Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rulings made by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal involving female asylum seekers who claim they have been raped in their own countries were refused on appeal in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Byrne: The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) does not record statistics regarding the volume of appeals brought by female appellants where there have been allegations of rape and which are subsequently dismissed. The information requested cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs through the examination of individual appeal files.
Mr. Byrne: Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) does not hold information on how many asylum seekers have been subject to an age assessment. The data could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been considered by his Department under the one-off exercise concerning asylum seekers with children which was announced on 24 October 2003; how many people have been given indefinite leave to remain under the scheme; how many cases have been rejected; and how many cases have yet to be determined. 
Mr. Byrne: Information on the family ILR exercise is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website at
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals applied for asylum in the UK in each year since 2000; how many (a) were granted asylum or leave to remain in the UK, (b) left the UK voluntarily and (c) were deported in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Information on asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals by nationality are published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Coaker: At the end of August 2006, there were approximately 2,600 neighbourhood policing teams (also known as safer neighbourhoods teams in some areas) in England and Wales, delivering dedicated neighbourhood policing to around 6,700 neighbourhoods. There are currently 31 dedicated neighbourhood policing teams in Avon and Somerset.
Statistical information detailing how many of these teams are fully operational is not collected centrally by the Home Office. However, the police service across England and Wales and in Avon and Somerset specifically is making excellent progress towards the target of introducing neighbourhood policing to every community by April 2007, and ensuring that there is a neighbourhood policing team in every area by April 2008.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has given to chief constables on the deployment of safer neighbourhood teams between midnight and 6 am. 
Mr. Coaker: The Home Office does not provide any guidance on the deployment of safer neighbourhood teams, also known as neighbourhood policing teams, between the hours of midnight and 6 am. the availability and working hours of all neighbourhood policing teams is an operational decision for the chief constable in each area, as informed by the needs and priorities of the local community.
The police service is making excellent progress towards the implementation of neighbourhood
policing throughout England and Wales by 2008. In support of this, we will provide continuing funding towards the provision of 16,000 PCSOs in 2007-08. We will not expect forces to increase the number of PCSOs beyond this, although they may of course choose to do so according to local circumstances and need.
The police service has advised that the sustainable rollout of neighbourhood policing by 2008 may not require 24,000 PCSOs, so we are giving local forces the flexibility they have asked for to determine the most appropriate staffing mix in their neighbourhood teams.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers were recruited in North Yorkshire in each of the last three years; and how many he expects to be recruited in 2007-08. 
North Yorkshire police has an overall strength target of 183 PCSOs for April 2007 and in support of this will receive funding totalling £2.4 million in 2006-07, increasing to £3.2 million in 2007-08. It is a matter for the Chief Constable and the Police Authority to take decisions on the number of PCSOs and other staff that the force should recruit in 2007-08.
|Police community support officer recruits( 1) and total strength (FTE)( 2) from 2003-04 to 2005-06( 3)
|(1) Recruits include those officers joining as Police Standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously Special Constables. This excludes police community support officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining. Data have not been previously published in this format, published data are for all joiners. (2) 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 sum of constituent items. (3) Financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March inclusive. (4) Data are not available for recruits in 2003-04. Data for overall strength have therefore been included.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which firms of external consultants have been retained by his Department since 6 May 2005; for what purpose they were retained; and what the total cost of retaining them has been to date. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 24 January 2007]: To identify those external consultancy firms which have been continuously retained since 6 May 2005 would incur disproportionate costs as management information systems do not allow effective cross referencing across the various parts of the Home Office group and its agencies. This could only be done manually.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) acts
of violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) vehicle crimes, (e) property crimes and (f) acts of vandalism there were in communities of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Recorded crime statistics are collated for crime and disorder reduction partnerships (generally equivalent to local authorities), basic command units and police force area. Figures for offences in communities of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants are not centrally collected by the Home Office.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Data from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of persons aged 10 to 20 convicted or cautioned for an offence for the years 1996-2005, are provided in the following table:
|Number of persons found guilty or cautioned for all offences, England and Wales, 1996-2005( 1, 2)
|Aged 10 to 17
|Aged 18 to 20
|(1 )Principal offence basis. (2) 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 the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Dale Miller was the one of the prisoners identified by the Association of Chief Police Officers as a priority in dealing with the backlog of files of British convictions abroad. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of providing each measure referred to in the first bullet point under Action During 2005-06 on page 65 of his Department's 2006 annual report; and which consultants were used to develop the information. 
Mr. Byrne: The total cost of meeting this commitment for 2005-06 was £44,500 excluding internal staff costs. Cost details of the separate measures referred to cannot be given separately due to commercial confidentiality. Much of the work was done in-house.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest time was for which these temporary workers were employed in each year. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006. 
Mr. Byrne: The available information covers research studies. My Department undertakes a wide range of external research studies that support the development of information-led policy, including scientific and social research. Research is commissioned externally usually through competitive tendering exercises and is subject to contract. The following table lists the title of all the external research contracts let in 2006 from agencies, companies, academics and individuals.
|Research contracts let by the Home Office in 2006 from (a) agencies( 1) , (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals
|Name of contract
|(1) There were no contracts commissioned from agencies.