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Immigration group enforcement detections of false EU travel documents
Country 2004( 1) 2005 2006 2007 2008 Total

AUT-Austria

0

1

0

1

0

2

BEL-Belgium

23

52

44

88

75

282

BGR-Bulgaria

n/a

n/a

n/a

5

7

12

CYP-Cyprus

0

0

0

2

1

3

CZE-Czech

2

1

8

15

6

32

D-Germany

0

1

2

23

7

33

DNK-Denmark

10

11

15

12

8

56

ESP-Spain

19

31

62

77

54

243

EST-Estonia

2

0

7

4

2

15

FIN-Finland

2

1

0

5

3

11

FRA-France

120

138

157

159

147

721

GBR-Great Britain

24

66

91

91

69

341

GRC-Greece

29

52

52

42

24

199

HUN-Hungary

0

3

8

0

1

12

IRL-Ireland

2

0

2

1

0

5

ITA-Italy

64

78

132

119

76

469

LTU-Lithuania

77

91

62

57

48

335

LUX-Luxembourg

0

0

0

0

0

0

LVA-Latvia

1

11

28

33

12

85

MLT-Malta

0

0

0

0

0

0

NLD-Netherlands

14

42

33

31

20

140

POL-Poland

28

3

15

7

7

60

PRT-Portugal

85

130

100

197

125

637

ROU-Romania

n/a

n/a

n/a

9

16

25

SVK-Slovakia

0

6

4

9

3

22

SVN-Slovenia

0

0

12

4

4

20

SWE-Sweden

2

0

4

1

1

8

Total

504

718

838

992

716

3,768

(1) From 1 May 2004

UK Border Agency

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals the UK Border Agency employed at the latest date for which figures are available. [252405]

Mr. Woolas: As at 31 December 2008, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) employed directly 18,078 individuals (excluding 1,206 employees on career break, loan to other Government Departments, maternity leave etc.).

UK Border Agency: Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that replies sent from the UK Border Agency to letters from hon. Members are issued by the Chief Executive of the Agency. [251292]


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Mr. Woolas [holding answer 26 January 2009]: The UK Border Agency receives approximately 50,000 letters from hon. Members each year. As such, it is not possible for the Chief Executive to reply to each letter individually.

Where a hon. Member has written to Ministers about the day to day operations of the UK Border Agency the Chief Executive or Deputy Chief Executive will reply. Where hon. Members have written to the Chief Executive, because of the volumes involved, a local manager may reply.

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to reply to the letter of 6 November 2008 (Special Delivery reference ZC982623786GB), the email of 2 December 2008 and letter of 19 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, sent on behalf of Satnam Kaur Thomas (Home Office reference number J1055280). [261681]

Mr. Woolas: The UK Border Agency wrote to the right hon. Member on 5 March 2009.

Vetting

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Government plans to provide standard disclosures for criminal record bureau checks; [261878]

(2) what recent estimate she has made of the cost of introducing standard disclosures for criminal record bureau checks. [261879]

Mr. Malik: I have been asked to reply.

Standard level disclosures (criminal records checks) have been available since the launch of the CRB Disclosure Service in March 2002. Therefore there has been no recent estimate made of the cost of their introduction.

Vetting: Finance

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it cost to process Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in the last year for which figures are available; how many CRB checks were carried out in that period; and how much was received in fees for checks in that period. [260278]

Mr. Malik [holding answer 3 March 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

The cost to process Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in the last financial year for which information is available (2007-08) is £88.2 million. During that period the CRB processed 3.4 million disclosures, which generated £97.8 million in revenue from fees. It should be borne in mind that 20 per cent. of the disclosures processed were for volunteer applications for which there is no charge, which represents a considerable saving to the voluntary sector. The CRB is committed to providing free-of-charge checks for volunteers.

Work Permits: Applications

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many work permits were refused for non-UK born applicants in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; [260815]


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(2) how many work permits have been approved for non-UK job applicants for jobs in which no suitably qualified UK-born applicant could be found in 2007-08. [260816]

Mr. Woolas: The UK Border Agency only maintains statistics on the nationality of work permit applicants and not their country of birth.

Communities and Local Government

Community Relations

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 582-3W, on community relations, when Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary plans to report on its inspection of Prevent performance in police forces in England and Wales. [262011]

Mr. Coaker: I have been asked to reply.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary are nearing completion of their inspection of police Prevent activity, and plan to report their findings in April 2009.


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