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Public Opinion

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much she estimates will be spent on each category in 2008-09; and if she will make a statement. [239034]

Mr. Woolas: The following table shows a breakdown of annual Home Office expenditure on opinion polling since 1997-98.

Based on currently planned research the estimated expenditure on opinion polling for the financial year 2008-09 is £88,000.

We are unable to answer the question relating to focus groups on the grounds of disproportionate cost.

Annual spend on opinion polling since 1997-98
Financial year Cost (£)

1997-98

0

1998-99

0

1999-2000

0

2000-01

0

2001-02

0

2002-03

0

2003-04

128,850

2004-05

124,610

2005-06

0

2006-07

97,075

2007-08

69,700

Note:
Based on currently planned research the estimated expenditure on opinion polling for the financial year 2008-09 is £88,000.

Public Places: Photography

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to balance the provision of public security and the right to take photographs of public places and street scenes. [200458]

Mr. Coaker: I will write to my hon. Friend.


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Public Sector: Vetting

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether (a) British and (b) foreign nationals working (i) as security guards in Government buildings and Departments (ii) as police community support officers, (iii) in the Passport Service, (iv) in the UK Borders Agency, (v) in her Department, (vi) in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, (vii) in the police service as (A) civilian support and (B) warranted constables (viii) in the Criminal Records Bureau, (ix) for the Greater London Authority, (x) in local authority children's services departments, (xi) in local authority finance departments, (xii) in local authority electoral administration offices, (xiii) in local authority social services departments (xiv) in the Pension Service, (xv) in the Criminal Cases Review Commission, (xvi) in the Prison Service, (xvii) in the Court Service and (xviii) in the Crown Prosecution Service are vetted for crimes committed outside the United Kingdom; [205503]

(2) whether the UK Central Authority passes on information it holds to the relevant authorities when individuals apply for jobs working (a) as security guards in Government buildings and departments, (b) as police community support officers, (c) in the Passport Service, (d) in the UK Border Agency, (e) in her Department, (f) in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, (g) in the Police Service as (i) civilian support and (ii) warranted constables, (h) in the Criminal Records Bureau, (i) for the Greater London Authority, (j) in local authority children's services departments, (k) in local authority finance departments, (l) in local authority electoral administration offices, (m) in local authority social services departments, (n) in the Pension Service, (o) in the Criminal Cases Review Commission, (p) in the Prison Service, (q) in the Court Service and (r) in the Crown Prosecution Service. [206852]

Mr. Woolas: I will write to the hon. Member.

Racial Harassment

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which her Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months. [236896]

Mr. Woolas: During the last 12 months (for the period 1 November 2007 to 31 October 2008) the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau, received fewer than five official complaints of racial discrimination or racial harassment from staff against their colleagues (racial abuse is not a category within the Home Office Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination policy). Further information is therefore withheld on grounds of confidentiality. All employees have a duty to respect the dignity of others at work, be mindful of the effect their behaviour may have on colleagues, and ensure their own conduct does not breach the provisions of the Home Office bullying, harassment and discrimination policy.


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Under the policy, line managers are responsible for maintaining a workplace that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination, confronting unacceptable behaviour wherever it arises.

Rape Performance Group

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who sits on the Rape Performance Group; on how many occasions it has met since its creation; what advice it has provided to the Government; and what action the Government has taken on the basis of its advice. [238431]

Mr. Alan Campbell: It has not proved possible to respond to the rt hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rape: Criminal Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of allegations of rape made to the police in England and Wales in each of the last two years were later withdrawn by the individual; how many and what percentage of alleged rape cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service were not prosecuted for lack of evidence; and how many and what percentage of cases brought to prosecution resulted in conviction. [237393]

Mr. Alan Campbell: I will write to the hon. Member.

Redundancy

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in each case were paid (i) up to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000 in the year before they left; and how much (A) was spent in each of those years and (B) is planned to be spent on such schemes in (1) 2008-09 and (2) 2009-10 by (Y) her Department and (Z) each of her Department's agencies. [237350]

Mr. Woolas: Central information held on early departure exit schemes does not distinguish between those who were compelled to leave the Department involuntarily on compulsory redundancy terms, and those who wished to leave voluntarily on similar terms and not subject to the Department's formal redundancy procedure.

The following table shows the number of early departures from the Home

Office and its agencies by financial year since 2005-06:

Table 1

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

HO Headquarters and UK Border Agency

123

107

70

Criminal Records Bureau

1

0

1

Identity and Passport Service

17

18

13

Total

141

125

84


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A more detailed breakdown, including distinguishing between Home Office Headquarters and the UK Border Agency, and to assess which cost band each individual would fall, could be obtained only by running additional, tailored, reports that would incur disproportionate cost.

Costs of provisions made for early departures are published each year in the Home Office Consolidated Resource Accounts. The following table shows the provisions made each financial year, for the full costs of new early departures from 2005-06:

Table 2
£000

2005-06 200-07 2007-08

Core Department including UKBA

22,369

2,505

7,393

Identity and Passport Service (£19,000 write back in 2007-08)

117

-19

National Probation Service (part of the National Offender Management Service)

3,717

2,547

HM Prison Service (part of the National Offender Management Service)

786

437

Total

26,872

5,06

7,374


Note that the cost figures above include any early departures which may have arisen in the Office of Criminal Justice Reform and National Offender Management Service that were part of the Home Office until May 2007. They are now part of the Ministry of Justice.

The Home Office HQ has budgeted £2 million, and IPS a further £94,000, for early departure provision for 2008-09. There is no planned provision for 2008-09 within UKBA and CRB at this stage. Budgets have not been finalised for 2009-10.

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since 2005-06 received a severance package of (i) up to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement. [239156]

Mr. Woolas: Central information held on Early Departure exit schemes does not distinguish between those who were compelled to leave the Department involuntarily on compulsory redundancy terms, and those who wished to leave voluntarily on similar terms and not subject to the Department's formal redundancy procedure.

The following table shows the number of early departures from the Home Office and its agencies by financial year since 2005-06:


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Table 1

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

HO Headquarters and UK Border Agency

123

107

70

Criminal Records Bureau

1

0

1

Identity and Passport Service

17

18

13

Total

141

125

84


A more detailed breakdown, including distinguishing between Home Office Headquarters and the UK Border Agency, and to assess which cost band each individual would fall, could only be obtained by running additional, tailored, reports that would incur disproportionate cost.

Costs of provisions made for early departures are published each year in the Home Office Consolidated Resource Accounts. The following table shows the provisions made each financial year, for the full costs of new Early Departures from 2005- 06:

Table 2
£000

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Core Department including UKBA

22,369

2505

7,393

Identity and Passport Service (£19,000 write back in 2077-08)

117

-19

National Probation Service (part of the National Offender Management Service)

3,717

2,547

HM Prison Service (part of the National Offender Management Service)

7,86

437

Total

26,872

5,606

7,374


Reoffenders

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warrants were issued for the arrest of those in breach of sentencing conditions in each of the last five years. [239244]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The following table shows the number of revocation orders issued in respect of those offenders who, while in the community, have breached the conditions of their licence for each of the last five years.

Financial year Determinate revocation orders issued Home detention curfew revocation orders issued Indeterminate revocation orders issued

2003-04

8,133

3,082

53

2004-05

8,262

2,819

90

2005-06

8,678

2,632

140

2006-07

11,231

2,002

178

2007-08

11,756

1,373

109


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