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John Reid: The questions for the Life in the UK test are based on Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship, the second edition of which has just been published. Advice on the content of the test was taken from the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration (ABNI), the members of which were selected on the basis of open competition. ABNI, together with educational experts and information technology experts, were also consulted about the testing method.
For a period of three months after 2 April facilities will be made available for people who studied the first edition of Life in the United Kingdom to take a Life in the UK Test based on that edition.
John Reid: The Life in the UK Test was piloted in June 2005 at eight test centres. Candidates included long-term and more recent migrants as well as some British citizens. 25 per cent. of the total number of participants were British citizens.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, how many members of staff have resigned since January 2005. 
[holding answer 23 February 2007]: Between 1 January 2005 and 31 January 2007, 224 members of staff resigned. These figures have been
supplied by the Youth Justice Board and relate to employees of the contractor, G4S Justice Services. They do not include those employed by sub-contractors, for example providing health care or education services.
G4S recognises that this is a high number of resignations. It is in part attributable to the particular employment conditions in Milton Keynes, where Oakhill is located. The Youth Justice Board and G4S are working on an action plan to address performance issues identified by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. This should help promote stability and reduce the number of staff leaving the centre.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were served with formal notice warning of liability to deportation (IM3 form) in each year since 2001; how many of these prisoners were released into the care of his Department at the end of remand or sentence; and how many were released into the community. 
On 19 February the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate wrote to the Home Affairs Committee to provide the most recent information available on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Probation Service run a range of offender behaviour programmes, including several which focus on violence. Unit costs for individual programmes are currently being developed by the Probation Service and will be available in the autumn of this year.
Stephen Pound: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Irish nationals have been transferred at the completion of a custodial sentence from a prison to an immigration removal facility in the last 10 months. 
In my written ministerial statement of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 4WS, I explained that those Irish national prisoners whose deportation cases
were not considered exceptional and whose sentences had expired would be released from custody.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of people convicted of having an article with a blade or point under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group; 
(2) how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group; 
(3) how many people and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence in each of the last 30 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Information on previous convictions is not available at the level of individual offences. Figures on criminal histories broken down by types of offence can be found on the Home Offices website in Table 6.3 of Sentencing Statistics 2005:
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many incidents of recorded violent crime a samurai sword was used as an offensive weapon in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: From the information collected on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify those offences which are sword/knife related. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences do not feature in the recorded crime statistics.
Figures are collected for homicides involving the use of sharp instruments but they do not separate identify knife-related offences. The Home Office is working closely with ACPO to develop a knife-enabled crime action plan and is seeking to collate the numbers of knife-related offences for grievous bodily harm through the Annual Data Requirement in 2007-08.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam, of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 972W, on passports, what the error rate was on checks provided by the Passport Validation Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Joan Ryan: The Passport Validation Service provides confirmation that information on a passport presented to a user organisation corresponds with the information held on central passport records for the purpose of combating fraud and identity theft.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to section 6(7) of the Identity Cards Act 2006, whether applicants for passport renewal who apply solely for a passport prior to 1 January 2010 will have their details entered on the National Identity Register. 
Joan Ryan: Once passports are designated under section 4 of the Identity Cards Act 2006, anyone applying for the first time or for renewal of a passport will have their identity details entered on the National Identity Register which, apart from the recording of biometrics, will hold exactly the same sort of identity information that is already required for the issue of passports and other official documents. Prior to 1 January 2010 section 6(7) of the Identity Cards Act makes it possible for anyone, who wishes to do so, to opt out of being issued with an identity card, but after that date anyone applying for a passport would be issued with an identity card together with a passport. This principle was accepted by Parliament when the Identity Cards Act was passed in 2006.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 302W, on passports: interviews, on which days of the week each office will be open; and for how many hours each office will be open on each day. 
(a) Barnstable(1) - Wednesday and Saturday
(b) Bristol - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
(c) Exeter - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
(d) Yeovil - Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
(1) IPS originally proposed to locate this office in Barnstable but we have not been able to secure suitable premises and are now extending our search to neighbouring towns.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 301W, on passport interviews, if he will assess the merits of hosting remote access facilities for passport interview centres in Taunton. 
Joan Ryan: Remote passport interview facilities will be located in sparsely populated parts of the UK, as defined by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Somerset is not defined as a sparsely populated area in this context.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of gross revenue expenditure by (a) Devon and Cornwall Police Authority and (b) all police authorities was financed by (i) central Government provision and (ii) revenue from council tax in each year since 1992. 
The figures exclude grants inside AEF such as housing benefit subsidy, capital grants, funding for local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed within the (a) Policing Policy and Operations Directorate, (b) Police Leadership and Powers Unit and (c) Police Human Resources Unit; and what the cost of their salaries is in each case in 2006-07. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 March 2007 ]: As at the end of March 2007, the Policing Policy and Operations Directorate (a) employed 204 full-time equivalents. Of this number, 47 were employed within the Police Leadership and Powers Unit (b) and 46 within the Police Human Resources Unit (c). The cost of the salaries for 2006-07 was (a) £10.9 million; (b) 2.7 million; and (c) 2.7 million.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of spaces available in Wales under Operation Safeguard were used in each week since the operation came into force; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to his answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1930W, if he will provide the figures by each police force. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 28 March 2007]: The following table sets out by force the proportion of police officer time spent on front-line duties. The information asked for on the time spent in each force on patrol and paperwork is not available as these data are collected by forces for internal management purposes only.
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