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Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) were temporarily transferred to work on issues outside those covered by the IND between 8 and 12 January. [111247]

Mr. Byrne: There were no specific temporary transfers of members of the Immigration Nationality Directorate (IND) staff to non-IND work between 8 and 12 January. Records show that as at 31 January, 371 members of IND’s staff were on longer term loans from IND to other Government Departments and 75 on secondment to organisations outside the civil service.

Correspondence

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter of 13 October from the right hon. Member for Warley on Mrs. Williams of Smethwick. [120738]

Mr. Byrne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to my right hon. Friend on 9 February 2007.

Immigration Officers

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many (a) ports, (b) airports, (c) landing stages and (d) airfields the Immigration and Nationality Directorate had uniformed immigration officers (i) permanently and (ii) regularly located in (A) 2004, (B) 2005 and (C) 2006; and in how many such locations officers made at least one visit in each year. [118045]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 5 February 2007]: At present we are not a uniformed service but as of September 2007 the Immigration Service is on schedule to implement the full roll-out of uniforms for all operational frontline staff at ports and airports.

We are unable to confirm whether officers made at least one visit in each year as the information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Independent Race Monitor

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recommendations the Independent Race Monitor made in each annual report between 2002-03 and 2005-06; and how many have been implemented. [119098]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is contained in the following table.

Year of report Number of recommendations made Number of recommendations already implemented

2002-03

2

2

2003-04

7

6

2004-05

7

6

2005-06

7

6


Informers

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether officers involved in the management of informants have been trained to Association of Chief Police Officers standards. [121093]

Mr. McNulty: There are national standard training programmes, developed and endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers, for the management of covert human intelligence sources. This training is mandatory for those involved in source management.

Langley House Trust

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will renew funding awarded to Langley House Trust by the Public Protection Unit; [117788]

(2) how many offenders have committed a criminal offence whilst a resident in accommodation provided by Langley House Trust, broken down by category of offence. [117789]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Public Protection Unit in the National Offender Management Service will continue to fund Langley House Trust in the financial year 2007-08. Under the funding agreement, Langley House Trust will provide access to two enhanced supervision beds for offenders with a history of mental disorder and to a larger number of beds as move-on accommodation for offenders who have completed a period of residence in approved premises.

In the 12 months to 31 March 2006, 19 Langley House Trust residents were convicted of further offences. The breakdown by offence category was as follows:

Offence category Number

Murder

1

Arson

1

Breaking and entering

1

Theft and other property offences

9

Drunk and disorderly or other summary public order offences

7


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Leave to Remain

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was for a decision to be reached on applications for leave to remain in each of the last five years. [112024]

Mr. Byrne: We are unable to provide this information. Performance is measured in relation to the percentage of applications decided in a specific time periods (currently 20 and 70 working days).

This information is summarised in the following table. It sets out the percentage of charged and non-charged applications decided within these periods:

Percentage
Turnaround time year to date 2004-05 2005-06

Charged 20 working days

62

65

Charged 70 working days

87

90

Non-charged 20 working days

25

29

Non-charged 70 working days

51

64


Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of postal applications for leave to remain a decision on the case was reached within three weeks of receipt in the latest period for which figures are available. [112025]

Mr. Byrne: Performance for non-charged and charged applications is measured against targets of 20 and 70 working days.

The year-to-date figures for the current financial year (April 2006 to January 2007) are as follows:

During the same period 68 per cent. of charged applications were completed within 20 working days and 91 per cent. were completed within 70 working days.

Lincoln Prison

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any written records are held by the Prison Service of instructions given (a) verbally and (b) in writing to the Director General of the Prison Service by Ministers in his Department in October 2002 on control of the riot at Lincoln Prison; and if he will make a statement. [113074]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There are no written records within the Home Office of discussions between the then Home Secretary and the then Director General of the Prison Service about the disturbance at Lincoln Prison on 23 October 2002.

Metropolitan Police: Ports

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in the Metropolitan Police’s Security Command are deployed at entry points to the UK. [120403]


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Mr. McNulty: The deployment of police officers within forces is an operational matter for individual chief constables.

MI5: Informers

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what arrangements are in place within MI5 to audit compliance with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in connection with the authorisation, review and overall employment of informants; [121095]

(2) what guidelines in relation to the management of informant payments and financial records have been adopted by MI5; [121096]

(3) whether M15 has implemented the National Intelligence Model; [121097]

(4) whether MI5 has reviewed the (a) effectiveness and (b) ethical status of its informers in Northern Ireland in terms similar to the CRAG review conducted by the Police Service for Northern Ireland; [121105]

(5) whether MI5 informers in Northern Ireland operate to the standards and requirements set by the CRAG review conducted by the Police Service for Northern Ireland, with particular reference to (a) specific annual authorisations for membership or support of proscribed organisations and (b) application to an equivalent officer to an Assistant Chief Constable for involvement in any criminal offence other than membership or support of a proscribed organisation; [121108]

(6) whether MI5 conducts risk assessments on informers equivalent to those recommended for the police by Association of Chief Police Officers; [121109]

(7) whether MI5 has adopted guidelines on obtaining information from members of the public who are not registered informants equivalent to those adopted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in August 2004; [121110]

(8) what training MI5 informer handlers are required to have; [121111]

(9) whether operational risk advisers have been appointed within MI5. [121124]

Mr. McNulty: The Security Service complies fully with the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act including the statutory Codes of Practice on Covert Human Intelligence Sources and covert surveillance.

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate an inquiry into the failure of the Surveillance Commissioner to uncover the activities of Informer 1 identified in the report of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland into the murder of Raymond McCord junior and related matters prior to October 2003. [121107]

Mr. McNulty: The Police Ombudsman found no failure on the part of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner.


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Ministerial Speech

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was for his event and speech on 4 January 2006. [115397]

Mr. Byrne: The previous Home Secretary (Charles Clarke) did not give a speech on 4 January 2006. However, the current Home Secretary gave a political speech at Dunraven school, Streatham SW16 on 4 January 2007. The event was organised by the Labour Party. No permanent civil servants were involved in the organisation of the event.

Missing Persons

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many missing persons reports were made to the police in 2006; and how many related to children or young people. [118839]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 5 February 2007]: Operational policing information on the number of reports on missing persons made to the police is not collected centrally by the Home Office.

Mobile Phones: Drivers

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in Chorley for using hand-held mobile telephones when driving a motor vehicle in each year since the offence was introduced. [118934]

Mr. Coaker: Data are not available at either local authority and or constituency level.

Available information taken from the annual Home Office publication "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales Supplementary tables", for the Lancashire police force area, from 2003 to 2004 (latest available) is provided in the table.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 2,3) within Lancashire police force area, 2003-2004
Number of offences
Fixed penalty notices issued( 1)

2003

34

2004

1,719

(1) Only covers tickets paid i.e. no further action. (2) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3). [Introduced 1 December 2003] (3) Includes hand held mobile phone or similar hand-held devices while driving. Note: Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.

Motoring Offences

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage
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of people convicted of (a) driving without a licence, (b) driving without insurance and (c) driving without tax in each of the last five years were subsequently convicted of another offence. [111546]

Mr. Coaker: The most recent re-offending information for adults in England and Wales were published in November 2006 as: “Re-offending of Adults: results from the 2003 cohort”. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 20/06. The report is available on line at:

The report shows two-year re-offending rates broken down by offence type (Table A2), the offences above are contained under "other motoring offences", however due to the nature of offences in the question most people will not receive custodial or community sentences and hence will not be included in the sample. It is not practical to break down results by individual offences due to data quality, sample size, and resource issues.


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