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Ministers have no power to change the procedures for applications for, or granting of, charitable status. Those procedures are administrative matters for the Charity Commission as the independent registrar and regulator of charities.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how many of those had received finalised contracts for 2006-07 by 31 March. 
Mr. Byrne: Funding for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations may come from various parts of the Home Office itself or from money which the Home Office has provided for other bodies to buy services on its behalf.
The Department is, however, moving towards multi-year funding relationships with the VCS. The recently announced strategic grants to representative parts of the VCS now cover a three to five-year period and involve over £5 million. Our grant funding of the charities Crime Concern and Crimestoppers now also provides three-year strategic partnership agreements which total nearly £5.3 million over three years. The recent National Offender Management Service programme of grant funding for VCS organisations totalling nearly £900,000 provided up to three-year grants where they were requested. Of the grants awarded six organisations received them for three
years, five for two years and two for one year. The provision of drug treatments by Drug Action Team partnerships is funded through the Home Office and we have issued guidance to them advocating a minimum period of two years for contracts and preferably longer.
Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 31 January 2006 on behalf of Jeffrey Tichaendepi Zungunde (Home Office reference Z10635301). 
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for compensation were received by the Criminal Records Bureau in each year since the office was set up; and how many were successful; 
Joan Ryan: The CRB operates a Redress Scheme which was implemented in September 2002. The following table provides a breakdown of the number of claims made, the number of awards made for maladministration and the sum of redress awarded in each year to December 2005.
|Number of disclosures issued||Number of claims||Number of awards||Total redress paid (£)|
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the Criminal Records Bureau has dealt with since its inception; how many errors have been made in identification in that period; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ryan: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has issued 8.9 million Disclosures since its launch in March 2002 to 31 March 2006. In that time, there have been 2,273 occasions where Disclosure applicant details were matched by the CRB to a person with the same or very similar details who has a criminal record and, where the details had been challenged by the applicant, their dispute was subsequently upheld.
These cases are clearly regrettable, but represent a very small proportion of cases0.025 per cent. of the total number of Disclosures issued. The CRB is acutely aware of the human consequences of making an incorrect matching decision and does not do so lightly.
However, the CRB must err on the side of caution when an individual has the same or very similar personal details to those of someone who has a criminal record. This is because it is better to be safe than run the risk of letting an inappropriate person through.
The CRB will always apologise if the original matching decision is later found to be incorrect. In the event of a dispute the CRB notifies the prospective employer who would be aware of the CRB's Code of Practice that asks them not to take any precipitative action and defer any employment decision until the dispute is resolved. When a Disclosure is disputed the CRB will inform all parties that this is the case, including the employer. Where the information contained in the Disclosure is found not to relate to the applicant, a fresh Disclosure will be issued free of charge to both the applicant and the Registered Body. 90 per cent. of disputes are resolved within 21 days.
A public consultation exercise was conducted in October 2003 about making greater use of fingerprinting at an earlier stage in the application process and to aid the matching and decision-making procedures. The overwhelming response was not in favour of such a measure.
It is worth noting that under the previous police checking arrangements, individuals were not able to see the criminal records information disclosed about them. The information would have been passed only to the prospective employer and not to the job applicant and the prospective employer would have had no obligation to pass on the contents of the information to the individual.
In order to identify how many applicants reside in Wales and received an incorrect assessment, the CRB would need to perform a manual trawl, at disproportionate cost, of each application to ascertain whether the postcode falls within Wales. Furthermore, this may not provide a conclusive figure as applicants may live on the borders of England and Wales.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) leases and (ii) leased in (A) 1979, (B) 1983, (C) 1987, (D) 1992 and (E) 1997 in (1) the Southend, West constituency, (2) Essex, (3) Hertfordshire and (4) the Metropolitan Police area of London. 
Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6YH
Stansted Airport, Bassingbourn Road, Stansted, Essex CM24 1RW
Enterprise House, Stansted Airport, Essex CM24 1QW
Harwick International Port, Harwich, Essex CO12 4SX
Southern Lodge, Tilbury, Essex RM12
Unit 6, Woodbrook Crescent, Billericay, Essex CM12 0EQ
9a Reeds Farm, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3SB
4th Floor, Ashby House, Brook Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PP
Unit 9, Reunion House, 35 Jackson Road, Clacton, Essex CO15 1JA
Unit G2 and G3, Jarmin Road, Colchester, Essex CO1 1XW
23 St. Peters Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1HL
3rd Floor, Market House, Stone Cross, Harlow, Essex CM20 1AA
49 Braintree Road, Witham, Essex CM8 2DD
11 Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3DB
North Park House, The Precinct, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7HY
Mid Herts Centre, 62-72 Victoria Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3XH
16-22 Kings Street, Watford, Hertfordshire WDl 8BP
Graham House, Yeomans Court, 2 Block A Ware Road, Hertfordshire SG13 7HJ
88 Clapham High Road, London SW9 0JT
Floors 1, 2 and 3,34 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8LW
Hope House, 32-34 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8LW
34-36 Englefield Road, Hackney, London N1 4EZ
377-383 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9RD
121A Church Walk, Hackney, London N16 8QW
1-5 Dorset Close, London, NW1 5AN
71 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2BN
Autophone House, 73 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2BN
Harpenden House, 248-250 Norwood Road, London SW27 9AZ
474-480 Holloway Road, London N7 6HT
143 Nottinghill Gate, London W11 3LE
1 Reed House, 2-4 Rectory Road, London N16 7QS
Riverside House, Beresford Street, London SE18 6DH
401 St. Johns Street, London EC1 4QE
208 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 5JH
79 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QE
Units 4 and 5 Mitre House, 223-227 Great Dover Street, London SE1 1JD
175-177 Seymour Place, London W1H 4PL
Ellison House, 370 Albany Road, London SE5 0AJ
Lancaster House, Leeland Road, Ealing, London W13 9HH.
The Old Court House, Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6SA
Rosslyn Crescent, Harrow, London HA1 2SR
Banklabs House, 41a Cross Lances Road, Hounslow, London TW3 2AD
71 Lordship Lane, London, N17 6RS
90 Lansdowne Road, London N17 9XX
Unit 5, Atlas Business Centre, Oxgate Lane, London NW2 7HJ
Harrow Magistrates Court, Rosslyn Crescent, Middlesex HA1 2SD
15 Belton Road, Forest Gate, London E7 9PF
Norwich Place, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7ND
Crosby House, 9-13 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 1LT
1 London Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 1BY
111 Chertsey Crescent, New Addington, Surrey CR0 0DH
Room 203,2 Barclay Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3NE
Church House, 1A Old Palace Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1AX
51 Wandle Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1DF
16 High Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KTl 4DB
45 High Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KTl 1LQ
Newton House, 1 Commonside West, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4HA
103 Westmead Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4JD
296a Kingston Road, London SW20 8LX
Colnbrook Bypass, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 0FX
Harmondsworth, Longford, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 0HB
Queens Building, Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport, Middlesex TW6 1EN
Grenadier House, 99-105 HorseferryRoad, London SW1P 2DX
84-85 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6PD
Allington Towers, Allington Road, Victoria, London SW1
10 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE
AMP House, Dingwall Road, Croydon CR20 2LX
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 1, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 1BN
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 1ND
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 1ND
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 3XB
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