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International Arrest Warrants

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 596W, to questions on international arrest warrants, (1) if he will consult (a) Parliament and (b) parties with an interest in the issuing of arrest warrants in international cases other than the Israeli Government on the issues raised by the case of General Almog; [35234]

(2) what changes to the procedure of dealing with arrest warrants in international cases are under consideration; and whether changes to the issuing of proposed arrest warrants in international cases will be reported to Parliament before a decision is made. [35235]

Andy Burnham: The Government are carefully considering the implications of this case. Procedures for issuing warrants in such cases are governed by section 25(2) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. Any future proposals for amending this legislation would be submitted to Parliament in the usual way and would be open to public scrutiny.

KPMG Review

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to question no. 19871, whether the Government plan to publish (a) the review of the recommendations of the KPMG report and (b) the Government's proposed actions arising therefrom; and when he expects the outcomes to be announced. [23090]

Andy Burnham: The summary of KPMG's report and the Home Office's proposed actions arising from it were both published on the 9 November 2005. As the results of further iterations of the cost estimates are published the Government will make clear where they have acted on the recommendations.

Migrant Workers

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of migrant workers to the UK from the EU's new accession countries are women. [33997]

Mr. McNulty: The accession monitoring report for May 2004—September 2005 sets out the number of citizens from East European member states of the EU who have applied for registration with the worker registration scheme during this period. This report is available on the Home Office website:


Section three of the report, Age and Gender of Registered Workers", shows that during the period May 2004 to September 2005, 43 percent. of the migrants from the new EU member states who applied for registration with the scheme were women.
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This proportion has varied over the period. During the first quarter after accession the proportion of women applying for registration was 47 percent. During the second quarter of 2005 the proportion was 40 percent.

Passport Costs

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of (a) a standard (32 page) passport, (b) a frequent traveller (48 page) passport, (c) a child passport (five years validity) and (d) an emergency passport was in each year since 1980. [33642]

Andy Burnham: Passport fees relating to each year since 1980 are set out in the following table. The fees are those which were appropriate at 1 January each year. An emergency same day service was only introduced from November 2001 and five year child passports were introduced in October 1998, the table below reflects the price of amending a parents passport before 1999. The decrease in frequent traveller costs in 1991 was due to a reduction in book size from 94 pages to 48.

Adult standardAdult same dayAdult frequent travellerChild

Penalty Notices

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued for (a) theft and (b) criminal damage in each month since November 2004; and if he will make a statement. [33598]

Hazel Blears: Offences under section one of the Theft Act 1968, for retail theft under the value of £200 and section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971, for destroying or damaging property under the value of £500 can attract a Penalty Notice for Disorder. Both offences were included into the PND scheme from 1 November 2004. The numbers of penalty notices issued by month are provided in the following table.
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Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for certain offences by month, England and Wales, November 2004 to July 2005(21)

Destroying or damaging property (under £500)
Theft (retail under £200)

(21) Data for 2005 are provisional
RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

Police Reorganisation

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what secondary legislation will need to be passed in order to facilitate the proposed amalgamation of police forces. [32858]

Hazel Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to a question from the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1930W.


Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to increase the number of UK ports which are manned by immigration staff 24 hours a day. [34714]

Mr. McNulty: Immigration coverage of international flight arrivals is based upon a range of factors, including the nature and frequency of traffic and the numbers of passengers requiring leave to enter at each port. There are currently 41 manned ports, of which 16 are staffed 24 hours a day. Other ports are covered on a risk assessed basis. Officers are deployed to unmanned ports to meet specific arrivals where necessary.

The provision of advance passenger information by carriers under the e-Borders programme will increase the Border Agencies' ability to conduct risk assessments and deploy resources in a targeted manner. There are currently no plans to extend the number of UK ports which are manned 24 hours a day. We are however extending the Immigration Service mobile response capacity, based on intelligence, to respond to any new or emerging threats.

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government have in place to record people who leave the UK through (a) UK ports, (b) UK airports and (c) the Channel Tunnel. [34715]

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Mr. McNulty: UK Immigration Service checks at the embarkation control were put in place at key locations as an immediate response to the July attacks in support of the police. Since 15 September the Immigration service has operated intelligence led controls at major ports and this situation will continue in the medium term. In the longer term IND plans to introduce an electronic system of recording travellers in and out of the UK as part of the e-Borders programme.

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