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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 11 October 2007]: We welcome the progress being made on collaboration in the East Midlands, the approach being taken by the five constabularies and their police authorities and their commitment to working together. Collaborative working is key to delivering the necessary improvements in protective services and offers opportunities for efficiency gains. I announced in a written ministerial statement on 17 July 2007, Official Report, columns 13-14WS, that we will be supporting 10 separate initiatives by police forces and authorities, including one in the East Midlands, to demonstrate joint working solutions in a range of protective services. The demonstration site in the East Midlands will build on existing collaborative work and help develop a shared body of knowledge that the police service as a whole will benefit from.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet representatives of the East Midlands Strategic Board to discuss the consultation on the police grant funding formula. 
Mr. McNulty: I met the chief constables and police authority chairs from the East Midlands on 6 September. We will take account of all written representations received in response to the consultation on police grant formula.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the East Midlands Strategic Boards submission to the consultation on the police grant funding formula. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to transfer establishments from the Immigration Estate to Her Majesty's Prison Service; and if she will make a statement. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Ministry of Justice on the use of the Immigration Detention Estate for the housing of prisoners; and if she will make a statement. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 498W, on prisoners: genetics, of the 5,400 prisoners identified as not having a profile on the database why no more than 3,722 subsequently had a sample taken. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 September 2007]: The report cited in the 16 April 2007, Official Report column 498W, is from 2003. It used a comparison of prisoner records with the Police National Computer (PNC) and the National DNA Database. As many identity profiles were not exact, it was necessary for methodological reasons to undertake manual checking within individual prisons to confirm matches. Due to the snapshot nature of the study some of the prisoners had been released by the time sampling teams reached the prison in which they had been held.
There are good reasons for believing that those in prison now are on the DNA database. Police powers to take and retain DNA were extended in 2001 and 2003 so that DNA could be taken from anyone arrested for a recordable offence.
Since 2000, forces have received funding, first through the DNA Expansion Programme and then through general Police Grant, enabling them to take DNA samples from all eligible individuals. It is now standard procedure to take DNA and fingerprints in the custody suite when someone is arrested.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 977W, on stop and search, what the equivalent figures for each individual police force area were in each year since the introduction of the Terrorism Act 2000. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 11 October 2007]: Information on stop and searches and resultant arrests under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 from 2001-02 to 2004-05 by police force is given in the following tables. Statistics for 2005-06 will be available in the last quarter of this year.
|Searches of vehicles( 1) and occupants, and pedestrians under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000( 2) and resultant arrests( 3) , by police force area, England and Wales, 2001-02 to 2004-05|
|Total searches||Resultant arrests||Percentage of arrests||Total searches||Resultant arrests||Percentage of arrests|
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