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It is for local agencies to decide on the most appropriate intervention to tackle ASB swiftly and effectively based on their knowledge of what works best locally. We do encourage agencies like CSPs to
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adopt a tiered approach with a blend of measures to provide a proportionate response. Tools such as warning letters, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and injunctions should generally be used before reaching for an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO). It also requires a twin track approach based on the principles of both enforcement and support. The key aims of any intervention are to:

Section 115 of the Crime and Disorder Act (CDA) 1998 also provides partnerships with the ability to share information with partner agencies. Tackling crime, ASB and misuse of drugs depends upon robust information exchange between all the agencies involved in a CSP. Provisions in the Police and Justice Bill currently before parliament will amend Section 115 of the CDA 1998 so that the current power to share will become a duty to share.

When fireworks are misused or a person acts in an antisocial manner during Halloween or Guy Fawkes, like any time of the year we are determined that their behaviour is challenged and we have provided the tools and powers to ensure this happens. As well as the standard ASB tools and powers the Fireworks Regulation 2004, made under the Fireworks Act 2003 induced a comprehensive package of measures to restrict the supply, use and possession of fireworks.

In preparation for this year’s period during September the Respect Task Force published guidance for police, local authorities and other practitioners setting out the current range of tools and powers to tackle firework misuse. This was accompanied by a series of workshops during the Respect Academies also held in September and early October.

It is not possible to show the number of ASB complaints made to South Wales Police during the Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night period in 2005 because the data is not collected centrally.

A table giving the number of ASBOs issued at all courts, by criminal justice system (cjs) area, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, up to 30 September 2005 (latest available), can be found on the Crime Reduction website at www.crimereduction.gov.uk. The South Wales cjs area is coterminous with the South Wales police force area. The table is further broken down into local government authority areas in which prohibitions are imposed within orders.

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has completed his evaluation of the operation of Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004; and when he expects to publish the results of the evaluation. [93304]

Mr. Byrne: The evaluation of the section nine pilot is still ongoing. It is expected the outcome will be published before the end of the year.


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Asylum Seekers

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were required to report to (a) police stations and (b) Home Office reporting centres on 30 April. [75774]

Mr. Byrne: IND has a network of 11 reporting centres throughout the United Kingdom where asylum seekers and other persons granted temporary admission are required to report on a regular basis. In areas without dedicated reporting facilities asylum seekers may be required to report to police stations.

On the 30 April 2006 264 failed asylum seekers were required to report to reporting centres and 87 to police stations.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign women joining spouses in the UK have sought indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of domestic violence in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [83846]

Mr. Byrne: The number of applications for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of domestic violence from foreign women in the last three years is as follows:

Number

2003

327

2004

649

2005

851

Between January 1 and 30 June 2006

438


This information has not been quality assured and is not a national statistic. It should be treated as provisional management information and may be subject to change.

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines granting leave to remain to those seeking asylum in the UK he has issued which should be taken account of in decisions taken of the length of time taken to process an application. [84413]

Mr. Byrne: The Asylum Policy Instruction 'Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights' states that delay in determining an application will be taken into account when removal is considered. Delay will be set alongside other factors, such as family ties, and will rarely determine the outcome in itself. Other provisions take into account the overall length of a person's stay in the UK.

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many substantive asylum applications were decided within two months in each of the last five years. [88535]

Mr. Byrne: Please see the following table which shows information on the timeliness of initial decisions, published by financial year to correspond with the public service agreement target.


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Information on the timeliness of asylum cases is published in the quarterly asylum statistics on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

Percentage of new substantive asylum applications having an initial decision reached and served within two months( 1, 2, 3)
Target( 4) Actual

2001-02

60

61

2002-03

65

75

2003-04

75

81

2004-05

75

80

2005-06

75

76

(1 )Excludes withdrawals and 3rd country cases, which may be the responsibility of other EU member states under the Dublin Convention.
(2 )"Two months" is defined as 61 days.
(3 )Excludes asylum applications lodged by Iraqis between 1 February and 31 May 2003.
(4 )Details of government targets relating to the proportion of decisions served within two months are provided in the 2000 Spending Review Public Service Agreements White Paper available from: http://www.treasury.gov.uk/.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in support for unaccompanied young asylum seekers after their 18th birthday by each local authority in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06; and what the expected cost is for 2006-07. [91236]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 September 2006]: The information requested is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Funding is provided to local authorities in respect of some former Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) who continue to be supported after their 18th birthday but it cannot be readily identified from other funding the Home Office provides to local authorities for different categories of asylum seekers.

