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Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, columns 299-300W, to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam, on offenders: deportation, in what format information is collected about deportations of foreign nationals. 
Jacqui Smith: Lin Homer, the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, has updated the Home Affairs Committee regularly over the last year on a range of issues related to the deportation process and foreign national prisoners, both on the progress made on wider deportation issues and in dealing with those foreign national prisoners released without deportation consideration. In the course of these updates she has made it clear that the most robust and accurate information available has been disclosed to the committee.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded in each London borough involving (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other offensive weapons in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Coaker: Available data relate only to offences where firearms have been fired, used as a blunt instrument against a person or used as a threat. The number of firearm offences (excluding air weapons) recorded by the City of London and Metropolitan police between 1996 and 2005-06 is given in the tables. Data cannot be broken down by London borough. Police force area breakdowns for firearm offences recorded during 2006-07 will be published in a future supplementary volume to the recent Crime in England and Wales 2006/2007 Home Office Statistical Bulletin.
From the information collected on recorded crime it is not possible to identify those offences where knives or other offensive weapons were used, since details of
the individual circumstances of offences are not recorded. From April 2007 police forces are providing data on knife-enabled grievous bodily harm and robbery offences.
|Table 1: Crimes recorded in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used: City of London and Metropolitan police forces, 1996 to 2001-02|
|Number of firearm offences|
|(1) There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.|
(2) Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.
|Table 2: Crimes recorded in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used: City of London and Metropolitan police forces, 2002-03 to 2005-06( 1,2)|
|Number of firearm offences|
|(1) Data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002, which may have resulted in inflated figures for some crime categories. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.|
(2) Data for 2006-07 will be available in January 2008.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the provisions within the Police Act 1996 which (a) have not yet come into force and (b) have been repealed (i) prior to and (ii) after coming into force. 
Mr. McNulty: The Police Act 1996 has been commenced in full. I have written to the hon. Gentleman setting out the details of repeals and amendments made to this Act. I have arranged for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the workforce was on long-term absence in each police authority in each of the last five years, broken down by reasons for absence. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department takes to monitor police force responses to the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission; 
(2) what representations she has received on the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and what powers the Commission has to compel police forces to respond to its findings; 
(3) what the average length of time taken was for police authorities to respond to recommendations of the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the latest period for which figures are available; what guidance her Department issues to police forces on the timescale of responses; and what monitoring her Department undertakes of the time taken to respond. 
Mr. McNulty: The information sought is not collected or held by the Home Office. The Home Office has not issued any guidance in relation to response times for police forces to respond to Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) recommendations.
Mr. McNulty: Under paragraphs 23(6) and (7) schedule 3 of the Police Reform Act 2002, police forces have an obligation to respond substantively to Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) findings in respect of independent and managed investigations.
Any best practice recommendations by the IPCC to improve the service the public receives from the police, directed at a police force, would be for it to implement, reporting to its police authority as appropriate.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police forces have to award compensation to complainants whose complaints have been upheld by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of employment as (a) a police officer and (b) a police community support officer was of officers employed in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex Constabulary in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Mr. McNulty: Information on length of service for police officers is not available in the form requested. Available data are for police force area and are given in the following table. Length of service includes time spent in other police forces in England and Wales.
|Length of service (headcount) of police officers in Essex as at 31 March 2004 to 31 March 2006|
|31 March each year|
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers there were in each of the five counties in the North West of England in each of the last five years. 
|Police Officer Strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by Police Force as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2007|
|31 March each year|
|(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 includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.|
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