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Child Trafficking

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child trafficking victims were deported after being taken into custody by the authorities in the last period for which figures are available. [75976]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not centrally recorded and therefore not available, however the Government would not normally consider a person for deportation in his or her own right if he or she is under 16 years of age.

Where a child is thought to have been a victim of trafficking, referrals to the police and local authority children's services are made. In the case of a child who has been trafficked and who is neither a UK nor European Union citizen, the immigration and nationality directorate will determine what action it will take by taking into account what is in the best interests of the child.

Consultants

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the companies which were paid consultancy fees by his Department in 2005-06; how much each was paid; and what each of the companies was used to accomplish. [69701]

Mr. Byrne: The definition of consultancy was revised by Office of Government Commerce (OGC) during 2005-06. Consultancy now falls under the wider category of professional services which covers the following areas: general management and business, legal, human resources, IT property and financial. Consultancy services cover one or more of advice, design and development, and implementation where the assignment is time limited or ad hoc, and is in addition to business as usual activity.

We do not currently hold a central record of overall consultancy expenditure; however, the total fees paid in respect of management consultancy in 2005-06 were £19,500,297 in respect of the core Home Office and £8,959,716 for the agencies. To provide details of expenditure against a list of companies and what each of the companies was used to accomplish would incur disproportionate cost.

Correspondence

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the immigration and nationality directorate will reply to the letter of 18 January from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, on behalf of Andrew Russell, of Park Lane, Birmingham (Home Office Reference R1050090, correspondence ref. B1755/5). [29145]

Mr. Byrne: The immigration and nationality directorate wrote to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on 6 April 2005.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will answer the letter of 8 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. S. Khan; [77587]


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(2) when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 8 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. S. Khan. [88197]

Mr. Byrne: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 27 July 2006.

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's fax of 5 May regarding Ali Baker Zerar. [80374]

Mr. Byrne: Officials advise me that they have been unable to trace the fax sent from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's office on 5 May. However, they are in contact with the hon. Member's office to take this matter forward.

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sunderland, South of 4 April regarding Mr. Joseph Dede Omanga (HO 01066013). [82974]

Mr. Byrne: The then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Andy Burnham) wrote separately to my hon. Friend regarding Mr. Joseph Dede Omanga on 27 April 2006. It is expected that a substantive response to these representations will be provided by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate within the next few weeks.

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 10 April 2006 (acknowledgement reference B9696/6) and 24 May 2006 on behalf of Mulukjan Begum (Home Office reference M1273553). [83365]

Mr. Byrne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the hon. Member for Ladywood on 6 July 2006.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter dated 6 June 2006, from the hon. Member for Peterborough, concerning the immigration status of Wakil Sahebzadeh; and if he will make a statement. [84940]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 July 2006]: I wrote to the hon. Member on 14 July.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 22 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Emmanuel Yawe Dzisi. [88195]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary wrote to the hon. Member on 2 August 2006.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 5 July 2006, on behalf
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of his constituent Mrs. Martha Patricia Vargas, of St. George's Road, Cheltenham (Home Office reference V2037814) regarding the refusal of her application for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. [88250]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 24 July 2006]: The IND replied to the hon. Member for Cheltenham on 29 August 2006.

Crime (Non-UK Citizens)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the proportion of crime in England which is committed by non-UK citizens; and if he will make a statement. [73421]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in Denbighshire. [86983]

Mr. Byrne: I understand that the Denbighshire Partnership has helped to achieve notable reductions in crime but some further reductions are required if they are to achieve the current levels of performance being achieved by partnerships with similar challenges elsewhere in England and Wales.

Data Protection Act

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Data Protection Act Section 10 notices he has received in each year since 1998. [86866]

John Reid: The Home Office does not, and is not required to keep central statistics on the number of Data Protection Act Section 10 Notices received. The receipt of such a notice is a very infrequent occurrence. The department is aware of having received two such notices since 1998. One was received in 2002 and one other last year.

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocol his Department follows when it receives a formal Data Protection Act Section 10 Notice to Correct Erroneous Data; and if he will make a statement. [86867]

John Reid: Section 10 of the Data Protection Act gives data subjects the right to prevent the processing of personal data which are causing, or are likely to cause, substantial damage or distress to them or another person where that processing is or would be unwarranted. Section 14 of the Data Protection Act provides data subjects with rights in relation to the correction of inaccurate personal data. The Home Office does not currently have, and is not required to have, a formal written protocol for either circumstance. The Home Office is committed to meeting its legal
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obligations in relation to both, however. With regards to the correction of inaccurate personal data, when an error is highlighted all necessary steps are taken to correct that error and, where necessary, remedy any underlying faults that caused the mistake.

Departmental Data

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2006, Official Report, column 1423W, to the right hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) on departmental data, with which other (a) Departments and (b) public sector organisations his Department shares data. [88932]

Mr. Byrne: In addition to sharing data within the constituent parts of the Department, the Home Office shares information, in accordance with relevant legislative provisions, with the following Government Departments and public sector organisations:

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by his Department in each year since May 1997. [39101]

Mr. Byrne: The information held by the Home Office on its spend on consultants is given in the following table:


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Spend on consultants(£)

1997-98

7,627,016

1998-99

4,588,445

1999-2000

10,302,672

2000-01

27,877,286

2001-02

21,147,058

2002-03

Not held

2003-04

106,800,000

2004-05

46,900,000


We do not hold information on the Department's total expenditure on consultants for 2002-03 and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Total expenditure figures on consultants by non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), executive agencies, independent statutory body organisations and bodies financially sponsored by the Department for the period in question is not held centrally. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

The definition of consultancy covers investigating problems, providing analysis or advice, or assisting with the development of new systems, new structures or new capabilities within the organisation.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his practice is regarding meeting, discussing and taking into account the views and opinions of (a) private individuals and (b) representatives of organisations when drawing up and framing legislation to be introduced by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [81312]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Secretary and his Ministerial team hold a wide range of meetings involving an extensive number of organisations and individuals throughout the year. These meetings allow them to consider various perspectives and the differing interests of stakeholders when formulating Home Office Policy and where necessary, the legislation needed to implement it.

The Home Office more widely, when developing policy or drawing up legislation, regularly undertakes informal consultation with those directly affected or involved. We routinely undertake formal written public consultations which are listed on our website and reported in our annual report. In conducting such consultations, the Home Office follows the guidance laid down in the Code of Practice on Consultation issued by Cabinet Office. The published results of the consultation include a summary of the responses both from individuals and from representative organisations. Wherever possible, the summary will also include the next steps in policy development and reasons for any decisions taken.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Deposited Papers placed in the Library by his Department since 2000; and when they were published. [81321]


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Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held in one central unit and therefore it is impossible to collate without incurring disproportionate costs.

Departmental Staff

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid to his Department from the Access to Work Scheme for adjustments for disabled staff in the last year for which figures are available; from what budget he plans to meet the costs of reasonable adjustments for disabled staff following withdrawal of Access to Work funding for central Government Departments; and if he will make a statement. [89009]

Mr. Byrne: The following table shows the last available figures for the Access to Work Scheme.

Consideration is being given to how reasonable adjustments should be funded once the Access to Work funding is withdrawn for central Government Departments.

£
2005-06 2004-05

Core Home Office

1903.35

Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND)(1)

n/a

42,437.18

HM Prison Service(2)

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available. (1) Figures are no longer available for IND as the purchase of such equipment has been devolved to individual units and no central record is kept. (2) Purchase of equipment was devolved to individual prison establishments five years ago; therefore no central record is kept.

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