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Departments: Westminster City Council

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which grants for which his Department is responsible have been made to Westminster city council in each year since 1997-98; and what the value was of each grant. [137759]

Mr. Byrne: The grants made to Westminster city council in each year since 1997-98 by this Department, as recorded by the council in the Communities and Local Government Revenue returns, are as follows.


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Grants £000

1997-98

Asylum seekers: various grants

7,166

1998-99

Asylum seekers: various grants

10,403

1999-2000

Asylum seekers

12,912

2000-01

Asylum seekers

15,394

2001-02

Asylum seekers

12,987

2002-03

Asylum seekers

12,454

2003-04

Asylum seekers

8,948

2004-05

Asylum seekers

5,697

2005-06

Asylum seekers

3,698

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership

527

2006-07

Asylum seekers

1,373

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership

458


This table sets out the specific grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF) (i.e. revenue grants paid for councils' core services) paid to Westminster and excludes grants outside AEF such as capital grants, funding for local authorities' housing management responsibilities, European funding; or where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area. Revenue support grant and other elements of formula grant (such as redistributed business rates and police grant) have also been excluded.

Revenue outturn data have been used from 1997-98 to 2005-06 (the last year available) and revenue account data have been used for 2006-07.

Deportation: Sudan

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last conducted an in-country assessment of Sudan in relation to the safety of rejected asylum seekers from Darfur; and if he will make a statement. [142253]

Mr. Byrne: Information about the conditions in Sudan including the security situation is obtained from a wide range of governmental and non-governmental sources, human rights organisations and the media.
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This information is utilised by case owners responsible for decision making on asylum claims and is published in regularly updated Home Office country of origin information reports. The latest country of origin information report on Sudan was published in January 2007 and can be accessed on the Home Office website at:

An updated report containing the most recent information available will be published later this month.

Drugs: Crime

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences have been committed in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [142140]

Mr. Coaker: Data collected centrally on recorded crime do not identify whether offences are drug related. The recorded crime statistics do include the number of specific drug offences which are given in the tables.


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Table 1: Drug offences recorded by the police—1997
Police force area Number

Avon and Somerset

484

Bedfordshire

223

Cambridgeshire

205

Cheshire

635

Cleveland

227

Cumbria

222

Derbyshire

302

Devon and Cornwall

637

Dorset

183

Durham

404

Dyfed-Powys

374

Essex

401

Gloucestershire

210

Greater Manchester

1,051

Gwent

389

Hampshire

770

Hertfordshire

215

Humberside

444

Kent

790

Lancashire

554

Leicestershire

309

Lincolnshire

235

London, City of

46

Merseyside

694

Metropolitan Police

4,695

Norfolk

337

Northamptonshire

286

Northumbria

445

North Wales

238

North Yorkshire

171

Nottinghamshire

373

South Wales

525

South Yorkshire

535

Staffordshire

389

Suffolk

333

Surrey

163

Sussex

695

Thames Valley

566

Warwickshire

136

West Mercia

436

West Midlands

828

West Yorkshire

1,807

Wiltshire

191

Total

23,153

Note:
Prior to April 1998, ‘trafficking in controlled drugs’ was the only drug offence included in the recorded crime series.


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Table 2: Drug offences recorded by the police—1998-99 to 2001-02
Police force area 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

Avon and Somerset

2,145

2,017

1,990

1,860

Bedfordshire

1,141

1,081

896

1,009

Cambridgeshire

1,166

1,011

829

798

Cheshire

2,470

1,854

1,644

1,591

Cleveland

1,120

992

952

1,109

Cumbria

1,621

1,360

949

925

Derbyshire

1,689

1,659

1,374

1,635

Devon and Cornwall

3,873

3,784

3,374

4,079

Dorset

1,102

1,379

1,237

1,390

Durham

1,388

1,259

1,207

1,317

Dyfed-Powys

2,483

2,030

1,690

2,407

Essex

2,312

2,421

2,208

2,212

Gloucestershire

1,152

1,285

1,293

1,223

Greater Manchester

5,439

4,919

4,932

4,698

Gwent

2,447

2,214

2,196

1,729

Hampshire

4,195

4,155

3,464

3,449

Hertfordshire

1,197

1,180

1,441

1,350

Humberside

1,639

1,534

1,342

1,513

Kent

3,891

3,644

2,940

3,051

Lancashire

4,117

3,135

3,124

3,169

Leicestershire

1,433

1,478

1,395

1,705

Lincolnshire

1,229

975

906

1,116

London, City of

504

357

296

469

Merseyside

5,620

4,838

4,421

4,390

Metropolitan Police

32,152

26,233

23,626

26,204

Norfolk

1,534

1,561

1,160

1,211

Northamptonshire

1,285

1,157

967

958

Northumbria

3,934

4,209

4,238

4,804

North Wales

1,885

1,586

1,427

1,382

North Yorkshire

1,560

1,408

1,259

1,491

Nottinghamshire

2,004

1,846

2,028

2,070

South Wales

2,934

2,690

3,038

3,907

South Yorkshire

3,983

3,614

3,521

3,408

Staffordshire

1,915

1,650

1,623

2,186

Suffolk

1,581

1,410

1,178

1,292

Surrey

1,557

1,510

1,858

1,872

Sussex

2,235

2,323

2,002

2,602

Thames Valley

3,838

3,635

3,364

4,093

Warwickshire

683

776

629

659

West Mercia

2,393

2,137

2,073

2,109

West Midlands

7,180

6,536

7,519

7,578

West Yorkshire

6,720

5,852

4,820

4,297

Wiltshire

1,199

1,172

1,028

1,076

Total

135,945

121,866

113,458

121,393

Note:
The introduction of the revised counting rules in April 1998 expanded the offence coverage. This included the addition of ‘possession of controlled drugs’ and ‘other drug offences’. These data are not comparable with earlier years.

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