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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to decide the application by Shahid Hussain lodged in May 2004 for variation for leave to remain in the UK, reference LR1581008817. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to decide the application of Robima Kouser, reference LK1600016626, for variation of leave to remain in the UK, lodged in May 2006. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the application of Nabila Bi Hussain (reference no. H110722T) lodged in May for indefinite leave to remain in the UK to be determined. 
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average cost of an appeal by an individual who pleaded guilty to murder and received a life sentence and then appealed against the sentence. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list grants made to organisations in the Hampshire constabulary's area to promote rehabilitation of offenders in each of the last three years. 
The number of cases processed by the Parole Board each month for the period January 2005 to October 2005 is set out in the following table. The Parole Board does not have a backlog.
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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the financial impact on policing in Brent of the Government's decision to pass costs from the security operations following the July bombings onto the Metropolitan Police. 
Hazel Blears: We have made very clear that we would help the Metropolitan Police Authority with additional policing costs arising from the July bombings but that we would also expect the authority to contribute towards the costs. We made an initial payment of £10 million in October and in the light of costs incurred have now increased that to £30 million.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the (a) chief constable and (b) police authority in Hertfordshire about structural re-organisation. 
Hazel Blears: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary wrote to all chief officers and chairs of police authorities in England and Wales on 22 September to set out his views on the development of options for force restructuring and to ask for proposals to be submitted to him by 23 December. Discussions with individual forces and authorities are ongoing at an official level.
Final reports from forces and authorities are expected by 23 December. However, ultimately it will be a matter for the police authorities to determine which options are included in their final submissions.
Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors he took into account when limiting police forces in the West Midlands to two options for merger; and for what reasons West Mercia constabulary may not pursue other options. 
The options submitted to the Home Office at the end of October by all forces and authorities in the West Midlands were assessed according to the design criteria in my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary's letter of 22 September. The options were also assessed in accordance with the overall position in the West Midlands region and the need to produce a credible landscape nationally. On this basis I provided
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the steer that the West Midlands regional force option and the two strategic force option were the most viable options for the region and should be progressed further. Feedback was provided to forces and authorities in the West Midlands region on the 9 November that the west midlands regional option and the two strategic force option (West Midlands police force/Warwickshire police force : Staffordshire police force/West Mercia police force) were the most suitable for progression based on the evidence submitted at that stage.
Hazel Blears: No. As England and Wales share a common criminal justice system and the new policing landscape has to be consistent with that, implementation of any police restructuring in Wales will be undertaken to the same timetable as that for England. We will continue to work closely with our Welsh parliamentary colleagues and our colleagues at the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure the particular needs of Wales are taken fully into account throughout.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether prisoners on the basic level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme are entitled to a one-hour visit every two weeks; 
Fiona Mactaggart: Convicted prisoners on the basic level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme should normally receive two visits, each for a minimum of one hour, every four weeks. Unconvicted prisoners on the scheme have more generous allowances. Statistics on take up and length of visits are not collected.
Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the police and prosecutors' publication of a leaflet to combat confusion about current legislation on the use of reasonable force in protecting persons and their property. 
300,000 of the leaflets were printed earlier this year, and distributed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). A further 500,000 have recently been printed and are being distributed through local Criminal Justice Boards and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships. In addition, the leaflet is available through the CPS and ACPO websites, with links on other websites including the Home Office website. Early informal feedback has been largely encouraging and the number of copies sought has been welcome.
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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for driving without due care and attention (a) in England, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) the Kettering constituency in each year since 1997. 
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