To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hoax 999 calls to the police there were in each of the last three years in (a) Bolton, (b) the North West and (c) England and Wales. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 15 September 2008]: The information requested is not collected centrally.
Entry Clearances: Foreign Workers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses had applied for licences to sponsor foreign migrants by (a) 31 July 2008 and (b) 31 August 2008. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 10 September 2008]: The number of businesses which have applied for licences to sponsor foreign migrants by (a) 31 July 2008 is 469 and (b) 1 August 2008 is 799.
The figures quoted are not provided under national statistics and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.
Entry Clearances: Iraq
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage refusal rate was for UK visas applied for by Iraqi citizens (a) at the British Embassy in Jordan and (b) overall in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 15 September 2008]: The refusal rate for visa applications submitted by Iraqi nationals in the FYfinancial year2007-08 at the British embassy in Amman and globally was 51 per cent. and 43 per cent. respectively.
Please note that these figures have not been previously published and should therefore be treated as provisional.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 15, (ii) 15 to 24, (iii) 25 to 34, 29 Sep 2008 : Column 2338W
(iv) 35 to 44, (v) 45 to 54, (iv) 55 to 64 and (viii) over 65 years in each ethnic appearance category were registered on the national DNA database in each of the last five years. 
Data on the number of males whose profiles have been added to the National DNA Database (NDNAD) by English and Welsh police forces, as at 16 July 2008, broken down by sex and the age groups requested, is shown in table 1. Equivalent data for females is given in table 2. Age is defined as the persons age at the time DNA was taken from them, not their current age. This data could only be further broken down to show which profiles were added in each of the last five years at disproportionate cost.
The number of profiles is not the same as the number of individuals. This is because a number of subject profiles on the NDNAD are replicates, that is, a profile for a person has been loaded to the NDNAD on more than one occasion. This may arise for a number of reasons, such as a person giving a different name on different occasions they are arrested, or because of upgrading of profiles. It is estimated that 13.3 per cent. of the subject profiles held on the entire NDNAD are replicates.
Ethnic appearance is based on the judgment of the police officer taking the sample as to which of six broad ethnic appearance categories the person is considered to belong to. Unknown means that no ethnic appearance information was recorded by the officer taking the sample.
Table 1: Male
Number of subject profiles
Number of individuals using 13.3 per cent. estimated replication rate