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Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on 1 November transferred from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (MP/Auth Ref: B33561/7). [175477]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 December 2007]: The Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the hon. Member on 12 December 2007.

Metropolitan Police: Impounded Vehicles

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles in the Metropolitan Police area were impounded following reference to the motor insurance database in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement. [175372]

Mr. Coaker: This information is not collected centrally. I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that in 2006 an estimated 10,000 and in 2007 an estimated 13,000 vehicles were seized.

Metropolitan Police: Motor Insurance Database

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Metropolitan Police accessed the motor insurance database in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement. [175361]

Mr. Coaker: This information is not collected centrally. I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that over the two years 2006 and 2007 the data base has been accessed about 60,000 times.

Migration Impacts Forum

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which groups, public bodies and organisations have submitted reports to the Migration Impacts Forum. [169693]

Jacqui Smith: The purpose of the Migration Impacts Forum (MIF) is to provide a forum for regular and organised dialogue with frontline professionals outside central Government, focused on the wider impacts
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associated with migration experienced by local areas. Membership of the MIF includes representatives from local authorities, voluntary and public sectors, the CBI and the TUC.

In preparing thematic presentations for MIF meetings, lead MIF members may choose to consult a range of local and national stakeholders and use a number of publications.

Papers presented at the MIF meetings can be found on the Border and Immigration Agency website.

Mr. Chanceless Takaruva

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the residency status is of Mr. Chanceless Takaruva of Skelmersdale and his family (Home Office ref: T1095080). [174530]

Mr. Byrne: It would not be appropriate for me to comment on an individual case in the House. I wrote to my hon. Friend on 18 December 2007.

National DNA Database

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people with entries in the National DNA Database are resident in Wirral West constituency. [173623]

Meg Hillier: Information held on the NDNAD is available on a police force area basis but not a constituency basis. As at 6 December 2007, there were an estimated 107,208 individuals with a DNA profile on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) taken by Merseyside police. This figure is for people who had a DNA sample taken by Merseyside police, so in addition to residents of Merseyside, it includes people resident in other areas who had a DNA sample taken by that force, and excludes people resident in Merseyside who have had a sample taken by another force.

National Identity Register

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Government expects to publish an updated implementation timetable for the National Identity Scheme; [166089]

(2) whether she expects the target to roll-out identity cards to British citizens by the end of 2009 to be met. [166091]

Jacqui Smith: The Government remain committed to the introduction of a National Identity Scheme.

The National Identity Scheme Strategic Action Plan was published in December 2006 outlining plans to begin issuing identity cards to foreign nationals from 2008 and to British citizens from 2009.

A copy of the National Identity Scheme Strategic Action Plan can be found at:

An updated timetable for the implementation of the National Identity Scheme will be reported to Parliament and published in due course.


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Offenders: Deportation

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial recommendations for deportation of convicted criminals were (a) made and (b) carried out in each of the last two years. [166081]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested could be obtained only by a detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

On 20 November the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the Home Affairs Committee to provide the most recent information available on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. In this letter she advised that, for the calendar year 2007 and up to the first week of November, approximately 3,500 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House.

Offensive Weapons

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on the streets since 1997. [175259]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 18 December 2007]: We have taken a range of legislative and preventative action to reduce the availability of guns, knives and other dangerous weapons since 1997.

In 1997, following the Dunblane tragedy, we introduced a ban on handguns.

In 2003, a national firearms amnesty resulted in nearly 45,000 firearms and over 1 million rounds of ammunition being handed in. In 2006, a national knives amnesty resulted in nearly 90,000 knives being handed in. Although we have never claimed that amnesties alone will solve the problem, they are one facet in a range of tactics which include tough enforcement, prevention and education work. We are currently exploring the possibility of a hand-in system for weapons which would fall short of an amnesty but still provide a conduit for people to remove weapons from circulation.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a mandatory minimum sentence for possession of a prohibited firearm of three years’ detention for 16 to 17-year-olds and five years’ imprisonment for people aged 18 and over.

The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003:

Subsequently, the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006:


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On 12 December 2007, we announced that, following a public consultation, we intend to ban the sale, import and hire of samurai swords.

In September 2007, the Tackling Gangs Action Programme (TGAP) was established, to focus targeted action in neighbourhoods of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool where gun crime and gangs are a particular problem. The Association of Chief Police Officers, Serious Organised Crime Agency and HM Revenue and Customs are fully engaged in this work. On 28 November, an action day focusing on firearms was held in the four TGAP cities, which resulted in 124 arrests.

Ongoing work also includes support for prevention and education work through a variety of educational packages and other projects such as the Urban Concepts ‘Don’t Trigger’ anti-gun crime campaign.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure young people are unable to purchase knives. [175260]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 18 December 2007]: Section 43 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 amends section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, making it an offence to sell a knife to a person under the age of 18 years—up from 16 years. This came into force on 1 October 2007.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives have been recovered in knife amnesty initiatives in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years. [176113]

Mr. Coaker: A national knife amnesty was held from 24 May to 30 June 2006, resulting in the surrender of 89,964 items in England and Wales. A table showing the breakdown of items recovered by force area is as follows.

Figures for local weapon amnesties are not held centrally.


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Knife amnesty—total items surrendered 24 May-30 June 2006
Force Domestic Non Dom Weapons Of interest Total

Avon and Somerset

1,510

634

129

69

2,342

Bedfordshire

503

172

45

42

762

Cambridgeshire

982

188

465

0

1,635

Cheshire

1,241

457

287

55

2,040

City of London

38

0

4

18

60

Cleveland

729

224

159

41

1,153

Cumbria

1,082

146

46

27

1,301

Derbyshire

2,257

91

623

24

2,995

Dorset

1,029

275

186

8

1,498

Durham

593

326

124

19

1,062

Dyfed Powys

470

188

121

14

793

Devon Cornwall

2,626

601

375

150

3,752

Essex

1,517

446

209

51

2,223

Gloucestershire

702

309

50

0

1,061

GMP

1,172

403

276

14

1,865

Gwent

1,263

419

187

67

1,936

Hampshire

3,209

841

529

57

4,636

Herts

1,659

493

20

22

2,194

Humberside

877

152

261

23

1,313

Kent

2,603

704

421

0

3,807

Lancashire

948

389

187

1

1,525

Leicestershire

950

158

62

0

1,170

Lincs

731

422

260

35

1,448

Merseyside

1,142

630

33

0

1,888

Met

0

0

0

0

9,145

Norfolk (1)

[383]

[104]

[13]

[5]

1,723

North Wales

1,152

392

177

10

1,731

North Yorkshire

940

285

346

53

1,624

Northants

1,312

174

140

0

1,626

Northumbria

1,576

667

306

57

2,606

Nottinghamshire

1,086

419

127

17

1,649

South Wales

1,351

505

143

23

2,022

South Yorks

1,143

68

379

42

1,631

Staffordshire

1,200

524

222

64

2,010

Suffolk

975

298

171

0

1,444

Surrey

959

252

89

11

1,311

Sussex

2,479

936

253

89

3,757

Thames Valley

2,475

1,235

620

0

4,330

Warwickshire

494

179

147

36

856

West Mercia

1,523

440

164

0

2,127

West Midlands

1,979

298

510

451

3,238

West Yorkshire

851

332

175

17

1,375

Wiltshire

894

177

120

9

1,200

Totals (2)

52,222

16,595

9,148

1,658

89,864

(1) Breakdown figures for Norfolk relate to items surrendered in first week only.
(2) Breakdown figures do not equal final total due to (i).
Note:
MPS has supplied a total only figure.

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