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Expenditure for advertising in the Northern Ireland Office is held for the current financial year to date plus the previous five financial years.
The following table provides details of the NIOs advertising expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) and shows this as a percentage of the Departments total expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each year since 2002-03.
|Advertising expenditure (£)||Percentage of advertising expenditure against departmental expenditure|
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. 
Mr. Woodward: The following table provides details of the Northern Ireland Offices expenditure on external contracts with public relations companies (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each of the last 10 years and the number of contracts held in that time. The information provided is not centrally located. To provide information prior to 2002-03 would be possible only at disproportionate cost.
|Number of public relations contracts||Value of contracts (£)|
|n/a = Not available|
Mr. Coaker: Crimes involving bogus callers can have a devastating effect on an individuals or even a whole communitys quality of life. This is particularly the case with older and more vulnerable victims. That is why we continue in our work to confront and tackle crime and have been involved in a number of campaigns and initiatives relating to distraction burglary.
The Government, working with third sector organisations, has produced a wide range of tools for practitioners (such as good practice guides) and information for potential victims, carers and those in regular contact with the vulnerable. This has focused on encouraging the reporting of bogus callers and promoting positive doorstep behaviour.
To enhance the police response to distraction burglary, we have worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers to establish a national distraction burglary database and intelligence network to facilitate the sharing of intelligence and support joint operations between forces and with other enforcement bodies including Trading Standards. We are currently working with the water industry to explore what can be done to tackle crimes involving bogus water officials.
The emphasis on sanction detections means that overall (total) detection figures are a less meaningful comparative measure of police performance. The numbers of non sanction detections more than halved in 2006-07. This is a continuation of the trend seen in recent years in the use of these methods of clear up following local policy decisions taken by many forces in order to reduce bureaucracy.
|Total detection rates and sanction detection rates by main offence group, England and Wales 2002-03 to 2006-07( 1,2)|
|Offence group||Total detection rate||Sanction detection rate||Total detection rate||Sanction detection rate||Total detection rate||Sanction detection rate||Total detection rate||Sanction detection rate||Total detection rate||Sanction detection rate|
|(1) Total detection rates comprise sanction detections and non-sanction detections as a percentage of offences detected.|
(2) Sanction detections include offences which are cleared up through a formal sanction, i.e. by an offender being charged or summonsed; being cautioned, reprimanded or given final warning; having an offence taken into consideration; receiving a penalty notice for disorder; or receiving a warning for cannabis possession. Non-sanction detections comprise those where the offence is counted as cleared up but no further action is taken. The overall detection rate has been affected by forces limiting the usage of non-sanction-detections.
(3) The classification and coverage of offences included in the sexual offences group changed from 1 May 2004 following the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. This added a number of new offences and the definitions of other offences were broadened and therefore will have effected the detection rates.
Mr. Byrne: Following the review of the immigration system in July 2006, we made a commitment to strengthen and simplify immigration legislationreplacing existing laws in this area and establishing a clear, consistent and coherent legal framework which supports the control of our borders and the management of migration.
An initial consultation paper Simplifying Immigration Law - An Initial Consultation published on 6 June 2007, set out principles for simplification and invited views. An analysis of responses was published on 6 December 2007.
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