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The work that has been undertaken to date is focused on maintaining or improving the total transit time in an e-Borders environment. The e-Borders team will continue to work in partnership with Eurotunnel to refine the process.

Departmental Databases

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies. [185423]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office owns and maintains a large number of databases. Information about all databases is not held centrally, however centrally held records do indicate that the Department and its agencies own and maintain the following major, business critical databases:

Home Office

Border Agency

Identity and Passport Service

Criminal Records Bureau

Departmental Freedom of Information

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is her Department's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment she has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data. [207219]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 22 May 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice on 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 640W.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff employed by her Department since 1 January 2007 have been discovered not to have the right to work in the United Kingdom. [206262]

Mr. Byrne: No members of staff employed by the Home Office since 1 January 2007 (including those employed by the UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau) have been discovered not to have the right to work in the United Kingdom.


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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the special advisers employed in her Department since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case. [184369]

Mr. Byrne: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information, I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-50WS.

Information on the employment of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and is available in the Library of the House.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special advisers her Department employs; and what the cost of employing special advisers was in each year since 1997. [200501]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office currently employs two special advisers. Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-150WS.

Information on the employment of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and is available in the Library of the House.

Departmental Motor Vehicles

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on car hire outside the Government Car Service in each year since 1997; and whether her Department required particular specifications of the cars hired. [201603]

Mr. Byrne: Information on spend is available from 2005-06 following the introduction of the Department's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Collation of information prior to this date is available only at disproportionate cost. The Department's spend on car hire outside the Government Car Service since 2005-06 is as follows:

£
FY 2005-06 FY 2006-07 FY 2007-08

Home Office Headquarters

660,014

361,440

284,340

Criminal Records Bureau

n/k

20,669

15,310

Identity and Passport Service

n/k

7,161

35,419

Total

660,014

389,270

335,069


The Department does not have any special specifications for the cars hired and uses standard vehicles.


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Departmental Postal Services

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. [208517]

Mr. Byrne: The Department's accounts system does not hold the information at the requested level of detail. An answer could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Property

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what property has been lost or stolen from her Department since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was. [187462]

Mr. Byrne: Property recorded as lost by or stolen from the Department is shown in the following table.

Item Value (£)

2001-02

Lost

Cash and equipment

802

Stolen

Laptops

9,453

4 Mobile phones

n/k

Overhead projector

1,893

Computer equipment

n/k

Computer equipment

6,124

Fraudulent use of government procurement card

200

Polaroid camera

800

2002-03

Lost

0

Stolen

Computer equipment

17,874

Two projectors

2,065

Laptop

1,500

Motor Vehicle

10,300

2003-04

Lost

0

Stolen

9 mobile finger printing units

13,455

2004-05

Lost

0

Stolen

Computer equipment

10,000

2005-06

Lost

0

Stolen

Laptop

1,000

2006-07

Lost

0

Stolen

8 assets

3,550

2007-08

Lost

0

Stolen

10 assets

8,905

n/k = Not known

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Information prior to 2001-02 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Following new Treasury reporting procedures, introduced in 2006-07, the details of stolen assets are not specified.

The Department has guidelines which should be followed in the event of a theft or loss. All reported thefts or losses are investigated and appropriate action is taken in the light of these investigations.

Departmental Stationery

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) branded and (b) non-branded stationery in each year since 1997. [200481]

Mr. Byrne: The ordering of (a) branded stationery comprising: letter headings, compliment slips and business cards is a devolved activity and spend is not centrally recorded. Collation of information on annual spend on (a) branded stationery since 1997 is available only at disproportionate cost. The total value of spend for the two-year period from April 2006 until March 2008 is, however, available and amounted to £174,000.

Information on spend on (b) non-branded stationery is available from 2005-06 following the introduction of the Department’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Collation of information prior to this date is available only at disproportionate cost.

The Department’s spend on (b) non-branded stationery since 2005-06 is as follows:

Financial year £

2005-06

3,900,000

2006-07

3,700,000

2007-08

3,600,000


Entry Clearances

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) work permit holders, (b) dependants of work permit holders, (c) highly skilled migrants and (d) dependants of highly skilled migrants were given leave to enter the UK in (i) each year since 1987 and (ii) each quarter since 1st January 2004. [206513]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 19 May 2008]: The requested annual information on work permit holders and their dependants is published annually in the Home Office Command Paper ‘Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom’ which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

The quarterly data from 2004 is shown in the following table.

Information on highly skilled migrants and their dependants given leave to enter will be published on 20 August 2008, in the 2007 Home Office Command Paper, as these data have only been available since June 2007.


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