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Theft: Lead

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of thefts of lead from roofs in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [168606]

Mr. McNulty: Statistics concerning the number of thefts of lead from roofs are not available. Such offences would be recorded under the ‘other theft’ classification and cannot be separately identified from other offences recorded within that classification.

Touting: Tickets

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal proceedings involving alleged ticket touting at football matches under section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 have been pursued since the Act came into force; and how many convictions have been secured. [169533]

Mr. Coaker: Detailed information on football-related arrests has been collated by the Football Banning Orders Authority since the football season 2001-2002, when the existing banning order framework was introduced. The table provides details of prosecutions, convictions and cautions in respect of ticket touting offences during the previous six football seasons.

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Prosecutions under section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, England and Wales, 2001-2007 football seasons
Football season Prosecutions Convictions Cautions

























(1) A number of prosecutions for offences committed during season 2006-07 are currently in the Criminal Justice System Source: Football Banning Orders Authority.

UK Passport Agency

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the 69 local offices to be opened by the UK Passport Agency for the purpose of interviews are. [167873]

Meg Hillier: The UK Passport Agency became the Identity and Passport Service in April 2006.

The locations of the passport interview offices are as follows:

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Workers Registration Scheme

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of A8 workers (a) working in the UK and (b) who have come to work in the UK since May 2004 who have not registered with the worker registration scheme because of (i) self-employment and (ii) another reason. [166977]

Mr. Byrne: The number of approved initial registrations under the Worker Registration Scheme between May 2004 and September 2007 was 715,000. The Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) Regulations 2004 do not require Accession state nationals to notify the Home Office when they cease employment or leave the UK. As such the aforementioned figure is cumulative and shows the number of Accession state nationals who have registered their initial employment since May 2004.

The Home Office does not monitor the number of Accession state nationals exempt from the Worker Registration Scheme who come to the UK to work. This includes individuals who are working as self-employed and others covered by an exemption in the Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) Regulations 2004.

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Figures stated in this response are taken from the Accession Monitoring Report (May 2004—September 2007) which was published 20 November 2007.

Youth Justice Board

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Youth Justice Board projects to prevent youth crime and antisocial behaviour as part of the commitments under the Respect Action Plan. [167534]

Mr. Coaker: Since 2004, the Government have invested over £45 million in youth offending teams to fund targeted youth crime and antisocial behaviour prevention activities for young people at most risk.

By November 2007 there were over 500 Safer Schools Partnerships (SSPs), 200 Youth Inclusion and Support Panels (YISPs), 110 Youth Inclusion Programmes (YIPs) and 120 Parenting Programmes. We estimate that over 25,000 children and young people received targeted support from these programmes during 2007.

An evaluation by the university of Newcastle, published in October 2007, concluded that YISPs improved the mental health and school results of the young participants. A recent interim evaluation of YIPs concluded that they were responsible for a substantial reduction in offending and arrest rates for the most at risk. Evaluations of SSPs have shown they reduce truancy rates in comparison with non-SSP schools.

A full independent evaluation of the YJB's prevention programmes by the university of York is due to be presented in an interim report by March 2008.


Departmental Computers

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b)
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laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those items was. [168591]

Mr. Hanson: One office desktop computer and 26 laptops have been stolen from the Ministry of Justice in 2007. The total replacement value of these items is approximately £50,000.

The losses were from a variety of locations across England and Wales. There have been no reported security breaches.

Departmental Public Participation

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) citizens' juries, (b) focus groups and (c) other deliberative forms of public opinion research in each month since January 2006. [166587]

Mr. Wills: The following table gives the details of focus groups and other deliberative forms of public opinion research carried out by the Ministry of Justice since January 2006, including the month of the fieldwork and the total cost of the project. The Ministry of Justice has undertaken 18 projects involving focus groups, and two projects involving other deliberative forms of public opinion research. There have been no citizens' juries in this period.

The Department undertakes research including focus groups and deliberative research on various subjects when this is the most effective and appropriate means of building up an evidence base to support the development and delivery of policy and public services. We particularly use focus groups and deliberative research when the issues considered are complex and require a more in-depth engagement with respondents to understand their perspective and views.

These cost £256,488 for work contracted in 2005-06; £611,822 for work contracted in 2006-07; and £49,811 in work contracted in 2007 to the present day.

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Name of the project Type of research: (a) citizen juries (b) Focus groups (c) other deliberative forms of public opinion research Approximate month(s) of fieldwork, where available Total spend in 2005-06 (exc. VAT) Total spend in 2006-07 (exc. VAT) Total spend in 2007-08 (exc. VAT) up to now

Items contracted in 2005-06





Witness Charter Focus Groups

Focus group

December 2005 to March 2006


Green Paper. Rebuilding Lives: Supporting Victims of Crime consultation

Focus group

February 2006


MATV Pilot and DVD for witnesses pilot

Focus group

February 2006 and April 2006



Confidence in the Criminal Justice System: What lies beneath?

Focus group

March 2006


Public Attitudes to Alternatives to Prosecution

Focus group

March/April 2006



Information needs of Receivers/Attorneys

Focus group

June 2006


Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board Victim and Witness Focus Group Project Evaluation. Grant awarded to Avon and Somerset LCJB as part of a wider competitive Delivery Fund for LCJBs to improve the quality of information provided to victims and witnesses.

Focus group

March 2007


Items contracted in 2006-07





Public attitudes towards summary justice in England and Wales

Focus group

April/May 2006


Operation of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

Focus group

October and November 2006


What's cost got to do with it?: the impact of changing court fees on users. Note: Focus groups were only one part of the project

Focus group

October/November 2006


Public panel scrutiny of the draft Coroners Bill

Focus group

November 2006


Citizenship Insight Project

Focus group

Late 2006



Community Justice Leicester

Other deliberative public opinion research

February to September 2007


Customer Expectation Survey

Focus group

April/May 2007


Improving public confidence in the Criminal Justice System; inform, persuade and remind.

Focus group

August 2007



Community Justice Merthyr Tydfil

Focus group



The Victims Advisor Panel

Other deliberative public opinion research




Items contracted in 2007-08





Research on development of the Before The Event legal expenses insurance

Focus group

June to August 2007


Six public focus groups testing of wording of the Departmental Strategic Objectives

Focus group

September 2007


Justice and Schools

Focus group

October 2007





Total spend


Please note costs refer to complete project which often includes more than just focus groups or other deliberative research.

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