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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each nationality have been granted UK citizenship since 1987. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 3 November 2008]: Statistics on persons granted British citizenship by previous nationality are published annually in Home Office National Statistics statistical bulletins.
The requested data can be found in table 4 of Citizenship Statistics United Kingdom for the years 1987 to 1990 and in Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom for the years 1991 to 2007. These publications may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website:
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for UK citizenship were refused on the grounds that the applicant was not of good character in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 3 November 2008]: The available data from 2002 to 2007 are shown in the following table.
Data regarding refusals of applications for British citizenship before 2002 are not available.
Data are published annually as National Statistics and are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website:
|Refusal of British citizenship on grounds of the applicant not being of good character, 2002 to 2007|
|Number of applications refused as not of good character( 1)|
|(1 )Includes applicants who are considered a threat to national security.|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people renounced UK citizenship in each year since 1987, broken down by new nationality taken. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 3 November 2008]: The following table shows the number of people who renounced British citizenship in each of the last six years.
|Number of renunciations|
Information relating to the nationality acquired or retained as a result of the renunciation and information for the period from 1987 to 2001 could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.
The information has been provided from local management information and is not a National Statistic. As such it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the pass rate was of those taking the Knowledge of Life test (a) applying for citizenship and (b) applying for settlement in each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 3 November 2008]: The pass rates for candidates taking the Life in the UK test are as follows.
Candidates are asked whether they are sitting the test because they wish to apply for citizenship or settlement. A small proportion of candidates (1.3 per cent.) are unable to state what type of application they will be making to UKBA following their test and these are recorded as other.
|Pass rates||October to December 2006||January to March 2007||April to June 2007||July to September 2007||October to December 2007||January to March 2008||April to June 2008||July to September 2008|
Data provided by University for Industry.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effects local crime mapping has had on householders living in the areas where the scheme is in operation with regard to (a) insurance premiums and (b) other matters. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: All police forces are committed to deliver public-facing crime mapping by December 2008 as part of the Policing Pledge that was announced in the Policing Green Paper From the neighbourhood to the national in July 2008. Five forces currently produce monthly crime maps for the public.
(a) We are unaware of any evidence which suggests that crime mapping has had any effects on insurance premiums.
(b) West Yorkshire police have carried out two small scale market research studies with members of the public which seem to suggest crime maps did not increase the level of fear of crime. Those in higher crime areas tend not to be alarmed by the level of crime depicted on crime maps and those in lower crime areas were often surprised about the low level of crime.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were convicted of serious violent crime offences in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997; 
(2) how many people were convicted of violent crime offences in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The available data have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and give the number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences of violence against the person in the north-east region and in England and Wales from 1997 to 2006. The court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform cannot provide data for Jarrow constituency or South Tyneside as data are not held at the required level. Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in November 2008.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for offences of violence against the person in the north-east region and in England and Wales, 1997 to 2006( 1,2,3)|
|(1) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) The definition of more serious violence is that used in publications on sentencing relating to the years 1997 to 2006.
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