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Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 364W, on police community support officers, what advice the Home Office Scientific Development Branch has given to police forces in England and Wales on the issuing of protective equipment for police community support officers. 
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office Scientific Development Branch regularly advises police forces with regard to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, they have not been asked to provide advice specific to police community support officers. Additionally, any advice is always on the understanding that suitable risk assessments are carried out by the force to determine if PPE is required and the level of protection that the PPE should offer.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal offences committed in Suffolk in each of the last five years resulted in (a) a prison sentence and (b) a suspended prison sentence. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The available information is contained in the following table and shows immediate and suspended custodial sentences given in magistrates courts in Suffolk and at the Crown Court if committed by Suffolk magistrates. The Home Office Courts Proceedings Database does not include details as to where crimes are committed.
|Persons sentenced to immediate custody or a suspended sentence by Suffolk courts( 1) , 2001-05|
|Persons sentenced and type of sentence|
|Number given immediate custody||Number given suspended sentence||Total number sentenced|
|(1) Magistrates courts in Suffolk and the Crown Court if committed by magistrates in Suffolk.|
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 much compensation was granted by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority of recipient. 
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the police have to force broadcasters to disclose unbroadcast edited material as part of a criminal investigation. 
Mr. McNulty: Part II of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 enables a constable to gain access to journalistic material that is deemed to be special procedure material by making an application under schedule 1 of PACE to a circuit judge if he or she considers:
there are reasonable grounds that an indictable offence has been committed;
that the material exists on premises specified in the application or on premises occupied or controlled by the person specified on the application;
that the material is likely to be of substantial value; and
the material is likely to be relevant evidence.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when details of Dale Millers convictions in (a) Switzerland and (b) Germany were entered on the police national computer; and which agency entered the details. 
Police force gazetteers are derived from commercially available files which provide a database of postal address locations. Forces will often tailor these databases to make them more relevant to their police force area. Although other agencies using address gazetteers are likely to use the same or similar underlying data, it is not standard practice to share the same gazetteer.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the European Unions plans for EU data-sharing will entail the sharing of data held (a) in the National Identity Register, (b) on the National DNA database, (c) on the NHS Spine and (d) by the Valuation Office Agency. 
Joan Ryan: There are a number of EU initiatives to improve information sharing in the area of Justice and Home Affairs. In principle the UK is keen to share information with EU partners that will add to our ability to protect the public, where the request is in the interest of prevention and detection of crime and taking account of the justification and proportionality of disclosure in accordance with human rights legislation. The Government are supportive of a current initiative by the German presidency of the EU to transpose parts of the PrĂ1/4m Convention into EU law, which includes provisions on improving the sharing of DNA data.
The provision of information from the National Identity Register will be regulated by the Identity Cards Act 2006 which includes no power for information to be given to foreign Governments, except in the limited circumstances set out in the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 relating to criminal proceedings carried out by law enforcement agencies overseas. Information about UK NHS patients is not shared with other European health administrations unless the patient has consented, and either has been referred for treatment to a provider in another European state or is seeking care from a provider in another European state (e.g. they are taken ill while abroad). I am not aware of any plans to share data held by the Valuation Office Agency.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what area of office space his Department and its agencies used in central London in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: In December 2004 the Home Office and its agencies occupied 103,800 square metres net internal area and in December 2006 104,360 square metres net internal area in the inner London boroughs.
The increase in costs over the period reflects the changing nature of the Home Offices business, in particular the growth of international terrorism, migration and international travel. Collaboration and information exchange with other countries on counter-terrorism activities and border control have become increasingly critical to the effective discharge of the Departments responsibilities for asylum, immigration and national security. This has involved higher levels of overseas travel.
For ministerial foreign travel, which is included in the above, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1808W.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to Freedom of Information requests to his Department; and what his Department's policy is on the role of special advisers in the answering of Freedom of Information requests. 
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assurances were sought from the Government of Algeria before the removal to Algeria on 20 and 24 January 2007 of two men who had been detained in the UK under anti-terrorism powers. 
Mr. McNulty: The British Government seek to remove individuals to Algeria on the basis of assurances regarding treatment contained within an exchange of letters, signed by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and President Bouteflika on 11 July 2006 (copies are in the Library), supplemented by specific assurances where necessary. This approach has recently been endorsed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).
The two individuals referred to voluntarily chose to withdraw their appeals against deportation and were returned to Algeria last month. The general assurances in the exchange of letters will apply to both individuals.
Specific assurances were also sought in the case of the individual returned on 24 January. The individual who was returned on 20 January withdrew his appeal before the process of seeking assurances in his case. Officials from the British embassy in Algiers have remained in close contact with the Algerian authorities regarding the deported individuals. Both men were provided with full details of the British embassys contact details and it was explained that they or a nominated contact point could maintain contact with the British embassy after their return. Neither of the men wished to make such a request.
The British Government are confident we can deport terrorist suspects to Algeria without breaching the UK's domestic and international human rights obligations. We base this judgment on the changing circumstances in Algeria, on the rapidly developing relationship between the UK and Algeria and on the assurances given by the Algerian Government on individual deportees.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have received deportation orders from Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many of them are still in the Province. 
On 23 May 2006 my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out eight priority areas to achieve our long-term policy goals on foreign national prisoners, including arrangements for the consideration for deportation of foreign national prisoners in custody in Northern Ireland. Prison authorities in Northern Ireland have confirmed that these arrangements are now well established and that no foreign national prisoners within Northern Ireland Prison Service custody have been released without first being considered for deportation.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 32 foreign national prisoners held in Channings Wood prison as at 15 February are still being held at Channings Wood; how many have been released; and how many of those that have been released have been deported. 
The further information requested on those who are no longer at Channings Wood is not centrally held by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and to provide this would involve an individual examination of case files at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2013W, on the DNA database, why the number of individuals on the database registered in the City of London exceeds the number of residents. 
Joan Ryan: The National DNA Database shows which force took a DNA sample from the person concerned, not which force area that person resides in. The City of London police area has a very small resident population and most of those who have a DNA sample taken by the force live elsewhere.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Home Office does not routinely collect data on calls to the police for assistance. However, Staffordshire police have been able to provide the following statistics on the number of domestic incidents reported to the police for the constituency of Tamworth.
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