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Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which organisations the Security Industry Authority consulted before implementing the latest increase in licence fees for security officers; 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 27 March 2007]: The fee to be paid on application for a licence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 is prescribed by the Secretary of State in regulations. Following consideration by the Home Office of the SIAs proposals for an increase in the fee the Secretary of State agreed to make the necessary regulations.
An updated regulatory impact assessment was published on 12 January 2007, setting out the case for an increase from 6 April in the fee, which must be set at a level to enable the SIA to recover its costs.
Mr. Byrne: IND staff were directly involved in enrolling passengers for the miSensePlus and miSenseAllclear scheme but played no role in the miSense trial. All the miSense trials are a proof of concept and delivered by a collaboration of nine partners led by the British Airports Authority (BAA). Participation in the schemes was on an entirely voluntary basis and following the end of the trial period, all personal data are being erased.
Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make a decision on the recommendations of the Sentencing Advisory Panel on guidelines for sentencing shoplifters. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: It is not for the Secretary of State to make decisions on recommendations by the Sentencing Advisory Panel. The Sentencing Advisory Panel produces advice for the Sentencing Guidelines Council, whose role it is to consult and draw up final guidelines. The Government will have an opportunity to comment on any draft, but the final decision on the content of guidelines is for the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of Class A drugs have been made by Serious Organised Crime Agency officers since 1 April 2006; and what the estimated total value of these seizures is. 
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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on (a) stationery for the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and (b) promotional merchandise branded with SOCAs name and logo. 
John Reid: It has not been possible for SOCA to give an exact figure for their spend on office stationery to date, however, for the period April 2006 to September 2006, SOCA spent £522,500 on stationery and office consumables. Of this, SOCA estimates that £189,000 was spent on stationery.
Mr. Coaker: The chair, non-executive directors and the director general of SOCA are all appointed by the Home Secretary; SOCA publishes an annual plan before the beginning of each financial year; and an annual report as soon as possible after the end of each financial year. This is in line with the requirements of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
Before the commencement of SOCA a management statement and financial memorandum was drawn up setting out the overarching framework within which the organisation will operate and a copy of SOCA's MS/FM was placed in the Library.
Regular meetings take place between the chair and director general of SOCA and the Home Secretary and Ministers. The chair and the director general have made several appearances before Select Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as meeting various all-party parliamentary groups. Senior managers of SOCA also have regular meetings with the Home Office sponsor team.
|Offences of theft from shops in Lancashire|
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|(1) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.|
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 557W, on stop and search: terrorism, how many of those searched in each category were subsequently charged with (a) terrorism-related offences and (b) other offences. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the people who were detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences between 11 September 2001 and 31 December 2006 were held for (a) more than 10 days, (b) longer than 20 days and (c) 27 or 28 days; 
(2) how many of the persons who were detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences between 11 September 2001 and 31 December 2006 were held for (a) more than 10 days, (b) longer than 20 days and (c) 27 or 28 days before a charge was brought against them. 
John Reid: The maximum period of detention pre-charge was extended to 14 days on 20 January 2004 and subsequently up to 28 days with effect from 25 July 2006. The following table shows a breakdown of detention statistics compiled from police records covering the period 20 January 2004 to 31 December 2006.
|Period of detention||Number of persons detained||Charged||Released without charge|
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1945W, on terrorism, when he expects to publish Lord Carlile of Berriew's report on the definition of terrorism. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of those (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 since its inception. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 since 1 January 2006; and how many were held within 24 hours of the maximum allowable period. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 28 March 2007]: Statistics compiled from police records show that from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006 156 arrests were made under the Terrorism Act 2000. The maximum period of detention pre-charge was extended to 28 days with effect from 25 July 2006.
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|(1) This figure includes the period 7 July 2005 until 8 August 2005 during which time 6,468 calls were recorded. This was in the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks on London on 7 July 2005.|
(2) 1 January 2007 to 31 March 2007.
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 22 March 2007]: The anti-terrorist hotline is staffed by two civilian staff and two police officers between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, and outside these hours by one civilian staff and one police officer. The hotline is based within the Counter Terrorism Command at New Scotland Yard.
In the event of a major incident a contingency plan has been devised substantially to increase the capacity to answer incoming calls. This is an operational matter for the police. We cannot comment further.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those detained under the Terrorism Acts (a) were seeking asylum at the time of their detention and (b) have subsequently claimed asylum. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 were from (i) Lancashire and (ii) Ribble Valley. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 30 March 2007]: The Home Office does not collate statistics by geographical or force area. From 11 September 2001 to 31 December 2006 there have been a total of 1,166 arrests of which 1,126 arrests were made under the Terrorism Act 2000 and 40 arrests under legislation other than the Terrorism Act, where the investigation was conducted as a terrorist investigation.
Of the 1,166 arrests, 117 were charged with terrorism legislation offences only, 104 were charged with terrorism legislation offences and other criminal offences and 186 were charged under other legislation. Of those charged, 40 were convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 and 180 convicted under other legislation.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone calls were received by the Anti-Terrorism Hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 29 March 2007]: From the period 1 January to 31 March 2007, 263 calls were received by the Anti-Terrorism Hotline. From 1 January to 31 December 2006, 929 calls were received. A monthly breakdown is detailed in the table.
|Monthly breakdown of calls received by the Anti-Terrorism Hotline|
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