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Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the percentage of funds repaid by Government to Kent county council in respect of expenditure making provision for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [ h olding answer 30 April 2008]: The percentage of expenditure repaid to Kent in respect of expenditure claimed from the Home Office for the provision of service to unaccompanied asylum seeking children was: 100 per cent. of total eligible expenditure claimed, including special circumstances, in 2004-05 and 2005-06; 92 per cent. of total eligible expenditure claimed in 2006-07.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in the Case Resolution Directorate; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department does not hold a central record of contracts. To identify and assemble the requested list from individual records held across the Home Office Headquarters and its executive agencies would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what opinion research companies her Department has employed in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each contract. 
Mr. Byrne: During the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 the Home Office employed TNS to undertake its public opinion polling. This was at a total cost of £243,460 (ex VAT). During 2006 and 2007 Ipsos MORI carried out the opinion polling at a total cost of £264,525 (ex VAT).
Mr. Byrne: The current Cabinet Office target, as set out in 10 Point Plan on creating a diverse civil service (commonly referred to as the 10 Point Plan), for the employment of staff declaring a disability is 3.2 per cent. by April 2008.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, columns 657-58W, on Firearms: Crime, how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in each police force area in each year since 2005-06. 
Mr. Coaker: Available data relate to offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) recorded during 2005-06 and 2006-07 and are given in the following table. Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument or used as a threat.
The arrests collection undertaken by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform provides data on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by main offence group, i.e. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary etc. More detailed data about specific offences are not collected.
|Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were to have been used( 1) , by police force area: England and Wales 2005-06 and 2006-07|
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|(1) Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument against a person, or used as a threat. Note: Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.|
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 21 April 2008]: The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for applications from nurses and doctors from Africa, in the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force (a) requested in recharge payments and (b) received in recharge payments from the Immigration Service where immigration officers authorised the detention of a suspected illegal immigrant, in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
(b) The information requested about recharge payments where immigration officers have authorised the detention of a suspected illegal immigrant could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records and only at disproportionate cost.
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