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Mr. Woolas [holding answer 10 February 2009]: All asylum and human rights claims are considered on their individual merits in accordance with our obligations under the refugee convention and the European convention on human rights. Decisions take account of the individual facts of the case, up-to-date objective country information and any relevant case law.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British naturalisation there were from people resident in Northern Ireland in 2007; and how many were successful. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the security operation for the visit to the UK of the Chinese Prime Minister was; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 9 February 2009]: This information is not held centrally. The cost of the security operations for the visit to the UK of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, is a matter for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority and for the chief constable and police authority for each of the other forces involved in the visit.
Jacqui Smith: We do not have a rolling programme for collecting data on the performance of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs). Following a review of the partnerships provisions of the Crime and Disorder 1998 Act, the duties on CDRPs to produce three yearly audits and to report annually to the Secretary of State on a partnerships work and progress were repealed in 2007. They were replaced by new statutory requirements in 2007 to introduce minimum standards for partnership working based on six Hallmarks of Effective Partnerships. These include a duty on CDRPs to produce a strategic assessment identifying local community safety priorities and a partnership plan which sets out the approach for addressing these priorities.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1483-86W, on crime: statistics, whether the National Policing Improvement Agency categorises data it collects on incidents of anti-social behaviour by type. 
Jacqui Smith: The National Incident Category List (NICL) sets out an agreed framework for the recording of incidents that do not amount to notifiable crime. NICL sits within the National Standard for Incident Recording. NICL provides national definitions for a range of incident types, including those amounting to antisocial behaviour.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1483W, on crime: statistics, for what reason the data on anti-social behaviour are only available for 2007-08. 
Jacqui Smith: Returns of antisocial behaviour incident data were first included in the Police Annual Data Requirement with effect from 1 April 2007 which was the date on which the National Standard for Incident Recording (incorporating the National Incident Category List) came into full effect nationally.
Jacqui Smith: My Department reported performance against the 2004 Value for Money Spending Review target in the 2008 Home Office Autumn Performance Report (column 7512). By the end of 2007-08, the Department had achieved gains worth £2,855 million per annum, of which £1,552 million per annum was cashable, compared with its target in the 2004 spending review to achieve improvements worth £1,970 million per annum of which £1,060 million per annum would be cashable.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the public appointments for which her Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit, (ii) salary, (iii) political restriction, (iv) eligibility requirement and (v) timetable for each appointment is; and what records her Department keeps in respect of such appointments. 
For appointments regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, the appointments process also complies with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. Copies are in the Libraries of the House.
Jacqui Smith: The cost of the new Senior Appointments Panel is estimated at £500,000 per annum. This includes the salary costs of four staff, fees and expenses for the independent chair and panel members, and research to support the workings of the panel. The cost of the panel will be absorbed by the Home Office.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on departmental security, how many lost or stolen security passes have since been recovered. 
Mr. Woolas: The Departmental Security Unit do not keep records of Home Office HQ passes found or recovered as lost or stolen passes are deactivated as soon as they are reported missing/stolen and are deleted from the system, thereby preventing access to Home Office buildings.
The Home Office figures in the table, for the financial years 2004-05 to 2007-08, do not include those for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Office of Criminal Justice and Reform (OCJR), which transferred to Ministry of Justice on 1 April 2007: figures for NOMS and OCJR for 2003-04 could not be deducted from the Home Office total without incurring disproportionate cost.
For the Identity and Passport Service, the offer of interpreter services was introduced when interviews for first time adults became compulsory in 2007-08. Face-to-face interviews for first time applicants are designed to help tackle fraud and ensure the British passport remains among the most secure in the world.
Interviews are tailored to the individual in order to securely establish identity and it is possible that some interviews could require the assistance of an interpreter to help IPS staff satisfy themselves that the person attending is the legitimate passport applicant.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether bonuses are paid to those employed to supervise the transportation of deportees to airports, on the removal of such deportees. 
Under the contract, the UK Border Agency does not make any bonus payment to G4S for effecting removals or deportations. G4S have said that they do not pay bonuses to their staff that carry out these duties.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been made to her Department's policy on the removal of Sri Lankan Tamils from the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: It remains our policy that enforced returns to Sri Lanka, or any other country, will only be undertaken where the UK Border Agency is satisfied that to do so is in accordance with our international protection obligations.
The UK Border Agency carefully considers all asylum claims and human rights claims, including those from Tamils, on their individual merits against the background of the latest available country information drawn from a wide range of publicly recognised sources and relevant case law. If their application is refused, they have a right of appeal to the Asylum Immigration Tribunal or an opportunity to seek judicial review through the higher courts. In this way we ensure that we provide protection to those asylum seekers who need it.
The 2008 European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) case of NA endorsed existing Asylum and Immigration Tribunal country guidance case law on risk to Tamils in Sri Lanka. The ECtHR considered that there was no general risk of mistreatment to Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on interpretation and translation services within the immigration detention estate in 2008; how much was spent at each detention centre; and if she will make a statement. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time from the receipt of a 999 call to a police officers arrival at an accident or a crime scene was in each police force area are each of the last 10 years. 
PSA 1: 90 per cent. of straightforward non-settlement applications processed in 24 hours;
PSA 2: 90 per cent. of non-settlement applications requiring further inquires to be processed within 15 working days;
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