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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will publish the results of its consultation on the recent waste electrical and electronic equipment directive. 
Malcolm Wicks: A summary of responses together with the Government's response to the latest consultation on the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive will be published in early December.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place with the Local Government Association on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; what guidance is being issued; what resources are to be allocated; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: Since the Review of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was announced in December 2005, the LGA has been consulted about the Government's implementation proposals on both an informal and formal basis. This summer, as part of the final consultation on the draft implementing regulations for the WEEE Directive, draft guidance was published. This is to be further revised in the light of consultation feedback. DTI will continue to work with local government representatives to ensure the successful implementation of the WEEE Directive in the UK.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the likely costs associated with recycling televisions and monitors containing cathode ray tubes following the introduction of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. 
Malcolm Wicks: Estimates of the costs of collecting, treating and recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment appeared in the partial regulatory impact assessment published as part of the consultation on draft WEEE regulations which ended on October 17. A final regulatory impact assessment will accompany the WEEE regulations when they are laid before the House in early December.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded as committed on (a) buses and (b) trains in Essex in each of the last five years, broken down by type of crime. 
Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally in the recorded crime statistics.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in the Cambridgeshire constabulary area for (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and handling stolen goods, (c) sexual offences, (d) criminal damage, (e) robbery and (f) fraud and forgery in 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 November 2006]: Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of cautions, issued for (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and handling stolen goods, (c) sexual offences, (d) criminal damage, (e) robbery and (f) fraud and forgery in Cambridgeshire police force area in 2005 can be found in the following table.
|Number of persons cautioned for various offence types, in Cambridgeshire police force area, 2005( 1,2)|
|(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.|
(2) 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 police. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source: RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals have been determined by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel in each of the last five years; and what percentage of appeals was successful in each year. 
Vera Baird: I have been asked to reply.
The following table sets out, for each of the last five years, the number of appeals determined by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel
(CICAP) and the success rate (measured by the appellant doing better than the review decision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Authority that was appealed against). These statistics are published in CICAPs annual report and accounts, copies of which are placed in the Library.
|Financial year||Appeals determined||Success rate (percentage)|
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been issued in each police authority area since April. 
Mr. McNulty: These figures are not yet available.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the number of gun crimes in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Government are taking action on a number of fronts to deal with gun crime through tougher legislation, law enforcement and community engagement. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a minimum five year sentence for unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm. The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, which received royal assent on 8 November, toughens the legislation further. It includes a ban on the sale, manufacture and importation of realistic imitation firearms, a new offence of using someone to mind a weapon and additional restrictions on the sale and use of air weapons.
We consider that working with communities is central to tackling gun crime.
We are supporting community groups through our Connected Fund which was established in 2004 to provide grants to local community-led groups working
on gun crime, knife crime and gang-related issues. To date the Fund has supported 300 organisations. We have also supported national projects such as the Don't Trigger Campaign run by Urban Concepts and Mothers Against Guns.
The National Ballistics Intelligence Programme, a state-of-the-art firearms forensic capability which is being developed with Government backing, will provide tactical and strategic information to inform enforcement operations and longer-term policy work.
The Government support the work of dedicated, intelligence-led gun crime operations such as Operation Trident in London and Operation X-Caliber in Greater Manchester, Ventara in the West Midlands and Stealth in Nottinghamshire, which are producing good results.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to issue identity cards to foreigners; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ryan: We will start to issue biometric residence permits to foreign nationals in 2008.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the First Section 37 Report to Parliament about the Likely Cost of the Identity Cards Scheme, which Government Departments his review has identified as holding existing assets and resources which might reduce delivery and cost risks associated with the identity cards project. 
Joan Ryan: In December, the Government will be publishing plans for the introduction of the National Identity Scheme which will provide more detail on the contribution which existing assets could make to the delivery of the scheme.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts his Department has signed with external organisations relating to (a) the identity cards project and (b) the National Identity Register in each of the last 24 months for which information is available. 
Joan Ryan: The relevant contracts signed in the period requested can be found in the following table.
|Contract number||Contract||Scope||Start date||End date (not including the extension)||Duration||Ability of extension||Legal|
Supply of Traffic Network Assessment Services for National Identity Card Programme
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the high street banks concerning the identity cards project; which representatives (i) he and (ii) other Ministers have met; and what the date was of each meeting. 
Joan Ryan: My right hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke) met representatives of high street banks on 3 April 2006 to discuss a number of matters of mutual interest including the introduction of identity cards. The banks represented were RBS Group, Lloyds TSB Group, HBOS, Abbey, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays and the British Bankers Association.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page nine of the First Section 37 Report to the Parliament About the Likely Costs of the ID Cards Scheme, what existing assets and resources the review identified as opportunities to reduce delivery and cost risks. 
Joan Ryan: The review identified that there may be existing technical infrastructure and systems that could be used as the basis for reducing the delivery and cost risks associated with the identity card project.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is the Governments policy to issue an early variant identity card to UK citizens. 
Joan Ryan: It is currently planned that the first identity cards for UK citizens will be issued from 2009.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he defines, touched by identity fraud, as used in the First Section 37 Report to Parliament About the Likely Cost of the ID Cards Scheme; and how the calculation that one in five companies could be hit by identity fraud was made in that report. 
Joan Ryan: The phrase touched by identity fraud refers to those who have been a victim of identity fraud or know someone who has been a victim.
An economic survey amongst companies conducted in 2004 by RSM Robson Rhodes LLP showed 17 per cent. of companies reported having their identity stolen or hijacked in the past year.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what distance identity cards produced under ISO standard 14443A can be read. 
Joan Ryan: The international standards (ISO 14443A) do not set out the distances at which cards should be readable but rather set the minimum and maximum power of the magnetic and electric field strengths required to comply with the standards. These field strengths are such that data exchange is possible at a distance between the reader and the card of a few centimetres.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will determine whether the number of a designated document under schedule 1, paragraph 4(1) of the Identity Cards Act 2006 should be held in the National Identity Register. 
Joan Ryan: Paragraph 4(1)(1) of schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 allows the recording of the number of any designated document which does not fall within any of the preceding sub-paragraphs of that schedule. The decision on which numbers are to be recorded is for the Secretary of State.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pieces of personal information the National Identity Register (a) is intended to store and (b) will have the capability of storing. 
Joan Ryan: The information which may be recorded on the National Identity Register is set out in Section 3 and Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act 2006. The Register will be designed to store this information. Not every piece of information will be relevant to everyone who is enrolled on the Register.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects British citizens to be charged for a change to their surname as a result of marriage under the proposed National Identity Card scheme. 
Joan Ryan: With regard to changes of information which require a change of card, a schedule of fees has not yet been decided and will depend on the outcome of procurement processes related to the national identity scheme.
The Government anticipate that changes to information on a person's record on the National Identity Register that would not require a change of card (e.g. address) would not incur a fee. This might apply if a person wished to add a married surname to his or her register entry as a name by which he or she is also known, but to retain his or her previous name as a principal name.
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