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Home Office expenditure on official hospitality and entertainment conforms to departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, which complies with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety. Hospitality is defined as the provision of food, drink and entertainment of non-civil servants at modest cost where it is beneficial to the interests of the Department.
Mr. Woolas: Non-consolidated performance payments are an integral element of the staff reward package in the Home Office. They encourage and reward high performance. As non-consolidated payments, they have to be re-earned each year and do not add to future pay bill costs, for example pensions costs.
The Home Office (including the UK Border Agency), as part of its annual pay arrangements, pays non-consolidated performance related payments to up to 35 per cent. of its staff. There are separate arrangements for the Department's senior staff, which are set by the Prime Minister for the whole senior civil service, following independent advice from the Senior Salaries Review Body.
|Total salary bill||Non-consolidated payments|
It is also possible to give one-off non-consolidated special payments to members of staff in-year to reward exceptional achievements on a project or programme. The total cost of such payments in 2008-09 was £1.16 million the figure for 2007-08 was £2.56 million.
Alan Johnson: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my written ministerial statement of 2 December 2009, Official Report, column 127WS. The White Paper "Protecting the Public: Supporting the Police to Succeed" was published on 2 December 2009 at:
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants attended each course; and what the total cost to the public purse was of each course. 
There are a range of costs, such as ticketing, escorting and detention costs that might be involved in removal and there are many staff involved in the removal process across the UK Border Agency, including seconded police officers. To disaggregate the funding and other resources in place to support the removals process from the overall budget and resources would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 215W, on the sponsor register, how many institutions (a) have had an application to join the sponsor register refused and (b) have been removed from the register of licensed sponsors under Tier Four of the new immigration rules since 31 March 2009. 
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his duty to assess the appropriateness of extraditing persons to the US in relation to health grounds applies (a) at the time of the receipt of the US application, (b) at the time of proceedings in the UK and (c) at the time immediately before the extradition takes place; and if he will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 6 January 2010]: In the scheme of the Extradition Act 2003, it falls to the courts to determine whether health factors raise a barrier to a person's extradition. However, the Home Secretary has an implied power to withdraw an extradition order where, exceptionally, a new matter arises subsequent to the completion of all proceedings under the Act but before extradition takes place. The basis for this implied power is section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, which renders it unlawful for the Home Secretary, as a public authority, to act in a way which is incompatible with a convention right.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England, (b) Sussex and (c) Lewes constituency were (i) killed and (ii) wounded by a firearm in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 6 January 2010]: Available information relates to crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been fired or used as a blunt instrument resulting in fatal and other injury. Data for England and the Sussex police force area, from 1997-98 up to and including 2007-08, are given in the following table. Constituency level data are not collected centrally.
|Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used( 1) resulting in injury: England total and Sussex police force area, 1997-98 to 2007-08|
|Fatal injury||Serious( 2) or slight injury|
|(1) Where firearms have been fired or used as a blunt instrument.|
(2) A serious injury is the one which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds.
(3) There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.
(4) Figures may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.
(5) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.
(6) More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments the Gangmasters Licensing Authority has made to Cavendish Communications in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on fees of third party agents in relation to booking hotel accommodation in each such year. 
Mr. Woolas: The current contract for booking hotel rooms for the Home Office Headquarters, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and UKBA commenced in December 2008. Available information from this contract and since 2007 from the contract with the Identity and Passport Service on the number of nights booked by officials is as follows:
|Hotel room nights|
|January 2007 to November 2008||December 2008 to November 2009|
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