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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to prevent members of the British National Party (BNP) from holding posts in the UK Border Agency (UKBA); and what steps the UKBA takes in circumstances when an employee is found to be a member of the BNP. 
Mr. Woolas: Recruitment applicants for permanent posts in UKBA are not required to provide any information about their political allegiance. However, every civil servant is expected to uphold the standards of conduct set out in the civil service management code and the civil services anti-discrimination rules and a robust line will be taken with anyone who fails to do so.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department were (a) dismissed, (b) subject to disciplinary procedures without being dismissed, (c) moved to less sensitive duties due to shortcomings in performance and (d) given early retirement in 2008-09. 
Mr. Woolas: During the 2008-09 financial year, 23 members of staff within Home Office HQ, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) were dismissed under performance management procedures. This figure excludes IPS information for March 2009 as this is not yet available.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) dismissed 46 members of staff under the broad category of inefficiency, which includes all dismissals made under performance
management and attendance management procedures. A further breakdown of the dismissals could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
During the same period, a total of 39 members of staff within Home Office HQ, UKBA, IPS and CRB were disciplined short of dismissal under performance management procedures. This figure excludes IPS information for March 2009 as this is not yet available.
Information on the number of staff moved to less sensitive duties due to shortcomings in performance is not held centrally within Home Office HQ or UKBA and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. No members of IPS or CRB staff were moved to less sensitive duties due to shortcomings in performance.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of her Department in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: Central Government Departments and their Executive Agencies are required to report performance data on their total energy consumption for their office estate annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process, and to assess performance against the target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from offices by 12.5 per cent. by 2010-11.against a 1999-2000 baseline.
We have recently signed up to the Carbon Trust Carbon Management programme which will assist us in identifying opportunities to further improve efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to carbon footprint the estate including our IT.
Mr. Woolas: The Department has so far spent £1,045,671 on taxis during 2008-09; this is made up of £961,141 incurred by the core Home Office, including UK Borders Agency, and £84,530 spent by the Identity and Passport Service.
The cost of overseas car hire cannot be identified without incurring disproportionate cost. However, the Department has spent £917,908 on car hire in the United Kingdom; this is made up of £862,644 incurred by the core Home Office, including UK Borders Agency, and £55,264 spent by the Identity and Passport Service.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) young offenders aged 10 to 15 years, (b) young offenders aged 12 to 16 years, (c) released prisoners and (d) prisoners on bail in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex were electronically tagged in each of the last five years. 
The following table sets out the data provided by Serco Home Affairs, the company providing the electronic monitoring service for Essex for the post codes covering Castle Point, and for the geographic area of Essex from the start of the current contracts in April 2005. Caseload data is not available prior to April 2005.
|Castle Point (SS7 and SS8 Postcode)||Essex|
(1) Top 10 countries on the basis of visa issued, not applications received.
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