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National Police Memorial Day

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to attend the National Police Memorial Day on 30th September 2007. [143203]

Mr. McNulty: It is very likely that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and myself will attend the National Police Memorial day as was the case in 2006 in Belfast.

Offenders: Deportation

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were removed from the United Kingdom by administrative removal in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [144736]


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Mr. Byrne: The information requested could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

On 14 June the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the Home Affairs Committee to provide the most recent information available on foreign national prisoners. In this letter the Director reported that 2784 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed in the financial year 2006-07. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House.

Offensive Weapons: Lancashire

Rosie Cooper: 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 West Lancashire in each year since 1997. [144823]

Mr. Coaker: The information available centrally relates to homicides by sharp instrument recorded each year between 1997-98 and 2005-06. As figures are not collected below police force area level, data relating to Lancashire police are given in the table.

Offences currently recorded( 1) as homicide by sharp instrument( 2 ) by Lancashire police: 1997-98 to 2005-06
Year offence initially Lancashire police

1997-98

6

1998-99

2

1999-2000

1

2000-01

15

2001-02

4

2002-03

10

2003-04

12

2004-05

11

2005-06

1

(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) Includes all sharp instruments, including knives.
Source:
Based on England and Wales totals as published in “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/2006” (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 02/07).

Passports: Interviews

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations (a) his Department and (b) the Identity and Passport Service have received on the account taken of the need for interviews in the costs of first-time passport applications. [144460]

Joan Ryan: Any representations received in the Home Office on issues relating to British passports are passed on to the Identity and Passport Service.

The statistical breakdown of complaints received by the Identity and Passport Service does not show this issue as a separate category. From correspondence dealt with in the Identity and Passport Service HQ in 2007, one representation on the account taken in passport fees of the costs of interviews has been identified.


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Police Air Support Units

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities operate shared police air support units. [145440]

Mr. McNulty: The following police authorities operate joint police air support units in formal shared-cost arrangements:

Police: Boats

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in Marine Units in each police authority in each of the last 10 years. [143932]

Mr. McNulty: The available data relate to the number of people primarily employed in the function "marine". This includes all individuals who predominately conduct marine or boat patrols including supervisors, and those who perform support functions within marine sections or units. This does not include those individuals who carry out underwater searches.

The available data for police officers are from 2002-03 onwards, and the available data for police staff are from 2004-05 onwards, both are given in the following tables.


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Police staff (FTE)( 1) whose main function is marine( 2) (2004-05 to 2005-06)( 3)
As at 31 March
2005 2006

Avon and Somerset

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

Dorset

0

0

Durham

0

0

Essex

2

3

Gloucestershire

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

0

Hampshire

0

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

Humberside

0

0

Kent

0

0

Lancashire

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

London, City of

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

Metropolitan police

4

0

Norfolk

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

Northumbria

5

6

North Yorkshire

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

Surrey

0

0

Sussex

0

0

Thames Valley

0

0

Warwickshire

0

0

West Mercia

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

Wiltshire

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

Gwent

0

0

North Wales

0

0

South Wales

0

0

(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between the totals in this table and totals in similar published tables. (2) Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual Chief Constables. This function includes those staff who are predominately conduct marine or boat patrols including supervisors, and those who perform support functions within marine sections or units. (3) Data are not available for 2002-03 to 2003-04.


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Police officers (FTE)( 1) whose main function is marine( 2) (2002-03 to 2005-06)
As at 31 March
2003 2004 2005 2006

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

0

Dorset

6

6

7

6

Durham

0

0

0

0

Essex

9

9

10

10

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

0

0

0

Hampshire

9

9

9

10

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

6

5

Lancashire

0

0

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

London, City of

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan police

92

70

62

53

Norfolk

0

0

0

1

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

Northumbria

15

17

16

17

North Yorkshire

0

0

3

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

0

0

Sussex

0

0

0

0

Thames Valley

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

West Mercia

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

7

6

4

5

Gwent

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

0

South Wales

0

22

0

0

(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between the totals in this table and totals in similar published tables. (2) Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual Chief Constables. This function includes those staff who are predominately conduct marine or boat patrols including supervisors, and those who perform support functions within marine sections or units.

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