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Mr. Coaker: The Government initiated in 1998, a 10 year national Drug Strategy which introduced a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to tackling
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the harms caused by drugs through a focus on prevention, education, early intervention, treatment and strong enforcement. This approach has delivered results.

British Crime Survey data collected since 1996 shows that, at 10.0 per cent. overall, use of any illicit drug in the last year by 16 to 59-year-olds is at its lowest level since the British Crime Survey (BCS) started measurement.

The Young People and Drugs Programme has been established which provides a range of universal, targeted and specialist services for young people, including vulnerable groups. The FRANK campaign has been launched to inform young people and their parents and carers about the dangers and risks involved with drug use. The Positive Futures Programme has been established to provide diversionary activities for young people at risk of drug misuse.

The Government have significantly increased investment in treatment services which has seen record numbers of drug users accessing structured treatment. A national target to double the number of users in treatment by 2008 has already been achieved two years earlier than anticipated.

New innovative approaches to tackle the link between drugs and acquisitive crime and promote treatment including new legislation, new sentencing measures and the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) have been introduced. Over 3,000 drug misusing offenders per month are now entering treatment through the programme. Since the introduction of DIP, recorded acquisitive crime—to which drug-related crime makes a significant contribution—has fallen by 20 per cent.

Tough legislation has also been introduced to reduce the incentives for individuals and organised criminal groups to become involved in dealing and trafficking. Increasing quantities of drugs are being seized and organised crime groups and dealers disrupted.

The Government want to build upon the good progress made to date which is why we have been consulting on the development of the new Drug Strategy.

Drugs: Smuggling

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug mules were intercepted at UK airports from (a) Jamaica, (b) Ghana and (c) Nigeria in each of the last 10 years. [161218]

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

Entry Clearances

Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reach a decision in the cases of Mr. T.S. (Home Office ref S1119245) and Mr. T.M. (Home Office ref M1128325) who have been refused leave to remain but whose wives and children have subsequently been granted asylum. [152970]


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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 26 July 2007]: I will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2007, Official Report, column 346W, on entry clearances, whether she intends to collect and collate data on applications for indefinite leave to remain for individuals on a (a) constituency basis and (b) local authority area basis; and if she will make a statement. [161729]

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

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were revoked in each of the last five years because students failed (a) to register at the beginning of the academic year and (b) to attend classes. [161032]

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

EU Migrants

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the brief was for the report on EU migration flows commissioned by her Department from Christian Dustmann et al of University College; what the value was of the commission; what the basis was for selecting the team; which other teams were considered; and which other studies were analysed by the Department as part of its analysis of EU migration flows. [107242]

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


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Genetics: Criminal Investigation

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page 35 of the National DNA Database Annual Report 2005-06, whether any of the 165,099 separate individuals who have been matched with a crime scene profile since May 2001 had any previous criminal convictions. [156038]

Jacqui Smith: The National DNA Database records the DNA profile for a particular individual. It does not hold data on arrest and criminal records. This information is held on the Police National Computer (PNC). Obtaining the information sought would require cross searching of records held on the PNC against the NDNAD, which could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Genetics: Databases

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profiles were added to the National DNA Database by each police force in (a) each year since it was launched and (b) each month in 2007; and if she will make a statement. [160736]

Meg Hillier: The number of profiles relating to individuals added to the Database by each police force in England and Wales in each year since its foundation in 1995, and each month in 2007, is shown in the following tables.

A certain number of profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates, i.e. a profile for a person has been loaded on more than one occasion (one reason for this is that the person gave different names, or different versions of their name, on separate arrests). At present the replication rate is 13.7 per cent. i.e. the number of people whose details are loaded is 13.7 per cent. less than the number of profiles. However, as the replication rate has varied over time, an exact figure for the number of people who have been added to the database in each year since 1995 cannot be given.


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NDNAD—profiles relating to individuals by force—England and Wales
1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01

Avon and Somerset

501

1,360

2,402

6,860

5,174

7,735

Bedfordshire

256

525

797

1,535

1,534

3,436

British Transport

205

632

927

1,312

1,181

1,787

Cambridgeshire

462

1,050

1,545

2,425

1,617

3,384

Cheshire

304

1,272

2,43

3,091

2,274

7,292

City of London

667

1,538

1,965

2,642

1,515

1,342

Cleveland

583

1,102

1,530

1,502

1,504

4,620

Cumbria

118

392

1,039

3,222

1,556

4,069

Derbyshire

1,268

2,758

2,772

4,648

3,290

4,943

Devon and Cornwall

886

2,076

3,256

5,184

4,485

9,598

Dorset

248

420

615

866

642

5,164

Durham

550

860

1,574

4,259

1,958

3,817

Dyfed-Powys

830

1,409

2,346

3,435

1,784

3,955

Essex

929

1,493

2,691

5,326

5,006

8,894

Gloucestershire

242

620

713

1,857

1,921

5,426

Greater Manchester

729

3,819

6,608

7,166

5,955

21,100

Gwent

585

1,320

2,076

2,657

3,321

6,005

Hampshire

1,191

2,122

3,404

5,216

3,421

12,517

Hertfordshire

473

727

967

1,446

983

6,262

Humberside

539

2,044

9,295

11,017

4,260

6,893

Kent

836

2,059

2,551

4,763

3,380

12,026

Lancashire

1,143

2,674

4,678

4,934

4,980

9,786

Leicestershire

634

1,456

1,955

3,249

2,489

4,650

Lincolnshire

150

656

1,112

1,672

2,789

2,929

Merseyside

973

2,781

2,493

6,811

6,180

13,358

Metropolitan

4,699

9,980

13,165

39,141

51,712

64,039

Norfolk

406

1,812

3,788

6,835

4,413

4,649

North Wales

620

1,322

1,590

3,654

3,848

6,008

North Yorkshire

612

944

1,409

2,078

1,404

3,696

Northamptonshire

653

1,353

1,864

3,524

1,100

4,538

Northumbria

1,246

3,413

3,458

4,596

3,732

15,261

Nottinghamshire

129

526

3,057

7,202

2,777

9,670

South Wales

2,352

4,603

6,692

3,104

4,791

11,016

South Yorkshire

943

1,717

3,408

10,942

1,467

7,609

Staffordshire

480

733

1,235

8,368

4,759

4,827

Suffolk

0

123

1,413

2,020

1,048

3,974

Surrey

198

351

1,046

1,943

503

3,540

Sussex

826

1,666

1,693

1,570

3,899

10,475

Thames Valley

880

2,669

2,346

5,140

8,042

10,477

Warwickshire

144

300

623

1,408

731

2,478

West Mercia

849

1,400

1,464

2,308

3,797

6,293

West Midlands

1,058

4,949

7,169

17,852

11,607

13,894

West Yorkshire

1,698

4,332

6,741

10,611

8,614

17,913

Wiltshire

438

840

1,142

1,393

1,551

4,420

Total

33,533

80,198

125,053

230,787

192,994

375,765


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