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Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to reduce binge drinking. [99345]

Mr. Coaker: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

British Citizenship

Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied for British citizenship in each year since 1997; and how many applications were granted. [96954]

Mr. Byrne: Statistics on applications and grants of British Citizenship in the United Kingdom were published in table one of the Home Office statistical bulletin “Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom, 2005”. This publication is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Bulgarian/Romanian Workers

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will undertake a public debate before the Government decides whether to give citizens of Romania and Bulgaria free access to the UK labour market in 2007. [90727]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 September 2006]: I will write to my right hon. Friend with the information requested.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of workers from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria who will come to work in the UK within six months of the accession of each country to the EU if no restrictions are put on such entry. [90836]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 September 2006]: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) assessed regarding the likely effect of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants on the UK labour market. [94930]

Mr. Byrne: I will write to my right hon. Friend with the information requested.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the effect of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants on the UK skills shortage. [94931]

Mr. Byrne: A number of representations have been received concerning labour market access for nationals of new, and future, member states of the European Union. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department set out the Government’s policy on restricting access to the UK labour market in a written ministerial statement on 24 October.


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Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls will be put in place to ensure that Bulgarian and Romanian self-employed workers seeking work in the UK (a) in the construction industry and (b) in other sectors meet the criteria of being self-employed. [100160]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls will be put in place to ensure that skilled Bulgarian and Romanian workers entering the UK will be able to be employed only where there are no suitable UK applicants. [100161]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls will be put in place to ensure that low skilled workers from Bulgaria and Romania permitted to enter the UK to work in agriculture and food processing are restricted to that type of work. [100162]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls will be put in place to ensure that building workers coming from Bulgaria and Romania under the highly skilled migrant workers programme have the requisite skills. [100163]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Department of Communities and Local Government, (c) the Local Government Association and (d) HM Treasury prior to the decision to exempt the food processing and agricultural escorts from the work permit restrictions applying to Romania and Bulgaria on their accession to the EU from 1 January 2007; and if he will make a statement. [98166]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 1 November 2006]: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Captive Cars Programme

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has made of the captive cars programme in the West Midlands; what plans he has to extend the initiative to other regions; and if he will make a statement. [96070]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the right hon. Member with the information requested.


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Citizenship Ceremony

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reason is for the length of time taken for Mr A. S. Chaumoo of Christchurch to receive an invitation to a citizenship ceremony. [94248]

Mr. Byrne: As my answer contains personal information, I will communicate privately with the hon. Member.

CNOMIS IT Project

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the CNOMIS IT project for offender data management is (a) on budget and (b) on schedule. [100168]

John Reid: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Colnbrook Detention Centre

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees at Colnbrook Detention Centre have attempted suicide since 1 January; and if he will make a statement. [78420]

Mr. Byrne: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Community Support Officers

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional police community support officers are planned to be deployed to each district command unit within the Avon and Somerset constabulary area in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. [98137]

Mr. McNulty: Deployment of police community support officers within the Avon and Somerset constabulary area is a matter for the chief constable. The information is not collected centrally.

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of community support officers each police force in England and Wales will employ by (a) April 2007 and (b) March 2008 assuming that the national targets of 16,000 by April 2007 and 24,000 by March 2008 are met. [97369]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are; and how many new community support officers have completed training since 22 March 2006. [97913]


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Mr. McNulty: There were 6,769 full-time equivalent police community support officers in England and Wales as at 31 March 2006. These data are published in the most recent Police Service Strength bulletin which can be downloaded from:

Data on the number of new community support officers who have completed training are not collected centrally.

Consultants

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on consultants employed to advise on reform of (a) the Probation Service and (b) the Prison Service in each of the last five years. [91327]

John Reid: I will write to the right hon. Member with the information requested.

