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James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have been seconded to public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies in each of the last five years; 
Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were recorded in each local authority area in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) ethnicity of alleged offender. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.
The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales but it is not possible to break the statistics down by local authority area.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have with EDF; and how much (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. 
Mr. Woolas: The (a) Home Department and, of (b) its agencies, the Identity and Passport Service have contracts with EDF Energy using the OGC Buying Solutions managed services framework for electricity supply.
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Earlier data are not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost. The data include payments to London Electricity who have now been taken over by EDF. The figures exclude expenditure by the National Offender Management Service which became part of the Ministry of Justice in May 2007.
Mr. Woolas: At present, nationals of over 100 countries or territorial entities are visa nationals and require entry clearance (a visa) to enter the UK in any circumstances, including for a visit of up to six months. The countries are set out in the following list, Appendix 1 to the immigration rules.
Central African Republic
People's Republic of China (except those referred to in sub-paragraphs 2(d) and (e) of this Appendix)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sao Tome e Principe
United Arab Emirates
The territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
(f) those who arrive in the United Kingdom with leave to enter which is in force but which was given before arrival so long as those in question arrive within the period of their earlier leave and for the same purpose as that for which leave was granted, unless that leave
Jacqui Smith: Up to 30 September 2008, a total of 178,230 biometric visas have been issued to children under the age of 16. A breakdown of this figure by age is not readily available from our records and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the following table shows the total number of visa applications received from children under 16 who have provided their biometric data, broken down by age group, which I hope is helpful.
|Visa applications from children under the age of 16 where biometric data provided: 1 January 2006 to 30 September 2008|
1. Children under the age of five are not required to provide their biometric data. The figure for the 0 to five-year-old group therefore relates to five-year-olds only.
2. These figure are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 13 October 2008]: The rollout of the biometric visas programme began on 1 January 2006 and was completed at the end of 2007. By 30 September 2008, a total of 178,230 children under the age of 16 years had been issued with visas after supplying their fingerprints.
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