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Departments: Finance

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which programmes funded by his Department have experienced a real terms reduction in their annual budget for the 2007-08 financial year; and what the budget (a) was in 2006-07 and (b) is in 2007-08 in each case. [140020]

Mr. Byrne: I will write to the hon. Member.

Departments: Manpower

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed by her Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors. [158316]

Mr. Byrne: Information on the total number of staff employed by the Home Office in 2007 is published by
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the Office for National Statistics. Please see Table six of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment First Release (31 March 2007),

This is the official source of workforce numbers for the civil service, which provides a breakdown of permanent and temporary/casual employees by Department.

Pre-2007 the source is Table A of the Civil Service Statistics publication:

2006 (30 September)

2005(1 April)

2004 (1 April)

2003 (1 April)

Please note that in 2005 and 2006 the Civil Service Statistics were not published with the permanent and temporary/casual breakdown, a workbook is attached to this letter with this additional information.

Figures are provided in the following table.

Statistics on the number of contractors employed by Departments are not published. The civil service statistics represent those employees paid directly from the Department's payroll. Any contractors employed via agencies and so not paid directly by the Department are not included.

Civil service employment at 30 September 2006
Headcount permanent Headcount temporary/casual Headcount total FTE permanent FTE temporary/casual FTE total

Home Office

22,030

460

22,490

20,910

420

21,330

Criminal Records Bureau

380

10

390

360

10

370

HM Prison Service

47,900

1,140

49,040

46,640

1,090

47,730

Identity and passport office

3,650

20

3,680

3,200

20

3,220


Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of employees in (a) her Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by her Department are above state retirement age. [158951]

Mr. Byrne: Total number of people employed above retirement age by the Home Office and its Executives agencies are:

Total active permanent staff as of September 2007 Number of men above 65 and women above 60 years of age Percentage of total

Home Office headquarters

3,703

23

0.61

Border and Immigration Agency

17,570

59

0.33

Identity and Passport Service

4,029

54

1.34

Criminal Records Bureau

422

1

0.20


Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of her Department’s special advisers have declared a conflict of interest. [160790]


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Jacqui Smith: Special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers. Copies of the Model Contract are available in the Libraries of the House.

Departments: Official Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions she has visited each region in an official capacity in the last 12 months. [158920]

Jacqui Smith: I will write to the hon. Member.

Departments: Public Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what departmental budget items have been reclassified, under Consolidated Budgeting Guidance, following Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 decisions; and what the (a) former and (b) new (i) classification and (ii) sum budgeted is in each case. [160395]

Mr. Byrne: There is only one reclassification relating to the Home Office as a result of the comprehensive spending review.

This results from the transfer of the General Register Office (GRO) in England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to the Home Office as part of making the ONS independent of Ministers. The GRO will become part of the Identity and Passport Service, an Executive agency of the Home Office from 1 April 2008.

The GRO has a budget of £8.1 million which is being reclassified from admin to programme. This is because much of its work relates to frontline service delivery in the form of providing a registration service of births, deaths and marriages to members of the general public.

Departments: Publicity

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) print media. [155894]

Jacqui Smith: I will write to the hon. Member.

Departments: Staff Exit Schemes

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. [123917]

Jacqui Smith: I will write to the hon. Member.

Departments: Retirement

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in (a) her
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Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by her Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful. [161285]

Mr. Byrne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Departments: Sick Leave

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people took sick leave for stress in her Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff number this represents. [135470]

Mr. Byrne: I will write to the hon. Member.

Departments: Written Questions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [161349]

Mr. McNulty: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Deportation

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1478W, on deportation, and with reference to the letters of 9 February 2006 and 3 April 2006 from her Department’s Immigration and Nationality Directorate to the hon. Member for Aylesbury, on what date her Department provided to HM High Commission, Kingston, the notice of refusal and associated papers in the case of Mr E. A., husband of Mrs J. A. of Aylesbury (reference A505053); and if she will make a statement. [145087]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 25 June 2007]: I will write to the hon. Member.

Deportation: Sri Lanka

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her Department’s policy not to issue removal directions in respect of Tamils who claim that their return to Sri Lanka might expose them to risk of treatment in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights pending the adoption of a lead judgment in one or more of the applications already communicated under Rule 39. [161637]

Mr. Byrne: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.


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Detention Centres: Admissions

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what she expects the bed capacity to be in the Immigration Detention Estate in each of the next five years. [156975]

Mr. Byrne: The Border and Immigration Agency currently has 10 removal centres which provide a total of 2,533 detention bedspaces. The future size of the detention estate is being reviewed and until this is completed no figures are available for the planned number of bedspaces for the next five years.

Dogs: Council Housing

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to consider the introduction of a ban on certain dog breeds in council properties. [161783]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Domestic Violence: Wales

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women in Wales reported incidents of domestic violence in each of the last five years; and what measures are in place to support women who report domestic violence. [161116]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my right hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Drugs Liaison Officers

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drugs liaison officers were in post in each country in each of the last 10 years. [161219]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Drugs: East Midlands

Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of drugs offences in the East Midlands in each of the last six years. [161056]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Drugs: Misuse

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of drug addiction in the UK since 1997. [157715]


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