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Departmental Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permanent staff within (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team. [210866]

Mr. Byrne: The position as at 31 May 2008 is shown in the following table. The 62 members of staff classified as being without posts represent 0.22 per cent. of the total Home Office work force.

These staff are currently undertaking work for the Department while actively seeking other permanent posts, either within the Home Office and its agencies, or in another Government Department.

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Staff classified as without posts, and staff working on their redeployment
Staff classified as without posts Staff working exclusively on the redeployment of those without posts

Home Office HQ



UK Border Agency



Identity and Passport Service



Criminal Records Bureau






Departmental Planning Permission

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications her Department has submitted in the last 24 months. [210842]

Mr. Byrne: This information is not recorded or held centrally.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public information booklets were published by her Department in 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost to the Department was in each case. [185793]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office publishes advice for the public on crime prevention and the criminal justice system. The following table presents the title of each publication, the print run and the cost to the Department in each case for the financial year 2007-08.

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Subject Publication title Print run Cost (£)

Crime prevention advice

Student Survival Guide



Be Safe, Be Secure



Keep it safe, keep it hidden, keep it locked



Your business: Keep crime out of it



Keep your child safe on the internet



A guide to Home Security



Distraction Burglary - Guide for carers



How to beat the bogus caller



Neighbourhood Watch Good Ideas booklet



Steer Clear of Car Crime



Steer clear of cycle theft



Steer clear of Plant theft



Steer clear of Bike theft



Steer Clear of Truck Theft



Criminal Justice System advice

Young Witness Pack: Your Child is a Witness



Young Witness Pack - Going To Court



Young Witness Pack - Being a Witness



Young Witness Pack Going to Magistrates Court



Witness in Court



Giving a witness statement to the Police



Inside Justice Brochure



Vulnerable Witnesses Intermediary Scheme





Departmental Transport

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when each of her Department's and its agencies' green transport plans were introduced; and if she will place in the Library a copy of each such plan. [209242]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office and its agencies do not have a corporate green travel plan. The Home Office is working towards the Government target of reducing its carbon emissions from road vehicles by 15 per cent. by 2010-11.

In some cases individual buildings/sites have a travel plan tailored to that specific location. At the new Home Office building, Vulcan House in Sheffield a green transport plan was produced for staff as part of meeting the city council planning requirements for the new UK ‘Border Agency’ buildings there. The travel plan was submitted to the planners in January 2008 and covers approximately 1,800 staff.


Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the provision of goods and services (a) by the Department and (b) within the sector for which she has policy responsibility; and if she will make a statement. [210453]

Mr. Byrne: The Department's procurement policy and procedures currently support Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) through continuous improvement in sustainable development which includes coverage of social issues.

The base level of responsibility is legal compliance in line with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. In addition the Department's policy is to encourage the adoption of CSR beyond minimum legal standards by considering material social factors in investment decisions where they are relevant to the contract.

When developing specifications and procurement strategies, purchasing staff take into account social factors and incorporate them into the procurement process where they are relevant to the subject of the contract. Staff take the requirements of equality and diversity legislation into account when drafting specifications, developing evaluation criteria, sourcing suppliers, inviting bids and drafting contracts. Where
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it is relevant to the contract, an equality impact assessment is undertaken to ensure compliance with legal requirements.

Fairtrade Initiative

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 441W, on the Fairtrade initiative, how much her Department spent on refreshments for official departmental meetings and engagements in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage of this total was spent on Fairtrade products. [211564]

Mr. Byrne: The Department's expenditure on refreshments is set out in the following table, 2006-07 being the most recent 12-month period for which there are audited figures.

The Home Office systems do not identify separately the origin of products and the percentage of expenditure on Fairtrade products can be calculated only at disproportionate cost.








Illegal Fuel Laundering: Prosecutions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for the operation of illegal fuel laundering plants in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years; and what the average sentence handed down by the courts was for that offence. [211333]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

For the period in question, the numbers of people prosecuted and convicted of the operation of illegal fuel laundering plants in Northern Ireland are:

Number prosecuted Number convicted

June 2006-May 2007



June 2007-May 2008



The average sentence handed down by the courts in Northern Ireland for these convictions is 11.5 months imprisonment, suspended for three years.

The number of people convicted in relation to hydrocarbon oils fraud in Northern Ireland during the period 2007-08 will be published in the HMRC autumn performance report 2008, later this year.

Criminal investigation and prosecution for hydrocarbon oils offences form only one part of HMRC’s overall approach to tackling oils fraud, together with the investigation/prosecution of wider oils excise offences, combined with a strong regulatory control system and the civil penalties regime.

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Human Trafficking

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist for (a) joint working and (b) liaison between the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Scottish Crime, and Drug Enforcement Agency on matters relating to human trafficking. [208336]

Mr. Coaker: There is close formal and informal liaison between SOCA and the SCDEA, who work together to tackle all forms of serious organised crime, including human trafficking.

SOCA and the SCDEA are members of the Scottish Government-led Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and attend the ACPOS ‘Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland’ Crime Business Area meetings. Both agencies participate in the Scottish Tasking and Co-ordination (STC) regime.

The Scottish Strategic Tasking and Co-ordination (SSTC) group commissions the Scottish Strategic Assessment and that sets the priorities for operational activity aimed at the arrest or disruption of serious organised criminals—including those who commit organised immigration crime. The Tactical Tasking and Co-ordination group is mandated to seek joint operational outcomes against those priorities and both agencies are members of that group.


Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether production of an NHS medical card is accepted by her Department as evidence of residence in the UK. [211257]

Mr. Byrne: NHS cards are acceptable as one piece of evidence of residence in the UK, but could not be accepted as sole evidence of UK residence.

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances those claiming UK residence are asked by her Department to obtain a letter from a GP confirming surgery registration. [211258]

Mr. Byrne: There are no circumstances where an applicant is specifically required to produce evidence of GP surgery registration when applying for settlement. However, this document may be one of a number of examples the applicant may choose to submit.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to implement the decision of the Immigration Judge promulgated on 15 January in the case of Master C. J. R. versus Entry Clearance Officer (Kingston) (references OA/24150/2007 and KGN/125259). [211647]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 June 2008]: A copy of the Immigration Judge's determination of 15 January 2008 in the case of Master C.J.R. was sent by email to the British high commission in Kingston Jamaica on 13 June 2008 so that the decision may be implemented.

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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken on the case of Mr. A. U. of Monks Risborough (reference TN3/390773; U1030958) following the decision of Queen's Bench division of the Administrative Court (AA/08277/2007) to reject her appeal against the decision of the Senior Immigration Judge. [211648]

Mr. Byrne: The UK Border Agency wrote to the hon. Member on 13 June 2008.

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