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Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Ashford of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 638, from which colleges and universities the Borders and Immigration Agency and its predecessor requested details of (a) non-attendance by overseas students and (b) the number of students not attending; and how many students (i) had their visas revoked and (ii) were deported from the United Kingdom as a result in each year since 2004. [180678]

Mr. Byrne: The UK Border Agency requested attendance records from 153 colleges and 48 universities since limited mandatory reporting was introduced in April 2007. Information on the number of people who have had their visas revoked as a result of such inquiries and who were subsequently deported could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at a disproportionate cost.

Entry Clearances: English Language

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to introduce a further English language requirement for (a) non-UK nationals who wish to become UK citizens and (b) work permit applicants seeking leave to enter the UK; and what level of proficiency will be required in any such requirements. [162680]

Mr. Byrne: We set out in the Green Paper: ‘The Path to Citizenship; Next Steps in Reforming the Immigration System’ our proposals for migrants to earn citizenship, including the need to demonstrate a level of ability in English. We have also consulted on whether spouses seeking entry on marriage visas should demonstrate ability in English before coming to the UK. We will set out our response to these consultations shortly.

We published a statement of intent ‘Skilled Workers under the Points Based System (Tier 2)’ in May setting out our plans for skilled workers to demonstrate English.

Essex Police Authority

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance (a) her Department and (b) other agencies have issued to Essex Police
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Authority in each of the last 10 years; how her Department monitors compliance with that guidance; and if she will make a statement. [218333]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK contributed to the operation of Eurojust in each of the last five years. [219484]

Jacqui Smith: Eurojust is financed from the general budget of the European Union, except for the salaries and overseas expenses entitlements of the National Members, Deputy National Members and Assistants of each national desk, which are borne by their member states.

The breakdown of Government spending on the UK delegation over the last five years is as follows: £150,000 in 2004-05; £200,000 in 2005-06; £316,000 in 2006-07; £304,000 in 2007-08; and the estimate for 2008-09 is £308,000.

Family Intervention Projects

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many families have been (a) temporarily and (b) permanently evicted from their homes under family intervention projects. [221382]

Beverley Hughes: I have been asked to reply.

Evidence from a recently published evaluation shows the effectiveness of Family Intervention Projects in improving the lives of families involved in persistent antisocial behaviour. Families are usually facing eviction due to their antisocial behaviour when a project begins to work with them. One of the first tasks the projects undertake is to improve behaviour to stabilise a families’ tenancy. The recent evaluation data show reductions in housing enforcement action, so in the majority of cases the project helps them stay in their home.

We do not collect data on the number of families evicted from their homes (either permanently or temporarily) white a Family Intervention Project works with them. We know from contact with the projects, however, that eviction happens very rarely. A small minority of families (5 per cent. were identified in the recent evaluation) disengage from the projects and it is possible in a small number of these cases the LA would proceed with an eviction. But these are families who were facing eviction before they became involved with the Family Intervention Project.

Foreign Workers: Care Homes

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the level of illegal working by foreign nationals in care homes; what reports she has received on this subject; and what steps her Department has taken to deal with such illegal working. [198690]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 April 2008]: The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) carries out regular enforcement operations in the care home sector and has been building an intelligence picture on illegal employment in care homes based on regional and national reports.
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UKBA records show that over the last two years the agency has made 120 intelligence led visits and arrested 112 suspected illegal immigrants.

The data provided are management information. They may be subject to change and do not represent published national statistics.

The agency is working with the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate, Criminal Records Bureau and Department of Health to develop an action plan that will enable us to provide additional support to those seeking help in ensuring they only employ those with a right to work and allow us to take effective targeted enforcement and prosecution activity whilst ensuring those in receipt of care are not placed at risk. Further details will be published in due course.

