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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the safety of Kosovo for the purposes of making determinations on asylum applications; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: As with all other asylum claims, Kosovan claims are considered very carefully on their individual merits against the background of the latest country information in accordance with our international obligations. We closely monitor conditions in Kosovo and those individuals able to demonstrate a need for international protection will be granted asylum or a different form of leave as appropriate. Kosovan nationals who have been found not to need international protection, and who have no right to remain in the UK but refuse to leave voluntarily, are liable to be removed.
Mr. Woolas: Information on the number of persons from Somalia who applied to enter the UK for the purposes of seeking asylum in each of the last 10 years is published in Table 2.1 of Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate web site at:
|Applications( 1) received for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, by country of nationality, 1998 to 2007 , Somalia|
|P = Provisional figures.|
n/a = Not applicable.
(1) Figures rounded to the nearest five (- = 0, * = one or 2).
1 May exclude some cases lodged at local enforcement offices between January 1999 and March 2000.
|Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force, as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2008( 3)|
|31 March each year|
|Police force||2003||2004||2005( 4)||2006( 4)||2007( 4)||2008( 4)|
|(1) This table contains 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. (2) Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. (3) Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03. (4) Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.|
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