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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.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 21 January 2008]: Between 2004-06 successive Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaigns (AMECs) were focused on tackling crime and disorder in the night-time economy and included within them element of underage sales test-purchase activity.
From 2006 two Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaigns (TUSAC) have been conducted with specific focus on test-purchase activity with an additional focus on supporting existing and new powers available through the Licensing Act 2003:
Pilot TUSAC (October 2006) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the license review powers available through the Licensing Act 2003.
National TUSAC (May to July 2007) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the commencement of the new offences of persistently selling alcohol to children (section 147A Licensing Act 2003, commenced 6 April 2007)
A pilot Confiscation of Alcohol Campaign (October to July 2007) was undertaken to utilise police powers to seize alcohol from children in public places and to disperse persons aged 16 or more causing alcohol related crime and disorder.
Mr. Byrne: The UK fully supports the EU Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) initiative; but is excluded from the Frontex Regulation and thus the RABITs Regulation. However, as signalled by the Council Declaration accompanying adoption of the RABITs Regulation in June 2007, we are exploring ways in which the UK can support RABITs operations abroad on an observer/adviser basis, in a similar way to our support for Frontex joint operations. The UK can participate in Frontex operations, if we wish to, with the agreement of the Frontex Management Board on a case-by-case basis.
In the same time, the prosecuting authorities in England and Wales have made 589 extradition requests to extradition partners, with 378 people being extradited back. The following table gives a year-on-year breakdown.
It should be emphasised that these figures do not include statistics for the European Arrest Warrant, which the UK has been operating with our European Union partners since 1 January 2004. I refer to the answer given to this House on 29 November 2007, which gave the statistics for the EAW.
|Total of extradition requests made to and by England and Wales, 1997 to 2007|
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what she expects the cost will be to administer the proposed cash bond for families to pay when receiving a visitor from outside the EU; 
Mr. Byrne: The visitor consultation, published on 18 December 2007, provides an opportunity for ideas, comments and discussion on a number of options to ensure that our system for visitors is fit for the 21(st) century. The consultation period concludes on 10 March 2008.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 14 January 2008]: The total value of confiscation orders and cash forfeiture orders made in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland over the last three years against criminals involved in people trafficking is set out in the table.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found trying to enter the United Kingdom with stolen or forged passports in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by nationality. 
Mr. Byrne: The total number of detections of travel document abuse (passports and identity cards) at United Kingdom arrivals controls (which includes our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium) in 2006 was 4,152. Of these 3,944 were stolen and/or forged travel documents.
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