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These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against refusal of a family visit visa from (a) India, (b) Nigeria, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Pakistan have been dismissed in the last six years. 
Mr. Woolas: The number of appeals against the refusal of applications for family visit visas at visa-issuing posts in India, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan that were (a) received and (b) dismissed in each of the last five calendar years is shown in the following tables. Reliable data is not held for years prior to 2004.
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Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for residence permits by the spouses or partners of EU citizens have been awaiting a decision for more than six months. 
Mr. Woolas: Information relating to the number of applications for residence permits from the spouses and partners of EU nationals are in the same category as other family members and is not recorded separately and therefore is not readily available.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of (a) absence and (b) absence resulting from injury at work was among Essex Police Authority employees in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such absences; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime requiring forensic science capabilities there have been in the police force areas covering (a) Lancashire, (b) Merseyside, (c) Cumbria, (d) North Wales, (e) Greater Manchester and (f) Cheshire in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 29 June 2009]: The table gives details of the number of violent crimes which had a crime scene examination and the number of crimes at which potential DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks were collected in each of the years from 2004-05 to 2007-08 for the police forces referred to. Figures for the 2008-09 financial year will be available shortly.
It should be noted that in crimes where potential forensic material is collected, only a proportion of the forensic material collected is submitted to a forensic laboratory for analysis. The proportion varies for DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks.
The information provided is from police force data collected by the Home Office on forensic activity and related detections. The data cover DNA, finger mark and footwear mark activity. These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.
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|Cheshire||Cumbria||Greater Manchester||Lancashire||Merseyside||North Wales||Total|
|(1) 'Violent crime' covers all violence against the person offences.|
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