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Departmental Research

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's budget was used for research within its areas of responsibility in each of the last 10 years. [218068]

Mr. Byrne: The information is set out in the following table.

Financial year Proportion (percentage)

1998-99

0.23

1999-2000

0.22

2000-01

0.29

2001-02

0.28

2002-03

0.43

2003-04

0.37

2004-05

0.59

2005-06

0.27

2006-07

0.17

2007-08 (estimated outturn)

0.27


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The Home Office 2008 Departmental Report (publication Cm 7396), published in May 2008, details outturn and planned spend on research activities for years 2002-03 to 2007-08. Similar information for years 1999-2000 to 2001-02 can be found in the Home Office 2005 Departmental Report (publication Cm 6528), published in June 2005; 1998-99 figures can be found in the Department's 2003 Annual Report (Command Paper 5908).

Departmental Secondment

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department. [214713]

Mr. Byrne: When arranging inward secondments, the Home Office operates a selection policy for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition, in accordance with the guidance set down in the Civil Service Commissioners' Recruitment Code. The exception to this policy of fair and open competition—an exception which is allowed under the code—is where there is an urgent business need to fill a post and an individual is known to have the skills and experience required for the role. In these cases, the secondee can be appointed without a fair and open competition process, but the secondment period is expected to be limited to a period of 24 months or less.

Departmental Waste

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years. [215922]

Mr. Byrne: The Home office has undertaken a variety of measures to reduce waste generated and sent to landfill. These include segregation of all recyclable materials from HO headquarters waste, use of double-sided printing where possible to minimise paper waste and the raising of staff awareness through dedicated sustainable development intranet pages advising staff on what they can to do to reduce waste arisings in the office. The Home Office, in line with other Government Departments, has recently stopped providing commercially bottled water at meetings in an effort to further reduce the amount of waste generated.

Deportation: Sudan

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to (a) Darfur and (b) Khartoum in each year since 1997. [219418]

Mr. Byrne: Removal statistics are recorded on a country basis only and the requested information would only be available by examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost . Destination data have only been collated since 2004; published information prior to this is not available.

35 persons were removed or departed voluntarily to Sudan in 2004; 60 in 2005; 90 in 2006 and 80 in 2007. Figures include persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes
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run by the International Organization for Migration and since January 2005 those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. Figures are rounded to the nearest five and information for 2006 and 2007 is provisional.

Further National Statistics on removals from the UK are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

On 9 July 2008, Ministers announced that the Government have deferred enforcing the return of non-Arab Darfuri asylum seekers to Sudan pending the outcome of a country guidance case that is due to be heard by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in the near future. The case, originally listed to be heard in May, is currently waiting to be relisted and will address the safety of return to Khartoum.

Domestic Violence: Immigration

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to extend the domestic violence rule to include all abused women with insecure immigration status. [198372]

Mr. Byrne: If a woman has suffered abuse, but due to her particular circumstances is unable to meet the requirements of the immigration rules relating to domestic violence, it is already open to her to apply for leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain outside the immigration rules.

Emergency Calls

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of emergency calls were met within the target time by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last three years. [219112]

Mr. McNulty: The City of London's emergency calls are also dealt with by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The MPS has adopted a target time of 15 seconds for responding to 999 calls.

In 2004-05 86.4 per cent. of calls were responded to within the MPS target time, in 2005-06 85.1 per cent. were responded to and in 2006-07 the figure was 81.3 per cent.

These data are based on provisional information which has not been verified with individual police forces.

Entry Clearances: Iran

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the British Embassy in Tehran received on the visa application procedure in each of the last 36 months; and how many were dealt with within the target 24 hour response time. [219628]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 July 2008]: Details of complaints received by the visa section at the British embassy in Tehran in each of the last 30 months is given in the following table. Data prior to January 2006 are not held. Please note that the published target time for dealing with complaints is 20 days, not 24 hours. These data have not been published and should be treated as provisional.


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Number of complaints Number dealt with within 20 days

2006

January

0

0

February

0

0

March

0

0

April

0

0

May

3

3

June

0

0

July

0

0

August

0

0

September

0

0

October

2

2

November

0

0

December

0

0

2007

January

0

0

February

0

0

March

1

1

April

0

0

May

1

1

June

6

6

July

1

1

August

1

1

September

0

0

October

4

4

November

0

0

December

0

0

2008

January

3

1

February

0

0

March

1

1

April

2

1

May

0

0

June

0

0

Total

25

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Essex Police Authority: Manpower

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in Essex Police Authority in (i) 2007 and (ii) to date in 2008. [217744]

Mr. McNulty: The available data are given in the following table.

Data are collected annually and data relating to 31 March 2008 will be released on 22 July 2008.

Police officer strength for Essex police force area, as at 31 March 2007 (FTE)( 1,2)

Total officers per 100,000 population Total operational officers per 100,000 population

2007(3)

203

196

(1) Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(2) This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(3) Functional group totals do not match published figures. Data quality may be an issue with this force.

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Fish Supplies

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much fish was procured by her Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such fish met the Marine Stewardship Council standard in each such year, broken down by species. [217895]

Mr. Byrne: My Department, inclusive, of its agencies does not contract directly for food or fish supplies but procures catering services through wider Facilities Management (FM) or operational service contractors.

To obtain this information would incur disproportionate costs.

Foreign Nationals

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the percentage of foreign nationals who will be counted (a) in and (b) out of the UK under the border and immigration system in 2008. [203605]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 6 May 2008]: It is estimated that the e-Borders system currently captures the details of approximately 50 per cent. of the total number of foreign nationals (defined as non-EEA citizens) travelling in and out of the UK.


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