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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals employed by the South East strategic health authority have been made redundant since its inception; what percentage of staff this represents; and what the total cost of redundancy payments has been. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 7 June 2007]: Hospital Episode Statistics from 2004-05 suggest there were around 73,000 emergency admissions with a primary diagnosis of stroke. However, this figure under-represents the true incidence of stroke for two reasons: firstly some hospital patients who have a stroke may also have another condition as their primary diagnosis; secondly, not all stroke patients currently attend hospital.
Removed more failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants than ever before;
stopped 180,000 people from boarding aircraft to Britain through our airline liaison officers and
revamped the old IND turning it into the new Border and Immigration Agency, making it more open and more accountable
Recruiting more immigration officers and police officers;
introducing tougher powers for front line staff; and
introducing a migration management system which gives those who can contribute the most the best chance of entering this country.
Mr. Byrne: The effectiveness of measures deployed to remove failed asylum seekers are assessed on an ongoing basis. These measures have ensured that the removal of failed asylum seekers has been steadily increasing over the past few years.
Mr. Coaker: In February 2004, the Home Office, Metropolitan police, Dixons, and Woolworths launched the Shopwatch initiative, which recruits employees as special constables from the retail establishments to patrol specific retail areas.
Mr. Coaker: The main arrests collection held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform covers persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by main offence group (ie violence against the person, robbery, burglary etc.) only.
Knife related offences are not specifically defined by statute, and details of the individual circumstances of arrests are not asked for as part of the Arrests for Recorded Crime (Notifiable Offences) collection.
Mr. Byrne: The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 19 February with an update on the Legacy Programme. Her letter confirmed that a new directorate had been established to deal specifically with legacy cases, with significant case-working capability.
Mr. Byrne: We are making good progress against the milestones published in the IND Review, which was published last year. This includes meeting almost all of the milestones we had set to achieve by April 2007.
20. Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with West Yorkshire police on the exchange of intelligence between them and the security services. 
Mr. Byrne: As part of my ongoing programme of regional visits to the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) operations in Croydon and around the UK, I discuss the services provided by managed migration, asylum and enforcement with both staff and stakeholders. I also regularly discuss the efficiency of the service with the chief executive of BIA, and other senior officials.
22. Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with Ministers and officials in the Ministry of Justice on combating anti-social behaviour. 
Ministers and officials in the Home Office engage in regular discussions with their counterparts in the Ministry of Justice, and other Government Departments about combating antisocial behaviour and other issues.
Mr. Byrne: Within a week of making their asylum application an applicant meets their case owner. The case owner remains the applicant's single point of contact for all aspects of their asylum application. At this first reporting event, the case owner fully explains to the applicant how the asylum process works and answers any questions. They also provide information about access to legal representatives. The applicant is able to contact their case owner at any time during the asylum process with any queries or concerns they may have.
Accommodation providers and voluntary sector organisations also deliver briefings to applicants about the asylum process and applicants' rights and responsibilities while they are in the UK. We are currently working with them to update this briefing to ensure it properly reflects our process and is fully up to date.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted in 2006 of conspiracy to help people gain asylum fraudulently; and how many of those were deported. 
|Percentage case owners|
|Regional asylum teams||Male( 1)||Female( 2)|
|(1) Percentages are based on management information. (2) Includes Detained Fast Track teams at Harmondsworth and Yarl's Wood.|
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Border and Immigration Agency is expected to have the capacity to allow asylum seekers at screening stage to express a preference as to the sex of the New Asylum Model case owner to be allocated to them and for that request to be met; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to all chief constables in England and Wales advising them of the benefits of stab vests for police community support officers. 
[holding answer 27 February 2007]: The Home Office Scientific Development Branch produces standards for body armour which incorporate a number of different protection levels. These standards were last published in 2003 but we plan to issue revised standards
in the next month. All body armour is tested against these standards at Home Office approved test houses.
In 1995 the Home Office Scientific Development Branch, in collaboration with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), developed a Police Operational Requirement (POR) for body armour. This requirement states that the protection provided by ballistic and stab resistant body armour must be sufficient to prevent the wearer from sustaining serious or permanent injury. To achieve this, five vital organs located within the torso must be protected: the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys.
The provision of police equipment is a matter for chief officers. However I have written to the forces which do not provide protective armour to police community officers to ask them to clarify the reasons for their decision, and I will let my hon. Friend know the responses of the four forces at the earliest opportunity.
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