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These figures do not take account of complementary mainstream funding made available by the Home Office which local partnerships draw upon to support delivery of the drug strategy. They form only one element of total Government direct investment in reducing the harm caused by illegal drugs, which in 2006-07 is over £1.5 billion.
|Home Office Departmental Report 2006: Total public spending for the Home Office on the strategic objective that fewer people's lives are ruined by drugs and alcohol:|
|(1) Estimated outturn.|
Changes in the treatment of budgets within the supplementary estimates between the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 suggest a decrease in resource expenditure recorded in the departmental report. These disguise a year on year increase of £25,086K expenditure on the drug Interventions Programme.
We are unable to determine if there was an increase in facilities for those seeking treatment who experience problems associated with the use of cannabis between 2002 and 2005, as drug treatment services are generally designed to meet the needs of a range of substance misusers, rather than for specialised cannabis users.
However, the percentage change in the number of people entering drug treatment between 2003-04 and 2005-06 where cannabis has been identified as the primary substance of misuse is an increase of 117 per cent. The percentage increase relates to numbers accessing treatment and not increases in the numbers using the drug. These figures in fact suggest that the Governments substantial investment in drug treatment is paying dividends, with quicker access to more effective treatment for drug misusers.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish his Departments proposed identity management strategy; and how much he expects will have been spent on the identity cards project prior to publication. 
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2006, Official Report, column 1301W, on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, what considerations are taken into account in determining whether to grant compensation to applicants for the loss of their documents. 
Mr. Byrne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) assesses compensation claims in accordance with guidance contained in the Government Accounting Manual issued by Her Majesty's Treasury, which ensures the proper handling of public money.
When determining whether to grant compensation for the loss of documents the IND will consider reimbursing the fee for the replacement of a document and any associated costs. Associated costs include the cost of travel or postage to obtain the new document, telephone calls made to inquire about or apply for a new document, subsistence costs on journeys made to enquire about/collect documents, signed affidavits, loss of earnings and passport photographs. Evidence, usually in the form of receipts, is required to support the claim. The IND may exercise discretion in the event that receipts are unavailable. The IND will also consider offering an ex gratia consolatory payment for non-financial loss if this is caused as a direct result of IND maladministration.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2006, Official Report, column 1985, what plans he has to consult on whether the remit of the Migration Advisory Committee should include the implications of migration for (a) housing, (b) the environment, (c) social cohesion and (d) other matters unrelated to skills; and what the timetable is for such consultation. 
Mr. Byrne: We will consult widely on the proposed Migration Advisory Committee, including its remit. The consultation will begin shortly, with a view to having Migration Advisory Committee membership in place by April 2007.
Available information taken from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the year 2004 (latest
available) is given in the table. As the majority of use of hand held mobile phone while driving offences are dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice these are also included.
|Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) and total court proceedings for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 2) by police force area, England and Wales, 2004|
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||Fixed penalty notices issued( 1)||Total court proceedings( 3)||Total dealt with|
|(1) Paid i.e. no further action.|
(2) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3).
(3) Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.
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