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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average total (a) direct staff cost, (b) operational support cost, (c) business support cost and (d) cost excluding sustaining overheads under activity-based costing analysis was for a police investigation relating to (i) a violence against the person offence, (ii) a sexual offence, (iii) robbery, (iv) deception or fraud, (v) a drugs offence, (vi) a criminal damage offence and (vii) other crimes in 2007-08. 
|Average cost per incident, by incident type|
|Direct staff costs||Operational support costs||Business support costs||Total cost excluding overheads|
|(1) Crimes specified in ABC data collection are: violence against the person, sexual offences, burglary (dwelling), burglary (commercial and other), robbery, theft of or from a motor vehicle, theft of or from a motor vehicle, deception/fraud, theft (other), drugs offences, criminal damage.|
Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has with the authorities in the Slovak Republic to obtain checks on the criminal records of Slovakian nationals (a) entering and (b) resident in the UK. 
Mr. Malik: The United Kingdom is able to obtain checks, through the UK Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records, of previous convictions of Slovakian nationals subject to criminal proceedings in the UK using the terms of Council Decision 2005/876/JHA. If police officers in the United Kingdom are investigating a Slovakian national they can also make a request through Interpol channels for information held on the individual, including criminal record information.
There is no formal arrangement for sharing criminal records of people seeking entry to the UK. Under the Free Movement Directive 2004/38 EC nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) can move freely within member states; they do not require leave to enter or leave to remain.
Slovakian nationals will come to the attention of UKBA officials (and may be refused entry at port) if there was an outstanding European arrest warrant for them or if they had been deported from the UK or if they had been on the UK watch list because they constitute a threat to public security.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her European Union counterparts on the European Convention on Cybercrime; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The Government are committed to ratifying the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention. We are currently working through the formal UK process of ratification, during which we will lay the required explanatory memorandum before Parliament to obtain approval for ratification. If Parliament agrees to ratification, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will then commence the formal ratification process with the Council of Europe.
We are pleased that all of the EU member states have signed the convention and that a number have completed ratification. We work closely with our EU partners to tackle cybercrime, at ministerial, official and law enforcement levels.
Jacqui Smith: Sick absence data for 2003 though to the end of March 2007 are available from sick absence reports published on the Cabinet Office website. The reports can be found on the following Cabinet Office webpage:
Sick absence data prior to 2002 are not available without incurring a disproportionate cost owing to several changes of HR databases in use over the last 12 years which would necessitate an investigation of individual staff records.
|Table 1: Number of staff who took long-term sick absence 2008-09|
|WDL||AWDL RY||WDL (FTE)||AWDL RY|
1. 2007-08 data have been taken from sickness data produced for the permanent secretary management group.
2. 2008-09 data have been answered using DataView, the single source for all Home Office HR data. DataView uses data extracted as soon as possible after the last day of the calendar month from the Home Offices four employee records systems: Adelphi for headquarters and the UK Border Agency (UKBA); Snowdrop for the Identity and Passport Service (IPS); IRIS for the Criminal Records Bureau; and ePayFact for pay and pensions purposes. UKVisas (previously FCO) and HMRC Detection staff who have transferred to UKBA will be added during 2009-10 as part of an ongoing improvement programme.
The March 2009 extract has been used to answer this parliamentary question.
Data for 1994 to 2007 are from Table 5.7 published in the Home Office publication Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007. This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
The provisional grants of settlement total for 2008 is from Table 12 published in the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United KingdomFourth Quarter 2008 also available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
|Grants of settlementCommonwealth citizens and foreign nationals, 1994-2008( 1,2) United Kingdom|
|Number of persons|
|On removal of time limit( 3)||Settlement on arrival( 4)|
|Year of grant||Total grants||Commonwealth citizens( 5)||Foreign nationals||Commonwealth citizens( 5)||Foreign nationals|
|n/a = Not currently available.|
(1) Excludes EEA nationals from 1999, Switzerland from 1 June 2002, A10 Accession States from 1 May 2004 and A2 Accession States from 1 January 2007.
(2) Data from 2003 exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.
(3) Indefinite leave to remain.
(4) Indefinite leave to enter.
(5) Figures for settlement of Pakistani nationals have been included in Commonwealth throughout the period covered. Zimbabwe have been included in foreign from 2004 only.
Figures relating to 1996 and earlier have been rounded to the nearest 10. Figures from 1997 are rounded to the nearest 5 so may not sum to the totals.
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