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Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1751-52W, on human trafficking, how many of those charged with offences relating to the trafficking of people in 2005 were (a) convicted and (b) foreign nationals. 
From data on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, the following table shows the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for various offences relating to trafficking of people in England and Wales, 2005.
These data are not related to data previously provided by the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) for PQ 122478 answered 5 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1751-52W. The court proceedings database does not hold data on the nationality of the defendant.
The figures previously provided in PQ 122478 refer to the number of offences charged that reach a first hearing. This is different from the number of persons proceeded against and is based on the principal offence only. Hence CPS figures for charging will be higher than our figures for proceeded against, and found guilty.
|Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for various offences relating to trafficking of people in England and Wales, 2005( 1,2,3)|
|Statute||Offence description||Prosecuted||Found guilty|
|(1) These data are on the 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.
(3) Prosecutions are counted by date of final outcome in the magistrates court. Guilty figures are counted by the date of sentence in both magistrates courts and Crown Courts. Hence guilty figures can exceed prosecutions where they reflect cases of people being found guilty in the magistrates court and committed for sentence to the Crown Court, the two events being counted in two different years.
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Mr. Coaker: We recognise the need for a more formalised identification and referral procedure and a referral mechanism will be developed as part of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention. Further consideration will need to be given as to the most suitable structure and agency for operating this process. The model adopted will take into account existing best practice and the need to tailor any system to suit the national circumstances of the United Kingdom.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many beds are provided by the Poppy Project; and what the percentage occupancy figures were for these beds in each of the last six months. 
Mr. Coaker: The Government fund the Poppy project to provide an outreach service and 35 bed-spaces, of which 25 are crisis intensive support places and 10 are resettlement places. Women who apply for asylum continue to be supported by the Poppy project but are accommodated by the National Asylum Support Service. This helps to free crisis spaces for new referrals.
|Percentage of Poppy project bed-spaces occupied in the last six months|
|Percentage of bed-spaces occupied (out of 35)|
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 27 March 2007]: The Home Secretary signed the Council of Europe Convention on 26 March and we are now beginning to develop details on how implementation will be taken forward.
It will inevitably take some time to move from signature to ratification of the Convention. Unlike some of our Council of Europe colleagues the UK will not ratify the Convention until all changes to domestic legislation, processes and guidance are in place to ensure that we fully comply with its terms.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people trafficked into Wales in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Home Office research suggests that in 2003 in the United Kingdom there were approximately 4,000 women who were victims of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. There are no available regionalised figures, however the initial findings from Operation Pentameter suggest that the problem is not confined solely to England as the recent case at Cardiff Crown indicates.
As stated in the UKs Action Plan on tackling Human Trafficking, copies of which I have placed in the Library of the House, we intend to carry out further research to establish the scale and extent of the problem within our borders in relation to trafficking both for sexual and non-sexual purposes.
Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice reform show that there were no prosecutions in Yorkshire police force area for hunting a wild mammal with a dog under the Hunting Act 2004 Sections 1 and 6.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 987W, on identity cards, what charges will be made for verification through the Employer Verification Service; and what the features will be of the proposed enhanced service. 
We are engaging with organisations in the piloting of the service. Through this activity, and through planned market research, we will identify what enhancements employers would like to see from any future services and what would benefit them. We will continue to keep this matter under review.
Joan Ryan: I, or Ministerial colleagues, have written 56 letters to local newspapers since 14 November 2006, including letters that may have been printed in more than one local publication that forms part of a larger newspaper group. These letters have clarified the Government's proposals for introducing interviews for first-time passport applicants together with the plans for the National Identity Scheme, including identity cards. They have been in response to a number of local press articles or letters to the newspapers editors. The cost has not been separately identified as it forms part of our routine work.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were taken into police custody in England and Wales suspected of being illegal immigrants during January 2007. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested regarding the immigration status of all those arrested is not collated centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Records are not broken down by police force and therefore an answer to this question could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who are living in Northern Ireland illegally; how many were so living in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on the steps being taken by his Department to reduce the number. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 2 March 2007]: As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, no Government have been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, illegally, and that remains the case.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of female illegal immigrants being forced to work in the sex industry in (a) England and (b) Lancashire. 
Home Office research suggests that in 2003 in the United Kingdom there were approximately 4,000 women who were victims of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Of these it is not known how many entered the UK illegally but intelligence suggests that many victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation enter the country legally. There are no available regionalised figures. However, the initial findings from Operation Pentameter suggest that the problem is not confined to solely the major conurbations.
As stated in the UK's Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking, copies of which I have placed in the Library of the House, we intend to carry out further research to establish the scale and extent of the problem within our borders.
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