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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of reclassifying drugs on their production, supply and use. 
Mr. Coaker: The Home Department undertakes and evaluates several surveys in order to monitor levels of illegal drug production, supply and use. These are not predicated on the ABC classification system but where they are drug specific, any changes are closely monitored following a drugs reclassification. Relevant published research is also routinely considered.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2007, Official Report, columns 2159-61W on foreign workers, if she will give a break down by nationality of (a) work permit holders with leave to enter for employment for 12 months or more and their dependants and (b) work permit holders with leave to enter for employment for less than 12 months and their dependants. 
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked women and children have been discovered since the launch of Operation Pentameter 2; and if she will make a statement. 
We shall not be releasing any interim figures during the period of this operation whilst we carry out the process of identification of victims. To issue interim figures in these circumstances may be misleading.
Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures were taken to ascertain whether the workers arrested in the Immigration Service raids on restaurant businesses in central London on 11 October 2007 were victims of trafficking and forced labour; what (a) counselling and (b) other assistance is available to any such workers who are identified as victims of trafficking and forced labour; and what measures are taken to ensure that any such workers are not placed in a situation where they might be vulnerable to recycling as forced labourers by the trafficking gangs. 
49 migrant workers were arrested on 11 October in central London on suspicion of committing immigration offences. Current operational procedures
require all those arrested to be interviewed to establish their identity and their current immigration status. If there is a suspicion of illegal entry then further detailed questions may be asked in relation to their route and method of entry and if they were assisted.
Any evidence or intelligence that leads to facilitators or traffickers will be vigorously pursued. In particular the Border and Immigration Agency is examining the role of the employers in all this to identify whether further offences have been committed.
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to the police and local authorities to compel landowners to take appropriate steps to secure land in order to prevent it from being used for antisocial and criminal purposes. 
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many calls were handled by the Metropolitan Police emergency call system in each month for which records are available; 
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to provide access to appropriate (a) tests and (b) laser eye surgery for members of the Metropolitan Police Service in (i) firearms and (ii) other sections of the force. 
On 16 October 2007, the Immigration Minister visited Stansted Airport to meet Border and Immigration Agency staff to discuss local operations and view the more visible Border controls at the port. The Minister then visited Burnt Mill Comprehensive
School in Harlow where he spent an hour with some of the children from Years 9-11 to discuss immigration issues, hosted by the schools citizenship teacher. The Minister also made a speech at the school to local stakeholders on immigration policy. The costs to the Home Office were negligible, comprising travel and subsistence for officials travelling on the day from London.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations there were in each police force area in each year since 1997; and how many (a) opened and (b) closed in each year. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average period of time was for a police officer to process an arrest in (a) 1983, (b) 1992, (c) January 1997, (d) 1998, (e) each year since 2003 and (f) the most recent date for which information is available. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police funding for each police authority in England and Wales was spent at (a) central and (b) divisional level in each of the last 10 years, listed in descending order according to level of central spending. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times police armed response units were deployed in the northern division of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in each year since 1997; and how many and what percentage of these incidents resulted in a police officer discharging their weapon. 
Mr. McNulty: The information is not available centrally in the form requested. The number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs) in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary is shown in the following table. We do not collect statistics by force division. The overall number of incidents where a conventional firearm was used in England and Wales, is also shown.
|Number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs)Cambridge Constabulary|
|Number of incidents where conventional firearms were used by police, England and Wales|
|Incidents||Percentage of incidents compared with number of authorised operations|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by each police force on police informants in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the impact on levels of investment in research and development of the activity of animal rights extremists in England and Wales in the past 10 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: Although exact figures are not available, the statistics that are collected for pharmaceutical research and development in the UK started to decline from 2002 when the ARE activity was at its height.
The Government takes seriously the illegal activities of animal rights extremists aimed at discouraging investment in the UK. We have in place a robust interdepartmental strategy to eradicate the threat. The strategy is centred on an improved law enforcement approach, with additional resources provided to the police to tackle animal rights extremism, a central team set-up to drive forward police action nationally, and legislation enacted to protect animal research organisations. The strategy has led to a significant fall in illegal extremist activity.
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