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Official Cars

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2412W, on official cars, if he will name the three former Ministers to whom he referred. [70318]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 12 May 2006]: No. From time to time former Ministers are provided with cars as part of protection measures necessary as a result of the Government positions that they previously held. Where these measures are taken on security grounds, it would not be appropriate to disclose the identity of the former Ministers.


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Operation Pentameter

David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many separate investigations have been carried out in Cumbria under Operation Pentameter; and how many individuals of Eastern European origin have been found during the operation. [71268]

Mr. Coaker: Cumbria police have visited three premises as part of the operation. So far no individuals of Eastern European origin have been found.

Passports

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of adults in Bexley borough who do not have a passport. [71317]

Joan Ryan: The Identity and Passport Service collects address information at the time of applying for a passport. The adult passport has a 10-year validity period during which time the holder may move residence a number of times. As such, we cannot reliably identify the number of passport holders within any given area.

Penal Policy

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs to public funds of re-offending by criminals after release from prison in each of the last five years. [59310]

Mr. Sutcliffe: This information is not routinely collected.

Information on the estimated costs of offences against individuals and households for 2003-04 and 2000 are published in Home Office Online Report 30/05, “The Economic and Social Costs of Crime Against Individuals and Households 2003/04”. A wider range of offences is considered in Home Office Research Study 217, “The Economic and Social Costs of Crime” (for 2000). Estimates have not been calculated for other years.

Information is routinely published on prisoners reconvicted within two years of discharge from prison and the principal offence on first reconviction. This is published in Table 11.2 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin number 17/05, “Offender Management and Caseload Statistics 2004”. The latest year for which estimates have been published relates to prisoners discharged in 2001.

Police

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Bexley in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005. [70808]

Mr. Byrne: Figures have only been collected by Basic Command Unit since March 2002. The London borough of Bexley Operational Command Unit had
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316 police officers in March 2002 and 383 in March 2005. This is an increase of 21 per cent. (67 officers) over the period.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of the police complaints authority annual report 2003-04 were distributed by his Department; if he will list those who were sent copies; at what cost; how many copies were printed; at what cost; who was awarded the contract to undertake the printing; how (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords and (c) members of the public may obtain a copy; at what cost; when he expects the 2004-05 edition of the independent police complaints commission annual report to be published; and if he will make a statement. [70871]

Mr. Byrne: A total of 640 copies of the police complaints authority's (PCA) annual report 2003-04 were distributed to police authorities and police forces, former PCA members and current IPCC commissioners, statutory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Centrex and other interested organisations and individuals including Liberty, INQUEST and academics in the field of police oversight.

The cost of printing and publication were borne by the stationery office (TSO) which aims to recover it from sales revenue. The contract was awarded by TSO after competitive tendering. The approximate cost for distribution was £4,214.

The cost per copy is £14.75.

Hon. Members may obtain copies from the vote offices in the House of Commons.

Members of the House of Lords may obtain copies from the printed paper office in the House of Lords.

Members of the public may obtain copies from TSO's bookshops in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham and from TSO agents in the principal cities. Copies can also be ordered by telephone or mail order from TSO or by internet from TSO's online bookshop (www.tso.co.uk/bookshop). Orders will also be processed by booksellers and via Amazon.

The PCA annual report 2003-04 is also available on the IPCC website at http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/pca_a_r03-04.pdf.

The IPCC annual report 2004-05 was published on23 November 2005. Both the report and a summary leaflet are available on the IPCC's website at: http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/index/resources/evidence_ reports/corp_reports-plans.htm.

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used in deciding to deploy (a) armed response units and (b) specialist firearms officers; and if he will make a statement. [71599]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 16 May 2006]: The use of firearms by police officers is governed by Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidelines. These guidelines can be found on the ACPO website (www.acpo.police.uk).


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Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times (a) armed response units and (b) specialist firearms officers have been deployed in Bedfordshire in each year since 1997, broken down by police division; and if he will make a statement. [71600]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 May 2006]: This information is not collected centrally.

Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average length of time was taken by the police professional standards department to conduct an internal inquiry into the conduct of a police officer in the last period for which figures are available. [71632]

Mr. Byrne: Statistical information on the average length of time taken by police professional standards departments to conduct internal inquiries is not held centrally.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purposes police helicopters are used; when police in Essex have purchased a helicopter in the last five years; at what cost in each case; and if he will make a statement. [71964]

Mr. Byrne: The principle use of police helicopters is to support police officers on the ground. The main reasons for deployment are searching for missing persons, locating people absconding from crime scenes, vehicle crime, supporting firearms and terrorist operations, evidential photographing and videoing, and crowd control.

Essex police purchased a helicopter in June 2003 at a cost of £3.1 million. The Home Office provided
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funding of £612,000 grant and £588,000 supplementary credit approval to support the purchase.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces are below strength; by how many persons; and if he will make a statement. [71965]

Mr. Byrne: Information on vacancy levels in police forces is not collected. It is for chief officers of police in consultation with their police authorities to determine the work force mix that is employed to deliver policing.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions firearms were issued to policemen in each of the police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last seven years for which information is available; and on how many occasions they were used. [71966]

Mr. Byrne: The number of operations in which firearms were issued since 1996-97 for each force in England and Wales is shown in the table. The number of incidents when the police opened fire using conventional firearms is also shown in the following table.

Number of incidents where conventional firearms were used
Incidents

1996-97

5

1997-98

3

1998-99

5

1999-2000

7

2000-01

9

2001-02

11

2002-03

10

2003-04

4

2004-05

5



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Number of operations in which firearms were authorised
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05

Total

12,379

11,842

10,928

10,915

11,109

13,991

14,827

16,657

15,981

Avon and Somerset

312

139

88

90

65

195

262

311

333

Bedfordshire

345

323

260

190

294

237

301

442

475

Cambridgeshire

54

96

43

75

71

114

57

104

241

Cheshire

288

216

299

386

545

419

451

397

358

Cleveland

1,026

103

35

76

28

37

170

453

530

City of London

308

307

147

125

3

40

131

364

404

Cumbria

72

68

52

24

30

71

77

72

152

Derbyshire

109

147

176

178

167

275

401

369

287

Devon and Cornwall

160

133

61

65

151

101

96

112

71

Dorset

36

54

69

79

174

184

193

231

223

Durham

131

103

114

114

40

89

83

156

144

Essex

331

505

590

497

435

323

312

275

296

Gloucestershire

41

51

52

52

48

165

185

127

176

Greater Manchester

214

165

160

224

357

580

518

507

461

Hampshire

245

217

129

103

114

198

162

208

237

Hertfordshire

96

82

75

73

86

112

172

195

185

Humberside

291

472

317

193

158

297

187

183

206

Kent

236

423

92

85

83

115

137

207

163

Lancashire

333

338

616

267

242

232

238

318

241

Leicestershire

155

89

109

222

217

300

268

295

260

Lincolnshire

58

52

57

155

336

477

392

386

294

Merseyside

671

675

484

489

825

1020

628

751

733

Metropolitan

2,439

2,578

2,742

2,862

1,862

2,447

3,199

3,563

2,964

Norfolk

166

128

185

239

226

175

200

178

195

Northamptonshire

64

77

51

57

58

43

138

148

158

Northumbria

1,360

823

683

465

708

1,440

1,275

1,140

977

North Yorkshire

65

102

69

612

72

92

100

147

185

Nottinghamshire

84

306

266

255

233

384

452

459

408

South Yorkshire

155

302

135

237

127

258

463

484

546

Staffordshire

257

240

209

174

203

232

281

255

216

Suffolk

180

193

174

165

176

163

270

251

153

Surrey

133

87

60

143

221

245

247

203

151

Sussex

235

330

123

185

353

248

204

280

187

Thames Valley

215

227

158

110

153

179

167

195

289

Warwickshire

97

152

291

194

233

130

149

164

124

West Mercia

106

132

130

110

36

117

91

197

162

West Midlands

270

227

305

362

485

822

902

1,377

1264

West Yorkshire

617

630

662

813

822

757

604

575

853

Wiltshire

26

26

24

19

66

45

58

63

88

Dyfed Powys

17

27

38

37

18

28

29

28

51

Gwent

89

86

64

39

30

20

37

40

81

North Wales

233

310

386

371

195

302

259

197

223

South Wales

59

101

148

255

363

283

281

250

236



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