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to speed up removal of unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people who have been refused asylum. [92717]

Mr. Byrne: We are developing a returns programme in a number of countries for unaccompanied children who have been refused asylum. This is to ensure that young people with no basis of stay in the United Kingdom can be returned to their countries of origin in a safe way. We will not return any young person unless we are confident that safe, adequate reception arrangements are in place and that their return is not in breach of our international obligations.

Chief Accounting Officer

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience is of the Chief Accounting Officer of his Department. [76797]


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Mr. Byrne: The Home Office Principal Accounting Officer is David Normington, the Permanent Secretary. His biography is as follows.

The accounting officer role carried out by the Permanent Secretary combines his personal responsibility for the overall organisation, management and staffing of the Department with department-wide procedures in financial and other matters. The accounting officer is assisted in the discharge of these duties by suitably qualified and experienced senior managers such as the Director-General, Finance.

David Normington biography

Colchester Garrison

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has discussed with the Ministry of Defence the possible use of premises at the Colchester Garrison for accommodating civilian prisoners. [93247]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The National Offender Management Service has considered a number of alternatives before proposing Connaught Barracks at Dover to be an open prison. The facilities at Colchester are in operational use by the Ministry of Defence, and no decision on Connaught has yet been taken.

Community Policing Strategy (London)

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will expand London’s Community Policing Strategy to include other parts of the country; and if he will make a statement. [93002]

Mr. McNulty: London’s Safer Neighbourhoods Programme is the Metropolitan Police Service’s version of the national Neighbourhood Policing Programme, which will ensure that every community in England and Wales has a neighbourhood policing team by April 2008.


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It would not be appropriate to replicate the London model nationwide, as neighbourhood policing must be tailored to the needs and circumstances of local communities in each area.

Correspondence

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 26 June 2006, regarding a constituent, Mr Ousseynou Wade, (Home Office reference W1060359). [94134]

Mr. Byrne: The Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the hon. Member on 13 October.

Crime

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) domestic burglary and (b) car theft there were in England and Wales in each of the last five years. [93004]

Mr. McNulty: The British Crime Survey (BCS) provides information about the numbers of domestic burglaries and vehicle-related thefts in England and Wales. The BCS can provide a better reflection of the true extent of crime because it includes crimes that are not reported to or recorded by the police. The BCS count of crime includes crimes against adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households. The numbers of domestic burglaries and vehicle-thefts for the last five years, based on the BCS, are displayed in table 1.

Based on the BCS the numbers of domestic burglaries have decreased by 24 per cent. between 2001-02 and 2005-06 BCS. According to the latest BCS (2005-06) there were 733,000 domestic burglaries in England and Wales, compared with 969,000 domestic burglaries based on the 2001-02 BCS. The numbers of vehicle thefts have also decreased. The numbers of vehicle thefts have fallen by 31 per cent. from 2,494,000 (2001-02 BCS) to 1,731,000 (2005-06 BCS).

The BCS also provides information about the proportions of crimes that are reported to the police. Approximately half of vehicle thefts and just over six out of 10 domestic burglaries are reported to the police.

Police recorded burglaries in dwellings have decreased from 430,347 in 2001-02 to 300,555 in 2005-06. The numbers of vehicle thefts recorded by the police have fallen from 983,276 to 721,469 over the same period. Police recorded burglaries in dwellings and vehicle-thefts are included in table 2.

This information was published by the Home Office in the Crime in England and Wales 2005-06 publication. This information is available in the Library, and via Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/crimeew0506.html.


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Table 1: Numbers of domestic burglaries and vehicle-related thefts in England and Wales, BCS 2001-02 to 2005-06
Thousand
Domestic burglary Vehicle thefts

2001-02

969

2,494

2002-03

973

2,365

2003-04

943

2,121

2004-05

756

1,886

2005-06

733

1,731

Note: Vehicle thefts include thefts from vehicle, thefts of vehicle and attempted thefts of and from.

Table 2: Recorded domestic burglaries and vehicle thefts, 2001-02 to 2005-06
Thousand
Burglaries in dwellings Theft of and from vehicles

2001-02

430,347

983,276

2002-03

437,583

982,186

2003-04

402,345

895,114

2004-05

321,461

743,412

2005-06

300,555

721,469

Notes: 1. Burglary in a dwelling includes aggravated burglary in dwelling. 2. The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

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