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The UK also works closely with our European partners in the area of returns. The European Union has its own framework of agreements called European Community Readmission Agreements (ECRA). These are negotiated and signed by the European Commission on behalf of the member states and Ministers decide on the UK's opt-in position to these agreements.

There are 11 European Community readmission agreements which have been signed and are now in force as follows:

There are also open ECRA mandates with the following countries, but these are at various stages of negotiation and agreements have yet to be signed: China, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey and Georgia. The UK has opted into all ECRAs negotiated so far, and to all negotiating mandates proposed to date.

Immigration: Manpower

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department’s front-line immigration staff are working (a) in Calais and (b) in France outside Calais. [260082]

Mr. Woolas: The number of front-line immigration staff working in France as at end of January 2009, stated as full time equivalents, are set out as follows:

Area of France Number of staff stated as full- time equivalents

Calais

399.15

In France outside Calais

319.80


Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many front-line immigration officers are working at each port on the UK border. [260090]

Mr. Woolas: The numbers of immigration officers working within each regional operations area on the UK border are as follows:


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Region Number of front-line immigration staff( 1)

North

483.3

South

626.0

Central

477.9

Heathrow

1,112.6

European operations

945.35

Total

3,645.15

(1) Expressed as full-time equivalents.
Includes assistant immigration officers; immigration officers; chief immigration officers, and inspectors.
Note:
Figures have been quoted according to regional command, as staff are deployed on a risk-assessed, intelligence-led basis to smaller ports within their operational region.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department’s front-line immigration staff are working in Belgium. [260097]

Mr. Woolas: The number of front-line immigration staff working in Belgium as at end of January 2009, stated as full-time equivalents, is 30.

In addition to this, UK border force operates a European operations mobile response team, which deploys staff to Zeebrugge and Ostend to conduct vehicle searches and provide assistance with dog patrols, in conjunction with the Belgian federal police.

Migrant Workers

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to provide information to migrant workers on their employment rights. [259859]

Mr. Woolas: We include information material in the registration pack for accession state workers registering with UKBA. Furthermore, we provide all workers registration scheme and A2 applicants with the TUC booklet “Working in the UK” explaining their rights at work.

The employment pages of the UKBA website provide useful links to relevant material including the TUC booklet.

Official Cars

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by her Department, broken down by cubic capacity of engine. [250144]

Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Hoon) on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 10W, about cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

The Home Department and its Executive Agencies operates other official cars and details of these are provided in the following table broken down by cubic capacity of engine.


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Cars

1000 to 1400 cc 1401 to 1700 cc 1701 to 2200 cc Over 2200 cc

Owned vehicles

UKBA vehicles

1

9

36

0

Core home office

0

1

1

0

Police(1)

0

1

18

6

IPS

1

0

1

0

Total

2

11

56

6

Leased vehicles only

UKBA vehicles

20

163

184

0

Core home office

0

0

2

0

Police(2)

0

1

0

0

Total

20

164

186

0

Hire vehicles—covering first three quarters of this financial year 2008-09

Home office(3)

798

593

977

85

IPS(3)

44

75

194

10

CRB(3)

16

42

100

8

Total

858

710

1271

103

(1) Police vehicles are owned by the police service but used solely for Home Departments business.
(2) Police vehicle is leased by the police service but used solely for Home Departments business.
(3) April to December 2008-09.

Organised Crime

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been charged with criminal offences as a result of investigations conducted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) the first six months of this financial year. [255275]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The information is as follows:

Police: Demonstrations

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the number of police hours spent on policing public protests in the last 12 months; and how much of the policing budget was allocated for such work in 2008-09. [260283]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office does not hold data on number of police hours spent on policing public protests or a breakdown of police budgets dedicated to such work.

Police: Manpower

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in each London local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008-09; and what the total strength of the Metropolitan police service was in each of those years. [259931]


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Mr. Coaker: Police personnel statistics are collected by police force area and not by local authority. However, there are strength data available at basic command unit level, which within London equates with local authority, from 2002-03 onwards.

There were 26,667 full-time equivalent police officers working for the Metropolitan police and 859 working for City of London police as at 31 March 1997. Police community support officers were not introduced until 2002-03. Data for the current financial year will not be published until July 2009. Police service strength data for 2007-08 can be found at:

and supplementary tables for strength at BCU level at:

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are working at each port of entry on the UK border. [260085]

Mr. Coaker: Police personnel statistics are not collected within the Home Office by UK ports, but rather by police force authorities in England and Wales only. Following consultation with ACPO, data regarding police officers whose primary function is “ports” are, under section 31 (Law Enforcement) of the Freedom of Information Act, withheld from the public domain as disclosure may be likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime.

Reoffenders: Crime Prevention

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the effectiveness of (a) secure remand and (b) tagging in reducing re-offending rates. [259556]

Mr. Hanson: I have been asked to reply.

To our knowledge no estimates have been made on the impact of secure remand. There is little evidence available on the impact of tagging in reducing re-offending rates.

In a 2006 House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report this lack of evidence in relation to the effectiveness of Home Detention Curfew (HDC) was highlighted and a request for further research made. As a result of this a feasibility study on assessing the effectiveness of HDC was commissioned to the London School of Economics and research using existing administrative data has now been conducted. Publication of the report is expected by mid-2009.

Research carried out for the Home Office and published in 2001 showed a difference in re-offending rates within six months of release between those released on HDC compared with those not given HDC. However this was not determined to prove that HDC reduced re-offending but that the risk assessment process was effective. The results of the most recent research mentioned above will provide an important contribution to our knowledge of the impact of HDC.


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