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West Midlands Police: Standards

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on frontline duties by West Midlands police in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement. [140199]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 4 June 2007] : Information on the time spent by police officers on front-line duties in the West Midlands police is set out in the following table.

Time spent on front-line duties (percentage)

2003-04 (baseline year)






2007-08 (force target)


Written Questions

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 128690, on migrant workers and the school age children of migrant workers, tabled by the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham on 20th March. [135524]

Mr. Byrne: I replied to the hon. Member 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1330W.

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question tabled on 3 May on children applying for asylum status; and what the reasons are for the delay in answering. [139545]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 4 June 2007]: I replied to the hon. Member on 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1241W.

Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with Serco on its management of complaints received on the treatment of women detainees at Yarl’s Wood. [137997]

Mr. Byrne: All complaints are dealt with under a Detention Service Order (DSO). The complaints DSO 7/2006 clearly defines the way complaints are handled, with a right of appeal to the Prison and Probation Ombudsman.

Border and Immigration Agency staff at Yarl’s Wood spend time on the accommodation units and closely monitor the care and welfare of detainees. I am placing a copy of the DSO in the House of Commons Library.

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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to improve the treatment of women detainees at Yarl's Wood. [137998]

Mr. Byrne: The contract that exists between the Home Office and Serco outlines the Border and Immigration Agency's requirements in regard to the services provided to detainees. The contract is underpinned by an ethos of improving services to the detainees both in terms of care and safety.

A bi-weekly meeting is in place to support direct communication between detainees and the managers of the centre. There is also a system of suggestion and comments books located on accommodation units to allow women and families to give a steer on the services and activities they would enjoy. This system has already resulted in an agreement to produce a weekly newsletter highlighting activities and service changes.


Business: Education

Tony Baldry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees were involved in the Enterprise Summer School scheme in 2006; and how many are expected to be involved in 2007. [138020]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.

We know from Young Enterprise that 236 businesses and other organisations were involved in the funding of
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the summer schools Pathfinders, and that on average at least two staff members from each company/organisation volunteered, so we would estimate that 472 individual employees were involved.

We have no plans at present for a second round of such enterprise summer schools in 2007, but are considering options for future years.

Constituency Size

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change in the size of the electorate in each parliamentary constituency was between the last two years for which figures are available, grouped according to region and listed in descending order according to percentage change. [140143]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 5 June 2007:

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