Control Orders

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of providing that those who breach their control orders automatically lose their right to anonymity. [97130]

John Reid: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Correspondence

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Ilford, South of 5 October containing a copy of his previous letter of 23 May on the release of Mr Edwards; [95226]

(2) when he will reply to the letter of 23 May from the hon. Member for Ilford, South on the release of Mr. Edwards. [95227]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 19 October 2006]: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 7 July 2006 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire with regard to Mr. Roger Turner. [95504]

Mr. Byrne: A letter was sent to the hon. Member on 27 October 2006 from the offices of Ukvisas regarding your correspondence.

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for police and security will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for St. Albans, ref SA3180, dated 16 May. [98906]

Mr. Byrne: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.


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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many items of correspondence have been received by his Department since 5 May 2005; and what percentage of correspondence received by his Department since 5 May 2005 was answered within 15 days of receipt. [100239]

Mr. Byrne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 5 September 2006 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Kaisha Dally-Lewis (Home Office Reference Numbers D2108650, D2090294 and D2080066). [100036]

Mr. Byrne: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Covert Surveillance

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unlawful authorisations for covert surveillance by police officers have been made in the last two years. [97529]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

CPS

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police for prosecution in the last five years; and how many resulted in a prosecution being initiated. [100235]

Mr. McNulty: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Crime Statistics

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violent crimes, (b) vehicle thefts and (c) burglaries there were in each authority in (i) England and Wales, (ii) each police authority area and (iii) each local authority area in each of the last 20 years; what the change in each was in each year; and what percentage of total crime figures was represented by each figure in each year. [93662]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Crime Detection Rates

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rates are for each police authority in England and Wales; what they were in (a) 1979, (b) 1981, (c) 1985, (d) 1987, (e) 1989, (f) 1991, (g) 1992, (h) 1997 and (i) in each year from 1998 to 2003. [99278]


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Mr. McNulty: Detection rates are not available for the United Kingdom since data collected centrally are for England and Wales only. Available information is for 1991 onwards and given in the table.


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Significant changes in crime counting rules over the period since 1991 mean that detection rates are not comparable over this period. Further details can be found in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12/06 which has been deposited in the Library.

Detection rate for each police force area in England and Wales: see notes for information on comparability of rates over time
1991 1992 1997 1998-99 1999-2000

Avon and Somerset

23

17

26

24

22

Bedfordshire

19

20

35

33

25

Cambridgeshire

36

27

27

29

25

Cheshire

39

28

35

37

31

Cleveland

33

31

24

23

22

Cumbria

39

36

39

44

39

Derbyshire

27

22

25

31

28

Devon and Cornwall

29

18

32

36

35

Dorset

41

32

29

31

26

Durham

29

29

29

33

32

Dyfed-Powys

49

51

58

69

65

Essex

31

28

27

29

30

Gloucestershire

35

24

24

31

30

Greater Manchester

34

34

19

25

23

Gwent

46

44

50

55

53

Hampshire

28

26

30

35

32

Hertfordshire

33

25

32

34

27

Humberside

31

23

20

22

19

Kent

22

27

30

34

33

Lancashire

37

34

28

34

29

Leicestershire

29

30

34

34

30

Lincolnshire

46

38

46

40

28

London, City of

20

20

26

33

32

Merseyside

44

41

31

31

26

Metropolitan Police

16

16

26

22

16

Norfolk

36

34

37

37

30

Northamptonshire

31

30

35

33

33

Northumbria

34

16

25

30

31

North Wales

36

33

32

43

36

North Yorkshire

36

32

26

33

31

Nottinghamshire

26

25

28

25

21

South Wales

28

29

36

39

31

South Yorkshire

35

26

29

32

25

Staffordshire

37

30

35

32

22

Suffolk

37

39

37

41

36

Surrey

23

22

33

40

32

Sussex

22

23

25

25

25

Thames Valley

22

19

24

25

20

Warwickshire

24

23

27

26

22

West Mercia

35

34

28

34

29

West Midlands

30

26

23

30

27

West Yorkshire

27

25

27

27

25

Wiltshire

40

37

32

38

33

England and Wales

29

25

28

29

25


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