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All expenditure incurred in the purchase and postage of the official Christmas card was made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office has no central policy for consulting citizens' juries on departmental policy and therefore this information is not stored in one place. To check practice over the last five years with every policy area would incur a disproportionate cost.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were committed (a) in Romford, (b) in Havering and (c) by illegal immigrants in (i) Romford and (ii) Havering in each of the last five years. 
Hazel Blears: It is not possible to identify violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants from the recorded crime statistics. The available data are at basic command unit (BCD) level and are provided for the London borough of Havering only in the following table.
|Violence against the person||2,787||3,225||3,901||3,922||4,191|
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the items valued at over £100 that have been reported as stolen from Home Office buildings in the past 12 months. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office (including the Immigration and Nationality Department) has no staff residing in Castle Point. However, Her Majesty's Prison Service has thirty staff living in the area (rounded to the nearest ten staff).
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to reclassify methamphetamine as a class A drug pending further report of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: I asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to keep the classification of methylamphetamine under close review when accepting its recommendation, in November 2005, that it should remain a class B drug. I will await the Council's further advice, which I requested within 12 months, before making any further decisions on classification.
Paul Goggins: The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recently reviewed the classification of Methylamphetamine under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act and published its report in November 2005. I accepted its recommendations that it should remain classified as a class B drug, but I have asked the Council to keep the matter under close review and report back to me within 12 months.
The waiting time, provided by the Plymouth drug action team, for access to residential drug treatment for drug users accessing rehabilitation is three weeks. Waiting time data is not collected for patients in terms of an addiction to a specific drug.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which body is responsible for ensuring standards in forensic science laboratories; and if he will make a statement on its work. 
Andy Burnham: There is currently no national body responsible for the setting of national standards for forensic science laboratories. However, forensic science organisations can be accredited to the international standards for general testing of laboratory processes, such as ISO 9001: 17025. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the body available to the government for assessment and verification audits against these standards.
UKAS is a commercial non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, and operates under a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Trade and Industry. UKAS employ 130 technical professionals and contract the services of an additional 260 external assessors and technical experts as required. UKAS have an explicit duty to act in the public interest.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of possession of (a) a Class A drug, (b) a Class B drug and (c) a Class C drug in each of the last five years; and what percentage received a custodial sentence in each case. 
Hazel Blears: The number of people who have been convicted for possession of class A, B and C drugs in the last five years is shown in the table. The table includes the percentage of people given a custodial sentence for the possession offences.
|Type of offence||2004(21)||Percentage of custodial sentences||2003||Percentage of custodial Sentences||2002||Percentage of custodial sentences|
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|Offences under Drugs Acts:||2001||Percentage of custodial sentences||2000||Percentage of custodial sentences|
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of possession of (a) a Class A, (b) a Class B and (c) a Class C drug with intent to supply in each of the last five years; and what percentage received a custodial sentence in each case. 
Hazel Blears: The number of people who have been convicted for possession with intent to supply a class A, B and C drugs in the last five years is shown in the table. The table includes the percentage of people given a custodial sentence for the possession offences.
|Class||2004||Percent receiving custodial sentences||2003||Percentage of custodial sentences||2002||Percentage of custodial sentences|
|Class||2001||Percentage of custodial sentences||2000||Percentage of custodial sentences|
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of police time spent on drug-related crime in the last period for which figures are available. 
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