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Home Office funding for Rape Crisis national head office

Home Office funding for Survivors Trust head office

On 27 January the Government announced the following funding for 2010-11:

Home Office ISVA Funding

Funding for local sexual assault services

The VAWG strategy also announced a Government commitment to provide £3.2 million of funding for SARCs for 2010-11-further details will be announced shortly.

Reoffenders: Greater London

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been re-arrested whilst released on bail for committing (a) a sexual offence, (b) an offence of violence against the person and (c) homicide in Greater London in each year since 1998. [314740]

Alan Johnson: The arrests data reported to the Home Office do not include information on the individual circumstances of arrests, including whether or not the person arrested was on bail at the time of the arrest.

Snow and Ice

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 January to 18 January 2010; and if he will make a statement. [313590]


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Mr. Woolas: In common with many other employers the Home Office recognised that the severe weather conditions during the period 4-18 January caused difficulty for many staff travelling to and from work.

Where staff experienced travel delays or were unable to get to work, line managers were reminded that they could use their discretion as to whether credit time should be given or whether annual leave, special leave or flexi-time should be used. The appropriate arrangements for individual staff were dependent upon local travel conditions, the availability of public transport and the length and difficulty of the journey into work. Many staff were also able to work from home thus reducing the amount of working time lost.

This guidance reflected existing departmental arrangements on travel disruptions set out in the staff handbook.

Records of the number of staff who were not able to attend work between 4-18 January as a result of the disruption to the transport system were not collated centrally and could therefore only be obtained at disproportionate cost. For the same reason it is not possible to provide an estimate of the cost to the Department or the total number of working hours that were lost.

Terrorism: Finance

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted under counter-terrorism legislation of an offence relating to fundraising in each of the last five years. [314747]

Alan Johnson: Figures on the number of people convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 for fundraising offences are available in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 18/09-Operation of Police Powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation; arrests, outcomes and stops and searches 2008/2009. Page 26, Table 1.10 (a) refers. This is available on the Home Office website via the following link:

From September 2001 to 2009, a total of 11 people were convicted under section 15 to 19 TACT 2000 offences. The following table contains the relevant figures. No figures are available prior to this date.

Numbers of individuals convi cted of sections 15-19 TACT 2000- -fundraising offences

2001-02

2

2002-03

0

2003-04

0

2004-05

0

2005-06

4

2006-07

1

2007-08

3

2008-09

1


Terrorism: Internet

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of (a) each category of terrorism offence and (b) terrorism offences involving the internet in each year since 1998. [314998]


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Alan Johnson: The information requested is as follows.

The information includes those convicted of offences under terrorism legislation as well as under non-terrorism legislation for terrorist-related offences. Tables 1.10 (a) and 1.10 (b) illustrate the principal offences of which suspects were convicted.

Statistics preceding the Terrorism Act 2000, covering the period up to February 2001 are available in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 16/01. This is available on the Home Office website via the following link:

This includes offences under the previous terrorist legislation, The Prevention of Terrorism Acts 1984 and 1989.

UK Border Agency: Contracts

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts with a monetary value of over £2 million the UK Border Agency and its predecessors have signed in each of the last five years. [313503]

Mr. Woolas: The number of contracts let with a monetary value of over £2 million in each of the last five years is as follows:

Total number of contracts over £2 million let by UKBA for the year

Number

2009

13

2008

15

2007

13

2006

41

2005

3


UK Border Agency: Travel

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on first class travel in each year since 2005. [313451]

Mr. Woolas: The amount spent on first class rail travel during the calendar year 2009 was £1,013,841. The amount spent on first class air travel during the calendar year was £10,936. Figures over a longer period are not available as the UK Border Agency changed the contractor through whom travel is booked in December 2008. To seek data from the previous contractor would incur a disproportionate cost.

Because the UK Border Agency's work is national and indeed international in scope, it is necessary in some cases for staff to travel in order to facilitate that work. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the
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civil service management and ministerial codes which include limited circumstances in which first class travel will be permitted.

The UK Border Agency is focused on driving down the cost of travel expenditure. In addition the Home Office has a travel contract that enables significant savings to be achieved compared with the standard price of UK rail travel.

