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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. 
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:
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. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question on what estimate has been 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 has been made of the number of commonwealth citizens registered to vote in the UK; which Commonwealth countries have reciprocal rights for voting in the UK; and what
checks are carried out on the immigration status of applicants for electoral registration. I am replying in her absence.
In 1997, there were an estimated 695,000 Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK. In 2006, the corresponding estimate was 1,112,000. These estimates are based on Labour Force Survey data and, as with any sample survey data, are subject to margins of error.
With respect to Commonwealth citizens registered to vote, data separately identifying British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizens are not collected centrally; these citizens are grouped together on local authority electoral returns. Therefore we are unable to produce data on voter registration separately for Commonwealth citizens.
With respect to which Commonwealth countries have reciprocal rights for voting in the UK, the Ministry of Justice advise that this information is not held centrally. In respect of the UK, the Representation of the People Act 1983 provides that all Commonwealth citizens who are lawfully resident here are entitled to vote in parliamentary and local elections. Decisions about the voting rights of Commonwealth, including British, citizens resident in other Commonwealth countries are for the individual countries concerned.
With respect to checks on immigration status, the Ministry of Justice advise that all electors are required to state their nationality on the canvass form when registering to vote. Furthermore, electoral registers are available for public inspection and anyone who believes that an ineligible person has been included may object and notify the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) who may then make further inquiries as to the eligibility of that individual.
The Electoral Administration Act strengthened this process by:
allowing any individual to object to another persons registration details at any time;
allowing an ERO to initiate and conduct a review of a persons registration at any time;
creating a new criminal offence of supplying false information or failing to supply information to the electoral registration officer at any time; and
giving the police more time to carry out investigations into electoral fraud (they may apply to court to have the normal one year limit for bringing prosecutions increased to two years, so long as there has been no undue delay in the investigation).
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. 
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.
|Proportion of criminal damage incidents by time of day, 2005-06 and 2006-07, BCS|
|(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.
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.
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. 
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 CustodySeptember 2007, available at the website:
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. 
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.
The Economic and Social Costs of Class A Drug Use in England and Wales, 2003/04, in Measuring different aspects of problem drug use: methodological developments Chapter 3, Table 3.3, OLR 16/06. This report is available on the Home Office RDS website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/rdsolr1606.pdf
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. 
Mr. Coaker: The pooled treatment budget for substance misuse (PTB) and the young peoples 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.
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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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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