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DEFRA collects data annually from local authorities on Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). FPNs can be issued by local authorities for graffiti and fly-posting offences. A FPN can be offered as an alternative to prosecution but prosecution can still be taken in instances of non-payment of a FPN. Police Community Support Officers can issue FPNs if they have the relevant approval; such notices are issued on a local authoritys behalf, and are incorporated into the local authoritys figures. For ease of reference, nil returns have been omitted from the following tables, which include the number of prosecutions taken following non-payment of FPNs.
|FPNs for graffiti|
|Local authority||Prosecutions following non payment|
|FPNs for fly-posting|
|Local authority||Prosecutions following non payment|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the Forensic Science Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what staff turnover was in each such year. 
|FSS headcount and s taff turnover|
|Average number of staff in year||Percentage turnover (leavers/av staff x 100)|
| Source s :|
2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07: Annual report
2004-05, 2005-06: Performance report
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in the last 12 months; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft and (b) false declarations where the individual was otherwise entitled to a passport. 
During the period 31 October 2005 to 30 September 2006, a sample of several thousand applications were scrutinised by specialist IPS teams with support from fraud investigators. This found that 0.25 per cent. of applications (or 16,500 cases) were believed to be from people attempting to obtain a passport fraudulently when they were not entitled to them. In a further 1.61 per cent. of applications (or 105,000 cases) there was some element of false declaration on the part of passport applicants but the identity of these individuals and their eligibility for passport services was not otherwise in doubt.
It must be emphasised that these figures are an estimate and the result of one sampling exercise. IPS does, however, intend to undertake sampling of this type routinely and is currently engaged in a second exercise which is due to complete by April 2008.
It is because of this level of attempted fraud that IPS has introduced over recent years such measures as checking identity information against public and private sector databases and interviews for adult first time passport applicants.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations her Department places on police forces and authorities in relation to the procurement of forensic science services. 
[holding answer 13 December 2007]: Procurement of forensic services is a matter for
individual police forces. The Home Office has placed no obligations on forces or authorities in relation to that procurement.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research to identify sites in Cumbria which may be used for illegal purposes within the meaning of the Terrorism Act 2006. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis it was decided which local areas to include in her consultation on the Dartford river crossing local discount scheme; if she will include Castle Point residents in that consultation; when the consultation will begin and end; whether the consultation will include public meetings; and how the consultation will be conducted. 
We have no plans to hold public meetings but the consultation document will be widely available via our website, and we will welcome responses from all interested parties regardless of where they live.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost is for each information technology project being undertaken by her Department and its agencies; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport is currently undertaking a number of IT projects to enable us to provide better services to our customers or improve the efficiency of our operations. Detailed information in the form requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information on the key IT projects that are monitored and reported on centrally under the DfT's Investment Appraisal Framework is set out as follows.
|Department/Agency||Project name||Start date||Original planned completion date||Expected completion date||Originally planned costs (£ million)||Estimated costs (£ million)|
|(1) Latest estimate subject to satisfactory business case for remainder of the programme.|
(2) The scope of the portal project has increased since original approval to include new elements such as the adoption of sophisticated data integration and management applications.
(3) The scope of E-test bookings has increased since original approval to include a multi-channel solution.
(4 )The difference in completion date is due to an increase in project scope to include fixed penalties.
(5) Original planned costs for mobile compliance did not include staff costs however, estimated costs to complete include staff costs from April 2005.
(6) The previous parliamentary answer of 16 July 2004, Official Report, columns 1387-88W, only relates to phase 1. The cost of £37 million with a delivery date of December 2005 was achieved within approved funding. These details have been updated to include phase 2.
(7) The estimated completion date is currently subject to change pending a current re-scoping exercise.
(8 )Smart Tachograph Projectcost variation due to Tachonet implementation, increasing project scope to meet EU legislation requirements.
(9) Vehicles System Software Replatforming, Driver Licence Upgrade and slippage due to six month New System Landscape freeze with subsequent replanning activities and rescheduled release slots.
(10) Original planned completion date is subject to Business Case approval.
(11) The estimated development completion date has increased after re-evaluation of outstanding requirements and subsequent agreement of rebaselined milestone programme.
(12) The two-year fixed operational period will commence after completion of development. The change of end date for operations reflects the new programme.
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