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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts were awarded by her Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) any other consultancy firms in each of the last 12 months; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) value was of each of these contracts. 
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 Department's 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 organisations 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. To provide information on what contracts were awarded by the Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) any other consultancy firms in each of the last 12 months would incur disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Byrne: In order to meet the requirements of the sustainable operations in Government targets a new sustainable operations policy statement has been prepared and will be issued in the next few months following approval by the relevant Home Office Boards.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many time-served foreign national prisoners being held in immigration removal centres were convicted of (a) Class A drug trafficking, (b) terrorist offences and (c) violent offences. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of drugs seized by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in 2006-07 that were ultimately destined for the UK. 
Jacqui Smith: SOCAs 2006-07 annual report detailed the total volume of Class A drugs seizures in which the agency was involved. No attempt was made to estimate what percentage of these seizures were ultimately destined for the UK, as such estimates would be subjective and likely to be inaccurate.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people seeking to enter the UK from (a) Kenya and (b) South Africa have been refused entry due to confirmed or suspected cases of tuberculosis in the last 12 months. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what arrangements unskilled or low-skilled migrants from outside the EU were allowed to migrate to the UK in 2007; what maximum stay in the UK was permitted under each arrangement; how many migrants entered the UK under each arrangement in 2007; and what will happen to these
arrangements when the points-based migration system becomes fully operational. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 25 March 2008]: In 2007, 60 per cent. of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) quota (16,250) could be filled through applications from outside the European Union, the remainder through applications from Romania or Bulgaria. The maximum stay permitted under SAWS is six months. From 2008, applications to SAWS are accepted only from Romania and Bulgaria. SAWS will be phased out by 2010.
Domestic workers in private households may accompany their employer to the UK. Leave may be granted for a period of 12 months initially, with the possibility to extend and apply for settlement once they have spent a continuous period of five years in the UK in this capacity. The latest published figure is that 12,500 entered in 2006.
Low skilled schemes will be catered for under tier 3 of the points-based system. However, tier 3 is currently suspended and will remain so as long as labour market restrictions are in place for Romania and Bulgaria.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) discussions there have been on and (b) consideration has been given to the merits of setting up an e-borders system around the Common Travel Area. 
Mr. Byrne: We continue to work closely with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on operational, policy and legislative issues that affect the common travel area (CTA), including on the implementation of the e-Borders programme which is a key part of the Government's plans for securing our borders.
As set out in our Securing the UK Border strategy, March 2007, the CTA presents immigration risks and we are reviewing the rules and operation of the CTA to explore how border security can be strengthened. Monitoring all major air and sea movements across CTA borders via e-Borders by 2011 is one of the measures we are taking to strengthen operation of the CTA. The results of the review will be announced in due course.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples from the National DNA database have been used for each research project undertaken using data from the National DNA database to date; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Available Home Office data are from the homicide index and relate to offences currently recorded as homicide. As at 12 November 2007, when recording closed down for the purpose of analysis, the Metropolitan police service had recorded 178 homicides in 2000-01 and 167 in 2006-07. These are not necessarily the years in which the incidents took place or the years in which any court decisions were made. Figures will change as subsequent court hearings take place or other information is received.
Operation Pentameter 1 recovered 88 possible victims. Victims were assisted into support services or returned to their country of origin. During the campaign specific guidance was given to police officers on appropriate victim care and police forces were asked to scope local service provision to help develop local strategies and partnerships.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she and Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of high street banks on identity cards in the last 12 months; and what was the date of each such meeting. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how much her Department has been invoiced for costs incurred under Operation Safeguard, since the start of 2008, broken down by police force; and if she will make a statement. 
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Police cells have been used to hold prisoners before. They were used to hold prisoners regularly from 1982 until 1993, and from 1994-95. They were also used from July to November 2002. Their use peaked in 1988, and peaked again in 1990-92, when more than 1,000 prisoners a night were being regularly held in police cells.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 994-5W, on police stations, for what reasons changes in the use of police buildings have made it difficult to obtain comprehensive information as to the number of police stations in use. 
Jacqui Smith: The use of police stations has changed in recent years to reflect more flexible modern policing. Many forces have now devised innovative ways of increasing their accessibility to members of the public by using other more modern methods of interaction, such as police shops in high streets, police kiosks and by use of mobile police stationsparticularly in rural areas.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers in each force were dismissed through the incapability procedure in each year since 1997. 
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