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2006-07: The four areas received £89,000 to add value to the existing work and delivery of Community Safety Partnership domestic violence strategies, including training for Domestic Violence Co-ordinators, supporting the development of the SDVC Programme, and support and training for IDVAs. In addition to this, My Sisters Place received £20,000 to provide IDVAs to support Clevelands SDVC.
2007-08: The four areas received £48,000 to address priorities aligned to the Governments domestic violence agenda, including support for the development and implementation of MARACs, support and training for IDVAs, support in relation to the ongoing development and implementation of SDVCs, support for sub-regional domestic violence training, and support for non-mandatory perpetrator programmes.
£20,000 continuation funding for IDVAs was provided to My Sisters Place, and a further £15,000 for MARAC administration within the Cleveland SDVC area.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time to 999 calls was for the fire services in each year since 1997, broken down by each local authority; and if she will make a statement. 
A table has been deposited in the Library of the House which shows the average response times taken by each fire and rescue services between 1997 and 2006, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The table shows the time from the initial call to attendance, and the time from mobilisation to attendance (i.e. the actual driving time).
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of calls to the 999 emergency services number were for the (a) police and (b) fire service in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office does not keep central records of the proportion of calls to the 999 emergency services number that were for the police, fire service or any other emergency service. Individual police and fire authorities will hold information relating to the number of 999 emergency calls they have received.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 83W, on the European Extradition Warrant, if she will take steps to establish and maintain a record of those British nationals extradited to EU member states under a European Extradition Warrant who are subsequently found guilty; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 17 December 2007]: The purpose of extradition is to ensure that those accused of a crime do not avoid justice by leaving the country in which the alleged offence took place. The fugitives unit of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) processes extraditions from the UK to member states of the European Union under the European Arrest Warrant system. The involvement of SOCA finishes when the extradition case is concluded, either by the person being extradited to the requesting country or by the extradition request being dismissed. SOCA has no statutory role in the monitoring of cases post extradition.
However, information about convictions received abroad by UK citizenswhether extradition was involved or notmay be of interest to the UK police, and this information is obtained from countries of the Council of Europe (which includes all EU member states) by the UK Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Record information (UKCA-ECR) which is a part of the Criminal Records Office of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACRO).
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for the extradition of UK citizens were received in each of the last five years; and how many of those extradition applications were granted. 
The Home Office is the Government Department responsible for extradition. It is long-standing policy and practice to neither confirm nor
deny the existence of an extradition request ahead of a person's arrest. Table 1, as follows, sets out how many UK citizens have been arrested pursuant to extradition requests made to England and Wales since 1 January 2003; and how many UK citizens have been extradited.
Since 1 January 2004, the UK has been operating the Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant (EAW) with other member states of the EU. The Home Office has no involvement in the operation of the EAW. The Serious Organised Crime agency is the designated UK authority for the receipt and transmission of EAWs in the UK. Table 2, as follows, gives the number of UK nationals (a) arrested and (b) surrendered under the EAW procedure.
|Table 1: Extradition Statistics|
|Arrests pursuant to the extradition requests received||Extradited( 1)|
|Table 2: European Arrest Warrant Statistics|
|EAWs received||Extradited( 1)|
|(1) A person is not always extradited in the same year an extradition request/EAW is made. (2) These figures are from January to October 2007.|
David Davis: 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 Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government are determined to prioritise the effort to tackle the misery of human trafficking. That is why 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.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new research has been commissioned or undertaken by her Department into trafficking for forced labour since the publication of the UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking; and what further research is planned for 2008. 
Intelligence on trafficking for forced labour is currently being gathered from police forces across the UK under Operation Pentameter 2 and will be used to update our assessment of the extent of the problem. In the interim no further research on forced labour has
been commissioned although the research on whether there are any specific risks of abuse concerning those entering to carry out domestic work or in related categories is still ongoing.
Work is also being undertaken on trafficking for forced labour as part of the implementation process of the Council of Europe Convention. In 2008 the Home Office will be running a pilot project, supported by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre, aimed at tackling trafficking for forced labour.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the Identity and Passport Service and its predecessor agencies (a) investigated, (b) dismissed and (c) disciplined for corruption or other irregularities relating to the issuing or processing of British passports in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Meg Hillier: The figures for the number of people within the Identity and Passport Service who have been (a) investigated, (b) dismissed and (c) disciplined for corruption or other irregularities relating to the issuing or processing of British passports are given in the following table.
|(1) Indicates an action other than dismissal|
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) employed by and (b) working as contractors and couriers for the Identity and Passport Service have been subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks at each level of disclosure. 
Meg Hillier: The only Identity and Passport Service (IPS) staff required to have Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance are staff within the Interview Office Network. Currently there are 493 staff in post and they all have CRB clearance. This is part of the pre-employment checks.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer Questions 164855, 164765, 164967 and 164968 on the cost of the
identity card and biometric passport scheme, tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham on 12 November 2007. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) the identity cards project and (b) external consultants working on the identity cards project to date. 
Since the merger of the Home Office Identity Cards Programme and the UK Passport Service to create the Identity and Passport Service on 1 April 2006, projects to deliver passports including facial images and fingerprints, identity cards and other improvements have been necessarily combined. As much of the technology and operational processes needed to implement identity cards is also required for the implementation of these new passports, this is the most cost-effective way to deliver these initiatives.
Much of the work conducted by Identity and Passport Service cannot be categorised, both financially and operationally, as contributing towards either the introduction of passports with facial images and fingerprints or identity cards alone. The work is accounted for as future development projects which in the 2006-07 financial year amounted to £30.9 million.
The latest six monthly Identity Cards Scheme Cost Report, published on 8 November 2007, sets out those elements of the cost estimates that relate specifically to passports, those specific to identity cards and those that are common to both. The cost of registering individuals for passports and ID cards is included in common costs because the same technology infrastructure and business processes will be used. In many cases, the same application will result in the issue of both a passport and an ID card.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter of 28 November 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Nigel Morrison. 
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to Question 171109 on the regulation of wheel clamping tabled on 29 November 2007 by the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who do not speak English as a first language (a) applied for a passport and (b) were granted an interview at a passport interview centre in each month since interviews commenced. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been interviewed at passport interview centres since interviews for passport applications were introduced. 
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