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Jacqui Smith: The research review of Business Crime research was undertaken in November 2003. It was used internally but not placed into a final published report although it has now been released under the Freedom of Information Act. The cost of the research was £6,350.
Jacqui Smith: The research into the ACU Mentoring Programme was undertaken between April 2003 and March 2004. It was used internally but not placed into a final published report although it has now been released under the Freedom of Information Act. The cost of the research is estimated to have been £100,000.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1508W, on detainees: transport, how much was spent on in-country escorts for immigration detainees in each of the last five years. 
Jacqui Smith: The total spent on in-country escorts for immigration detainees in each of the last five years is detailed in the following table. The expenditure covers all in-country escorting activity, not just between removal centres, and includes the operating costs for holding rooms, which form part of the overall in-country escorting contract. The rising costs reflect the greater escorting activity arising from increased removals activity over the last few years.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department is taking to investigate misuse of Ritalin and other methylphenidate-based drugs for recreational purposes; 
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed on Operation Trident; what assessment she has made of the merits of rolling out the programme to other large metropolitan cities; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Fast track immigration facilities are currently only provided at Heathrow Terminals 1, 3 and 4 at the request of airlines and the airport operator, BAA . It is not therefore available to individuals arriving by helicopters and private aircraft.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formal consultation process was undertaken before deciding on (a) the need for a new uniform and (b) the design of the uniform for border security staff. 
Introduce a new visible presence and uniforms at our borders to strengthen deterrence and reassure the public.
The design of the uniform was informed by a programme of consultation including staff focus groups. Staff representative groups and trade unions have also been fully consulted since the project began. The design took into account staff working conditions, views from staff representative groups and uniforms of like organisations.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Woking dated 26 February, 30 March and 8 June concerning Mr. Lika, ref LR1918010943/1. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1236W, on the National Policing Improvement Agency, when he expects the Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency to produce his first report on performance and issues facing the agency; how many times the Chief Executive will produce such reports per year; and whether each report will be published. 
Mr. McNulty: The first report by the Chief Executive of NPIA to ministers on performance and issues facing the agency will be submitted in mid July 2007. The report will be submitted to Ministers on a quarterly basis and will not be a published document. The Chief Executive will produce an annual report published to Parliament soon after April 2008.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the
Pilot Evaluation Report on the operation of section 9 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004. 
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers there were in the Northumbria police force area in each of the last 10 years. 
|Police officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) as at 31 March 1996 to 31 March 2006Northumbria police force|
|(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 totals and the sums of the constituent items. (2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.|
|Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2006( 3) Northumbria police force|
|(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 totals and the sums of the constituent items. (2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. (3) Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data is not available prior to 2002-03. (4 )Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.|
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries were caused by knife attacks in each London borough in (i) 2007 and (ii) each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement on the steps being taken to reduce knife crime, with particular reference to its prevalence among the young. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 4 July 2007]: Data for the number of fatalities caused by knives and sharp instruments is not available at borough level. The following table gives figures for the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas. Figures for the number of serious injuries caused by knife attacks are not currently available. However, new data collection arrangements from April 2007 will provide more detailed statistics on knife related violence. The British Crime Survey reports that knife crime as a proportion of all violent crime is broadly stable at 6-7 per cent.
There is, of course, grave concern at the recent tragic incidents involving young people and knife crime. Work on tackling knife crime is being taken forward through the Home Secretary's round table on guns, knives and gangs, which has developed an action plan focussing on the themes of policing, powers and prevention. Legislation has recently been tightened in relation to knives, with the doubling of the maximum sentence for possession of a bladed instrument in a public place without good reason from two to four years. In April, a new offence of using someone to mind a weapon (including a knife) was introduced; and in May school staff were given powers to search pupils for knives.
On 26 June, in conjunction with the Association of Chief Police Officers, we published guidance on tackling knife enabled crime, to provide police officers with a menu of options which they might use in their area. We also support police work to tackle knife crime such as Operation Blunt, run by the Metropolitan police, and Operation Shield, run by the British Transport Police, which uses search arches and other technology to search people travelling on the transport network with weapons.
We recognise that policing and legislation are only part of the picture, however, and are also supporting educational projects such as the Be Safe programme, which helps young people understand the risks and consequences of carrying knives, and the Damilola Taylor Trust's Respect Your Life, Not a Knife campaign, which is encouraging young people to pledge not to carry weapons. We are also supporting local community organisations working to tackle knife crime through our Connected Fund. The sixth round of the fund was recently completed, and funding is now being provided to more than 100 projects in England and Wales to support local work.
|Offences currently( 1) recorded as homicide where apparent method of killing is sharp instrument( 2) : London 2003-04 to 2005-06|
|All ages||Victim aged under 16|
|Year( 3)||MPS||City of London||MPS||City of London|
|(1) As at 9 October 2006; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available. (2) All sharp instruments, including knives. (3) Homicides are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.|
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