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Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of withdrawing the UK's reservation to the UN convention on the rights of the child. 
Mr. Byrne: We have reviewed the need to retain this Reservation a number of times. Our own legal advice is that effective immigration control would be compromised were we to withdraw this Reservation.
It will be a two stage process and the overall duration will be determined once the first stage has been completed. That first stage will be brisk and will focus on scoping the problems, assessing what deficiencies there are and where they lie. The second stage will constitute the substance of the work and will concentrate on conclusions and recommendations for improving the relevant systems.
The review will take account of the report of the inquiry into the handling of overseas convictions. Whatever the review recommends, we will only be able to reduce risks rather than remove them altogether.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original predicted cost was for the (a) CJS Exchange, (b) EDRM, (c) Adelphi , (d) immigration and nationality directorate's points based system, (e) Mycroft, (f) NSPIS Case and Custody, (g) IMPACT Nominal Index, (h) Cross Regional Information Sharing Project (CRISP), (i) WITR, (j) WISP, (k) Warnings Index Portfolio, (l)
Identity Management, (m) ePassports, (n) Biometric residence permits, (o) IBIP, (p) e-Borders procurement, (q) CIDTR, (r) identity cards, (s) CID and (t) NOMIS IT projects. 
|Policy/Programme||Project Name/ID||Project Description, Scope and the Key Elements/Sublevels||Original Planned Cost (£ million)||Current estimated cost (£ million)( 1)|
Involves the procurement and implementation of solution to capture and analyse passenger information in advance of arrival into/departure from the UK and alert the appropriate Border Control Agencies of high risk passengers. Also replaces the current WI system used to support clearance into the UK & watchlisting of visa applications.
Improves ability of police service to manage and share operational information to prevent and detect crime. Constituent projects: INI (IMPACT Nominal Index), IMPACTCRISP (IMPACT Cross Regional Information Sharing Project) and PND (Police National Database). Costs are From 2005-6 to 2015-16 including post-implementation costs
249.00 to April 2008. Note that this figure covers the cost of delivering the programme only. It does not include maintenance costs until April 2013. The figure of £364 million provided in response to PQ 86109 in July 2006 included all of these maintenance costs.
|(1)This table provides the most up to date and reliable figures programmes/projects requested available for the|
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 4 June 2007]: Statements to the media are made in line with the Ministerial Code and Cabinet Office propriety guidance provided by the Government Communications Network (GCN). I have arranged for a copy of the recently revised guidance to be placed within the House Library.
The numbers for advertising include expenditure on publicity and the numbers for refreshments are a combination of refreshments and working lunches. To show advertising and refreshments separately could be done only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of deploying human radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchipping; what meetings he has held on such microchipping; what representations he has received from civil liberties groups on RFID microchipping; and if he will make a statement. 
Instead, a pilot for the use of satellite tracking technology to monitor the compliance of offenders who are subject to exclusion conditions, and to monitor offenders' whereabouts as a condition of a licence on release from prison, took place from September 2004 until June 2006. The pilots are currently the subject of a comprehensive review and an independent evaluation, the results of which are due out later this year.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals in each police force area (a) were convicted and (b) received upon conviction a minimum five-year sentence for possessing an illegal firearm in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many individuals in each constituency (a) were convicted and (b) received upon conviction a minimum five-year sentence for possessing an illegal firearm in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The minimum five year sentence applies only to persons aged 18 or over and came into force for offences committed from 22 January 2004. The information requested, relating to England and Wales for the years 2004 and 2005, is shown in the following table. Information for 2006 will be available in the autumn.
|Persons aged 18 and over sentenced and those sentenced to mandatory 5 year term (or over) for possession of firearms, by police force area, England and Wales|
|Police force area||Total persons sentenced||5 year + custodial term||Total persons sentenced||5 year + custodial term|
|(1) Metropolitan and City of London police forces|
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
RDS-NOMS, Home Office
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