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Illegal Fox Hunts

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for taking part in illegal fox hunts since the Hunting Act 2004 was implemented. [107678]

Mr. McNulty: The court proceedings data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform database shows that three people were prosecuted in England and Wales during 2005 under sections 1 and 6 of the Hunting Act 2004 for the offence of hunting a wild mammal with a dog.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Interpreters

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified interpreters available in criminal proceedings. [109831]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Office for Criminal Justice Reform plans shortly to issue a comprehensive revision of the 2002 National Agreement on Arrangements for the Attendance of Interpreters in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System. We aim to follow this up for the longer term with cross-agency work to address issues connected with the supply of interpreters.

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use was made by each constabulary of (a) interpreters registered on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and (b) non-NRPSI interpreters in each of the last five years. [109832]


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Mr. McNulty: This information is not available centrally. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is looking at improving data collection and monitoring of interpreter usage as part of ongoing work to improve the supply of qualified interpreters.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by police forces in England on interpreters in each of the last five years. [106418]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 5 December 2006]: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

IT Projects

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected (a) start and (b)
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completion date is for the (i) NOMIS, (ii) identity cards, (iii) CID, (iv) biometric residence permits, (v) CJS Exchange, (vi) IBIP, (vii) e-borders procurement, (viii) CIDTR, (ix) EDRM, (x) Adelphi, (xi) IND points-based system, (xii) Mycroft, (xiii) NSPIS Case and Custody, (xiv) WITR, (xv) WISP, (xvi) Warnings Index Portfolio, (xvii) identity management and (xviii) ePassports projects; and what the original planned completion date was in each case. [105489]

Joan Ryan: Please see the following table for a full answer to this question.

Identity cards have not been included in this table because the estimate of likely costs over the next 10 years of introducing ID cards was set out in the costs report laid before Parliament on 9 October 2006, which included the costs of issuing passports and identity cards. The intention is to start issuing identity cards to British citizens from 2009.


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Policy/programme Project name/ID Project description, scope and the key elements/sublevels Project start date/ Original planned completion date Current expected completion

NOMS

NOMIS

Noms (National Offender Management System) for the Prison Service

1st quarter 2006

Last quarter 2008

Last quarter 2008

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

CID

Support and maintenance of existing casework system, and adaptation to developing business requirements

November 2005

November 2010

November 2010

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

Biometric residents permits

Introduction of new format EU residence permits. Part of CID project

November 2005

November 2010

November 2010

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

CID TR

Redesign of existing casework system to facilitate support and maintenance, and adaptation to developing business requirements

Project now subsumed into other CID projects

e-Borders

e-Borders procurement

Strategic aim of the programme is to "create an integrated, secure border for the 21st century". This will involve the procurement and implementation of solution to capture and analyse passenger information in advance of arrival into/departure from the UK and alert the appropriate border control agencies of high risk passengers. Also replaces the current WI system used to support clearance into the UK and watchlisting of visas applications. A fuller description can be provided if necessary.

September 2005

Summer 2007

Summer 2007

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

IBIP

Key enabler for introduction of biometric-based identification “documents”

November 2005

March 2010

March 2010

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

ePassports (readers)

Provision of readers for new format passports. Sub-project with IBIP

November 2005

March 2010

March 2010

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

Identity Management (fingerprint recognition)

Major expansion of capacity of existing fingerprint recognition system. Sub-project within IBIP

November 2005

March 2010

March 2010

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

Warnings Index Portfolio

Warnings Index Tech Refresh, Warnings Index Support Procurement

September 2004

January 2007

January 2007

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

WITR

Warnings Index Tech Refresh. Sub-project of Warnings Index Portfolio

September 2004

January 2007

January 2007

Immigration and Nationality Directorate Five Year Strategy

WISP

Warnings Index Support Procurement. Sub-project of Warnings Index Portfolio

September 2004

January 2007

January 2007

IND

Mycroft

A secure, networked intelligence system that delivers the provision of timely and legally compliant intelligence

2002

August 2005

December 2005

IND

Points-based system

Implements a rationalised managed migration system that integrates all current work and study schemes

November 2005

March 2010

March 2010

Corporate services

Adelphi

Finance, HR and procurement system for core HO

2002

2011

2011

Corporate services

EDRM

Records management

March 2005

March 2008

July 2007

Police ICT

NSPIS Case and Custody

Electronic custody suite and case files

April 2003

April 2006

April 2006

OCJR

CJS Exchange

Tri-laterally funded under OCJR. Exchange hub for data sharing across the CJS

April 2003

April 2006

April 2008


Life Sentences

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time spent in prison was for those (a) convicted of murder and (b) serving all other life sentences in each of the last 10 years. [108847]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Information on the average time served by sentenced prisoners (a) convicted of murder (mandatory life sentences) and (b) on other life sentences between 1995 and 2005 is provided in the following table, which is published as table 10.5 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005 a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library.

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.

Table 10.5 Number of first releases from prison on life licence and average time served
Year of first release 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Total released

84

83

89

94

120

113

122

144

223

205

200

Mandatory lifers

Number

54

69

78

86

110

101

111

117

185

152

156

Mean time served (years)

14

13

14

13

13

13

13

14

15

14

14

Median time served (years)

13

13

14

13

12

12

13

13

14

13

13

Other lifers

Number

30

14

11

8

10

12

11

27

38

53

44

Mean time served (years)

14

17

14

14

16

11

9

9

12

9

6

Median time served (years)

12

17

13

14

15

10

10

5

10

6

6


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