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Schools: Finance

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of funding for schools is largely unrelated to school numbers; and if he will make a statement. [150888]

Jim Knight: I refer the hon. Gentlemen to the answer given on 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 880W.

Home Department

101 Calls

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on plans for the future of the 101 number. [158747]

Mr. McNulty: A decision on the 101 single non-emergency number will be made shortly.

Asylum: Aviation

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which airlines the Government have used for the return of failed asylum seekers to their country of origin; [160765]

(2) which airlines have refused to carry failed asylum seekers from the UK to their country of origin. [160766]

Mr. Byrne: It is not the policy of the Border and Immigration Agency to disclose such information.

Drugs: Misuse

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. [159832]

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 drug’s reclassification. Relevant published research is also routinely considered.

Foreign Workers

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. [155991]

Mr. Byrne: Copies of the table containing the requested figures for 1995 to 2006 have been placed in the Library.

Information for earlier years can be found in the Command Papers entitled “Control of Immigration: Statistics, United Kingdom” for those years, also from the Library.

Human Trafficking

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. [160656]

Mr. Coaker: Figures on the number of trafficking victims recovered will be published at the end of Operation Pentameter 2.

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. [160116]

Mr. Byrne: 49 migrant workers were arrested on 11 October in central London on suspicion of committing immigration offences. Current operational procedures
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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.

All the individuals arrested were questioned by Border and Immigration Agency officials as to their route of entry to the UK, and given the opportunity to obtain legal representation.

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.

Land: Security

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. [158611]

Mr. Coaker: I understand that police do not have such powers. Local authority powers are the responsibility of the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Metropolitan Police: Emergency Calls

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; [155641]

(2) how long on average a caller to the Metropolitan Police emergency call system must wait before being answered. [155642]

Mr. McNulty: This is a matter for the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Metropolitan Police: Eyesight

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. [158579]

Mr. McNulty: This is a matter for the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Official Hospitality

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was to public funds of the event held for the Immigration Minister in Essex on 16 October. [159975]

Mr. Byrne: 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
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School in Harlow where he spent an hour with some of the children from Years 9-11 to discuss immigration issues, hosted by the school’s 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.

Police

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely police deployment in 2008. [160817]

Mr. McNulty: The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for each chief constable.

Police Stations

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. [158854]

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police stations are in use in each parliamentary constituency; [159952]

(2) how many police stations were in use in each year since 1997. [159953]

Mr. McNulty: The management of the police estate and allocation of resources are matters for each police authority and the Chief Officer, who are responsible for assessing local needs.

Police: Brent

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department has taken to recruit more police in Brent; and if she will make a statement; [157378]

(2) how many unfilled police vacancies there are in each London borough. [157379]

Mr. McNulty: This is a matter for the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Police: Bureaucracy

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. [159610]

Mr. McNulty: This information is not collected centrally.

Police: Finance

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. [160519]


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Mr. McNulty: The allocation of resources within each force is a matter for the chief officer and the police authority.

Police: Firearms

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. [160215]

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

1996-97

23

1997-98

19

1998-99

27

1999-2000

54

2000-01

36

2001-02

43

2002-03

45

2003-04

155

2004-05

172

2005-06

160


Number of incidents where conventional firearms were used by police, England and Wales
Incidents Percentage of incidents compared with number of authorised operations

1996-97

5

0.040

1997-98

3

0.025

1998-99

5

0.046

1999-2000

7

0.064

2000-01

9

0.081

2001-02

11

0.079

2002-03

10

0.067

2003-04

4

0.024

2004-05

5

0.031

2005-06

9

0.048


Police: Informers

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. [160085]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 October 2007]: Spending on informants is an operational matter for each chief officer and police authority in the light of their budget provisions.


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Protest: Animal Experiments

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. [159674]

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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