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Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has to (a) reduce information requirements and (b) streamline transaction processes for applications for project licences for scientific procedures on animals; 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Home Office Simplification Plan published in December 2006 includes a target to reduce the compliance costs arising from the regulation of animal experiments by 25 per cent. by 2010, whilst maintaining proper provision for animal welfare. Work towards the target is being taken forward in a dedicated better regulation programme. This work includes looking at how we might reduce information requirements and streamline transaction processes for applications for project licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
Since January 2007, we have delivered a number of quick wins involving improvements to forms and processes and we have also completed preliminary work, including consultation with practitioners, to identify potential options for longer term improvements to our regulatory processes. Amongst other things, we are now working on the development of a new, shorter project licence application form and project licence templates and worked examples.
We have not separately estimated the costs to the scientific community associated with applications for project licences. However, an administrative burden on business, excluding the academic sector, has been identified and priced at £6.95 million per annum. These costs include those arising from all aspects of regulation under the 1986 Act, including personal and project licences, certificates of designation, local ethical review processes and training.
Mr. Coaker: The latest data available for the breach rate for antisocial behaviour orders is for the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2005 and is 47 per cent. overall (57 per cent. for juveniles and 41 per cent. for adults with 3 per cent. age unknown). Analysis of the 2003 ASBO breach data showed that 55 per cent. of those who breached their ASBO received a custodial sentence, the average length of which was three to six months.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by the Assets Recovery Agency in Belfast on (a) salaries, (b) travel and (c) subsistence in each financial year since its creation. 
|Assets Recovery AgencyBelfast|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adults and (b) children seeking asylum were resident in (i) Southend and (ii) each local authority in Essex in (A) the latest period for which figures are available, (B) 1997, (C) 2001, (D) 2005 and (E) 2006. 
Separate arrangements exist for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), who are supported by local authorities; the local authority receives funding from the Home Office for this purpose. As at the end of March 2007 an estimated 5,000 UASCs were supported by local authorities; this figure is based on the latest available management information and a regional breakdown is not available.
The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support, broken down by Government office region and local authority, are published on a quarterly and annual basis. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) entered and (b) left accommodation supported by the National Asylum Support Service or the Border and Immigration Agency in Newcastle upon Tyne in each quarter in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007. 
The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support broken down by Government office region and local authority are published on a quarterly and annual basis. Copies of these publications are available from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted asylum on grounds of religious persecution in each year since 2002, broken down by country of origin. 
Information on asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals by nationality are published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) level and (b) rate per 1,000 population in (i) England and (ii) each London borough was of (A) crime, (B) homicide, (C) violence against the person, (D) rape, (E) personal robbery, (F) robberies from businesses, (G) residential burglary, (H) non-residential burglary, (I) gun-related crime, (J) motor vehicle crime, (K) domestic crime and (L) racial crime in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker: Data for gun-related crime refer to the offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) that have been recorded by the police. Data for 2005-06 is the most recently available and is given in Table A.
From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic crime. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected. Data for the remaining crime types requested are given for 2006-07 in Table B.
|Table 1: Firearm offences (excluding air weapon offences) recorded( 1) and the rate per 1,000 population2005-06|
|Offences recorded||Rate per 1,000 population|
|(1) Includes all offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons), where a weapon has been fired, used as a blunt instrument or used in a threat.|
(2) Includes the City of London police and the Metropolitan Police Service.
|Table 2: Offences recorded and the rate per 1,000 population for specified offence groups and areas|
|Total recorded crime||Homicide( 1)||Violence against the person||Rape|
|Offences recorded||Rate per 1,000 population||Offences recorded||Rate per 1,000 population||Offences recorded||Rate per 1,000 population||Offences recorded||Rate per 1,000 population|
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