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Asylum

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claimants have received leave to remain as a result of grant of (a) asylum, (b) humanitarian protection, (c) discretionary leave and (d) family indefinite leave to remain since 1 April 2003, broken down by nationality; and how many dependants have received leave to remain in each of these categories and nationalities. [172684]

Mr. Byrne [h olding answer 10 December 2007] : The requested information is contained in the tables placed in the House Library. Information on dependants granted under the Family ILR exercise is not available and could be obtained only by examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

Information on asylum decisions is 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:

Commonwealth

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK in (a) 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which an estimate is available; what estimate she has made of the number of Commonwealth citizens registered to vote in the UK; which Commonwealth countries have reciprocal rights for voting with the UK; and what checks are carried out on the immigration status of applicants for electoral registration. [177394]

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 Colin Mowl, dated 16 January 2008:

Crime

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of cases of criminal damage which occurred after 9:00 pm in each of the last two years. [176440]

Mr. Coaker: The British Crime Survey asks at what time of day victims of criminal damage believe such incidents happened. The question uses broad time bands and it is not possible to estimate the number of cases that occurred after 9 pm. The following table shows the available information for the last two survey years.


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Proportion of criminal damage incidents by time of day, 2005-06 and 2006-07, BCS
2005-06 2006-07
Number Percentage Number Percentage

Morning/Afternoon(1)

24

23

Morning

5

4

Afternoon

14

12

Morning/Afternoon (unsure which)

6

7

Evening/Night(2)

76

77

Evening

36

36

Night

21

24

Evening/Night (unsure which)

18

17

Unweighted base

3,779

3,865

(1) Morning is from 6 am to noon. Afternoon is from noon to 6 pm.
(2) Evening is from 6 pm to midnight. Night is midnight to 6 am.

Crime: Victims

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of crime there were in each of the last 25 years, broken down by (a) police and (b) local authority area. [177988]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not available.

Police recorded crime statistics are available at police force and local authority area level but they provide counts of the number of offences rather than number of victims. The British Crime Survey can provide estimate of the number of victims at national level but not at police force or local authority area level.

Criminal Records Bureau: Telephones

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Criminal Records Bureau policy is on the diversion of office telephone lines to personal telephones. [177228]

Meg Hillier: The Criminal Records Bureau does not operate a policy on the diversion of office telephone lines to personal telephones.

Deportation: China and Nigeria

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Nigerian and (b) Chinese nationals are in prison in the UK; and in respect of how many such people deportation was judicially recommended. [178115]

Mr. Hanson: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer on 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 516W. At the end of September 2007 there were (a) 1,098 Nigerian and (b) 349 Chinese national prisoners held in all prisons in England and Wales. Figures for the numbers of foreign national prisoners held in prisons in England and Wales are published every quarter. The latest figures are available in “Population in Custody—September 2007”, available at the website:

—where the aforementioned figures can be found.

Information on the number of these nationals for whom deportation has been judicially recommended is not collated centrally and is not available.

Comparable information for Scotland and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Prison Service.


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These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Drugs: Misuse

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost to the criminal justice system associated with the criminal activity of problematic drug users in 2007-08. [178110]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office is not planning to estimate the cost to the criminal justice system associated with the criminal activity of problematic drug users in 2007-08.

A Home Office Research Study, “The Economic and Social Costs of Class A Drug Use in England and Wales 2003/04”, provided an estimate of the criminal justice costs associated with problem drug users’ criminal activity. The total cost to the criminal justice system was estimated to be around £4 billion for the year 2003-04.

Drugs: Voluntary Organisations

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will outsource drug work currently undertaken by statutory authorities to private charities; and if she will make a statement. [178102]

Mr. Coaker: The pooled treatment budget for substance misuse (PTB) and the young people’s substance misuse partnership grant (YPSMPG) is allocated to each one of 149 local drug action teams (DATs). Together with mainstream funding, DATs use this to meet locally assessed needs by commissioning services for drug work, such as treatment and education, from a range of providers which can include private charities, as well as voluntary and statutory organisations.

Human Trafficking

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will announce a timetable for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on People Trafficking; and if she will make a statement. [163151]

Mr. Coaker: The Government are determined to prioritise the effort to tackle the misery of human trafficking. That is why in line with our wider strategy to combat trafficking we intend to ratify the Convention before the end of this year subject to achieving necessary changes to domestic legislation in all parts of the UK.


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Licensed Premises: Non-Domestic Rates

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum increase in business rates is that can be levied on licensed premises in an alcohol disorder zone. [176703]

Mr. Coaker: Alcohol disorder zones (ADZs) are designed to address the problem of alcohol-related crime and disorder in town and city centres when all other measures have failed. The charge to license holders in relation to the costs incurred in respect of an alcohol disorder zone is completely separate from business rates. The details of the charging scheme are set out in the draft regulations which were laid on 8 January 2008.

National Firearms Licensing Management System

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of (a) the compatibility of the software used in the National Firearms Licensing Management System with the software used in the National Firearms Register on the Police National Computer and (b) the interface between the two systems; and if she will make a statement. [170024]

Mr. Coaker: The software within the National Firearms Licensing Management System is compatible with the National Firearms Register on the Police National Computer in that the systems communicate directly with each other through an automated electronic interface.

The National Policing Improvement Agency is now heading a review of the effectiveness of the interface in light of operational experience.

Passports: Pensioners

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners in (a) Hendon and (b) the UK have received free passports. [177503]

Meg Hillier: The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not ask passport holders to keep their address up to date on our database. Therefore, IPS cannot identify the number of current residents by geographical area that have taken advantage of the scheme to issue free passports to those applicants born on or before 2 September 1929.

However, from October 2004, when the concessionary scheme was introduced, until 31 December 2007, 468,264 people born on or before 2 September 1929 have been issued with free passports in the United Kingdom.

The entitlement also included a refund available to those that were eligible and applied for a passport in the period between 19 May 2004 and the inception of the scheme. Therefore, the total number includes 18,901 refunds that have been applied for and processed under this provision.


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Northern Ireland

Burglary

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) robberies and (b) burglaries were reported in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these resulted in convictions. [174863]

Paul Goggins: The number of recorded robberies in Northern Ireland fell by 648 (29 per cent.) between 2001-02 and 2006-07. The number of recorded burglaries fell by 5581 (32.5 per cent.) in the same period.

The Policing Board and the PSNI have made reducing the number of domestic burglaries a key priority and this was included as a specific target in the 2007-10 Policing Plan.

Tables 1 and 2 show the numbers of recorded robberies and burglaries in each district command unit since the new structure was set up in 2001-02.

Table 3 documents the number of prosecutions and convictions for robberies while Table 4 documents the same for burglaries. The figures relate to the police district command unit in which an offender's address falls.

Data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible routinely to reconcile recorded crime data from PSNI with prosecution and conviction data. Data from PSNI relate to the number of offences whereas data on prosecutions and convictions relate to the number of offenders brought before the courts. In addition, PSNI data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts, therefore prosecution and conviction statistics should not be compared with the number recorded.


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