Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2007, Official Report, columns 538-39W, on leave to remain, how many of the approximately 20,000 people awaiting decisions on their applications applied in each of the years (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005. 
The information provided in the answer of 9 January 2007, Official Report, columns 538-39W,
was based on data from between 2002 and 2005 and included those applicants who had applied and were still awaiting a decision.
|Non-asylum indefinite leave to remain applicati ons awaiting decisions from 2002 to 2005
The data is not provided under the National Statistics protocols. It has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and is subject to change.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter of 10 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Lessie Baterra. 
John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letters of (a) 21 June and (b) 3 August from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare on behalf of a constituent about immigration rules. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to make a substantive reply to question 156168, on the World Scout Jamboree, tabled by the hon. Member for West Chelmsford on 5 October for named day answer on 8 October. 
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were reported missing to the police in the six months from January to June 2007, broken down by police authority area. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 25 October 2007]: At the present time, the information requested for individual police forces is not collated centrally. Working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has been tasked with setting up a new and enhanced Police National Missing Person's Bureau and to identify and promulgate good practice in the capture, recording and sharing of data around missing persons. I am advised by the NPIA chief executive that the Bureau is expected to begin its work in 2008-09.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the National Police Improvements Agency in 2007-08; and what this figure would be as an annualised amount. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 25 October 2007]: The National Policing Improvement Agency has been allocated £410.5 million of resource budget and £202.6 million of capital budget for 2007-08. When adjustments are made for mid-year transfers in 2007-08, this equates to £411.3 million of annualised resource budget. It is not possible to provide annualised capital amounts as this can vary depending on the projects under development.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget is allocated to the National Policing Improvement Agency for 2007-08 in relation to missing persons; and what this equates to as an annualised amount. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 September 2007]: The Identity and Passport Service completed 531 interviews for first-time adult passport customers by 1 July 2007. All the interviews undertaken in this period were conducted as part of the Passport Interviews Trial.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of identity theft were reported to the police in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those incidents resulted in (a) an arrest and (b) a conviction. 
The information requested is not available centrally. The use of another persons identification details (or the use of false identification
details), often referred to as identity theft, is not in itself an offence in law. It is the action that is undertaken using those identification details that needs to be considered in respect of whether an offence has occurred and should be recorded.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to improve the performance of Bedfordshire Police following the Police Performance Assessment 2006-07 produced by her Department and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Bedfordshire in common with all constabularies is always seeking to improve performance, and the Home Office and HMIC will continue to help Bedfordshireand other forcesto address the issues highlighted in the assessments. The chief constable is already addressing the issues raised by the assessment and has given her personal commitment to improving performance.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce the amount of paperwork required to be undertaken by a police officer to process an arrest; what recent representations she has received on this from (i) members of police forces, (ii) chief constables and (iii) members of the public; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The disposal of a case following arrest may be release, a penalty notice for disorder (PNDwhich may be issued on the street) or holding an individual in custody. The issuing of PNDs itself provides a sanction with minimum paperwork.
Following an arrest, the arresting officer is only required to record information about the nature and circumstances of the offence leading to the arrest, the reason(s) why arrest was necessary, the giving of the caution and anything said by the person at the time of arrest in their pocket book. In custody, the arresting officers grounds for arrest do not need to be given to the custody officer in person, they may be given remotely or via a third party, enabling the officer to remain on front-line duty.
Initiatives currently under way include the current review of the operation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Electronic fingerprinting technology has been introduced in police stations and time has been saved using video identity parades. We plan to build on these steps with a new £50 million capital fund to give the police wider access to paperwork-saving technologies such as mobile data and hand held fingerprinting units.
Representations from members of police forces, chief constables and the public on the PACE review were published on 31 July this year as part of ongoing consultation. Further representations on reducing unnecessary paperwork and improving business processes are also being sought from police officers, chief constables and others as part of the independent
review of policing being undertaken by Sir Ronnie Flanagan. His interim report was published on 12 September and his final report is expected in the new year.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on the average amount of time spent by a police officer on processing arrests; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: In 2001, the Home Office published a report called Diary of a Police Officer', which provided a detailed understanding of what is involved in the typical' shift of a police officer. Processing arrests was estimated by officers in the study to take between two and eight hours, depending on the complexity of the case. The report detailing these findings can be found by following this link:
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) pages of forms and (b) forms were required to be completed by a police officer on arresting a suspect (i) in 1983, (ii) in 1984, (iii) in 1985, (iv) in 1992, (v) in January 1997, (vi) in 1998, (vii) in each year since 2001 and (viii) at the most recent date for which information is available. 
Mr. McNulty: Information is not available in the format requested as the number of forms and pages required to be completed by a police officer on arresting a suspect is dependent on the circumstances of arrest in each individual case.
Some administrative work is an inevitable and necessary part of the criminal justice system in order to protect the public and deliver an openly accountable service. It will always be necessary for police officers to undertake some paperwork as part of their duties.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) Band D and (b) per dwelling council tax police precept was in (i) England and (ii) England and Wales in each year since 1997-98. 
|Average Band D and Per Dwelling Council Tax Police Precept for England and Wales
|England and Wales
| Source: Communities and Local Government; and National Assembly for Wales. Note: England figures exclude the City of London.