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Religious Buildings: Wiltshire

Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places of religious
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worship of each faith denomination in (a) Salisbury constituency and (b) Wiltshire (i) are certified under the Places of Religious Worship Registration Act 1855 and (ii) have been so certified in each of the last five years. [260209]

Mr. Malik: I have been asked to reply.

The register of buildings registered for worship is not held in a format that can be readily broken down into individual parliamentary constituencies. The closest geographical area for registration purposes which includes Salisbury and Wiltshire is the registration district of Wiltshire. There are currently 260 places of meeting for religious worship certified under the Act for the registration district of Wiltshire. These are broken down by faith and denomination as follows:

Faith Number of buildings

Roman Catholics

26

Methodists

82

Congregationalists

10

Baptists

61

United Reformed

19

Brethren

3

Salvation Army

5

Unitarians

1

Society of Friends

4

Jehovah’s Witness

8

Other Christian Bodies

41

Note:
Other Christian Bodies includes Christian denominations such as Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Spiritualists and Independents.

During the last five years the following places of meeting for religious worship have been certified by faith and denomination in the registration district of Wiltshire:

Faith Number of places of meeting

2005

Christians not otherwise designated

1

2006

Baptists

1


Security Services: Equality

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) field-based and (b) office-based Security Service officers were of each (a) ethnicity, (b) religious faith and (c) sex in each year since 2001. [258552]

Mr. Coaker: The available information on ethnicity and gender is provided in the following table. Similar information by religious faith is not available. The Security Service does not record such information differentiating between field-based and office-based staff.


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Gender Ethnicity

Numbers of females Percentage of females Numbers of black minority ethnic Percentage of black minority ethnic

2001

882

46.4

62

3.3

2002

902

46.4

72

3.6

2003

993

47.4

83

4.0

2004

1,061

47.6

103

4.6

2005

1,107

46.5

116

4.9

2006

1,156

44.5

158

6.1

2007

1,260

43.9

189

6.6

2008

1,386

41.9

227

6.9

2009

1,454

41.8

237

6.8

Note:
All figures are as at 1 April, except 2009 which is as at 1 January. In line with Whitehall practice, ethnic monitoring is carried out on the basis of self declaration and is calculated as a percentage of those declaring ethnic origin—the response rate is around 98 per cent.

Terrorism

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charges relating to offences under counter-terrorism legislation were brought by police in England in 2006. [254689]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office science research group will be publishing a statistical bulletin on terrorism arrests and outcomes. This will provide detail on terrorism related charges and convictions, providing a breakdown of specific offences. The bulletin will show the numbers of people charged and convicted and the charge to conviction ratio.

The bulletin is due to be published shortly.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government are taking to prevent acts of terrorism. [258857]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 2 March 2009]: The Government have in place a comprehensive strategy to address the threat from terrorism—called Contest—which is based around four pillars:

We have spent much of the last year updating this strategy. This is very much about learning from our experiences and successes in recent years. A revised version of Contest will be published shortly.

Terrorism: Information Sharing

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her counterparts in those EU member states which allow for the admissibility of intercept evidence in the prosecution of suspected terrorists and others involved in serious crimes on the subject; and if she will make a statement. [261400]

Mr. Coaker: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has regular contact with her EU counterparts in the Justice and Home Affairs Council and in bilateral meetings. She has not had any specific discussions relating to intercept as evidence (IAE) with her counterparts in EU member states.

The Terms of Reference of the cross-party Privy Council Review of IAE (CM7324), established by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in July 2007, included the requirement to consider the experience of other countries and their relevance to the UK. It found that (para 180):

It also noted (para 135) that in the Republic of Ireland the practice is:

Progress on implementing the Privy Council Review’s recommendations can be found in the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 89-90WS.

Travel Requirements: Fraud

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detections of instances of travel document fraud were made at (a) ports of entry and (b) compliance offices since 1 May 2004 in respect of travel documents issued by EU member states, broken down by issuing state. [251937]

Mr. Woolas [ h olding answer 27 January 2009] : The following tables detail the detections of false European Union documents at UK border agency border force offices and immigration group enforcement offices for the period in question. They include passports, identity cards, refugee travel documents and emergency travel documents.


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Border f orce detections of false EU travel document s
Country 2004( 1) 2005 2006 2007 2008 Total

AUT-Austria

30

28

18

15

8

99

BEL-Belgium

249

140

91

60

97

637

BGR-Bulgaria

n/a

n/a

n/a

87

113

200

CYP-Cyprus

3

4

4

12

20

43

CZE-Czech

56

71

80

50

44

301

D-Germany

178

121

87

50

44

480

DNK-Denmark

41

60

57

15

16

189

ESP-Spain

78

100

78

32

41

329

EST-Estonia

8

12

1

3

8

32

FIN-Finland

3

5

4

16

20

48

FRA-France

497

536

310

143

207

1,693

GBR-Great Britain

656

622

367

348

283

2,276

GRC-Greece

146

137

97

65

85

530

HUN-Hungary

37

99

79

7

8

230

IRL-Ireland

11

20

8

3

4

46

ITA-Italy

221

218

228

162

157

986

LTU-Lithuania

295

460

261

103

105

1,224

LUX-Luxembourg

1

1

0

0

0

2

LVA-Latvia

15

51

75

37

23

201

MLT-Malta

1

0

1

2

3

7

NLD-Netherlands

475

264

152

118

95

1,104

POL-Poland

71

140

178

107

110

606

PRT-Portugal

256

243

243

163

145

1,050

ROU-Romania

n/a

n/a

n/a

130

83

213

SVK-Slovakia

46

50

56

56

56

264

SVN-Slovenia

19

13

25

17

12

86

SWE-Sweden

0

0

0

0

1

1

Total

3,393

3,395

2,500

1,801

1,788

12,877


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