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Mr. McNulty: The Home Office evaluation of the National Reassurance Policing Programme published in 2006 provides strong evidence that a neighbourhood policing approachwhich uses locally-based neighbourhood policing teams to target local community safety prioritiescan reduce crime and perceptions of antisocial behaviour, and improve public confidence in the police, feelings of safety, community engagement and police patrol visibility.
The Home Office is monitoring and evaluating the neighbourhood policing programme across England and Wales, rather than the performance of individual teams, through a strategic research programme, the results of which will be published in due course.
The Home Office also continues to assess police performance, including the impact of neighbourhood policing, through the Police Performance Assessment Framework (PPAF), while inspections by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary also provide a qualitative assessment of neighbourhood policing delivery.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department expects to reach a conclusion on the appropriateness of extending the British Crime Survey to include those who are aged
under 16 years old; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 24 April 2007]: Extending the British Crime Survey to include those aged under 16 years old was one of the recommendations of the independent review of crime statistics led by Professor Adrian Smith that reported in November 2006. Smith recommended the Home Office should draw on the advice of experts in making such changes and there should be careful piloting so that the effect of such a change could be properly assessed before the extension is incorporated into the main BCS sample. We intend to commission work in the near future from experts in sampling and conducting surveys to provide advice on how this work could be taken forward. We expect to reach a conclusion on this work in the autumn of 2007.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be in a position to introduce to Parliament the Criminal Justice Bill announced in the Queens Speech 2006. 
John Reid: As my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House of Commons indicated in response to a question from the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) at business questions on 19 April 2007, Official Report, column 442, the criminal justice Bill will be brought forward in due course.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking has met in the last 12 months; and how often it plans to meet in the next 12 months. 
Revised cost estimates have been published from time-to-time, for example, when the Identity Cards Bill was introduced to Parliament. During the passage of that legislation, the Government agreed to lay a report before Parliament every six months, which sets out the estimated cost of the National Identity Scheme for the coming 10 years.
The National Identity Scheme is being built around plans first to issue biometric passports incorporating; fingerprints which many countries will be implementing in 2009; and second, to issue biometric visas and immigration documents to foreign nationals. The procurement projects will therefore in the main deliver generic facilities covering, for example, the recording and storage of biometric information for passport and immigration purposes as well as ID cards.
As with any major project or programme, cost estimates will continue to be revised as it reaches key stages in its development, such as commencing procurement, signing contracts with suppliers and the commencement of live operations.
There are a number of schemes under which non-EU nationals can apply to work in the UK. Details of these, including the requirements and evidence which should be submitted, can be found on the UKvisas website (www.ukvisas.gov.uk). Two of the largest schemes are Work Permits and the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) and details of the requirements and processes of these are given.
Non-EU nationals can also be permitted to work if they enter the UK under a long-term category, such as husband/wife/partner, though there is no requirement for them to demonstrate their employability in order for entry clearance to be issued.
demonstrate that the non-EU citizen has the skills, qualifications and experience to enable them to do the job on offer (except under the Sectors Based Scheme);
inform the Border and Immigration Agency how they verified the non-EU citizens qualifications and skills for most Business and Commercial and Training and Work Experience applications; and
demonstrate that the non-EU citizen has appropriate registration with a UK professional organisation, for example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the General Medical Council, where that is required by legislation.
The employer is required to provide supporting documentation. The Border and Immigration Agency may request original documents where copies have been supplied and, if necessary, check their authenticity.
holds a valid work permit and is capable of undertaking the employment specified;
is not below the age of 13 years;
does not intend to take employment except as specified on the work permit;
intends to leave the UK on expiry of the work permit (where a work permit is due to expire within 12 months); and
is able to be maintained and accommodated (and any dependants) adequately without recourse to public funds.
The HSMP is a points based immigration route. If a non-EU citizen wishes to enter the UK as a highly skilled migrant they must demonstrate their highly skilled status by scoring 75 points across the following areas:
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average travelling distance from home to intermittent custody centres is for women prisoners subject to (a) a weekday and (b) a weekend intermittent custody order, broken down by centre; 
(3) how many and what percentage of intermittent custody orders have been made for (a) weekday and (b) weekend custody in each year since their introduction under the Criminal Justice Act 2003; 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The two intermittent custody pilots at HMP Kirkham for male offenders and HMP Morton Hall for female offenders came to and end in November 2006. Each centre accommodated up to 39 offenders.
During the pilots we did not hold records on travelling distances for offenders to the IC centres.
However, the IC evaluation found that the geographically larger female pilot catchment area meant that women spent longer travelling, usually by public transport, to the IC centre than men.
On 23 April 2007 there was one female prisoner currently recalled at Morton Hall serving an intermittent custody order. The total number of intermittent custody orders during the pilot was 456; of these, 384 offenders were subject to weekend custody, and 72 offenders were subject to weekday custody.
Mr. McNulty: Information on sick leave absences is collected annually and only at force level. In the Metropolitan Police Service for 2005-06 the average number of hours lost per annum was 54.3 hours per officer.
Mr. McNulty: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne) on 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1091, which provides all the relevant information that is available.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders in (a) Category C prisons, (b) Category D prisons and (c) youth offender institutions in England and Wales have access to the keys for their cells. 
John Reid: No prisoners have cell keys in their possession. In 32 Category C prisons, six semi-open prisons and five closed young offender institutions (YOIs), cells are fitted with privacy locks which enable prisoners to open and close their cells only during periods when the cell locks have been unlocked by staff. Privacy locks do not enable prisoners to leave their cells unless unlocked by staff, nor do they enable them to prevent staff from entering. Open prisons and open YOIs do not normally have cell locks on individual cells.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Respect Task Force has spent on advertising since its establishment; and what the projected advertising budget is for each of the next two financial years. 
Currently, we have no committed expenditure on advertising over the next two years. Any further advertising that is commissioned will be dependent on budget allocations and communication plans which have yet to be settled in detail.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1651W, on special constables, for what reasons the recruitment figures are not published in the Police Service Strength Bulletin; and if he will publish such figures in future editions. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 April 2007]: The annual Home Office Statistical Bulletin series Police Service Strength, England and Wales publish joiners and leavers data for special constables. The data for joiners take into consideration not only those individuals who are recruited to the force, but also those who transfer between forces and those who leave the force and subsequently rejoin at a later date. For this reason, data for joiners are considered a more accurate representation of changes in strength than recruits. Data are published in this way not only for special constables but also for police officers.
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 bringing together the former Department of Social Security and Employment Service. Information on the number of people employed by the Department in Huddersfield at 31 March each year following its formation is in the following table. The figures are also included as at 28 February 2007, the latest available.
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