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Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether British citizens with an entry on the National Identity Register will be required to inform the Home Office when they have a child. 
Jacqui Smith: It is a legal requirement for all births in the United Kingdom to be registered. However, the fact that an individual has had a child is not a registrable fact under the Identity Cards Act 2006 and so would not be included with that persons entry on the National Identity Register.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 9 December 2008]: In the autumn of 2009, the Identity and Passport Service will start to issue the first identity cards to British citizens and identification cards to European Economic Area citizens and Irish nationals working in sensitive roles or locations, starting with airside workers.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the criteria will be for deciding which applicants for an identity card will be required to attend an interview in order to authenticate their identity. 
Jacqui Smith: In some cases when individuals apply for registration on the National Identity Register or for a replacement identity card they will be asked to attend an interview. An interview may be necessary so as to ensure that the individual applicant is the true owner of the identity.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to resolve the immigration status of (a) Karwan Hamid Rasoul, ref. B1097175/R1061228 and (b) Patrick Odo, ref. HO 01064278. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been investigated for impropriety since 31 July 2006. 
Mr. Woolas: The number of UK Border Agency staff (formerly Immigration and Nationality Directorate) investigated for impropriety since 31 July 2006 is 1,004. This includes attendance, discipline, bullying, harassment or discrimination, and performance issues.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimates she has made of the cost of providing support for migrant women who have no recourse to public funds while their application for indefinite leave to remain is considered; 
(5) what estimate she has made of the number of migrant women subject to the no recourse to public funds rule who would become eligible for retrospective support if their application for independent leave to remain were successful. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: In March, the Home Office announced a new scheme where those supporting victims of domestic violence who have no recourse to public funds may be eligible to receive financial support towards their housing and living costs. Under the new scheme victims of domestic violence whose applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) are successful may qualify for a contribution towards these costs, following their grant of leave. Support will not be provided by UKBA to women while their applications are outstanding. The development of the new scheme is currently being negotiated in partnership with the UKBA, the No Recourse to Public Funds Network and stakeholders.
The UK Border Agency does not routinely collect data on the number of all women who are victims of domestic violence and who have no recourse to public funds. Information is available on the number of victims who have applied for ILR on the basis of domestic violence. In the last three years there have been approximately 3,500 applications for ILR as the victim of domestic violence. It is estimated, from figures supplied by UKBA and the voluntary sector, that there are approximately 1,500 migrant women per annum who apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the domestic
violence rule, approximately one in three claim to be destitute and may therefore be eligible for support under the scheme (500 per year).
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will respond to the letter to her of 21 October 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr S. Choudhry. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Brent East, dated 10 June 2008, regarding the Umbanda Temple. 
Mr. Woolas: There is no trace of the letter referred to having been received in the Home Office. A copy received on 10 December does however show that the subject matter of the letter is for Communities and Local Government.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prolific and (b) other priority offenders there were in each basic command unit in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area at (a) 30 June 2008 and (b) 30 September 2008; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Data available from the performance management arrangements for the Prolific and other Priority Offender programme do not distinguish between those selected as "prolific" or "other priority" offenders. They do show the total numbers classified as Prolific and other Priority Offenders, based on information provided by the local schemes, and a breakdown of these numbers for Cambridgeshire constabulary, for the periods requested, is given in the following table.
|Basic command unit||CDRP/PPO scheme||June 2008||September 2008|
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who have taken part in the prolific and other priority offenders programme in the Peterborough city council area since 2004 re-offended within 12 months of completing the programme; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The information requested is not held or collected as part of the performance management arrangements for the Prolific and other Priority Offender programme. The reoffending rate of Prolific and other Priority Offenders is now included as one of the Governments National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships. The relevant indicatorNational Indicator 30has been included in Peterboroughs Local Area Agreement, with an agreed target of a 22 per cent. reduction in re-offending among the areas Prolific and other Priority Offenders in the current year.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have taken part in the prolific and other priority offenders programme in the Peterborough City Council area since 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The performance management arrangements for the Prolific and other Priority Offender programme provides a snapshot of the number of offenders classified as Prolific and other Priority Offenders at the time at which data are provided to the Home Office. The table provides the numbers who were so classified in Peterborough at the end of March each year since the programme began.
It is not possible to derive from this a figure for the total number of offenders who have ever been classified as Prolific and other Priority Offenders in the area since the programme began, because each of the figures given does not necessarily represent a wholly new cohort.
|Peterborough||Number of PPOs|
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been caught carrying a knife in each year in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: It is not presently possible to identify offences for those caught carrying a knife from the data centrally collected on overall recorded crime, or the penalties or sanctions that would have been associated with these offences. However, from April 2008 possession of an article with a blade or point has become a separate category in notifiable offences. Data for 2008-09 will be reported on in July 2009.
Since April 2007, police forces have been providing the Home Office with aggregate data on more serious violent offences in which a knife or sharp instrument was involved. Data relating to such offences recorded during 2007-08 were published in table 3.09 of the recent Crime in England and Wales 2007-08 statistical bulletin. This table is reproduced in Table A. Police force area is the lowest level for which we have data.
|Table A: Knife and sharp instrument offences recorded by the police for selected offences, 2007-08( 1)|
|Numbers and percentages|
|Total of selected serious offences( 2)||Attempted murder||Wounding with intent to do GBH||Wounding or inflicting GBH (i.e. without intent)( 3)|
|Police force area and region||Offences involving a knife||Offences involving a knife||Offences involving a knife||Offences involving a knife|
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