Workers Registration Scheme: North East

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU workers were registered in the Worker Registration scheme in each local authority in the North East in (a) March 2007, (b) March 2008, (c) March 2009 and (d) the latest period for which figures are available. [314034]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 29 January 2010]: The data requested are published on the local government website:

on the current following page:

Officers within the House Library have direct access to the electronic documents via the local government analysis and research website.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Anne Street Partners

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any action has been taken against Anne Street Partners Limited and its directors in respect of the accounts it has filed for the period to 30 September 2008. [316059]

Ian Lucas: No action has been taken against Anne Street Partners Limited or its directors in relation to its accounts for the period to 30 September 2008.

The accounts the company filed on 30 July 2009 are abbreviated accounts, which have been accepted by Companies House as complying with the requirements of the Companies Act 1985. If any person believes the accounts are deficient they may write to Mr. Mark Youde, Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ; e-mail address:

with further details and he will investigate the matter.

Astraporta

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Astraporta (UK) Limited filed its accounts for the period to 30 September 2008 within the statutory period provided for in the Companies Act 2006. [315952]

Ian Lucas: Astraporta (UK) Limited has not filed its accounts for 30 September 2008. The company went into liquidation in March 2009 and it was not required
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to file accounts from that point on. The company came out of Liquidation in November 2009 and is due to be struck off on 1 March 2010.

Bearwood Holdings

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Bearwood Holdings Limited filed its accounts for the period to 30 September 2008 within the statutory period provided for in the Companies Act 2006. [315951]

Ian Lucas: Bearwood Holdings Limited has not filed its accounts for 30 November 2008. The company went into liquidation in March 2009 and it was not required to file accounts from that point on. The company came out of liquidation in November 2009 and is due to be struck off on 1 March 2010.

Business: Government Assistance

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in each constituency in the south-west have applied for financial assistance under the (a) Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme and (b) Capital Enterprise Scheme since its inception; and how many such applications were granted. [314622]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, as of 27 January, 744 businesses in the south-west region have drawn down loans totalling £66.38 million. The figures for each individual constituency in the South West region will be deposited in the Library of the House. Businesses may apply for a loan from any one of the participating lenders who will assess which form of lending, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, is most appropriate. We do not hold figures for those businesses which are instead offered a normal commercial loan, or are rejected for failing to meet the lender's commercial criteria.

With respect to the Capital for Enterprise Fund equity scheme, CfEF received 77 enquiries from businesses in the south-west seeking investment to the value of £84.3 million. Thus far, no businesses have received investment, two businesses have agreed terms on investments with a value £4 million, one business has been offered investment totalling £2 million and one proposition is under active consideration with a value of £1.3 million. The remaining inquiries are either being considered subject to further information to be supplied by the applicant or have been rejected or withdrawn. I am not providing a breakdown by parliamentary constituency or local authority as this could make it possible to identify the individual companies that have received support.


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Offered: South West, offered 27 January 2010
Constituency name Count of loan amount Sum of loan amount (£ million)

Bath

24

1.20

Bournemouth East

12

1.07

Bournemouth West

20

2.50

Bridgwater

11

0.85

Bristol East

21

2.76

Bristol North West

10

0.71

Bristol South

6

0.45

Bristol West

30

5.02

Cheltenham

21

1.99

Christchurch

15

1.55

Cotswold

16

0.82

Devizes

20

1.22

East Devon

6

0.37

Exeter

24

2.46

Falmouth and Camborne

11

0.85

Forest of Dean

9

0.87

Gloucester

13

0.75

Kingswood

19

1.88

Mid Dorset and North Poole

10

0.58

North Cornwall

31

1.93

North Devon

17

1.61

North Dorset

11

1.02

North Swindon

11

2.02

North Wiltshire

13

1.48

Northavon

19

1.48

Plymouth, Devonport

13

1.65

Plymouth, Sutton

29

1.77

Poole

15

1.57

Salisbury

12

1.01

Somerton and Frome

19

0.90

South Dorset

12

0.64

South East Cornwall

15

2.43

South Swindon

19

3.54

South West Devon

25

3.48

St. Ives

12

0.37

Stroud

21

1.24

Taunton

16

1.27

Teignbridge

6

0.21

Tewkesbury

26

2.69

Tiverton and Honiton

25

2.58

Torbay

13

0.80

Torridge and West Devon

25

1.98

Totnes

19

2.05

Truro and St. Austell

24

1.93

Wansdyke

24

1.17

Wells

26

3.74

West Dorset

22

1.69

Westbury

27

1.54

Weston-Super-Mare

12

1.00

Woodspring

9

0.70

Yeovil

8

0.44

Grand total

874

79.81


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