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Databases (Security Breaches)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned. [92844]


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

Departmental Responsibilities

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what policy areas his Department (a) is responsible and (b) was responsible in 1997. [73863]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 5 June 2006]: The policy areas for which the Home Office is currently responsible are broadly: policing, security and community safety; offender management; the criminal justice system (trilateral responsibility together with the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Crown Prosecution Service); nationality, citizenship and immigration; and identity management.

The Home Office’s annual report for 1997 (Cm 3608) sets out the Department’s policy areas as including those broad areas listed above but with additional responsibility for the promotion of equal opportunity and good community relations; fire safety, firefighting and emergency planning; and regulation of a number of matters including gambling, liquor licensing, Sunday trading and laboratory animal use.

Departmental Dress Code

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department’s policy is on the display of religious (i) artefacts, (ii) symbols and (iii) dress by its staff; how many staff have been subject to disciplinary proceedings regarding this policy in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [95633]

Mr. McNulty: The Public Sector Prison policy PSO 8800 Corporate image/uniform sets out the requirements for Prison Service Staff for appropriate dress codes as well as the dress policy in relation to religious attire. A copy of the policy will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

Other areas of the Department do not have policies which restrict the wearing of religious artefacts, religious symbols or religious clothing. Corporate wear policies allow the wearing of clothing that reflects religious beliefs.

There is no record in the Department of any disciplinary cases related to religious artefacts, symbols or dress by its staff.

Departmental Expenditure

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on taxis in the last 12 months. [93113]

Mr. Byrne: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr. MacNeil) on 3 July 2006, Official Report, columns 894-95W.


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Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on electricity in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and how much it has spent in 2006-07. [100177]

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

Departmental Initiatives

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the departmental initiatives for each year since 2000 which required bids for funding from (a) voluntary organisations and (b) local authorities together with the total resource allocated to each initiative in each year; how many successful bids there were in each year; what proportion this figure represents of the total bids received; and what assessment he has made of the costs of (i) preparing bids for each initiative and (ii) assessing those bids. [66019]

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

Departmental IT

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of information technology projects undertaken by or for his Department since 2001 have been delivered (a) over budget, (b) after their original deadline, (c) on budget, (d) under budget, (e) on their original deadline and (f) ahead of their original deadline. [97542]

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

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which web-related information technology projects cost his Department more than £50,000 since 2001; which companies submitted qualified tender proposals for each project; and which company was awarded each contract. [97543]

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

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-web-related information technology projects cost his Department more than £1 million since 2001; how many qualified tender proposals there were for each project; and which company was awarded each contract. [97544]

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

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on (a) information technology projects generally and (b) for web facing projects in each year since 2001. [97545]

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


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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) information technology projects generally and (b) web facing projects his Department has undertaken since 2001. [97546]

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

Departmental Mail

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the Department's mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost was over the last 12 months. [95157]

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

Departmental Redundancies

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many redundancies there were in his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each such year; how many temporary staff were employed in each such year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to within the Department in each such year. [95255]

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

Departmental Staff

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Department’s employees have been (a) dismissed, (b) suspended and (c) subject to disciplinary action in each of the last five years. [92493]

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

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quotas are set for the (a) number of eligible people and (b) proportion of pay budget in the (i) Immigration and National Directorate, (ii) National Offender Management Service, (iii) Identity and Passport Agency and (iv) Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in relation to bonus payments. [98491]

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

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether bonus payments made to employees of the (a) Immigration and Nationality Directorate, (b) National Offender Management Service, (c) Identity and Passport Agency and (d) antisocial behaviour unit are based on (i) relative and (ii) absolute performance. [98493]

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


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Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine bonus payments to employees of the (a) Immigration and Nationality Directorate, (b) National Offender Management Service, (c) Identity and Passport Agency and (d) Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. [98494]

John Reid: The Immigration Nationality Directorate, National Offender Management Service and Anti-Social Behaviour Unit are part of the non-Agency Home Office. Employees with the non-Agency Home Office are eligible to receive a performance bonus based upon the achievement of their work objectives over a reporting year. Only employees who are marked as “exceptional” and are assessed as exceeding their work objectives receive a 2 per cent. bonus of their target rate of pay for their grade.

The non-Agency Home Office also operates a Special Bonus Scheme, which provides a prompt and tangible recognition of employees’ achievement. Managers have a set budget of 0.3 per cent. of their paybill and can award payments up to 5 per cent. of the employees, grade pay range maximum. The rules governing the award of a special bonus are set out in a Home Office Notice (175/2002).

The IPS operates a bonus scheme for senior managers based upon achievement of change targets. Change-related targets are set for IPS senior managers as part of the annual performance management process and assessment of achievements of the targets is made based upon line manager assessment, with oversight by a moderating group chaired by the chief executive.

The Home Office also has a bonus scheme for senior civil servants. Remuneration of senior civil servants is set by the Prime Minister following independent advice from the Senior Salaries Review Body. Details are set out in the report of the Senior Salaries Review Body, Report No. 62, at paragraph 2.14.

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) maximum budget available for and (b) total amount of bonuses paid to employees was of the (i) immigration and nationality directorate, (ii) National Offender Management Service, (iii) Identity and Passport Agency and (iv) Antisocial Behaviour Unit in each year since 2001. [98495]

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

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. [98520]

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


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Departmental Travel

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by his Department on (a) chartering aircraft and (b) non-scheduled air travel, in each of the last five years. [96216]

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

Deportations

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of his Department” staff have been (a) given a verbal warning, (b) given a written warning, (c) resigned, (d) been dismissed and (e) disciplined following the release of prisoners who should have been considered for deportation. [68481]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 8 May 2006]: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have been released from prison under the early release scheme; and how many of these were considered for deportation. [67680]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 May 2006]: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Dispute Resolution

Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies and procedures exist for resolving disputes involving (a) his Department and (b) other organisations for which he is accountable to Parliament by way of (i) mediation, (ii) neutral evaluation and (iii) other forms of alternative dispute resolution. [94419]

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

DNA Database

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of maintaining the DNA database has been in each year of its operation. [99990]

Joan Ryan: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many misclassifications have resulted from the use of the DNA database. [99991]

Joan Ryan: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people on the DNA database have been convicted of a crime. [100153]


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John Reid [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who had not been convicted of a criminal offence at the time their records were placed on the DNA database were subsequently convicted of a crime. [100154]

John Reid: [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have not been convicted of a criminal offence have had their records placed on the DNA database, broken down by police force. [100155]

John Reid [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals convicted before the creation of the DNA database had given a DNA sample to police. [100156]

John Reid [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people’s records were on the DNA database on 1 November 2006, broken down by police force. [100157]

John Reid [holding answer 7 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 14, (ii) 15 to 24, (iii) 25 to 34, (iv) 35 to 44, (v) 45 to 54, (vi) 55 to 64 and (vii) over 65 years in each of the ethnic appearance categories were registered on the National DNA Database in each period for which figures are available. [100362]

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

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people registered on the National DNA Database were subsequently (a) convicted, (b) charged but not convicted and (c) not convicted in relation to the events leading to the DNA sample being taken, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age group and (iii) ethnicity category. [100394]

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


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