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Information concerning the (a) cost and (b) postage of Christmas cards from the Border and Immigration Agency for each year since 1997 is not known centrally and would be available only at disproportionate cost.
|(1) No information held centrally|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 180W, on the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, for what reasons she did not provide the information requested in the question; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not available centrally for Darlington. While detections data are available for basic command units, there are currently only two in the Durham police force area, north and south Durham.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change has been in crime rates by category of offence in Darlington in (a) the last year and (b) the last five years. 
Mr. Coaker: The available information relates to percentage changes in crimes recorded in the Darlington crime and disorder reduction partnership area and is given in the following table. Data for 2001-02 are not directly comparable with those for later years and therefore the percentage change between 2002-03 and 2006-07 has been provided.
|Percentage change in offences recorded by the police in Darlington|
|Percentage change between|
|Offence group||2002-03 and 2006-07||2005-06 and 2006-07|
Meg Hillier: The Interim Forensic Science Regulator commissioned a scientific review of low template forensic DNA profiling, which includes the Forensic Science Services Low Copy Number DNA profiling service. The review, which is being led by Professor Brian Caddy of Strathclyde University, is due to report at the end of February.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of violent crimes committed (a) in and (b) immediately outside pubs and clubs in each year since 1997. 
BCS interviews for 2005-06 showed 17 per cent. of violent incidents took place around pubs or clubs (this includes inside the premises or on the street/car park outside). The following table gives the numbers since the 1997 BCS.
|Location of violent incidents (BCS)|
|(1) Includes pub/club premises, whether inside or nearby street/car parks.|
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in public parks in each Greater London borough (a) in total and (b) where the victim was female in each year since 2000. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pupils were arrested in each of the last five years for violent offences in schools in (a) England and Wales, (b) the north east, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency. 
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time was for a Criminal Records Bureau check to be made from the date of application in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Meg Hillier: The CRB operates to a set of published service standards (PSS) which include to issue 90 per cent. of Standard Disclosures within 10 days and 90 per cent. of Enhanced Disclosures within 28 days. Between April 2007 and December 2007 the CRB has issued 228,728 Standard Disclosures and 2,272,369 Enhanced Disclosures.
Mr. Byrne: The Department does not hold central courier contracts nor is information held centrally on all the couriers it uses. Firms which have been used by the Department or its agencies either regularly or from time to time include:
Royal Mail Special Deliveries
A to Z Couriers
Secure Mail Services
DX Network Services Ltd.
TNT UK Ltd.
City Sprint (UK) Ltd.
Ecosse World Express.
Mr. Byrne: In line with the targets within the sustainable operations on the government estate framework my department has implemented a number of initiatives that should reduce carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. For example further improvements in data capture and performance measurement through the introduction of new shared service facilities management contracts are expected to lead to reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultancy contracts her Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and whether the consultant's report is publicly available in each case. 
Mr. Byrne: The Home Department engages consultancy firms to support and augment civil servants in the delivery of a specific range of work, including large IT development programmes and, where more cost effective, longer term service delivery programmes.
The Departments expenditure on these services is allocated across a wide range of firms, from small, specialist companies with niche expertise and few employees, to global multinational organizations offering a broad spectrum and substantial depth of consultancy expertise.
The Department awards contracts in competition according to the EU Procurement Directives based on value for money. The Department uses OGC framework agreements where appropriate. The use of external consultants provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical
expertise that would not otherwise be available. Some expenditure is on consultants to whom we have outsourced services, such as IT.
The Department does not hold a central record of individual contracts with external consultants showing the level of detail requested. To identify and assemble the requested details from individual records would incur disproportionate cost.
|(1) IPS recently revised figures.|
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