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Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns( 1) of asylum applicants( 2) , excluding dependants, nationals of Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Iran quarter 1 to quarter 3, 2006( 3,4)
Number of principal applicants
Nationality Q12006 Q22006 Q3 2006 Q1-Q3 total

Democratic Republic of Congo

Total principal asylum applicants removed(2)

25

35

30

85

Of whom:

removed to Democratic Republic of Congo

15

20

20

50

removed to other and destination unknown

10

15

10

35

Persons removed and voluntary departures(5,6)

15

20

25

60

Of whom:

removed to Democratic Republic of Congo

10

10

15

40

removed to other and destination unknown

5

10

5

20

Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes(7)

5

15

5

25

Of whom:

removed to Democratic Republic of Congo

5

10

*

15

removed to other and destination unknown

5

5

5

10

Eritrea

Total principal asylum applicants removed(2)

65

105

140

310

Of whom:

removed to Eritrea

*

*

removed to other and destination unknown

65

105

140

310

Persons removed and voluntary departures(5,6)

65

105

135

310

Of whom:

removed to Eritrea

*

*

removed to other and destination unknown

65

105

135

310

Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes(7)

*

*

Of whom:

removed to Eritrea

removed to other and destination unknown

*

*

Iran

Total principal asylum applicants removed(2)

165

195

135

495

Of whom:

removed to Iran

95

115

85

295

removed to other and destination unknown

75

80

50

200

Persons removed and voluntary departures(5,6)

75

65

75

210

Of whom:

removed to Iran

30

30

35

95

removed to other and destination unknown

45

35

40

115

Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes(7)

95

130

60

285

Of whom:

removed to Iran

65

85

50

200

removed to other and destination unknown

30

45

10

85

(1) Includes enforced removals, persons departing ‘voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.
(2) Figures rounded to the nearest five, with — = 0, * = one or two, and may not sum due to rounding.
(3) Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants.
(4) Provisional figures.
(5) Includes persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.
(6) Excludes Assisted Voluntary Returns.
(7 )Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. May include some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.

Border Control

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many security staff are
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engaged in border control activities at regional airports in the West Midlands. [107774]

Mr. Byrne: A total of 203 immigration and nationality directorate border control operational staff are currently deployed within the Midlands region to meet all services requiring immigration control. Operational staff comprise of assistant immigration officers, immigration officers, chief immigration officers and Her Majesty's inspectors. Staffing levels are constantly reviewed based on volume of traffic and risk assessments and the number of staff at any given location can change.

BrakeCare Bereavement Packs

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department what the reasons were for withdrawing funding for the BrakeCare bereavement pack in 2007; and what related services for road crash victims are available. [103815]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are funding the BrakeCare guide for bereaved families and friends in 2006 and are actively considering possible future funding routes, including the victim’s fund.

The code of practice for victims of crime includes an obligation on the police to provide close relatives of a victim of road death with timely information about their case and an enhanced service. The core funding provided to victim support allows them to provide a witness service in all Crown and magistrates courts. If a road traffic incident involves a court case, the victim or their family can access this support. Other voluntary groups, including Brake, RoadPeace and the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, also provide support and advice to serious road crash victims.

CCTV

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many CCTV cameras there are in each police authority area, broken down by those that are primarily used for the detection of (a) criminal activity and (b) motoring offences. [106910]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 4 December 2006]: The Home Office does not collect figures for the number of CCTV cameras in each police authority area.

Correspondence

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of Statefor the Home Department how many items of correspondence have been received by his Department since 5 May 2005; and what percentage of correspondence received in that period was answered within 15 days of receipt. [102023]

Mr. Byrne: Between 5 May 2005 and 22 October 2006, the Home Office's correspondence tracking system shows that 120,219 items of correspondence were received. This number does not include letters or emails addressed to individuals by name, which are passed directly to the addressee for reply and are not recorded or managed on the central system. The
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number also excludes correspondence sent to the Identity and Passport Service since 1 April 2006; letters from members of the public to Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Her Majesty's Prison Service; or correspondence received as part of an organised campaign.

The following table gives a breakdown of the totals received in each month, and for each area of the Department for which records are held. In thecurrent calendar year 92 per cent. of ministerial
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correspondence received in the Home Office, not including IND and agencies, has been replied to within 15 working days—up from 78 per cent. in 2005.In October 2006, 97 per cent. of ministerial correspondence received by this central Home Office was replied to within 15 days. In all other areas, where the target is 20 working days, performance over the specified period was 81 per cent. The percentage of all correspondence answered in 15 working days was61 per cent.

Month Ministerial correspondence (central Home Office only—15 working day target) Letters from members of the public (central Home Office only—20 working day target) E-mails from members of the public (central Home Office only—20 working day target) Ministerial correspondence (IND only—20 working day target) Official replies to MPs (IND only—20 working day target) Ministerial correspondence (Her Majesty's Prison Service—20 working day target) Total

2005

May

220

804

454

756

1,393

28

3,655

June

1,047

1,597

940

1,526

2,802

38

7,950

July

973

1,531

908

1,472

2,671

28

7,583

August

726

1,494

919

1,288

2,309

37

6,773

September

600

1,146

1,192

1,364

2,176

43

6,521

October

779

1,216

1,378

1,314

2,267

40

6,994

November

928

1,421

1,496

1,541

2,460

50

7,896

December

843

999

1,003

1,223

1,903

58

6,029

2006

January

709

1,985

1,352

1,060

2,369

48

7,523

February

799

1,639

1,484

1,141

2,386

60

7,509

March

1,033

1,427

1,740

1,431

2,685

51

8,367

April

653

962

1,187

1,090

2,056

42

5,990

May

733

964

1,331

1,308

2,398

44

6,778

June

724

1,254

1,227

1,413

2,436

40

7,094

July

802

1,640

989

1,255

2,254

75

7,015

August

601

1,145

1,013

942

2,036

41

5,778

September

762

856

965

1,038

2,105

42

5,768

October

918

727

896

778

1,623

54

4,996

Total

13,850

22,807

20,474

21,940

40,329

819

120,219

Replied to in 15 working days (percentage)

92

70

75

48

46

81

61

Replied to in 20 working days (percentage)

n/a

92

92

74

69

94

81


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