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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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
Mr. Byrne: Figures have only been collected by Basic Command Unit since March 2002. The London borough of Bexley Operational Command Unit had
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. 
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 Majestys 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.
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 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. 
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).
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. 
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. 
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. 
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
funding of £612,000 grant and £588,000 supplementary credit approval to support the purchase.
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. 
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|
|Number of operations in which firearms were authorised|
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