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Extradition: USA

David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of (a) legal aid and (b) other costs incurred in respect of Article 20 of the Extradition Treaty in each case in which a British national has been extradited to the United States since 1 January 2004. [275211]

Mr. Hanson: In the given period, the Legal Services Commission advises that legal aid totalling £70,830.70 was paid in 10 cases which involved the extradition of UK citizens from England and Wales to the USA. It is not otherwise possible to provide a complete or accurate breakdown of costs incurred in individual extradition cases by each Government Department and its supporting agencies. In each agency involved, the cases were dealt with as part of its overall and larger case load.

The figure does not include legal aid which may have been granted in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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Immigration Controls

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the United Nations on its new humanitarian centre at Calais; and if he will make a statement. [278548]

Mr. Woolas: The Government maintain regular contact with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the area of immigration.

UNHCR intends to deploy a staff member to the Calais area to support local authorities and partners in the provision of accurate support and information for migrants in the area. The Government are not aware of a new humanitarian centre being provided by the UNHCR, and would remain firmly opposed to any kind of permanent accommodation centre that would attract illegal immigrants and the traffickers who prey on them.

Immigration: Gurkhas

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former soldiers of Gurkha regiments are resident in the UK. [273853]

Mr. Woolas: Since the rules this Government introduced in 2004 came into force, over 6,000 former Gurkhas and family members have been granted settlement in the UK.

It is not possible to disaggregate the number of Gurkhas who are legally resident here in other categories of the immigration rules from other Nepalese citizens without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Sexual Offences: Coventry

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of crimes related to sexual offences in Coventry in the last 12 months. [276690]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The Government are committed to tackling sexual violence across the country. In 2007, it published a three year national Cross Government Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Abuse. Since the publication of the action plan, the Government have taken a number of measures including introducing specially trained officers and specialist rape prosecutors; supporting police forces to develop rape action plans; and funding a pilot of a dedicated rape investigation team. In April 2009, the Government announced a package of measures, having worked closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), to help ensure that victims of sexual violence receive a consistent, high quality service in every force. These measures include a new Rape Performance Group, led by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to monitor police and CPS performance on rape and undertake continuous assessments of performance; new National Policing Improvement Agency ‘best practice’ guidance for the police and Crown Prosecution Service on investigating and prosecuting rape; an expert NPIA/ACPO/CPS support team to ensure consistent implementation of this new guidance;
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and helping every police force to ensure that all victims are seen by a specially trained officer within an hour of reporting.

UK Border Agency: Data Protection

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports the UK Border Agency has lost in each of the last five years. [278348]

Mr. Woolas: Information relating to the number of passports that have been lost by the UK Border Agency in each of the past five years is not centrally recorded and therefore is not readily available.

UK Border Agency: Liverpool

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the relocation of UK Border Agency offices to Liverpool; and if he will make a statement. [278996]

Mr. Woolas: There are no substantive plans at present to relocate departments or significant workstreams to Liverpool in a way that would substantially increase staff numbers at that location.

UK Border Agency: Pay

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies paid in staff bonuses over (a) £10,000, (b) £50,000 and (c) £100,000 in 2008. [278707]

Mr. Woolas: For the financial year 2008-09:

Total employees

UK Border Agency staff paid a bonus of over £10,000


UK Border Agency staff paid a bonus of over £50,000


UK Border Agency staff paid a bonus of over £100,000



Community Orders

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many arrest warrants issued in respect of breaches of the terms of community sentences are outstanding; and if he will make a statement; [278620]

(2) how many warrants in respect of breach of community orders have been outstanding for (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12 months and two years, (c) between two and three years, (d) between three and four years, (e) between four and five years and (f) five years or more. [278663]

Mr. Straw: The Ministry of Justice does not hold information centrally on the number of warrants in respect of breach of community orders that have been outstanding for the periods asked for. Data are available
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on the number of warrants outstanding and the number of arrest warrants that were issued as at 30 April 2009 for England and Wales. These are set out in the table. These data come from an internal management system that was developed and introduced in October 2005, which is subject to minimal levels of quality assurance and is based on the data currently available.

