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Mr. Byrne: Complaints made by a member of Home Office staff about another member of staff are dealt with under the internal Home Office grievance procedures, which are modelled on the provisions of the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004. Complaints raised by members of staff in the Prison Service are dealt with under the procedures set out in Prison Service Order 8550 - Staff Grievance procedure. Complaints about the Permanent Secretary would be referred to the Cabinet Office. Complaints about those not directly employed by the Home Office would generally be referred to their employing organisation.

Complaints or concerns about those no longer working for the Department may be investigated if the complaint has been made within three months of the alleged incident or if the allegations were of a serious nature.

Responsibility for the investigation of internal complaints and allegations of misconduct rests with line managers. All investigations are carried out in accordance with Home Office guidance and procedures. A member of staff who is the subject of an investigation can seek the support of their trade union, staff support groups and the health and welfare services.

Written complaints from members of the public are allocated to the appropriate unit in the central Home Office and the Prison Service and dealt with accordingly. If a member of public is dissatisfied with the handling of their complaint they can raise the case with the independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.

In the Immigration and Nationality Directorate the investigation of formal complaints made by members of the public is co-ordinated by the IND Complaints Unit and audited by the independent Complaints Audit Commission.

The Home Office also has in place procedures for staff to raise concerns of possible wrongdoing or malpractice which could conflict with the standards laid down in the Civil Service Code

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which (a) buildings and (b) jobs illegal immigrants have been found to be working in his Department; and for how long. [107076]

Mr. Byrne: The Department’s records show that one member of staff of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate who was detected as not having valid leave to remain had been working as an assistant immigration officer at Heathrow airport between 2000-04. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment. A member of Prison Service staff who was found to be working without valid leave to remain had been employed as an operational support grade and subsequently as a prison officer at Holme House between 2002-05. A further 12 contracted workers have been found to be working on Home Office premises illegally at various times between 2002-06. Information about the length of time they had been engaged by their employers is not available but they had all worked in buildings occupied by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon.


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Departmental Statistics

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on statistics relating to the work of his Department in each of the last five years. [107274]

Mr. Byrne: There is no definition of the term “statistics relating to the work of the department” and no centrally held information on either the volume or costs of statistics published each year on this basis.

Estimates for the annual costs of National Statistics are contained in the relevant National Statistics Annual Report and Accounts, which are available on the National Statistics website at:

Copies are also available in the Library for the reference of Members. The last year these were produced was 2004-05.

Deportation

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens have been deported from the UK pursuant to section 3(5)b of the Immigration Act 1971 in the last 12 months. [105785]

Mr. Byrne: Consideration to deport prisoners from European Economic Area (EEA) countries is made in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.

The Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 12 December to provide an update on progress in the deportation of foreign national prisoners. In this letter the Director General stated that, since April, over 1,600 foreign national prisoners had been deported or removed from the UK. Approximately 10 per cent. of these prisoners were EEA nationals. This figure has been obtained from internal management information.

DNA Database

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnic origin the number of people who had a DNA profile on the National DNA Database in each of the last12 months. [100663]

Joan Ryan: The information requested will be placed in the Library.

Drug Intervention Programme

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the specification is for drug testing devices used in his Department’s Drug Intervention programme. [110095]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 18 December 2006]: The Cozart drug testing equipment was assessed against the criteria specified in the procurement notice advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union in 2003.


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Drug-related Crime

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of crime in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and Wales was drug-related in each year since 1995. [108254]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Foreign Prisoners

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what types of crime foreign
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national prisoners have been sentenced in the UK in each of the last three years. [105097]

Mr. Byrne: Information on the types of crimes for which foreign national offenders have been given custodial sentences resulting in detention in prison establishments in England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2005 can be found in the following table.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Immediate custodial sentenced receptions into prisons in England and Wales by offence group and nationality, 2003-05
2003 2004 2005
Foreign National Not Recorded UK National Foreign National Not Recorded UK National Foreign National Not Recorded UK National

All

7,482

512

84,251

8,355

392

84,579

9,612

384

80,418

Violence against the person

928

76

12,720

1,068

69

14,598

1,114

45

15,585

Sexual offences

240

9

2,101

295

13

2,243

301

7

2,144

Robbery

341

25

4,002

366

18

3,988

343

12

3,539

Burglary

291

37

8,863

339

18

8,077

299

16

7,235

Theft and handling

1,190

114

20,031

1,146

78

18,337

1,274

86

16,520

Fraud and forgery

1,015

42

1,925

1,273

47

1,855

1,995

58

2,009

Drug offences

1,326

43

5,766

1,298

36

5,819

1,441

30

5,589

Motoring offences

1,073

77

14,652

1,189

40

13,093

1,266

49

11,011

Other offences

979

83

12,728

1,301

63

15,204

1,511

79

15,908

Offence not recorded

99

6

1,463

80

10

1,365

68

2

878

Note:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of9 October 2006, Official Report, column 38, with which European countries he has discussed the repatriation of foreign prisoners. [105100]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The EU is currently considering a draft framework decision on prisoner transfer that is intended to speed up and simplify prisoner transfer arrangements within the European Union. Since9 October, Home Office officials have had five meetings in Brussels to discuss the terms of the draft framework decision.

These meetings were attended by representatives of each member state. On 4 December my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council at which the draft framework decision was discussed.

Human Trafficking

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the UK action plan on human trafficking. [112674]

Mr. Coaker: It is our intention to publish the United Kingdom’s action plan against human trafficking in early 2007.

Identity Cards and Passports

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the biometric information stored on passports is held on a central database operated by his Department. [102803]

Joan Ryan: The Passport Agency Support System (PASS) stores the facial biometric data of the passport holder. This facial biometric data is the same data that is stored in the contact-less chip on the passport and is a digital photographic image of the passport holder, as printed in the passport. This data is not being stored on any other database.

Illegal Alcohol Sales

Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensed premises were issued penalties by (a) police and (b) local authorities for selling alcohol illegally in (i) Dudley, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) the UK in each of the last 10 years. [102075]


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Mr. McNulty: Local authorities have no power to issue penalties to licensed premises but are able to prosecute those who commit offences under the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the illegal sale of alcohol. Data on the number of defendants sentenced for offences related to the illegal sale of alcohol in (i) Dudley Local Criminal Justice Area (ii) the West
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Midlands police force area and England and Wales, for the years 1995-2005 are provided in the following table.

Data for Scotland are the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and information on Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Northern Ireland office.


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