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Home Department

Climate Change

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 to adapt to the effects of climate change as they affect her departmental responsibilities; and if she will make a statement. [165038]


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Meg Hillier: Actions the Home Office will take to adapt to the effects of climate change will be in accordance with the requirements set out in the Government's Climate Change Bill. This will augment a similar assessment carried out for the Home Office in 2003 and will follow any cross-Government adaptation policy framework that sets out Government's overall intentions in relation to adapting to the effects of climate change. It is envisaged that regular adaptation assessments will be made in the mid to long-term.

Human Trafficking

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on implementing the UK action plan on human trafficking. [166336]

Mr. Coaker: Many of the actions in the UK Action Plan have been completed or are in the process of implementation. As implementation progresses the Plan will be updated and revised. The Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking meets quarterly to monitor implementation of the Action Plan and updates on progress are also provided to the Ministerial NGO Group on human trafficking.

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimated timetable is for full implementation of the UK action plan on human trafficking. [166410]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 20 November 2007]: Each action point in the Action Plan contains an estimated timetable for implementation. The Action Plan is a living document and as implementation progresses the Plan will be updated and revised. The Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking meets quarterly to monitor implementation of the Action Plan and updates on progress are also provided to the Ministerial NGO Group on human trafficking.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcomes of Operation Pentameter (a) 1 and (b) 2 were in relation to trafficking. [170218]

Mr. Coaker: Pentameter 1 resulted in the rescue of 88 victims (12 of which were children) from 22 different countries (primarily Eastern Europe, China/South-East Asia, Africa or Brazil); 232 people were arrested and 134 charged with a variety of offences.

Pentameter 2 is still ongoing. Operational results will be released following completion of the operation.

Human Trafficking: Cambridgeshire

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether funding for Operation Pentameter II for the Cambridgeshire constabulary will be available in the financial year 2008-09; and if she will make a statement. [169526]


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Mr. Coaker [holding answer 3 December 2007]: Police forces receive over £1 billion in grant annually. Human trafficking is core police business and all forces including Cambridgeshire constabulary should now have the capacity to deal with trafficking problems in their area.

Operation Pentameter II is a time limited operation and is due to be completed early in the 2008-09 financial year.

Decisions on the timing of further Pentameter operations have yet to be taken.

Immigration

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the oral answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 548, on inward migration, how many and what percentage of migrants to the UK were (a) EEA nationals, (b) non-EEA nationals, (c) dependents and (d) students in each of the last five years. [163940]


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Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 6 December 2007:

Total International Migration( 1) : time series, 2002 to 2006— inflows by citizenship, United Kingdom
Thousand
All citizenships British Percentage of citizenships EEA( 2) Percentage of all citizenships Non-EEA( 3) Percentage of all citizenships

2002

513

97

19

61

12

355

69

2003

508

99

20

66

13

342

67

2004

586

88

15

129

22

368

63

2005

563

96

17

151

27

315

56

2006

591

81

14

167

28

342

58

(1) Based mainly on data from the International Passenger Survey. Includes adjustments for (1) those whose intended length of stay changes so that their migrant status changes; (2) asylum seekers and their dependants not identified by the IPS; and (3) flows between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
(2) EEA grouping excludes British citizens. Up to and including 2003, EEA is defined as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU15 (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden). From 2004 onwards, the estimates also include the A8 (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) plus Malta and Cyprus. British citizens are excluded from all groupings .and shown separately.
(3) For 2004 onwards, the Non-EEA grouping excludes Malta and Cyprus plus the eight Central and Eastern European member states that joined the EU in May 2004.
Notes:
1. These are revised data following changes to the methodology for estimating Total International Migration (TIM). This was first introduced in the 2006 mid-year estimates released in August 2007 and in the annual TIM estimates released November 2007. Therefore they may not agree with previous estimates produced by ONS.
2. Figures have been rounded independently and may not add to totals.
(c) Crown copyright 2007

Total International Migration( 1) : time series 2002 to 2006—inflows by main reason for migration, United Kingdom
Thousand
All reasons Accompany/ join Percentage of all reasons Formal study Percentage of all reasons Other reasons( 2) Percentage of all reasons

2002

513

65

13

122

24

326

64

2003

508

77

15

137

27

295

58

2004

586

102

17

148

25

336

57

2005

563

84

15

139

25

340

60

2006

591

104

18

157

27

330

56

(1) Based mainly on data from the International Passenger Survey. Includes adjustments for (1) those whose intended length of stay changes so that their migrant status changes; (2) asylum seekers and their dependants not identified by the IPS; and (3) flows between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
(2) Other reasons includes work related reasons.
Notes:
1. These data have been revised following changes to the TIM methodology. Therefore they may not agree with estimates that have been published previously.
2. Figures have been rounded independently and may not add to totals.
(c) Crown copyright 2007

Kid’s Company

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department provided to the Kid’s Company in each of the last five years. [167023]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.


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Kid’s Company has been in receipt of a Treasury Invest to Save budget since April 2005. The Treasury grant is for three years and ends in March 2008. The Department for Children, Schools and Families has only acted as sponsor body and has not provided the funding. Objectives for the budget (£3,427,000 over three years) are to:

Funding is as follows:

£

2005-06

1,480,000

2006-07

1,125,000

2007-08

822,500


Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on negotiations to allow Olympic target pistol shooters to train and compete in the UK. [168215]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 26 November 2007]: Agreement has been reached in principle on the use of Ministry of Defence ranges by a small squad of elite pistol shooters. To enable this to take place I propose to use my powers under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968. Scottish Ministers have also agreed in principle to exercise their powers in a similar manner in respect of Scotland. As a next step we will be meeting the national governing bodies to establish the final details.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Civil Law

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many civil lawsuits have been brought against his Department and its predecessors based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights Act 1998; how many were settled out of court before a court judgment was delivered; and how much such settlements have cost the public purse since the Act came into force. [166877]

Bill Rammell: The Department does not collect central records of cases brought against it in which grounds contained in the Human Rights Act 1998 have been relied on and so the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Climate Change: Research

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Natural
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Environment Research Council’s programme quantifying and understanding the earth system in informing the Government’s climate change policy. [167820]

Ian Pearson: A number of NERC-funded research programmes and collaborations provide scientific evidence that informs the Government’s climate change policy. The Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System (QUEST) programme is just one of these; others include the RAPID Climate Change programme, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

NERC council has undertaken an independent mid-term evaluation of the QUEST programme, which will be published shortly. This evaluation concluded that the programme has made good links with stakeholders including central government, and that it is satisfactorily mobilising its preliminary science outputs to inform policy, and increasing the UK’s capability to generate policy-relevant science.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) takes the lead within Government for climate change policy and commissions research on climate change in support of policy. It has not made an assessment of the effectiveness of the NERC programme quantifying and understanding the earth system in informing the Government’s climate change policy, although it does draw on its work programmes.


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