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Driving Offences

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many roadside enforcement checks dealing with (a) speed, (b) drink driving, (c) driving under the influence of drugs, (d) use of seat belts and child restraints, (e) mobile telephone use and (f) vehicle safety have taken place in each police force area in the last 12 months. [142963]

Mr. Coaker: This information is not collected centrally.

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the driving population has been stopped by the police for a roadside check to deal with (a) speed, (b) drink driving, (c) driving under the influence of drugs, (d) use of seat belts and child restraints, (e) mobile telephone use and (f) vehicle safety in the last 12 months. [142964]

Mr. Coaker: Information on the number and purposes of vehicle stops carried out by the police is not collected centrally. Information on the number of screening breath tests carried out by the police and on the number of motoring offences detected is contained in the annual publication "Motoring Offences and Breath Test Statistics, England and Wales" available in the Library and at:

Firearms: Crime

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents involving the use of ball-bearing guns have been reported in the last five years; and what action he intends to take to tackle the misuse of such guns. [142508]

Mr. Coaker: Available figures relate to the use of BB guns. A BB gun is a low powered weapon which fires pellets (rather than ball bearings) at a low velocity.

Statistics on the number of offences involving BB guns have only been collected separately since April 2004.

There were 2,864 and 2,753 BB gun offences during 2004-05 and 2005-06 respectively.

The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 will double the maximum custodial sentence for possessing an imitation firearm in a public place without reasonable excuse to one year. It will also make it illegal to sell any imitation firearm to a person under 18 and will ban the manufacture, import and sale of realistic imitation firearms. We intend to commence these provisions with effect from 1 October.

Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff applied for the Fullbright Fellowship in Police Studies' scheme in each year since its introduction. [143242]


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Mr. McNulty: A breakdown of applications received for the Fulbright Fellowship from police staff for the period 2004-05 to 2006-07 is shown in the following table.

Previous records do not show a breakdown whether the applicant was a police officer or police staff, however, awards made in 2006-07 went to a detective inspector and a member of police staff.

Number
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Total applications :

12

16

22

Ethnic minority

1

2

4

Female

1

6

8

Interviewed :

6

6

6

Ethnic minority

0

1

1

Female

1

2

2

Awards made:

5

2

2

Ethnic minority

0

0

1

Female

1

0

1


Identity Cards

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which locations facilities are (a) in existence and (b) planned for (i) the manufacture of identity cards and (ii) the processing of identity card applications. [142735]

Joan Ryan: The Identity and Passport Service will be responsible for the issue of identity cards to British citizens alongside the issue of British passports. However, no final decisions have yet been taken on the precise arrangements for the processing of applications or the manufacture of identity cards and this will depend on the outcome of future procurements.

Immigrants: Health

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what systems his Department has put in place for monitoring the response made in immigration decisions to the advice of medical inspectors. [142056]

Mr. Byrne: As part of the implementation of the Port Health Review recommendations, a survey was conducted at Heathrow and Gatwick at the end of last year to determine the part the medical inspector’s advice plays in making immigration decisions. The results of the survey are still being considered.

Immigrants: Health Services

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formal arrangements his Department has made for the health care of sick travellers detained by the immigration service. [142057]

Mr. Byrne: Any passengers subject to immigration control detained by the immigration service would normally be kept in holding rooms at ports only for short periods.


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There is no on-site health care provision in those holding rooms without sleeping accommodation. In the event of a medical emergency, an ambulance is called. Where medical advice is required (for example relating to medication) arrangements are in place for detention custody officers to phone an advice line similar to NHS Direct, who advise on what further medical attention is required. Detainees held in immigration removal centres have access to on-site health care.

Immigrants: Tuberculosis

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government tests those who wish to enter the UK for a period of six months or more from countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis in their country of origin. [142052]

Mr. Byrne: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my right hon. Friend the Member for Warley (Mr. Spellar) on 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 80W.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people from countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis and seeking entry into the UK for a period of six months or more were tested for tuberculosis at ports of entry in the last period for which figures are available. [142054]

Mr. Byrne: Statistics are not recorded in this form.

Immigration Controls: Russia

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Russian citizens have been refused entry into the United Kingdom on the grounds of a threat to national security in the last 12 months. [141245]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 June 2007]: As a matter of policy we do not comment on matters relating to national security. However, all applicants for entry clearance must meet the requirements of the immigration rules and associated policies, as set out on the UKVisas website at

Immigration: Applications

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-English speaking
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immigrants applied for residency in the UK in each year since 1997. [129390]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not available. The Border and Immigration Agency do not hold any details of the language(s) spoken by applicants who apply for indefinite leave to remain or enter in the United Kingdom. Changes to the immigration rules were announced on 4 December 2006 and took effect on 2 April 2007. These will require persons subject to immigration control and in a category that leads to settlement to demonstrate knowledge of the English language and of knowledge of life in the United Kingdom before settlement can be granted.

Members: Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 8 May regarding a constituent, ref: M10538/7. [142658]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 June 2007]: I wrote to my hon. Friend on 13 June 2007.

National Identity Register

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of omissions and errors in the postcode address file on the proposed national identity scheme; and if he will make a statement. [135844]

John Reid: It is proposed that the national identity scheme will make use of the postcode address file as a method of address validation. However, it will not be the sole source of validation and provisions will be made to permit non-PAF compliant addresses to be recorded appropriately.

Offensive Weapons

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed as a result of knife crime offences in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v) Hertfordshire and (vi) Norfolk in each year since 1997. [140688]

Mr. Coaker: The information available centrally relates to homicides by sharp instrument recorded by the police and is given in the table. Data for 2006-07 is not yet available.


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Offences currently recorded( 1) as homicide by sharp instrument in the East of England region( 2) , 1997-98 to 2005-06
1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Bedfordshire

3

2

1

2

7

1

1

2

3

Cambridgeshire

1

1

4

0

1

2

5

1

2

Essex

1

5

9

2

10

7

5

0

7

Hertfordshire

2

1

5

4

3

4

4

5

4

Norfolk

0

5

2

4

1

0

3

1

1

Suffolk

0

0

0

3

2

0

2

2

3

East of England total

7

14

21

15

24

14

20

11

20

(1) As at 9 October 2006: figures subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information comes to light.
(2) England and Wales totals published in “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/06”. (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 02/07).

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