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Mr. Byrne: Information on the immigration status of offenders is not held centrally on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform; therefore data on the number of illegal immigrants convicted of an offence are not available.
Mr. Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the new Border and Security Agency to clear outstanding (a) exceptional leave to remain and (b) 14-year rule applications. 
Mr. Byrne: Following the IND Review there is an ongoing programme to identify and clear arrears of casework across the whole of the Border and Immigration Agency, including exceptional leave to remain and 14-year rule applications. Resources have been diverted to some areas where backlogs exist in order to improve performance. This work is continuing. Clearance timescales are not yet resolved.
The airport operator at Heathrow funds the staffing of Fast Track Immigration Controls. Fast Track offers travellers selected by participating airlines a discrete channel to the Immigration Control. The decision about who receives a fast track ticket for this service is not an immigration one. At the Immigration Control, all persons seeking leave to enter the United Kingdom must satisfy the Immigration Officer that they qualify for entry in accordance with the Immigration Rules and will comply with any conditions attached to their leave.
IRIS (Iris Recognition Immigration System) is delivering a biometrically controlled automated border entry system for pre-registered travellers at selected ports in the United Kingdom. This initiative is part of
the eBorders programme. All passengers enrolling are subject to rigorous checks to confirm nationality, identity and eligibility to enter the UK. This mirrors those checks conducted on arrival. Further information on IRIS is available from:
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many farmers receiving single farm payments in the UK applied for work permits for overseas workers in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his response to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1076W, on the police national computer, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the audits conducted in August 2002 and (b) the Home Office report to Lord Falconer. 
Mr. McNulty: I have arranged for a copy of the two audit reports referred to and summarised in the answer to the hon. Gentleman to be placed in the Library. Further to my previous reply the audits were two research exercises undertaken by the Home Office in 2001 and 2002 to assess the accuracy of conviction information recorded on the Police National Computer partly in preparation for the establishment of the Criminal Records Bureau. The reports and a supplementary report were released in 2006 in response to a Freedom of Information request. The report to Lord Falconer was in the form of advice to Ministers and as is the convention, such advice is not published.
Mr. McNulty: I refer my right hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 399W to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws). There is no difference between the pension ages of male and female officers.
Mr. Coaker: The numbers of dedicated traffic police officers are not collected centrally. The available data are the number of full time equivalent police officers primarily employed in the function traffic.
|Police officers (FTE)( 1) whose main function is traffic( 2) (1996-97 to 2005-06)|
|England and Wales|
|(1) This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.|
(2) Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. This does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.
(3) Data are not available for 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office is fully committed to driving continuous improvement across policing as a whole in order to deliver better services to the public. Where necessary and operationally practical, this will include the promotion of technological innovations that aid the prevention and detection of crime and antisocial behaviour.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on each of the 12 points outlined by the Prime Minister as security measures on 5 August 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
|Progress on Prime Ministers 12 point plan|
Since the introduction of the new grounds of Unacceptable Behaviour for deportation and exclusion, 52 individuals have been excluded from the UK and 1 deported. A further 62 exclusion and 5 deportation cases are under consideration.
Section 54 in the IAN Act allows us to deny asylum to terrorists while respecting our obligations under the Refugee Treaty. Section 55 in the Act allows the Secretary of State to certify that an appellant is not entitled to the protection of the Refugee Convention.
A provision included in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 lowers the bar for removal of citizenship by replacing one of the existing criteria with a new power to deprive where such action is held by the Home Secretary to be conducive to the public good. The power came into force on16 June 2006. One person has been deprived under this new power. Several other cases are being actively pursued having been identified as priority cases by Security Service and the Special Cases Oversight Board.
Rashid Ramda extradited. A working group chaired by the Home Office with membership from CPS, HMCS, SOCA and other stakeholders is meeting bi-monthly to monitor developments in cases and remove obstacles to progress.
There are 17 orders currently in force, 8 of which are in respect of British citizens. Control orders continue to be an essential tool to address the threat posed by suspected terrorists who cannot currently be prosecuted or, in respect of foreign nationals, who cannot be removed from the UK.
We have extended the requirement to be of good character to virtually all applicants for British citizenship. The relevant provision, section 58 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, was commenced on 4 December 2006. We are also looking at extending the checks carried out to establish good character.
11. To consult on a new power to order closure of a place of worship which is used as a centre for fermenting extremism and to consult with Muslim leaders in respect of those clerics who are not British Citizens to draw up a list of those not suitable to preach and who will be excluded from our country in the future.
The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) was launched on 27 June 2006. We work closely with MINAB to ensure that they meet the challenge of their role as the national body with responsibility for mosques and imams.
MINAB has committed itself to making early progress in five core areas: the accreditation of imams; the development of leadership skills for imams and mosque officials; progress in the inclusion of young people and women; improvement in the governance of mosques; and supporting mosques to contribute to community cohesion and to combating extremism.
By end 2007, all visa applicants (100 nationalities) will be required to provide biometric data (10 fingerscan and digital photograph) wherever in the world they apply for a UK visa. The equipment and process changes to enable this will be deployed overseas between autumn 2006 and the end of 2007. We are currently collecting biometric data from all visa applicants in 67 countries and checking the data against records held on the Border and Immigration Agencys Immigration Fingerprint Service database. The intention is that in due course all fingerscans will be checked against the Border and Immigration Agencys Immigration and Asylum Fingerprint Service database held in the UK, and the police national database, prior to reaching a decision on the visa application.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for teachers and lecturers from (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) Latin America and (d) the Caribbean in each year since 2000. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 4 June 2007]: The following table and list shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1 January 2000 to 31 March 2007 from (a) Africa, (b) Asia (c) Latin America and (d) the Caribbean.
|Work permit approvals 2000 to March 2007|
|(1 )Indicates Nil|
(2 )Indicates 1 or 2
(3) January to March
1. Figures are rounded to nearest 5.
2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.
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