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Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department's handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent
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written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to identify the nationality of those prisoners whose nationality is not currently recorded; [73529]

(2) what the standard procedure is for identifying the nationality of offenders when they are (a) arrested, (b) sentenced and (c) admitted to prison; and if he will make a statement. [73530]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 23 May 2006, on Prisoners: Foreign Nationals, how many of the (a) serious and (b) most serious offenders are held in a custodial setting; and what the term ‘under our control’ means. [74643]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals (a) are serving and (b) have completed in each of the past five years, prison sentences in Hampshire for (i) murder, (ii) manslaughter, (iii) grievous bodily harm, (iv) rape and (v) sexual offences against children; and how many of those released in each category were deported after release. [68483]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national
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prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prison in Suffolk in the last five years. [69818]

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which prison each foreign prisoner released but not deported was last held. [69915]

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners are being held in each prison in Greater London. [70068]

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals sought for deportation by his Department were released from (a) Cardiff, (b) Bridgend and (c) Swansea prisons during the period 2004 to 2006. [74551]

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are held in prisons in West Sussex; and how many of these are liable for deportation on release. [74991]

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without consideration for deportation are now under police control; and if he will make a statement. [77122]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Foreign Travel

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on foreign travel by his Department in each of the last eight years. [76062]

Mr. Byrne: I am advised that the figures for overseas travel for Home Office civil servants since 1998 are as provided in the following table.

The rise in expenditure reflects increased activity in football disorder spending, increased spending due to world cup preparations and banning order operations (CRCSG); increase in overseas travel of Juxtaposed Controls officers and Air Line Liaison officers (IND).

Juxtaposed Controls were set up as part of the strategy to reduce asylum intake and became fully operational from September 2004. The Controls are based at the Channel Tunnel, the French Seaports of Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne and the Eurostar terminals at Brussels, Paris, Lille and Frethun. The Juxtaposed Controls counter and deter illegal migration, focusing equally on preventing clandestine illegal entrants and fraudulent use of documents.


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Juxtaposed Controls in Calais provide a significant layer of security, increasing pressure on facilitators and racketeers who profit from attempting to smuggle people through to the UK. Facilitators are handed to the French Border Control law Enforcement Agency PAF, and appear in court soon after.

Overseas (£)

1998

885,401

1999

1,433,681

2000

1,383,602

2001

2,070,148

2002

2,350,067

2003

4,447,233

2004

5,845,214

2005

7,187,896


Forensic Science Service

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what dividends were paid by the Forensic Science Service to Government in each of the past five years. [80326]

Joan Ryan: The dividends paid by the Forensic Science Service to the Government in each of the past five years are set out in the following table:

Dividends paid £000

Period to 4 December 2005

3,834

Year end 31 March 2005

1,438

Year end 31 March 2004

1,438

Year end 31 March 2003

1,438

Year end 31 March 2002

1,438


Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force in Wales has spent on fees to the Forensic Science Service in each of the past five years. [80418]

Joan Ryan: The Forensic Science Service (FSS) is no longer an Executive agency of the Home Office but is now a limited company, wholly owned by the Home Office. As such, it is a commercial organisation operating in a competitive environment. The information requested concerning the income generated from individual police forces could have adverse commercial consequences for the FSS if released and could serve to benefit private forensic science service providers who compete for business against the FSS, but who are not subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the same way. I am therefore unable to provide a detailed answer. However, it is open to the hon. Member to take up her inquiry direct with the chief executive of the FSS who, I am sure, will be prepared to provide as much information as is consistent with the principles of commercial confidentiality.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the income received by the Forensic Science Service came from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [80419]

Joan Ryan: The percentage of the income received by the Forensic Science Service, which came from police
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forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years, is displayed in the following table:

Forensic Science Service percentage income: police forces
Percentage

Period to 4 December 2005

90.9

Year end 31 March 2005

90.1

Year end 31 March 2004

91.6

Year end 31 March 2003

92.8

Year end 31 March 2002

91.1


Gibraltar

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Gibraltar residents have taken up residence in the UK in each of the last seven years. [56835]

Mr. Byrne: We do not collect data on Gibraltar residents who take up residence in the UK.

Knife Amnesty

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives have been handed in during the amnesty in (a) Kingston and Surbiton constituency, (b) South West London and (c) London. [80965]

Mr. Coaker: Figures for the number of items handed in during the first week of the knife amnesty were published on 16 June 2006. These figures are collected at police force level. The Metropolitan Police reported that 772 items had been surrendered in the first week of the knife amnesty. The total number of items handed in England and Wales was 17,715.

National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the investigation of organised
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wildlife crime of the decision not to include the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit within the new Serious Organised Crime Agency. [80768]

Mr. Coaker: During the creation of SOCA, discussions took place with stakeholders about the best arrangements for the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU). It was agreed this particular issue would be led by the police with other agencies working with them.

Research Budget

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the Department’s budget was spent on researching new technologies in the last period for which figures are available. [76811]

Joan Ryan: For the latest Government-wide figures on the percentage of Government expenditure researching new technologies, I refer to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick) on 21 June 2006 showing R and D expenditure broken down by department for 2003-04. The Home Office figure in that table did not separately identify or estimate the research expenditure on new technologies from the Government services category. Overall the table shows the Home Office spent 0.64 per cent. of its budget on R and D work in 2003-04.

Further breakdowns on planned expenditure on Science and Technology, in the Home Office and its agencies are set out in our latest Science and Innovation strategy 2005-08 available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/science-strategy. pdf?view=Binary


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Analysis of net Government R & D expenditure by primary purpose and department: 2003-04
Primary purpose A( 1) : General support (£ million) As percentage of total department budget Primary purpose B( 2) : Government services (£ million) As percentage of total department budget Primary purpose C( 3) : Policy support (£ million) As percentage of total department budget

Civil departments

DEFRA

16.9

0.33

6.0

0.12

128.8

2.52

DfES

17.0

3.23

33.8

6.42

ODPM

0.3

0.01

3.2

0.07

26.9

0.61

DfT

0.1

0.00

10.6

0.16

41.0

0.61

DH (includes NHS)

2.8

0.00

557.6

0.95

31.4

0.05

DWP (formerly DSS)

12.1

0.01

6.4

0.01

HSC

14.1

7.24

HO

42.2

0.56

5.7

0.08

DCMS (formerly DNH)

6.2

0.22

0.8

0.03

7.4

0.26

DFID (formerly ODA)

214.9

5.49

0.0

0.00

DTI

(ex OST)

15.7

0.39

NI departments

1.6

0.01

19.1

0.16

SE (formerly SO)

17.5

0.13

52.2

0.38

20.5

0.15

NAW (formerly WO)

4.5

0.07

18.1

0.28

8.5

0.13

FSA

n/a

Other departments

1.3

0.00

13.3

0.04

11.4

0.04

Total

49.7

0.03

949.5

0.55

370.8

0.23

MOD

2,676.6

8.92

Total

3,597.5

1.58

3,733.9

1.64

421.6

0.19


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