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Further breakdowns of those in receipt of support, by parliamentary constituency, are also available from the Library of the House.

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have arrived in Poole in the last five years. [151596]

Mr. Byrne: Statistics on the location of asylum seekers in the UK are linked to the available information on the support that the asylum seeker receives. The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support are available broken down by Government office region, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

The following table shows the number of asylum seekers recorded as receiving asylum support in Poole as at the end of each year for the last five years. These figures exclude any asylum seekers who may be living in Poole but not receiving support.

The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support, broken down by Government office region and local authority, are published on a quarterly and annual basis. Copies of these publications are available from the Library


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As at the end of December: In dispersed accommodation In receipt of subsistence only support Total in receipt of support

2002

0

10

10

2003

0

5

5

2004

0

(1)

(1)

2005

0

5

5

2006

0

(1)

(1)

(1) 1or 2
Note:
All figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Asylum: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants she estimates are living in York. [151610]

Mr. Byrne: Statistics on the location of asylum seekers in the UK are linked to the available information on the support that the asylum seeker receives. The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support are available broken down by Government office region, local authority and Parliamentary constituency.

As at the end of March 2007 there were fewer than three asylum seekers receiving support in York. This figure excludes any asylum seekers who may be living in York but are not receiving support.

The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support, broken down by Government office region and local authority, are published on a quarterly and annual basis. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at

Further breakdowns, of those in receipt of support by parliamentary constituency, are also available from the Library of the House.

BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requests she and her Department have received from the United States Administration for co-operation in the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the Al Yamamah arms deal; and if she will make a statement. [151085]

Meg Hillier: I can confirm that the Home Office has received a request for assistance from the USA in respect of corruption allegations concerning BAE Systems. The request will be dealt with in accordance with the bi-lateral treaty on mutual legal assistance between the UK and the USA. It would be inappropriate to comment further.

Crime: North Yorkshire

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violent crimes and (b) crimes were recorded in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) City of York in each of the last 10 years. [151609]

Mr. Coaker: The available information relates to the North Yorkshire police force area and the York Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area and is given in the tables.


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Table 1: Recorded offences of violence against the person and total crime—1997
Violence against the person Total crime
York CDRP North Yorkshire York CDRP North Yorkshire

1997

n/a

2,425

n/a

50,252

n/a - not available

Table 2: Recorded offences of violence against the person and total crime—1998-99 to 2001-02
Violence against the person Total crime
York CDRP North Yorkshire York CDRP North Yorkshire

1998-99

n/a

4,827

n/a

55,309

1999-2000

n/a

5,101

n/a

53,554

2000-01

1,504

4,895

19,291

51,532

2001-02

1,656

5,624

22,890

59,125

n/a = Not available
Notes:
1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.
2. The data in this table is prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3: Recorded offences of violence against the person and total crime—2002-03 to 2006-07
Violence against the person Total crime
York CDRP North Yorkshire York CDRP North Yorkshire

2002-03

2,575

8,108

25,630

67,239

2003-04

3,459

9,610

29,347

71,473

2004-05

4,000

12,045

23,080

61,615

2005-06

3,810

11,473

22,784

58,850

2006-07

3,285

10,087

20,935

54,526

Note:
The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Crimes of Violence: Southampton

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of violent crime in Southampton. [151058]

Mr. Coaker: The Government are currently taking forward a very full range of work which will continue to reduce violent crime. We have, for example, recently passed the Violent Crime Reduction Act, which gives the police and local communities the powers they need to tackle guns, knives and alcohol-related violence.

Southampton is one of the areas included in the Tackling Violent Crime Programme, through which the Home Office is working intensively with practitioners in a number of local areas with high levels of more serious violent crime, to support their efforts to reduce alcohol-related crime and domestic violence, to improve police and other agencies' performance and partnership working, and to improve local strategies.

Southampton was also the first area in the South East to adopt a violence prevention initiative based on Accident and Emergency Unit information sharing.
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This follows a successful model of community violence prevention developed in Cardiff, which has demonstrated that hospital A&E intelligence can be pivotal in directing violence reduction initiatives, and ultimately reducing the harm caused by violent crime.

Sexual violence is also a priority. Funding has been provided this year for the Southampton Rape Crisis and Abuse Centre, a registered charity providing support, advocacy, counselling and therapy, and for No Limits, Southampton, an organisation which provides information, advice and counselling services for young people. Two independent sexual violence advisers, who provide targeted professional support to victims of sex crimes, are based in Southampton.

Southampton Safe City Partnership are engaged in, and sponsor, a range of initiatives, including:

Departments: Postal Services

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what volume of correspondence her Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of other commercial delivery services. [150440]

Mr. Byrne: Information on the volumes of correspondence sent by Royal Mail and by other commercial delivery services for the last five years are not held.

The volume of correspondence dispatched from the Home Office headquarters in 2 Marsham Street in year 2006-07 sent by Royal Mail comprise 32,902 individual items and 6,613 sacks of mail (approximately 200 items per sack). Other commercial mail delivery services were not used in 2006-07 other than limited use of courier companies.

Driving Under Influence: Great Yarmouth

Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of drink driving there were in Great Yarmouth in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex. [151969]

Mr. Coaker: Screening breath tests data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform are available by police force area only. Information is not collected centrally on the age or sex of persons required to take a screening breath test.


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Drugs: Crime

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes committed have been identified as having drug and alcohol abuse as a (a) primary and (b) contributory factor, broken down by category of crime; and if she will make a statement. [151992]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not available centrally from the recorded crime statistics. It is not possible to identify whether alcohol or drug abuse are contributory factors since the circumstances of individual crimes are not collected in the statistics.

Entry Clearances: Waiting Lists

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was for (a) visa and (b) leave to remain applications in each year since 1997. [151047]

Meg Munn: I have been asked to reply.

UKvisas do not keep statistics on average waiting times for visa applications. Since 2005, UKvisas performance has been measured against the following Public Service Agreement (PSA) standards:

UKvisas exceeded these standards in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 financial years. In 2004-05, 91 per cent. of PSA 1 applications were processed within 24 hours, 90 per cent. of PSA 2 applications were processed within 15 days and 99 per cent. of PSA 3 applications processed within 12 weeks. In 2005-06, 93 per cent. of PSA 1 applications were processed within 24 hours, 94 per cent. of PSA 2 applications were processed within 15 days and 97 per cent. of PSA 3 applications processed within 12 weeks.

Prior to 2004, service delivery was measured against target times for length of interviews which entry clearance officers were required to meet rather than the total time taken to process visa applications. Figures for the 2006-07 financial year are not yet available.

The Border and Immigration Agency do not keep statistics on average waiting times for leave to remain applications. Performance is measured against the published service standards which can be found on the immigration website at:


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