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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that crimes against children are included in the list of police priorities in the national police plan. 
Mr. McNulty: Strategic priorities for the police service in England and Wales are set by the Home Secretary and published annually in the National Community Safety Plan www.crimereduction/gov/uk/ncsp. The current priorities do include the tackling of both serious crime and antisocial behaviour of which children are among the victims. Explicit reference is made in the National Community Safety Plan to the need to safeguard and promote childrens welfare.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-departmental public
bodies are sponsored by his Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget was of each body in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne: Non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Home Office, their function and the budget for each body are published as at 31 March of each year and published on the Cabinet Office website www.Cabinetoffice.gov.uk; under public appointments titled public bodies (relevant year).
John Reid: There are no changes currently planned in the information to be provided by applicants that will, subsequently, be held on records of the Identity and Passport Service. Later this year, the IPS will gather limited additional information on first time applicants to form the basis of interviews to confirm identity and to protect applicants against identity theft. This additional information will not be held on IPS records after the passport is issued.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information was required for the processing of a passport application in May 1997; what information is required now; and when each change to the information required was introduced. 
Type of passport applied for;
Applicant's name, address, place and date of birth, sex, and telephone numbers;
Details of previous passports (where appropriate);
Applicant's parents' names, places and dates of birth, nationality and details of any British passports held (where appropriate);
Naturalisation details (where appropriate);
Parents' consent (where appropriate);
Countersignatorys details (where appropriate).
Requirement to provide countersignatorys passport number introduced.
Requirement introduced for applications to replace lost or stolen passports to include an additional form with details of the loss and the report of the loss to the police.
The shortened form of birth certificates without parents details no longer accepted for people born after 31 December 1982.
All first applicants required to provide parents' details (previously applied only to those born after 31 December 1982).
New standards for passport photographs introduced in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.
Enhanced identity checks against public and private sector databases introduced, but this did not change the information required from applicants.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fully trained police
officers were employed specifically in child protection work in each police force in England and Wales in each of the last four years. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 30 January 2007]: The number of police officers employed specifically in child protection work is not collected centrally and is an operational matter for involved police forces and their child protection partners.
|Police officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006|
|As at 31 March each year:|
|Police force||1997( 3)||1998||1999||2000||2001( 4)||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006|
|(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.|
(2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(3) Boundary changes on 1 April 1996 transferred resources for the policing of the Rhmney Valley from South Wales police to Gwent police.
(4 )Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.
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