Forensic Science Service: Chorley

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what area and population the Forensic Science Service laboratories at Chorley cover. [220588]

Meg Hillier: Forensic Science Service Ltd.'s (“FSS”) Chorley laboratory is one of the FSS’ regional operational facilities, contributing to the FSS' delivery of forensic science services to the police forces of England and Wales and other law enforcement authorities. The FSS does not hold any data relating to the general population statistics for the Chorley region.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding will be allocated to the Forensic Science Service laboratories in Chorley in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement. [220589]

Meg Hillier: The Forensic Science Service is now a Companies Act limited company. This is a managerial decision and the responsibility of the board of the company.

Genetics: Cross Border Co-operation

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 998W, on genetics: cross border co-operation, how the estimated implementation cost of £31 million breaks down between budget headings. [219494]

Jacqui Smith: The PrĂ1/4m Implementing Agreement and Technical Annex were formally adopted on 23 June under the Slovenian presidency. A high level meeting with stakeholders across Whitehall met on 4 July to discuss UK implementation of the PrĂ1/4m Council Decision pending publication. One of the actions arising was the commissioning of a detailed scoping study to identify solutions which will help establish a breakdown of costs.

Genetics: Databases

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples on the DNA database are from children currently under the age of 18 years who have not been charged or cautioned with an offence. [198643]

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Meg Hillier: Data on young persons aged under 18 were obtained from the National DNA Database (NDNAD) and the Police National Computer (PNC) on 9-10 April 2008. The NDNAD data indicate that, on 10 April 2008, there were 349,934 subject sample profiles relating to persons aged 10 to 17 on it. There are more profiles than individuals due to DNA samples being taken from some individuals on more than one occasion, that is, there is some duplicate sampling. It is estimated that the current rate of profile replication is about 13.3 per cent. Taking the replication rate into account, it is estimated that the 349,934 profiles are equivalent to 303,393 persons aged 10 to 17.

Data obtained from the PNC on 9-10 April indicate that, of those estimated 303,393 persons, 264,297 (87.1 per cent.) had a conviction, caution, reprimand or had received a final warning and 39,095 (12.8 per cent.) had not been convicted, cautioned, received a final warning/reprimand and had no charge pending against them.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals in each police force area have records on the national DNA database. [200243]

Meg Hillier: The information requested is given in the table. The figures show the number of subject sample profiles retained on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) at 31 March 2008, which were taken by police forces in England and Wales. The number of subject profiles is not the same as the number of individuals. It is currently estimated that 13.3 per cent. of profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates, that is, that a profile for a person has been loaded on more than one occasion. The replication rate of 13.3 per cent. should, however, be applied only over the entire NDNAD, as the replication rate for individual police forces varies considerably. The table gives the number of subject profiles for each police force only, but gives a total estimated number of individuals for all English and Welsh police forces.

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Force Subject profiles

Avon and Somerset




British Transport






City of London Police








Devon and Cornwall












Greater Manchester Police




















Metropolitan Police




North Wales


North Yorkshire








South Wales Constabulary


South Yorkshire










Thames Valley




West Mercia


West Midlands


West Yorkshire






Estimated number of individuals


Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of maintaining the national DNA database has been in each year since its inception; and what it is estimated to be in 2008-09. [202013]

Meg Hillier: The National DNA Database (NDNAD) was established in 1995, when responsibility for the operational management of the NDNAD rested with the Forensic Science Service (FSS) on behalf of the Police Service. No central records of costs relating to the maintenance of the NDNAD are held prior to 2002, as cost data were incorporated in other costs incurred by the FSS.

In December 2005, the FSS was vested as a Government owned company and the NDNAD transferred from the FSS to the Home Office. On 1 April 2007, the NDNAD transferred from the Home Office to the National Policing Improvement Agency.

The costs relating to the maintenance of the NDNAD from 2002-08 and the estimated cost for 2008-09 are given in the following tables. The costs from 2006-07 are higher than for previous years, because of the complete separation of costs from the FSS, and because the increase in the number of forensic suppliers requires additional resources for accreditation and continuous monitoring.

Table 1
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

NDNAD Services costs





Supplier Accreditation costs










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