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indicates that 88 per cent of the most recent serious sexual assaults committed against the victims who
responded to the British Crime Survey (BS) Interpersonal Violence Module were committed by someone known to the victim, either as a partner, friend, relative or acquainted in another way such as a colleague from school, work or university.
Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what options she has considered to reduce the waiting time for a Security Industry Authority licence renewal; and what steps she has taken to protect those security industry employees whose jobs are jeopardised by the length of time taken for licence renewal. 
Mr. Coaker: This is an operational matter for the Security Industry Authority (SIA). They are working to restore performance to acceptable levels as quickly as possible in order to reduce delays and the resulting impact on applicants. I have met with the SIA's chief executive, and receive regular reports from the SIA, in order to ensure that action is being taken to address performance issues.
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often she receives reports from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in relation to its (a) activity and (b) performance; how many individuals and companies were licensed by the SIA for the immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles in (i) Wansbeck constituency, (ii) Northumberland and (iii) the UK in each year since 2003; how many complaints were received about such individuals and companies; and how many of these were upheld and resulted in licences being suspended or withdrawn. [Official Report, 12 June 2008, Vol. 477, c. 3MC.] 
Mr. Coaker: In line with the arrangements that exist with all non-departmental public bodies, the Department receives regular updates on performance and activities. The SIA also keeps its stakeholders updated through, for example, its website.
The SIA issues licences to individual wheel clampers, and not to companies. SIA licence numbers are not recorded at constituency or county level. Since 2003, the SIA has issued the following numbers of vehicle immobilisation licences in each year:
Information about the number of complaints made about vehicle immobilisers is not available. In general, however, most complaints received by the SIA about vehicle immobilisation concern issues such as signage, fees and other areas which are outside the control of
the SIA. All other complaints need police substantiation and are dealt with confidentially by the SIAs intelligence section.
To date a total of 10 vehicle immobilisation licences have been revoked. It is not possible to say how many of these were revoked as a direct consequence of complaints received from members of the public.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments the Security Industry Authority made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. 
(a) to Grayling Public Affairs for general public affairs work;
(b) to Grayling Public Relations to promote the licensing of security guards in England and Wales; and,
(c) to Grayling Scotland to promote the licensing of security guards in Scotland.
Mr. Byrne: The following table shows the 20 nationalities outside the EU, by volume, with the highest number of approved work permit applications from nurses and doctors in the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007. Figures are rounded to nearest five.
|Work permit applications approved between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2007|
Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished episodes of care there were for patients resident in Southend with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, broken down by (i) age group and (ii) sex in each year since 1997. 
Ann Keen: Information is not available in the format requested. Information is available at primary care trust (PCT) level. The following table shows the information available for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 for Southend-on-Sea PCT. This identifies patients who resided within Southend-on-Sea and were in hospital with a primary and/or secondary diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. On 1 October 2006, Southend-on-Sea PCT merged with Castle Point and Rochford PCT to create South East Essex PCT. This is reflected in the data provided in the table for 2006-07.
|Number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for a primary and/or secondary diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for PCTs covering Southend-on-Sea, broken down by age and sex for the years 1997-98 to 2006-07|
|Age and sex breakdown|
1. HES includes national health service hospitals in England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by the NHS in England.
2. Data from 1997-98 to 2005-06 are for Southend-on-Sea PCT. The 2006-07 data reflect the merger of Southend-on-Sea PCT with Castle Point and Rochford PCT on 1 October 2006 to create South East Essex PCT, explaining the increase in FCEs. Patients may have been treated outside Southend-on-Sea.
3. Data Quality
HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
4. Assessing growth through time
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected by the NHS, there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital. As well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 13 (six prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of care.
A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
7. Ungrossed Data
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
8. Low Numbers
For reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with * (an asterisk). Where it was possible to identify numbers from the total due to a single suppressed number in a row or column, an additional smallest number has been suppressed in order to protect patient confidentiality.
9. Clinical Codes
Diagnosis codes for the following conditions were used:
Rheumatoid lung disease;
Rheumatoid arthritis with involvement of other organs and systems;
Other seropositive Rheumatoid arthritis;
Seropositive Rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified;
Seronegative Rheumatoid arthritis;
Adult-onset stills disease;
Other specified Rheumatoid arthritis;
Rheumatoid arthritis, unspecified;
Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis; and
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for health and social care.
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