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The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.
It is not possible to track individual offences through to their conclusion at court. The police recorded crime data are principally victim-based and are the number of offences recorded in each financial year. Court proceedings data for convictions are collected by the Ministry of Justice and are offender based. These data are published on a calendar year basis and are counts of persons classified by their principal offence. For these reasons the two datasets are not directly comparable.
Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of recorded crime was in Lancashire Constabulary area in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: There were 119,755 offences recorded in Lancashire in 1997. There were 117,575 offences recorded in 2008-09. However, it is important to note that these two figures are not directly comparable.
Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way crime is recorded. The coverage was extended and the counting rules revised in 1998-99 and the National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. For these reasons it is not possible to directly compare data for 1997 with that for 2008-09.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Minister in his Department is responsible for policy to implement proposals in the autism strategy on improving the accessibility of the criminal justice system; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on the accumulation and use of air miles by his Department's personnel flying at public expense. 
Mr. Woolas: The Home Office policy on acceptance of gifts, hospitality and rewards states: Members of staff travelling by air on Government business, paid for from public funds, must not use any frequent flyer rewards such as air miles, 'two for one' or equivalent schemes. However members of staff are entitled to associated benefits, such as priority booking and special lounges, when undertaking official travel. The receipt of any benefits accruing from official travel must be recorded in the hospitality book. In the case of gifts or benefits given for using a particular mode of transport it is important that the mode of transport chosen is in accordance with departmental guidelines. This guidance is widely available to all Home Office staff.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Newark of 30 November 2009,
Official Report, column 476W, on the DNA and fingerprint database, what foreign intelligence agencies have received DNA and fingerprint information from the UK (a) by making a request for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and (b) through intelligence channels via Interpol, Europol or similar organisations in the last five years. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Mutual legal assistance is provided for the purpose of criminal proceedings or criminal investigations not for intelligence purposes. Home Office policy is neither to confirm nor deny whether a request for mutual legal assistance has been made or received.
The information on the amount of DNA or fingerprint material that has been shared with Interpol and Europol over the last five years is not currently available and could not be recovered without disproportionate cost. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which processes requests, is able however to confirm that since 1 January 2008, the DNA profiles of 150 EU nationals who have been convicted of serious offences in the UK have been shared with Interpol for comparison purposes, but not for sharing with member states.
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 12 January 2010]: The following table shows the number of subject profiles removed from the National DNA Database (NDNAD) under the exceptional case procedure, i.e. following a request to the chief officer of the responsible police force, in each month of 2009. The table covers subject profiles submitted to the NDNAD by English and Welsh police forces and the British Transport police.
|Number of subject profiles removed from the National DNA Database (NDNAD) under the Exceptional Case Procedure in each month of 2009|
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 11 January 2010]: Information on the number of age disputed potential child trafficking cases is not held centrally. Competent authorities within the NRM make decisions on a case by case basis on the information provided by front line staff or other NRM partners. While assessing each case competent authority staff will consider all aspects including the age of the child but they do not contribute to any age assessment process.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in the Humberside police force in each relevant year since 1996. 
The first police community support officers started work in September 2002, following legislation which was introduced as part of the Police Reform Act 2002. Therefore, data on police community support officers are not available prior to 31 March 2003.
|Police officer strength (FTE)( 1) for Humberside as at 31 March 1996 to 31 March 2009|
|(1) Full-time equivalent. All officers less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave (comparable with previously published figures).|
(2) This table contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
(3) Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.
|Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) for Humberside as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2009( 3)|
|(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number.|
(2) Full-time equivalent include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(3) Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data is not available prior to 2002-03.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has discovered to be working for contractors supplying UKBA uniforms. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 7 January 2010]: There is no record of any illegal migrant workers being encountered by the UK Border Agency on the premises of the firm contracted to supply UK Border Agency uniforms.
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