Community penalty breach warrants—as at 30 April 2009
England and Wales Number

Outstanding warrants for breaches of community orders


Number of arrest warrants issued


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Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of serious violent offences and who served sentences of under two years duration re-offended in each year since 2000. [278883]

Maria Eagle: The table shows the one year adult reoffending rates for offenders in England and Wales released from custody in the first quarter (1 January to 31 March) of the years 2000 to 2007, who served a custodial sentence of less than two years for a serious violent offence. The table shows the proportion of offenders who committed at least one further offence and the frequency of offences per 100 offenders.

One year reoffending rates, offenders leaving custody, 2000-07 who served a custodial sentence of less than two years for a serious violent offence

Number of offenders Number of reoffenders Actual reoffending rate Number of offences per 100 offenders

Q1 2000





Q1 2002





Q1 2003





Q1 2004





Q1 2005





Q1 2006





Q1 2007





Data for 2001 are unavailable due to problems with archived data

Further information on the one year rates of reoffending can be found in

Appendix G contains a list of serious violent offences.

The figures for reoffences include offences of all types. An offender whose original offence was serious violence and who reoffended, may not have committed any more serious violent offences.

While the small cohort size makes these measures highly volatile, there has been a decline in both the actual reoffending rate and the number of reoffences committed since 2000.

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with each category of violent offence whilst under supervision by the Probation Service in each of the last five years. [278619]

Mr. Straw: The available information is shown in the table. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) holds statistical information on the number of offenders charged with serious further violent offences while under probation supervision. However, this does not include all types of violent offence.

The table contains data on the number of offenders, managed by the National Probation Service for England and Wales, who were charged with certain violent offences, where there was a requirement initially to notify NOMS, in line with Serious Further Offence Probation Circulars 06/2006 and 41/2006.

Data is only held for 2006-07 onwards. Data for 2008-09 will be published in the annual Offender Management Caseload Statistics (OMCS), which is scheduled for publication on 31 July. This will also include those offenders who were notified to NOMS, in line with the Serious Further Offence Probation Circular 22/2008 which took effect on 1 December 2008. OMCS provide the offence breakdown by conviction rather than charge, where notified cases have proceeded to a review. I will write to the hon. Member with an updated table, once OMCS are published, showing the number of offenders who were charged with serious violent offences for 2008-09.

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Serious further offence breakdown of all cases notified to NOMS PPU between 1 April 2006 and 30 September 2008
England and Wales notifications
Serious violent offence description 2006-07 2007-08 1 April 2008 to 30 September 2008

Aggravated burglary (section 10 of the Theft Act 1968)



Aggravated theft



Aggravated vehicle-taking involving an accident which caused the death of any person (Section 12A of the Theft Act 1968)


Arson (section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)




Attempt to cause explosion, or making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property (section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883)


Attempt to commit murder or a conspiracy to commit murder




Attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle in order to commit or assist in committing an indictable offence (section 21 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861)


Burglary with intent to: (a) inflict grievous bodily harm on a person or (b) do unlawful damage to a building or anything in it. (section 9 of the Theft Act 1968)



Carrying a firearm with criminal intent (section 18 of the Firearms Act 1968)



Causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult, also called ‘familial homicide’ (Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004)

Causing death by careless driving when under influence of drink or drugs (section 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1988)




Causing death by dangerous driving (section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988)




Destroying or damaging property other than an offence of arson (section 1 (2) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)


False imprisonment
















Other explosives offences


Other offences against the person




Other serious violent offence




Possession of firearm at time of committing or being arrested for offence specified in Schedule 1 to that Act (section 17(2) of the Firearms Act 1968)



Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life (section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968)



Robbery or assault with intent to rob (section 8 of the Theft Act 1968)




Use of firearm to resist arrest (section 17(1) of the Firearms Act 1968)

Serious firearms offences (SFO)



Soliciting murder (section 4 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861)


Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861)








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