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Mr. Byrne: The Home Secretary may exclude from the UK any person where she judges that their presence here would not be conducive to the public good. A person so excluded will be refused a visa or permission to enter the UK should they make such an application. In August 2005 the then Home Secretary published a list of certain behaviours which, if engaged in, would normally lead to a person being excluded or deported from the UK. That list includes the expression of views that
foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.
The FMU leads on Government policy on forced marriage and has developed guidelines for professionals (the police, education professionals, health and social workers) on how to deal with cases of forced marriage. In addition, as part of the National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan, the FMU coordinates an outreach programme to raise awareness of the problem, and runs a dedicated support and advice helpline for victims of forced marriage. The FMU also works with embassies and high commissions overseas to rescue and repatriate those British citizens forced into marriage overseas.
assisted approximately 400 victims of forced marriage (168 of these were overseas cases);
spoke at over 80 awareness raising events around the country;
contributed to the passage through Parliament of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. One of the provisions of the Act is to make the guidelines for professionals statutory; and also
assisted in the development of the Honour Networka helpline to support survivors of forced marriage.
We have also established an Honour Based Violence Steering Group, led by the Home Office, to identify actions and develop a work programme to address honour based violence and also develop a more dedicated approach to respond to the needs of Black, Asian and minority ethnic victims of domestic violence over the next few years.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the advantages and disadvantages of taking mandatory DNA samples from all UK citizens as part of her policy formulation on DNA sampling; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 24 April 2008]: We have no current proposals for the establishment of a universal database for DNA. There are practical and ethical implications of moving to such a position and any proposal to do so would need to be subject to lengthy and detailed public debate.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Forensic Science Service has taken to ensure compliance with the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods standards. 
The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) standards refers to guidelines that were written primarily for assisting North American forensic laboratories in meeting
defined quality standards. Forensic Science Service Ltd. (FSS) operates to a forensic science quality framework that incorporates independent accreditation of the organisations scientific methods, and standards employed for validating techniques, to the international quality standard IS017025, (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories). The FSS is also registered as compliant with the international quality standard IS09001 (Quality Management Systems). The FSS validation standards and the SWGDAM validation guidelines are similar; however as an additional measure since December 2007, the FSS has implemented a process that involves checking against the SWGDAM validation guidelines when implementing new DNA techniques into casework. The FSS has shared its standards for technique validation with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes, who have adopted them in their own published guidelines for validation, with which the FSS are fully compliant.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average annual cost is of storing a DNA sample with a company or organisation that analyses such samples for the purposes of producing profiles for the national DNA database; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how much the Department has spent storing DNA samples with companies and organisations that analyse samples for the purposes of producing profiles for the national DNA database in each year since it became operational (a) in total and (b) broken down by organisation or company; and if she will make a statement; 
(4) how many DNA samples are stored by companies or organisations that analyse samples for the purpose of producing profiles for the national DNA database (a) in total and (b) broken down by company or organisation; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier: The costs of processing and storing DNA samples fall to individual police forces and are dependent on the contractual agreement between the force and their forensic supplier or suppliers. This information is commercially confidential.
The information accompanying a DNA sample taken under Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 powers from a person arrested for a recordable offence which is sent to a company or organisation for the purposes of producing a profile for the national DNA database is as follows:
a barcode number from the sampling kit;
a police national computer arrest summons report number;
a force custody number (if available);
surname of the person sampled;
date of birth;
whether male or female;
an indicator of ethnic appearance;
whether the sample is taken from a mouth swab or hair roots;
the date the sample was taken;
whether the sample is a resample;
a code number showing which police force took the sample and at which police station;
the ID number and surname of the police officer taking the sample;
one of the following indicators of the type of offence for which the person sampled was arrested: homicide; rape; robbery; other violent crime; other sex offences; domestic burglary; other burglary; theft of vehicle; theft from vehicle; criminal damage; drugs offences; other recordable offence;
exhibit number (if known);
police reference/crime number (if known).
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) without a criminal conviction and (b) in total had their profiles recorded on the national DNA database in each of the last three years. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 28 April 2008]: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) on 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 761W.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the licensing regime for industrial hemp cultivation in preventing illegal drug production. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is of her estimate that the annual inflow of immigrants
contributes £6 billion to the economy; and what estimate she has made of the annual expenditure of immigrants on goods and services, including repatriated earnings. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 21 April 2008]: The evidential basis for the impact of migration on trend economic growth is set out in the joint Home OfficeDWP submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, The economic and fiscal impact of immigration.
According to official data from the Office for National Statistics, migration added around 0.5 percentage points per annum to growth in the working age population between mid 2001 and mid 2006, and, therefore to overall trend output growth. On this basis, the contribution of migration to economic growth in 2006 would have been some £6 billion.
The information requested on expenditure and remittances falls within the responsibility of the Office for National Statistics. No statistics are collected on expenditure by immigrants on goods and services. The available information on remittance payments was laid out in a letter from the National Statistician to Lord Lament of Lerwick on 19 November 2007, Official Report, House of Lords, columns WA47-48, in answer to his parliamentary question of that date, to which I refer the hon. Member.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has given on the distance a designated officer may pursue an individual they have detained or attempted to detain at a port who subsequently leaves the port under the powers in section 2 of the UK Borders Act 2007. 
Jacqui Smith: I reported to the House on 3 April on the creation of the UK Border Agency, setting out the purpose and power of the agency to protect our border and making reference to the delivery of new powers to front line officers, including the powers in section 2 of the UK Borders Act.
Full guidance and suitable training will be provided to designated officers before they exercise the section 2 powers. In relation to pursuit, guidance will reflect that this power was introduced to enable a designated immigration officer to go to the immediate vicinity outside the port for the purpose of returning to the port an individual who has absconded from detention.
The guidance will also reflect that in practise, the use of the pursuit power will need to be assessed dynamically on a case by case basis by the designated officer, while weighing benefits against risk and taking full account of their own and their colleagues' safety, as well as that of the individual and members of the public.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 276W, on immigration: housing, how much funding is available for local authorities in the transitional costs fund; how much has been disbursed; which local authorities have received funding; and over what timescale such funding will be available. 
Mr. Byrne: The financial support available will depend on the claims made by local authorities. Funding will be available for some items of expenditure incurred by local authorities on an agreed cohort of supported families cases processed by the Agency. We cannot therefore accurately estimate the level of funding required.
At the present time no payments have been made to any local authority. Support will be made available to individual authorities for a maximum of six months after they have begun to incur qualifying expenditure.
Mr. Byrne: Information on the number of Iraq nationals granted asylum in the United Kingdom is published in the annual Statistical Bulletin Asylum Statistics United Kingdom. Provisional figures for 2007 are published in the Quarterly Asylum Statistics Fourth Quarter 2007. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of immigration applications from Pakistan claiming Afghan refugee status in each of the last 10 years. 
Information on asylum applications is published quarterly. Copies of asylum publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps will be taken to reduce queuing and waiting times at ports and borders, as referred to in the UK Borders Agency Business Plan; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 23 April 2008]: The UK Border Agency is committed to improving the customer experience at our borders and we continue to engage with port operators to deliver this. Work on a set of port by port national standards is already under way and this will be rolled out from June 2008.
The UK Border Agency is also working with the Department for Transport to implement an action plan (as published in November 2007), which will set new standards for the processing of passengers on arrival for implementation over the course of 2008.
agreed port by port targets for major locations and mechanisms for monitoring and reporting performance against them;
ways of best matching the availability of frontline Border offices and predicted passenger flows; and
a more coordinated approach to flight scheduling to prevent unnecessary pressures when large numbers of flights arrive at the same time.
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