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2001
Country of nationality Aged 15 and under

USA

2,795

India

1,985

Japan

1,145

South Africa

985

Australia

845

Philippines

735

Pakistan

330

Canada

320

Zimbabwe

305

Nigeria

290

Korea (South)

240

China

215

New Zealand

190

Malaysia

155

Israel

145

Russia

145

Zambia

120

Egypt

110

Jamaica

105

Saudi Arabia

100

Rest of the World

1,870

Total

13,130


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2002
Country of nationality Aged 15 and under

USA

2,555

India

2,385

Philippines

1,630

Japan

1,080

South Africa

970

Australia

715

Zimbabwe

395

Pakistan

380

Nigeria

365

China

325

Canada

310

Korea (South)

220

Zambia

185

Malaysia

175

New Zealand

170

Russia

160

Ghana

140

Kenya

125

Israel

125

Bulgaria

110

Rest of the World

2,020

Total

14,535


2003
Country of nationality Aged 15 and under

India

3,155

USA

2,150

Philippines

1,900

Japan

855

South Africa

795

Zimbabwe

750

Australia

575

Pakistan

565

Nigeria

500

China

425

Canada

285

Zambia

255

Ghana

200

Malaysia

195

Korea (South)

190

Bulgaria

185

Poland

140

New Zealand

125

Russia

120

Kenya

105

Rest of the World

2,140

Total

15,615

Notes:
1. Data rounded to the nearest five, therefore they do not sum to the total shown.
2. Includes nationals of Switzerland before 1 June 2002, but excludes them from this date.
3. This information is not published as National Statistics. As such it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

Entry Clearances: Kenya

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place for checking for tuberculosis in people seeking to enter the UK from (a) Kenya and (b) South Africa. [197736]


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Mr. Byrne: Since February 2007 Kenyan nationals travelling from Kenya, seeking entry to the UK for more than six months, have been required to undergo tuberculosis screening in Kenya before applying for a visa. Those found to have infectious tuberculosis must complete a course of treatment before being issued with a visa.

Nationals from countries where there is a high incidence of tuberculosis, who are seeking entry for more than six months, are referred to the Port Medical Inspector at major ports, who will screen them for tuberculosis by means of an x-ray. This includes passengers from South Africa. If their x-ray is positive then they would be referred to their local community unit for further diagnosis and treatment.

Institute for Animal Health: Pirbright

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any on-going police investigations relating to the escape of foot and mouth virus from Pirbright Laboratory which are not related to any on-going legal proceedings. [198120]

Mr. McNulty: Any ongoing police investigations relating to the escape of foot and mouth virus from Pirbright Laboratory, whether or not they are related to any ongoing legal proceedings, are a matter for Surrey police.

Metropolitan Police: Recruitment

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new recruits, (b) graduate recruits and (c) graduate recruits with first or upper second class degrees there were to the Metropolitan police in each of the last five years; [198523]

(2) how much the Metropolitan police spent on (a) recruitment and (b) other advertising in each of the last five years; and what the budget is for 2008-09. [198526]

Mr. McNulty: This information is not held centrally. This is a matter for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited to the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1997; and what proportion were recruited directly from other police forces in each year. [198579]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 759W.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in (a) Essex, (b) Thames Valley, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Bedfordshire, (e) Kent, (f) Suffolk, (g) Sussex, (h) Surrey and (i) Hampshire sought application forms to
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join the Metropolitan Police Force in each of the last three years and subsequently made a formal application; and how many Metropolitan Police Force officers (i) sought application forms to join each of these forces and (ii) subsequently made a formal application, in the same period. [199578]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.

The numbers of officers who transfer between specific police forces cannot be derived from the centrally collected data.

Offenders: Deportation

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the replies of the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency to questions 36 to 38 of her evidence session before the Home Affairs Committee on 15 January 2008, how many prisoners are held in detention awaiting deportation or removal following the completion of their custodial sentence; how many have (a) served a sentence of more than four years and (b) received their sentence for an offence of a violent or sexual nature; if she will break down these prisoners by nationality; and what the longest period spent in detention following completion of sentence is for which such a prisoner currently held in detention has been held. [181850]

Mr. Byrne: The Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency has written to the Home Affairs Committee on several occasions over the past 18 months and provided the most robust and accurate information available on the detention of foreign national prisoners. She explained in her letter of 20 November 2007 that there were around 1,500 foreign prisoners detained past completion of their custodial sentence awaiting deportation and also confirmed in her letter of 17 December 2007 that 1,200 of these were detained within the UK Border Agency's detention estate.

She also explained in her letter of 18 February that there are currently around 250 sentence-expired foreign prisoners from countries where we encounter difficulties in enforcing removal who have been detained under immigration powers beyond nine months. At the session of 15 January she explained that a significant number of foreign criminals come from Jamaica, Nigeria, China and Vietnam. Copies of these letters are available in the Library of the House.

Police National Computer: Personal Records

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from the Data Protection Commissioner on the accuracy of criminal records held on the Police National Computer; and what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of criminal records held on the Police National Computer which contain significant inaccuracies or errors. [198468]

Mr. McNulty: The Data Protection Commissioner was superseded by the Information Commissioner on 30 January 2001, as a consequence of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am not aware of any
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representations received from the Information Commissioner on the accuracy, number and percentage of criminal records with inaccuracies held on the police national computer. Each criminal record is owned by the originating police force and as such is responsible for the accuracy of the content of the data.

Police Stations

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police stations there were per 1,000 head of population in (a) non-rural and (b) rural areas in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement; [198535]

(2) how many police stations were operational in each police force area (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. [198587]

Mr. McNulty: The Department does not hold the information requested centrally, and this could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Police Stations: Greater London

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police stations in the Metropolitan Police force area (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last 10 years. [198595]

Mr. McNulty: The management of the Metropolitan Police estate and allocation of resources is a matter for the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who are responsible for assessing local needs.


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