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Identity Databases

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in each ethnic group who will be registered on the national DNA database by January 2007. [42908]

Andy Burnham: The Home Office estimates are based on financial years, running April to March. The estimated numbers of people from England and Wales in each ethnic appearance group recorded on the National DNA Database by April 2007 are shown in the following table.

Estimate at April 2007
Ethnic appearance Number

Afro-Caribbean

257,099

Arab

36,728

Asian

183,642

Dark skinned European

55,093

Oriental

22,037

White skinned European

3,008,063

Other

110,185


Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers of the immigration and nationality directorate are stationed permanently at the port of Holyhead. [88324]

Mr. Byrne: As all ferry services to Holyhead are from the Republic of Ireland (within the common travel area), no officers are based permanently there.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources have been recently allocated to the immigration and nationality directorate security and anti-corruption unit's data mining capability; and when those resources were allocated. [73707]

John Reid: We do not comment on operational security issues.

Immigration Officers

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessments are undertaken at point of entry to the UK to check the performance of (a) assistant immigration officers, (b) immigration officers and (c) chief immigration officers; and if he will make a statement. [91274]


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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 September 2006]: Managers within the Immigration Service are required to complete performance and development reviews in conjunction with members of their team (including chief immigration officers, immigration officers and assistant immigration officers) in order to assess their competencies and performance. Jobholders are given the opportunity to comment on assessment of their performance and the process is completed by the countersigning manager or head of unit.

Immigration Removal Centres

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walthamstow, of 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1423W, on immigration removal centres, what the average cost was, including overheads, of holding a (a) man and (b) woman at an immigration removal centre for one week in 2005-06. [88183]

Mr. Byrne: The average estimated cost of holding a person in immigration removal centres, including overheads, for one week in 2005-06 was £1,230. It is not possible to distinguish costs between male, female and family detainees. Overheads include the costs of escorting, Immigration Nationality Directorate (IND) Detention Services staff and an allocation of IND and central Home Office overheads.

This average cost calculation excludes the three centres operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS), as those HMPS/National Offender Management Service overheads which are not relevant to removal centres are not readily discernible.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was including overheads, of transporting (a) a man and (b) a woman between immigration removal centres. [88232]

Mr. Byrne: The information is not held in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Immigration Report 2004

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1841W, on the Review of Resourcing and Management of Immigration Final Report 2004, which of the 20 recommendations he considers to be no longer relevant. [91273]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 September 2006]: The report, “The Review of Resourcing and Management of Immigration Enforcement”, made 20 recommendations.

19 of the 20 recommendations have been actioned and one (no further change projects or reviews for at least one year) is no longer considered relevant.

Immigration Stamps

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what processes are undertaken when transferring long-held immigration stamps. [91135]


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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 September 2006]: Individuals who request the transfer of long-held immigration stamps need to complete a form and pay a fee of £160 for a postal application or £500 for a same day premium service. In certain limited circumstances no fee is payable. Checks for previous grants of leave, proof of identity and any further inquiries are then made.

Provided all criteria are met, IND will place a No Time Limit or Transfer of Conditions stamp into the individual’s new passport.

Information Technology

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last five years have been abandoned; and what the value was in each case. [88987]

Mr. Byrne: In the last five years there has been only one IT contract abandoned by the Home Department. This was cancelled in 2006 and was a contract for an Electronic Document Records Management (EDRM) system. The value of this contract was £32 000.

Inmate Information System

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fields of data are stored in the Inmate Information System (IIS); for what reason information on deportation order recommendations were not stored in the IIS; and if he will ensure that such information is stored in the IIS in the future. [69867]

Mr. Byrne: The Inmate Information System (IIS) records a large number of fields covering personal, offence and sentence details and disciplinary adjudications. It can identify a prisoner as a deportee but only when they are not also serving a custodial sentence. When IIS was introduced, the numbers of foreign national prisoners recommended for deportation were relatively small. IIS is to be replaced by the C-NOMIS system from 2007 and this will record recommendations for deportation.

Lebanese Nationals

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Lebanese nationals are residing in the United Kingdom under tourist visas; and what provisions are in place for their future stay if their visas run out while hostilities in Lebanon continue. [90600]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 September 2006]: The available, provisional, information is that in the first six months of 2006 around 7,000 Lebanese nationals entered the United Kingdom as visitors. The maximum permissible stay for a visitor is six months.

During the conflict, provision was made for Lebanese nationals to apply to remain on human rights grounds and none were forcibly removed. Those who wish to remain on humanitarian grounds despite the ceasefire of 2 August are still free to apply.


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Licensing Act

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding was made available to police forces specifically to tackle binge drinking and alcohol misuse at the time the Licensing Act 2003 came into force; what the timescale was for such funding; and what the take-up was by each police force, including the Metropolitan Police. [51183]

Ms Blears: During the period from November to January a total of £2.6 million was made available to police forces and Trading Standards Authorities to tackle alcohol binge drinking and alcohol misuse. The breakdown for the individual forces is in the following table:


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Force Funding allocated( 1) by PSU (£)

Avon and Somerset

62,000

Bedfordshire

30,000

British Transport Police

30,000

Cambridgeshire

30,000

Cumbria

9,000

Cheshire

23,000

Cleveland

20,000

Derbyshire

19,000

Devon and Cornwall

33,000

Dorset

9,000

Durham

13,000

Dyfed-Powys

19,000

Essex

42,000

Gloucestershire

20,000

Greater Manchester

210,000

Gwent

30,000

Hampshire

51,000

Hertfordshire

30,000

Humberside

55,000

Kent

41,000

Lancashire

60,000

Leicestershire

40,000

Lincolnshire

23,000

Merseyside

105,000

Metropolitan Police Service

428,000

Norfolk

9,000

North Wales

23,000

North Yorkshire

16,000

Northamptonshire

34,000

Northumbria

62,000

Nottinghamshire

72,000

South Wales

123,000

South Yorkshire

36,000

Staffordshire

33,000

Suffolk

18,000

Surrey

12,000

Sussex

40,000

Thames Valley

43,000

Warwickshire

13,000

West Mercia

15,000

West Midlands

189,000

West Yorkshire

94,000

Wiltshire

6,000

City of London

6,000

Total

(2)2,269,000

(1 )Amount actually paid will depend on satisfactory data returns, etc. (2 )In addition to this, £350,000 was allocated to Trading Standards Authorities by PSU, making a total of £2,619,000.

The funding was allocated for activity between 14 November and 8 January.

Methylamphetamine

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the misuse of methylamphetamine. [49293]

Paul Goggins: The Government primarily takes their advice on controlled drugs from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

The key evidence commissioned and considered by the Government on Methylamphetamine is the ACMD Methylamphetamine Report published in November 2005 and is available at www.drugs.gov.uk via the ACMD web-pages.

We have not specifically commissioned any other work, although we do take a close interest in other reports that are published.


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