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The Home Office has not therefore undertaken any assessment of the social consequences, environmental impact or consequences of the Mosquito device on retail workers under the age of 25.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Australian and (b) New Zealand nationals are resident in the UK. 
John Healey: I have been asked to reply.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 May 2007:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question concerning how many (a) Australian and (b) New Zealand nationals are resident in the UK. (138170)
Estimates of Australian and New Zealand nationals resident in the UK are provided in Table 1. These estimates are based on county of birth and cover the latest available twelve month period to March 2007.
Please note that there are a number of technical notes supplied that must be read in conjunction with the estimates.
|Table 1: Estimates of the number of people( 1) born in Australia or New Zealand and resident in the United Kingdom|
|12 months ending March 2007( 2)||Persons ( T housand)|
|(1) Calculated from those respondents in the LFS who answered the country of birth question, including people aged below 16 years.|
(2) Based on an average of the latest LFS quarters from April 2006-March 2007.
(3) Includes people born in other countries.
1. It should be noted that the country of birth question in the LFS:
excludes those who have not been resident in the UK for six months
excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent
excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc.)
is grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying for 12 months or more
microdata is grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates.
2. As with any sample survey, the LFS results are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many representatives of NHS acute trusts sit on crime and disorder reduction partnerships in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands region; 
(2) if he will take steps to ensure that accident and emergency departments play a greater role in crime and disorder reduction partnerships; 
(3) what role accident and emergency departments play in crime and disorder reduction partnerships; and what assessment he has made of their effectiveness in that role. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer s 21 May 2007]: The Government recognise that the national health service can both contribute to and benefit from local actions to tackle crime and disorder. To that end, NHS trusts, including NHS acute trusts, which incorporate accident and emergency departments, have co-operating bodies status within Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs). This means that representatives from bodies with this status are encouraged to attend CDRP meetings, for example when they have been specifically identified as leading or supporting responsible authority members in achieving the community safety objectives identified by the Partnership.
While the Home Office measures the outcomes delivered by individual CDRPs (for example, trends in crime) information on the operational arrangements of individual partnerships is not held centrally, and neither has any formal assessment been made of the role of individual partner agencies.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of FA Cup Final tickets being sold online in breach of the prohibition on ticket touting in respect of regulated football matches; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 23 May 2007]: The information requested is not gathered or held by the Home Office. Monitoring websites for the unauthorised sale of football tickets is a matter for the police as part of their evidence gathering in connection with internet ticket touting.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure that online websites comply with the prohibition of ticket touting in respect of regulated football matches. 
Mr. Coaker: The UK Football Policing Unit in collaboration with UEFA, the FA and the Premier League has drawn the position to the attention of companies which appear to be touting on the internet. Further enforcement of the law is a matter for police.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines Immigration and Nationality Directorate enforcement officials are given on how to deal with (a) confirmed and (b) unconfirmed illegal individuals when carrying out (i) raids and (ii) searches. 
John Reid: Officers undertake intelligence led operational visits and searches to detain and remove persons who no longer have the right to remain in the UK and do so in line with operational policy and guidance. Guidelines for enforcement officers is contained in the Operational Enforcement Manual which can be found via the internet at:
www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk>law and policy> Operational Enforcement Manual.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff are (a) employed by his Department and (b) on duty between 10 am and 5 pm to answer hon. Members immigration telephone hotline calls; and what the average number of calls per day has been since its establishment. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 23 May 2007]: The Border and Immigration Agency MPs Hotline employs 16 members of staff with up to nine call agents and four supervisors on duty to answer telephone calls between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. The Border and Immigration Agency has received on average 126 calls per day from Members of Parliament, the House of Lords and Members of the Devolved Legislatures during the period of 1 June 2003 to 11 May 2007, which is the only period where statistical information is available.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings Ministers from his Department have had with representatives of the National Black Police Association in the last 12 months. 
Mr. McNulty: I have met representatives of the National Black Police Association on seven occasions in the last 12 months.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) consultants and (b) interim managers have been employed by (i) the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and (ii) his Department to work in or for NOMS; what the cost of employing such people was in each month since NOMS was established; and what aspect of the work of NOMS each was retained for. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: I have been asked to reply.
The number of consultants NOMS has employed during the period February 2006 to end February 2007 is 79.
|Purpose for retaining consultants||Number||Contract value (£)|
This total represents less than half a percent of the NOMS Budget.
The number of interim managers which NOMS has employed during the period February 2006 to end February 2007 is 203.
|Purpose for retaining interims||Number||Contract value (£)|
This total represents 1.3 per cent. of the NOMS budget.
It is not possible to provide details of consultants or interim managers engaged for NOMS by the wider Home Office, since such details were not collated centrally during this period. This is likely to be negligible in the context of information provided in the tables.
We are unable to provide a complete breakdown of the costs on a month-by-month basis, as invoices are not necessarily submitted on this basis as they may be submitted for a piece of work rather than a period of time.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) identity theft and (b) online fraud were recorded in Suffolk in each of the last five years. 
Joan Ryan: The information requested is not available centrally. The use of another persons identification details (or the use of false identification details), often referred to as identity theft, is not in itself an offence in law. It is the action that is undertaken, using those identification details, that needs to be considered in respect of whether an offence has occurred and should be recorded.
With regard to online fraud, this is not a separately defined offence in law and such instances will be recorded under the appropriate fraud classification depending on the circumstances of the offence.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths were recorded in each London borough in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age group and (b) sex. 
John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 May 2007:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many alcohol-related deaths were recorded in each London borough in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age group (b) sex, (138494)
The attached tables provide the number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause in each London borough by (a) age group and (b) sex from 1996 to 2005 (the latest year available), A copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library,
Dr. Blackman-Woods: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to revise the level at which foster care allowances are liable to be taxed to take account of recent changes to the fostering allowance system. 
Mr. Timms: When it was introduced in 2003, the income tax exemption for foster carers was purposely set at a high level to ensure that the vast majority of carers would qualify for relief. There currently are no plans to revise the level at which foster care allowances are liable to be taxed.
DFES have recently introduced new national minimum allowances for foster carers, but these are still well below the level at which such income becomes liable to income tax.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to enhancing the role of Parliament in appointing members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. 
Ed Balls: Since the introduction of the Government's monetary policy framework 10 years ago UK inflation has averaged 1.5 per cent. compared with 4.2 per cent. in the preceding decade. The Government continue to monitor all aspects of the framework to ensure it remains at the forefront of international best practice.
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide funding to the Department for Communities and Local Government to enable the same number of council houses to be built each year as in 1967. 
John Healey: The 2004 spending review provided increased funding to help deliver an additional 10,000 new social homes a year by 2007-08 compared with 2004-05. The Government recognise that there is still a need to go further and have already stated that they will set out ambitious plans for increasing social housing supply as part of the 2007 comprehensive spending review.
Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by his Department; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each commission. 
John Healey: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative geographic numbers are available in each case. 
John Healey: The Treasury has no 0845 or 0870 telephone lines.
Mr. Jamie Reed:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Copeland were
recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007; 
(2) how many women in Copeland were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007. 
John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 May 2007:
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