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Information on asylum applications, grants of asylum at initial decision and appeal outcomes for Ugandan nationals is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
Mr. Byrne: All asylum claims are considered on an individual basis, and we would not seek to remove an individual who has been found to be in need of international protection. We expect failed asylum seekers to return voluntarily. There is no country to which as a matter of policy we do not seek to enforce return but we are not currently enforcing returns to Zimbabwe pending the resolution of litigation. It remains our intention to resume such returns as soon as possible.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements his Department has made for the teaching of English to those seeking asylum within the United Kingdom; and what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on English language courses for asylum seekers and the funding arrangements for them. 
Mr. Byrne: Arrangements for the teaching of English are a matter for the Department for Education and Skills, although the application to asylum seekers of the recently announced changes in eligibility for free tuition was of course discussed with the Home Office.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people convicted of (a) burglary and (b) violence against the person were sent to prison in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of these were sent to prison for their first offence. 
The most recent custody information for first-time offenders was published in October 2005 in Sentencing Statistics 2004, Home Office Statistical Bulletin No. 15/05. This report is available online at http://
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/ hosb1505.pdf. The percentage of first-time offenders sentenced to custody can be found in Table 6.6.
|Persons sentenced to immediate custody for offences of burglary and violence against the person, England and Wales|
|Burglary||Violence against the person|
Although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile these figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Consequently, although figures are shown to the last digit in order to provide a comprehensive record of the information collected, they are not necessarily accurate to the last digit shown.
RDS-NOMS, Home Office.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were planned to be delivered in each police area under the target to introduce 24,000 officers; and how many will be delivered in each area under the plan for 16,000. 
John Reid: Table A gives the estimated number each force would have employed by March 2008 to achieve a national target of 24,000 police community support officers (PCSOs). A written ministerial statement on 27 November announced changes to this plan in the light of the progress that the police service has made towards delivering neighbourhood policing and requests from the service for greater flexibility. Table B gives the number to be delivered by April 2007 to achieve a national target of 16,000 PCSOs for 2007-08.
|Table A: Estimate for 24,000 PCSOs England and Wales|
|Table B: Target 16,000 PCSOs|
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