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Asylum: Entry Clearances

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a break down of the categories under which discretionary leave to remain has been granted to asylum seekers in each year since 2003. [174009]

Mr. Byrne: The requested information can be obtained only by examination of individual case records, at disproportionate cost.

Aviation

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in her Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate she has made of the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result; [172239]

(2) how many miles she and other Ministers in her Department travelled on short haul flights in the last 12 months; and what estimate she has made of the total amount of carbon emissions produced as a result of these flights. [172527]

Mr. Byrne: Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.

All central Government ministerial and official air travel has been offset from 1 April 2006. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to a central fund. The fund purchases certified emissions reductions credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.

In addition, offsetting the flights of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, and the Prime Minister has been backdated to 1 April 2005.

A list of Government Carbon Offsetting Fund members, their emission figures and what activities they have offset through the fund is available online at:

British Nationality: Overseas Residence

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of valid UK passports were (a) resident in the UK and (b) resident abroad at the most recent date for which figures are available. [168139]

Meg Hillier: In 2006-07 6.2 million passports were issued in the UK by the Identity and Passport Service and slightly over 400,000 outside the UK by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, there are no records of where holders of valid British passports currently reside and records of numbers of passports issued only confirm that a person was present at the issuing location when the passport was issued and do not account for subsequent changes such as emigration or death of the passport holder.

Christmas

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises. [173500]

Mr. Byrne: Arrangements for the provision of such lighting are made locally.

Closed Circuit Television

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for future funding to police authorities to update CCTV schemes. [175295]

Mr. McNulty: On 6 December, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, announced the provisional police grant settlement for the next three years.

Closed Circuit Television: Bus Services

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) given anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOS) as a result of evidence from CCTV on buses in London in each year since 1997; and how many have been (i) arrested and (ii) given ASBOS as a result of the live CCTV pilot. [166945]


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Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not centrally available.

Closed Circuit Television: Prosecutions

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make provision for closed-circuit television images to be copied for use by the police in criminal investigations. [176103]

Mr. Coaker: Most CCTV systems have some provision for images to be copied for use by the police in criminal investigations. Many of the digital CCTV systems currently in use do, from time to time, cause difficulties to some police forces. This issue has been highlighted in the National CCTV Strategy, published on 19 October 2007.

The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) has produced advice (available on their website) on the UK police requirements for digital CCTV systems. This guidance can significantly alleviate many of the problems that are being encountered. HOSDB are also working with the industry to influence the design of new digital CCTV systems which better map to current and future policing needs.

Corruption

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to respond to the letter of 22 November 2007 from the hon. Member for Twickenham about bribery and corruption; what the reasons are for the time taken to reply; and if she will make a statement. [173219]

Meg Hillier [holding answer 13 December 2007]: I responded to the hon. Gentleman's letter of 22 November on 11 December, within the Home Office performance target for responses to ministerial correspondence.

Council Tax: Rates and Rating

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average Band D council tax was for each police authority in England and Wales in 2007-08. [176706]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is shown in the following table.


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Police precept (Band D) by police authority 2007-08
Police authority £

Avon and Somerset

147.17

Bedfordshire

123.43

Cambridgeshire

149.40

Cheshire

116.03

Cleveland

158.10

Cumbria

171.09

Derbyshire

141.91

Devon and Cornwall

131.73

Dorset

156.51

Durham

135.72

Essex

116.46

Gloucestershire

179.49

Hampshire

125.37

Hertfordshire

130.17

Humberside

149.58

Kent

122.18

Lancashire

125.95

Leicestershire

138.96

Lincolnshire

131.58

Norfolk

164.88

Northamptonshire

170.21

North Yorkshire

185.40

Nottinghamshire

138.78

Staffordshire

160.15

Suffolk

137.34

Surrey

171.27

Sussex

122.67

Thames Valley

139.19

Warwickshire

145.90

West Mercia

157.66

Wiltshire

139.35

Average Shires

140.94

Greater Manchester

116.19

Merseyside

127.53

Northumbria

74.62

South Yorkshire

118.92

West Midlands

91.47

West Yorkshire

118.02

Average Mets

107.48

Average England (Exc. London)

133.22

Metropolitan

223.60

Average England (inc. London)

147.90

Dyfed-Powys

157.68

Gwent

159.94

North Wales

178.16

South Wales

132.74

Average Wales

153.03

Average England and Wales

148.21

Source: English police authorities—DCLG Welsh police authorities—WAG

Crime: Essex

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the trends in crime clear-up rates in (a) Southend and (b) Essex since 1997; and what representations she has received on this issue in each of the last five years. [174066]

Mr. McNulty: The detections figures for Essex police are shown in the following table.

Data for detections in Southend are available only from 2000-01. In April 2006, Southend became part of South Eastern BCU, and separate figures are no longer available.


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Financial Year Force detections Force detection rate Force sanction detections( 1) Force sanction detection rate( 1)

1997

23,943

27

1998/99(2)

27,542

29

1999/2000(3)

30,503

30

2000-01

27,708

26

22,249

21

2001-02

29,567

26

22,827

20

2002-03(4)

37,244

27

22,288

16

2003-04

39,748

28

24,189

17

2004-05

37,034

27

29,382

22

2005-06

40,384

31

34,596

26

2006-07

41,752

33

37,484

29

(1) Data for sanction detections are available only from 2000-01. A sanction detection is one which results in a charge or summons, caution, an offence being taken into consideration, a penalty notice for disorder or a cannabis warning. (2) The Home Office Counting Rules for recorded crime changed with effect from April 1998. These brought new offences into the series with varying detection rates. (3) Additional guidance on counting detections was implemented from 1 April 1999. (4) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Data before and after that date are not directly comparable.

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