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Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the reduction in the Young People Substance Misuse Grant in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement. 
In addition to mainstream funding, the Government have committed £55 million of ringfenced funding in 2007-08 to support work on reducing young peoples drug use through the Young Peoples Substance Misuse Partnership Grant. This grant is pooled centrally across Departments, administered by the Home Office and paid to local areas. The change in the grant allocation in 2007-08 is primarily due to a reduction of £4 million in the Department of Healths Targeted Prevention Funding. The Department of Health had made a time-limited commitment to this funding, which was not renewed after the transfer of
responsibility for drug education and prevention to the Department for Education and Skills. A further £2.6 million reduction was because the Home Office had increased its contribution, by way of a one-off subsidy in 2006-07, to help mitigate a similar reduction of £4 million by the Department of Health in that year.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many cases in which credit card fraud is alleged in respect of suspects identified during Operation Ore had such suspects previously reported fraud or theft; 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) identity and (b) online fraud were recorded in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not available centrally. The use of another persons identification details (or the use of false identification details), often referred to as identity theft, is not in itself an offence in law. It is the action that is undertaken using those identification details that needs to be considered in respect of whether an offence has occurred and should be recorded.
With regard to online fraud, this is not a separately defined offence in law and such instances will be recorded under the appropriate fraud classification depending on the circumstances of the offence.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the direct financial contribution from her Department was to the Police National Missing Persons Bureau in 2006-07; and what the equivalent allocation is for 2007-08. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 24 July 2007]: No contribution was made to the Police National Missing Persons Bureau in 2006-07. We are proposing to provide a financial contribution in 2008-09 and will be confirming this shortly.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of passport applications were rejected in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) ethnicity of applicant, (b) reason for rejection and (c) processing office. 
The percentage of passport applications rejected in each of the last five years, broken down by office and reason for rejection are set out as follows. The statistics available show only the
breakdown between those applications which failed on nationality grounds and those rejected for other reasons. Breakdown by ethnicity is not available.
The passport examination process is designed to confirm the nationality and identity of the intended passport holder and, where required, that consent has been provided. If the Identity and Passport Service does not receive the necessary supporting documentation to confirm the aforementioned, or is unable to verify the application details through
examining procedures, it is unable to issue a passport. The other reasons category covers these circumstances and also where the customer requests the application to be withdrawn.
The London office primarily handles applications submitted through its public counters, where the application is checked for completeness before being accepted for processing. Incomplete applications are not accepted. This reduces the number of rejections.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of passport applications sent through the Check and Send service were rejected in each of the last five years. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the
time taken to verify (a) a biometric passport and (b) a non-biometric passport at passport control (i) prior to and (ii) after the introduction of biometric-capability passport readers. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 23 July 2007]: The new scanners are able to automatically read more data from passports and other travel documents than the old swipe system, which means that fewer details have to be input manually and improved security and fraud checks can be undertaken. They are also able to read the new biometric chips, providing immigration officers with an additional tool to combat identity fraud.
It is critical to the security of the United Kingdom that we verify the identity of all those who seek to enter the country. While allowing most passengers into the United Kingdom quickly, thorough checks are necessary to turn away those who present a risk to the public and to prevent illegal immigration.
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