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E-Borders Project

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the e-Borders project has been to date; and what the total projected cost is. [30802]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The most recent estimates are that e-Borders programme will cost £1,098 million (at present day values) over the period to 2019.

To date the programme has incurred expenditure of £7.8 million resource and £14.9 million capital which is mainly made up of costs for pilot projects such as Project Semaphore and Project Iris.

Environmental Sustainability

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there was in water consumption by his Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005. [16189]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The following table shows the changes in annual water consumption from 2002. The departmental water consumption data for key Home Office (non-agency) buildings for 2004–05 is not yet available. The figures relate to key office buildings on the non-prison Home Office estate.
Water consumption in m(50)
Home Office(48)HM Prison ServiceTotal

Consumption in m(50) per person

Home Office(48)HM Prison Service

n/a = not available.
(48) The figures relate to key buildings only.

Equality and Diversity

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, how much was allocated to race equality grants in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [28294]

Paul Goggins: Figures for each of the 10 years 1996–97 to 2005–06 are provided in the table. The figures include all grants paid direct by the Home Office, and those paid by the Commission for Racial Equality which is funded by he Home Office. They are additional to those given in the answer of 3 November 2005.
Home Office expenditure on race equality grants

£ million

(49) 2005–06 data are estimated expenditure.

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European Foreign Ministers Meeting

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of policing the European Foreign Ministers conference at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport; and what financial contribution his Department made. [26335]

Hazel Blears: I understand from the chief constable of Gwent police that the total projected costs for policing the conference are £3.6 million. This includes total additional policing costs of £3.2 million as well as other consequential policing costs. Gwent police have submitted an application for special police grant as a contribution to the additional costs incurred of policing the conference. This is currently under consideration.


Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the summary of the responses to the May 2004 Controls on Firearms review will be published. [26635]

Hazel Blears: We received around 4,500 submissions in response to the consultation and they have all been read and analysed. A summary will be published in due course but we are concentrating at present on the steps needed to protect public safety as included in the Violent Crime Reduction Bill.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents involving firearms occurred in the Essex police force area in each of the last five years. [31395]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is given in the tables.
Table 1 : Offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) recorded by Essex police, 1999–2000 to 2001–02

Number of offences

(50) Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard in advance of national implementation.

Table 2 : Offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) recorded by Essex police, 2002–03 and 2003–04

Number of offences

(51) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures before and after this date are not directly comparable.

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Fox Hunting

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fox hunts have been prevented from taking place since the Hunting Act 2004 was enacted. [20824]

Hazel Blears: The Hunting Act 2004 makes the use of dogs to hunt wild mammals illegal, subject to some tightly drawn exemptions. It does not prevent hunts from meeting and carrying out legal equestrian or hunting activities, such as hound exercise, pest control or trail hunting. Current information suggests that hunts are seeking to adapt to the requirements of the Act.

Futurebuilders Funding

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of Futurebuilders funding was spent on consultants in the last year for which figures are available; [24034]

(2) how many community and voluntary groups have applied for (a) loans and (b) grants from Futurebuilders; and how many have been successful in each category. [24035]

Paul Goggins: Details of Futurebuilders England Ltd's expenditure on consultants are given in the following table:'
Table 1: Futurebuilders England's expenditure on consultants

Proportion of total fund (percentage)
Consultants to Futurebuilders England Ltd.0.1
Consultants engaged by Futurebuilders England Ltd. to assist applicant organisations.0.12

Applications to Futurebuilders England Ltd. are for Futurebuilders investments. Decisions as to the form the investment should take, whether loan, grant or a combination, are made subsequently by Futurebuilders England Ltd., in consultation with the applicant organisation. Details of the number of applications made and the investments offered to date are given in the following table:
Table 2: Applications to Futurebuilders England Ltd. for Futurebuilders investments

Application 'window one', July to September 2004Application 'window two', June to September 2005
Number of applications630485
Number of full investments agreed48(52)
Number of development grants agreed42(52)
Total number of investments to date90(52)

(52) Figures not yet available.

Home Detention

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to expand the Home Detention Curfew Scheme. [30807]

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Fiona Mactaggart: The Home Detention Curfew Scheme is kept under careful review but at present no decisions have been taken to expand the scheme.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders on home detention curfew have committed (a) a sexual offence and (b) an act of violence against the person while still on the scheme in each year since 1999. [29370]

Fiona Mactaggart: Since the start of the Home Detention Curfew scheme in January 1999 to 31 October 2005, 18 sexual offences and 833 offences against the person have been notified to the Home Office as committed by persons on HDC. These figures include those convicted, cautioned or awaiting prosecution. During the same period, 119,405 offenders have been released on the scheme.

The information is not recorded centrally in the format requested and to provide it would incur disproportionate costs.

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