|Table 2: Officers and staff by age( 1,2)
|(1) As these data are not usually published they has not been subjected to the normal verification by the Home Office.
(2) Age data are by headcount and will not equate to the full-time equivalent number of officers and staff.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding was allocated per head of population to Essex police authority in 2007-08; how much is planned for 2008-09; and if she will make a statement; 
The Government do not distribute grant to police authorities purely on the basis of population. The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics to reflect the relative needs of each authority. Grant allocations also take into account the relative tax base of each authority. Grant allocations are stabilised by damping to limit year-on-year variations.
|Essex police authority Government revenue grant allocations 2007-08 and 2008-09
|Government grant( 1 ) (£ million)
|Resident population (Million)
|(1) Revenue funding includes all grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF) (i.e. revenue grants paid for councils' core services), and includes formula grant and all specific grants.
Population: Office of National Statistics, mid year population estimates and projections.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff employed by Essex police authority will be made (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in 2008-09; and what cost; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation regulates Essex police authority; what amendments have been made to, and what recent representations she has received about the operation of this legislation; what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequential to the provisions of this legislation; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Essex police authority, like all police authorities, is regulated by the Police and Justice Act 1996, as amended, and regulations issued under the provisions of that Act. A full list of the amending Acts will be placed in the Library of the House.
I have recently issued three sets of regulations regarding police authorities, numbered 82, 312, 630 and 631 of 2008. I have also recently issued Home Office circular 004/2008 which concerns policing plans. I plan to issue two further sets of regulations in the next 12 months regarding community engagement of police authorities, and the reporting requirements for police authorities.
Acts of Parliament which have Amended the Police Act 1996
The Justices of the Peace Act 1997 inserted references to that Act in relation to Justices of the Peace
The Greater London Authority Act 1999 made amendments to establish the Metropolitan Police Authority
The Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 amended the way councillors are appointed to police authorities
The Insolvency Act 2000 amended the insolvency disqualification for police authority members
The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 amended the 1996 Act to allow for Vice-Chairmen of police authorities, to require political balance on police authorities, to dispose of the maximum age requirement for membership of police authorities and to make changes to the allowances for members of police authorities
The Police Reform Act 2002 removed the need for the Government to approve members allowances
The Police and Justice Act 2006 amended the rules on committees of police authorities, removed the best value legislation requirements on police authorities, and enabled the Secretary of State to produce regulations regarding the functions, membership and planning process of police authorities.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of each grade have voluntarily ceased employment, other than through redundancy, in Essex police authority since June 2007. 
Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to ensure that money raised in the UK for political, social or humanitarian activities by Hezbollah is not used to fund terrorist action. 
On 2 July 2008, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary laid a draft order that will, if approved by Parliament, proscribe Hezballahs military wing in substitution for the existing entry on the proscribed list, the Hezballah external security organisation. Where allegations are made of links between a charity and terrorist activity, the Charity Commission for England and Wales will deal with them as an immediate priority. It is an operational matter for the police to investigate
any allegations that money is being raised or used for terrorist purposes, and the Charity Commission will co-operate fully with the police and other agencies in such cases.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions, (c) fines and (d) cautions there have been for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force area since 2006. 
Mr. Coaker: In 2006, there were 11 defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, five defendants found guilty at all courts and five sentenced to a fine for offences under the Hunting Act 2004. There were no offenders cautioned under the Act during the period. Information for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely cost to the individual of (a) having a suitable photograph taken for and (b) enrolling their biometrics in the identity card scheme. 
Meg Hillier: The 2008 delivery plan sets out that the Identity and Passport Service are currently looking at new ways of recording fingerprints and photographs to make it easy and convenient for individuals to be enrolled onto the national identity register. For example, we are looking to a future where the market would provide biometric enrolment services, giving citizens a choice of competing services which should maximise convenience and drive down price.
We are currently considering how best this can be provided to the highest possible security standards, through a market with competing third parties. Until this work is completed, we are unable to speculate on the final costs to individual citizens.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detected trying to enter the UK illegally in each year since 1997; how many of those people subsequently claimed asylum; and how many were removed from the UK after their asylum claim was rejected. 
Mr. Byrne: The information about the number of people who were detected trying to enter the UK illegally prior to 2002 is not available due to a change in our data collection systems in 2003. Official figures for 2007 are not yet available.
Between 2003 and 2006, 5,917 people were detected trying to enter the UK illegally, or seeking to enter illegally, while during the same period nearly 48,000 were detected in France and Belgium seeking to enter the UK illegally. A further 74,000 illegal entrants were
prevented from flying to the UK through the combined efforts of the airline liaison officer network and respective carriers.
The additional information requested in relation to how many of these people subsequently claimed asylum and how many of those were then removed from the United Kingdom could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.
|N umber of people detected trying to enter the UK illegally from 2003 until 2006, broken down by port
|Total each year
|Initiating port/local enforcement office
1. Figures for 2003 for Portsmouth, Plymouth and Dorset were not available.
2. These data have been compiled from locally held Management Information and as such do not represent National Statistics. They may therefore be subject to change.