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Plain English

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year. [230498]

Mr. Woolas: Although the Home Office is a corporate member of the Plain English Campaign no central records are maintained of the take-up of their services by individual parts of the organisation. The information requested cannot be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005; and how many documents achieved such status in each year. [231109]

Mr. Woolas: Although the Home Office is a corporate member of the Plain English Campaign no central records are maintained of the take-up of their services by individual parts of the organisation. The information requested cannot therefore be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Police Authorities: Bank Services

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the financial exposure of each police authority to the Icelandic banking crisis is, expressed in cash terms. [228228]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 17 October 2008]: Based on information provided to us by the Association of Police Authorities, the details requested are set out in the following table.


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Police authority investments in Icelandic banks
Police authority Investments (£ million)

Avon and Somerset Police Authority

0.00

Bedfordshire Police Authority

0.00

British Transport Police Authority

Cambridgeshire Police Authority

0.00

Cheshire Police Authority

0.00

City of London Police Authority

0.00

Cleveland Police Authority

0.00

Cumbria Police Authority

0.00

Derbyshire Police Authority

0.00

Devon and Cornwall Police Authority

0.00

Dorset Police Authority

7.00

Durham Police Authority

0.00

Dyfed-Powys Police Authority

2.00

Essex Police Authority

0.00

Gloucestershire Police Authority

0.00

Greater Manchester Police Authority

0.00

Gwent Police Authority

1.00

Hampshire Police Authority

0.00

Hertfordshire Police Authority

3.00

Humberside Police Authority

5.75

Kent Police Authority

11.10

Lancashire Police Authority via LCC

0.67

Leicestershire Police Authority

0.00

Lincolnshire Police Authority

0.00

Merseyside Police Authority

0.00

Metropolitan Police Authority

30.00

Norfolk Police Authority

0.00

North Wales Police Authority

0.00

North Yorkshire Police Authority

0.00

Northamptonshire Police Authority

0.00

Northern Ireland Policing Board

Northumbria Police Authority

3.50

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

0.00

South Wales Police Authority,

7.00

South Yorkshire Police Authority

0.00

Staffordshire Police Authority

0.00

Suffolk Police Authority

0.00

Surrey Police Authority

1.50

Sussex Police Authority

6.80

Thames Valley Police Authority

5.00

Warwickshire Police Authority

0.00

West Mercia Police Authority

0.00

West Midlands Police Authority

5.40

West Yorkshire Police Authority

6.00

Wiltshire Police Authority

0.00

Total

95.72

Source:
Association of Police Authorities

Police: Freedom of Information

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to each police authority about an individual's profile since 2005; how many requests were (a) agreed to and (b) refused in each of those years; how many refusals were subject to appeal to the Information Commissioner in each of those years; how many appeals were successful; if she will place in the Library copies of the material subsequently provided in each
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case; how much was spent by each police authority opposing each appeal; which (i) consultants and (ii) law firms were employed by each police authority in connection with each appeal; and if she will make a statement. [229508]

Mr. Coaker: This information is not held centrally.

Police: Lancashire

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Hyndburn constituency and (b) the Lancashire Constabulary area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. [229254]

Mr. Coaker: The information is as follows:

(a) Police personnel data are not available by parliamentary constituency, but are available for the basic command unit (BCU). Hyndburn falls within the Eastern BCU which had 598 officers on 31 March 2008. The earliest available BCU data is for March 2002 when Eastern BCU had 562 officers.

(b) The numbers of full-time equivalent officers in Lancashire as at 31 March 1997 were 3,248, and as at 31 March 2008 were 3,609.

Police: Pensions

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the national police pension scheme; and if she will make a statement. [229488]

Mr. Coaker: The new police pension scheme, under which police officers can build up maximum benefits over 35 years instead of 30 years, was introduced in April 2006 and applies to all new entrants since that point. The savings for 2008-09 as a result of that change are estimated to be 0.8 per cent. of pensionable pay, and 6.9 per cent. in the long term. Based on the current pensionable pay bill these savings equate to around £45 million and £390 million a year respectively.

Population

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to set a limit for UK population size; and if she will make a statement. [231219]

Mr. Woolas: The Government are undertaking sweeping reform of the immigration system. This includes introduction of the points-based system to ensure

only those the UK really needs come here to work. The points-based system is flexible and responsive to the needs of the economy and we will use these levers taking advice from the Migration Advisory Committee on where our economy needs migration and from the Migration Impacts Forum to tell us about the pace of change that is right. We will continue to examine population projections to inform our use of the flexibility inherent in the points-based system.


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Travel Requirements: Fees and Charges

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forecasts her Department has made of levels of fee income from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals for passport, visa and other immigration-related documents and services in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010, (iv) 2011 and (v) 2012. [227532]

Mr. Woolas: The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and UK Border Agency (UKBA) are the two Home Office service providers for passports, visas and other immigration document and services.

IPS is currently forecasting that it will receive in the region of £377 million in passport related fees in the 2008-09 financial year.

The budgeted figure for passport related fees for the 2009-10 financial year will be finalised early next year. Forecasts of passport related fees for the years after 2009-10 can only be made after the outcome of a full fees and charges strategy review is completed. An IPS fees and charges strategy review is needed as ID cards are being introduced for British citizens from 2009. IPS will need to reassess its future product prices as it will have to recover its costs over a different range of products. UKBA forecasts are independent of IPS fees and charges strategy as the visa and immigration documents business is separate from the passport and ID card business.

The UKBA estimate of fee income for 2008-09 from visa applications is £300 million. The estimated fee income for 2008-09 from in-country applications is £350 million.

UKBA is reviewing the position for 2009-10 for in and out-of country fees in the run-up to laying fees regulations early 2009. Estimates of fee income for the subsequent three years have yet to be made.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department received in passport, visa and other immigration-related fees from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals in (i) the first six months and (ii) the second six months of each of the last five years. [227534]

Mr. Woolas: The annual income received from British nationals for passports services in each of the last five financial years is as follows:

£ million

First six months Second six months Total

2007-08

214.7

161.0

375.7

2006-07

183.0

162.6

345.6

2005-06

145.2

132.5

277.7

2004-05

135.9

106.2

242.1

2003-04

98.6

98.9

197.5


The annual income received by the Home Office for immigration services in each of the last five financial years is as follows:


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£ million

First six months Second six months Total

2007-08

136

164

300

2006-07

99

114

213

2005-06

86

118

204

2004-05

49

66

115

2003-04

33

40

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