the International Organisation for Migration, and removals on safe third country grounds.
(19) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5 with * = 1 or 2. Data may not sum due to rounding.
(20) Provisional figures.

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Passport Service

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the bidders that have been shortlisted for the UK Passport Service Abl tender; and when a decision on the successful bidder is expected. [26067]

Andy Burnham: For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible, at this time, to disclose those bidders shortlisted under the Authentication by Interview estates procurement. It is anticipated that preferred bidder status will be announced late November 2005.

Police Helicopters

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used by the Metropolitan police in deciding whether to order the launch of a police helicopter; and if he will make a statement. [21991]

Hazel Blears: Each launch of a police helicopter in the Metropolitan police area will fall within the criteria set out and is subject to due consideration being given to the environmental impact of each flight:

Road Safety

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic police officers there were in each year between 1990 and 2005; and if he will make a statement. [25190]

Hazel Blears [holding answer 7 November 2005]: Data are provided in the table. Figures are only available from 2003 onwards.
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Police officers whose main function is Traffic(21), 2003 to 2005

Total for England and WalesFull-time equivalent(22)
As at 31 March:

(21) Staff with multiple responsibilities (designations) are recorded under their 'primary' role or function.
(22) Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

Speed Limits

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics his Department collects on the number of police officers deployed to stop motorists who exceed speed limits. [24933]

Hazel Blears: The Home Office collects statistics on the main function of police officers. Staff with multiple responsibilities are recorded under their primary role or function.

There is a 'traffic—operational' function which includes all police officers who are predominantly employed on motor cycles or patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. This does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties. As at 31 March 2005 there were 6,428 (full-time equivalents) police officers recorded under the 'traffic—operational' function.

West Mercia Constabulary

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the performance of West Mercia constabulary. [22107]

Hazel Blears: The Police Performance Assessments published by the Home Office and Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary on 27 October show that in 2004–05 West Mercia police achieved a very positive assessment of its performance across the range of its core policing activity.

West Mercia police received the following assessment. All delivery grades are either good or excellent and most direction grades are improved—there are no deteriorated grades.

In particular, the force showed strong performance for the excellent and improved gradings in investigating crime—notably for its overall detection rate and offences brought to justice performance; and for its performance in resource use—notably in the areas of leadership and performance management.
Performance AreaDeliveryDirection
Reducing crimeGoodImproved
Investigating crimeExcellentImproved
Promoting safetyGoodStable
Providing assistanceGoodStable
Citizen focusGoodImproved
Resource useExcellentImproved
Local policingGoodImproved

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