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Open Prisons

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have absconded from Leyhill Open Prison in each month since November 2005, broken down by offence; and if he will make a statement. [96967]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is provided in the following table.


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Absconds from Leyhill Open Prison November 2005-October 2006( 1)
Month/year Offence Total

2005

November

Supplying drugs

4

Possession drugs with intent to supply

Robbery

Conspiracy to commit theft

December

Robbery x 5

9

Rape

Blackmail

Possession drugs

Burglary

2006

January

Arson

4

Grievous Bodily Harm

Burglary

Robbery

February

Theft

2

Robbery

March

Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life

2

Murder

April

Burglary

2

Robbery

May

Burglary

1

June

Burglary x 2

2

July

0

August

Burglary x 2

3

Robbery

September

Burglary x 2

2

October( )(to 24 October 2006)

Driving while disqualified x 2

6

Robbery x 3

Fraud and deception

Note:
Data from April 2006 to October 2006 is provisional

Operation Scully

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the total cost of Operation Scully from its commencement to (a) 30 June 2006 and (b) 31 July 2006; [90147]

(2) How many full-time equivalent (a) Immigration and Nationality Directorate Officials, (b) police officers and (c)other officials from his Department have been employed on Operation Scully in each month since it commenced.[90366]

John Reid: The information is not available in the format requested. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out in his statement to the House on 9 October 2006 that the Director General of the Immigration Nationality Directorate had written to the Home Affairs Committee on the same day.

This letter provides a further breakdown of the progress made on the 1,013 prisoners released without consideration of deporation and also sets out the use of enforcement resources in dealing with these cases. A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

Parliamentary Questions

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question 68798, tabled by the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire on 3 May 2006, on guidance to staff escorting deported foreign nationals. [77245]


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Mr. Byrne: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 449.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department before 1 July were unanswered on 19 July. [88191]

Mr. McNulty: The number of parliamentary questions outstanding as at 19 July 2006 was 480, equating to 5 per cent. of the total number of questions asked.

Passports

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications were received in each month between June 2004 and July 2005. [93907]

John Reid: The number of passport applications received by the Identity and Passport Service for the period June 2004 to July 2005, inclusive, are given in the following table.

Month/Year Passport applications received

June 2004

680,001

July 2004

616,776

August 2004

460,284

September 2004

423,836

October 2004

348,150

November 2004

332,461

December 2004

227,766

January 2005

533,491

February 2005

598,999

March 2005

640,670

April 2005

730,206

May 2005

696,864

June 2005

741,492

July 2005

623,153


Persistent and Prolific Offenders

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders have been identified in each police force area in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [90367]

John Reid: The following table gives a breakdown of the number of offenders on Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPO) schemes in each police force area across England and Wales. The data were extracted from J-Track (the PPO tracking database) in June 2006.


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Police force area Number of PPOs in June 2006

Avon and Somerset

240

Bedfordshire

137

Cambridgeshire

102

Cheshire

174

Cleveland

132

Cumbria

74

Derbyshire

368

Devon and Cornwall

405

Dorset

208

Durham

53

Dyfed-Powys

78

Essex

245

Gloucestershire

97

Greater Manchester

740

Gwent

81

Hampshire

230

Hertfordshire

180

Humberside

184

Kent County

311

Lancashire

391

Leicestershire

364

Lincolnshire

196

London

1147

Merseyside

384

Norfolk

138

North Wales

120

North Yorkshire

77

Northamptonshire

212

Northumbria

212

Nottinghamshire

554

South Wales

206

South Yorkshire

243

Staffordshire

223

Suffolk

170

Surrey

186

Sussex

348

Thames Valley

347

Warwickshire

74

West Mercia

124

West Midlands

749

West Yorkshire

295

Wiltshire

72

Total

10,871


The following table gives a breakdown of the numbers of offenders on Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) schemes in each police force area across England and Wales. The data were extracted from J-Track (the PPO tracking database) in June 2005.


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Police force area Number of PPOs in June 2005

Avon and Somerset

227

Bedfordshire

115

Cambridgeshire

94

Cheshire

183

Cleveland

93

Cumbria

70

Derbyshire

354

Devon and Cornwall

352

Dorset

216

Durham

47

Dyfed-Powys

88

Essex

195

Gloucestershire

91

Greater Manchester

564

Gwent

72

Hampshire

225

Hertfordshire

231

Humberside

117

Kent County

390

Lancashire

417

Leicestershire

329

Lincolnshire

104

London

1,112

Merseyside

363

Norfolk

121

North Wales

148

North Yorkshire

73

Northamptonshire

133

Northumbria

184

Nottinghamshire

482

South Wales

199

South Yorkshire

190

Staffordshire

136

Suffolk

167

Surrey

276

Sussex

268

Thames Valley

327

Warwickshire

72

West Mercia

119

West Midlands

685

West Yorkshire

305

Wiltshire

82

Total

10,016


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