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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters were written by HM Revenue and Customs demanding the recovery of overpaid tax
credits in each month since January 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many temporary agricultural workers permits have been issued to (a) Romanian nationals and (b) Bulgarian nationals since 1 January 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Provisional figures indicate that for the period 1 January to 31 March 2007, 1,535 work cards have been issued for Bulgarian nationals and 890 work cards for Romanian nationals wanting to participate in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Scheme.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many airline liaison offices and returns liaison officers are stationed in Scotland; where they are located; and if he will make a statement. 
Airline Liaison Officers work at points abroad identified as significant points of embarkation for inadequately documented passengers boarding flights to the United Kingdom. Returns Liaison Officers are based overseas and are responsible for establishing and maintaining liaison with foreign officials on the ground to facilitate the return of those with no legal basis to remain in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Mudie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1871, on asylum, how many applications of claims for extensions of discretionary leave were decided in the weeks beginning (a) 23 October 2006, (b) 30 October 2006, (c) 6 November 2006, (d) 13 November 2006, (e) 20 November 2006, (f) 27 November 2006, (g) 4 December 2006, (h) 11 December 2006 and (i) 18 December 2006 
Lin Homer, the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, wrote to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 February
2007 about the legacy programme. She explained that once reports can be produced on the legacy programme which Parliament and the wider public can have confidence in, Parliament will be updated accordingly. A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the 400,000 to 450,000 unresolved records relating to asylum cases to which he referred in his statement to the House on 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 324, on the Home Office: Reform Action Plan, have been resolved; 
(2) how many of the 400,000 to 450,000 unresolved records relating to asylum cases to which he referred in his statement to the House on 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 324, on Home Office: Reform Action Plan, are held at Beddington Cross. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer s 23 May 2007]: Lin Homer, the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, wrote to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 February 2007 about the legacy programme. She explained that once reports can be produced on the legacy programme which Parliament and the wider public can have confidence in, Parliament will be updated accordingly. A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library of the House.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding asylum applications there are; and how many were first made (a) within the last (i) 12 months, (ii) two years and (iii) three years and (b) more than three years ago. 
Mr. Byrne: The latest published figures show that the number of cases (excluding dependants) recorded as awaiting an initial decision was 5,700 at the end of March 2007. Of this total, 4,300 cases were work in progress, i.e. the application had been outstanding for six months or less.
Information on outstanding asylum applications is published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has estimated any additional costs for interpretation services provided by his Department which might result from the decision to end free English classes for asylum seekers, refugees in work and migrant workers. 
Most asylum seekers already request that an interpreter be provided at their asylum interview.
The costs of providing this service are already met by the Border and Immigration Agency. We do not therefore anticipate any additional costs arising from the decision to end free access to ESOL courses for asylum seekers. Refugees on low incomes continue to be entitled to free English classes. The Border and Immigration Agency funds the Sunrise pilot scheme which provides caseworker support to new refugees in accessing appropriate mainstream benefits, ESOL provision and employment services and opportunities. Other migrant workers have limited face-to-face contact with the Home Office.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) driver and (b) vehicle information held on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agencys Automated Number Plate Recognition database that is inaccurate. 
Mr. McNulty: Driver information held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not used to support use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) as the technology applies to vehicles only.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff were employed at the North Shields Enforcement Unit of the Border and Immigration Agency and its predecessor the Immigration and Nationality Department at the start of each year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and how many site visits and inspections were made by them in each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07. 
Mr. Byrne: The annual number of full-time equivalent staff employed by the Border and Immigration Agency and, before 2 April 2007, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at North Shields between 2003-04 and 2007-08 are as follows:
|(1) No figures available due to archiving of records.|
Mr. Byrne: The expenditure on advertising for the Home Office, including the Border and Immigration Agency, and the Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau, for the requested period, is in the following table.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd. in each year since May 1997; and for what purposes. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in his Department in each of the last three years were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) aged 55 years or over. 
Figures given are for FTE staff joining in the preceding year, who on the 31 March, were in post in the categories shown. In some cases movement between other Government Departments or other categories of employment other than recruitment may be included. It is not possible to exclude these except at disproportionate cost.
|Central Home Office including Border and Immigration Agency( 1)|
|2006-07( 2)||(a) part-time||(b) , full-time||(c ) part-time||(d ) full- time|
| Notes:(1) Border and Immigration Agency moved to Agency status on 9 May 2007, previous to this it was Immigration and Nationality Directorate. (2) Figures have been taken from the Home Office personnel system Adelphi as at 31 March 2005, 2006, 2007. Non-active staff have been excluded. Temporary staff here excludes agency workers and contractors. (3) The Home Office does not store disability information on the basis of 'registered disability' figures are for self-declared disabled status. (4) Where staff numbers are less than five, it is not Home Office policy to disclose them.|
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