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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.
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:
Employment Checks Database
Case Information System (CID)
Asylum Support System (ASYS)
Immigration and Asylum Fingerprints System (IAFS)
GLOBE (Work Permits System)
Proviso (visa processing)
PASS Database (Passports)
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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:
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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.
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 Departments Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Collation of information prior to this date is available only at disproportionate cost.
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. 
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:
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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