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The aforementioned figure includes expenditure by the core Home Office, the Border and Immigration Agency, the National Offender Management Service and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (the latter two are now part of the Ministry of Justice).
All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management and Ministerial Codes. The majority of expenditure, £666,440, was incurred by the Border and Immigration Agency on operational activities.
Mr. Byrne: The Home Office does not maintain a central record of costs incurred in contesting employment tribunals (formerly industrial tribunals). The information required could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal guns have been seized or otherwise received by police forces since 1997, broken down by police authority area. 
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward amendments to firearms legislation to allow potential Olympic competitors in shooting events to train in advance of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 September 2007]: I have no plans to amend the legislation in this way. I am currently considering proposals to use the existing powers in section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 to allow a small number of potential Olympic pistol shooters to practise in Great Britain ahead of the Games.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that the trafficking of human beings is recognised as a separate and distinct category for the compilation of crime statistics. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 September 2007]: Crime statistics for trafficking for sexual exploitation under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 are already complied and published in the Crime in England and Wales yearly publication.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that the tackling of human trafficking is included in the immigration services business plan. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 September 2007]: The tackling of organised immigration crime, including trafficking, is included in the Enforcement and Compliance Strategy and Border and Immigration Agencys International Strategy published in March 2007 and June 2007 respectively.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the conclusions of the race equality impact assessment into the changes in the immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and dentists will be taken into account when reviewing any future rule changes in this area. 
Jacqui Smith: Home Office internal guidance states that anticipating and identifying the potential equality consequences of any policies (including significant rules changes), and ensuring that as far as possible any potential negative consequences are minimised or eliminated should be part of the normal policy making process. We have adopted a best practice approach so, as well as fulfilling the legal requirement to equality assess for race, disability and gender, we consider the impact of policies on all equality strands e.g. gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and age. Equality assessments draw on previous assessments and other evidence as appropriate.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consultation with overseas doctors will take place before any future changes in immigration rules relating to opportunities for overseas doctors within the NHS. 
Jacqui Smith: In deciding whether to consult on specific immigration rules changes in the future, the Home Office will act entirely in accordance with the Cabinet Office's Code of Practice on Consultation, which makes it clear that Ministers have discretion on whether or not to conduct a formal written consultation exercise on particular proposals.
Notwithstanding this point we are mindful of the concern expressed by a number of organisations regarding the changes to Immigration rules announced in April 2006, by the then Leader of the House, 19 April 2007, Official Report, columns 447-48, who undertook to hold a Government debate on this subject as and when parliamentary time allows.
Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police investigation into the actions of James Dawute while at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has concluded. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 24 July 2007]: Mr. Dawutes conduct while an employee of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate was totally unacceptable. As a result of his actions, Mr. Dawute has had his employment terminated.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal knives were seized or otherwise received by police forces in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-related crimes were recorded in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: From the information collected on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify those offences which are knife related. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences do not feature in the recorded crime statistics.
Figures are collected for homicides involving the use of sharp instruments but they do not separate identify knife-related offences. As from April 2007, police forces are providing data on serious violence involving knives. Home Office statisticians will assess the quality of the data and it is planned that figures for 2007-08 will be published in the main crime bulletin in July 2008.
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