Cycling: Fines

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalties were issued to cyclists for the offence of (a) carrying another person and (b) cycling on pavements in each police force area in each of the last three years; how many of the penalties were issued to cyclists aged over 14 years; and how many on-the-spot fines for cycling on the pavement were issued by each police force in each such year. [53448]

James Brokenshire: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Departmental Consultants

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to external consultants for the implementation and management of the activity-based costing scheme for police forces in each financial year since 2004-05. [53481]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Departmental Contracts

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department holds with Serco; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each contract. [53136]

Damian Green: The Home Office holds five major contracts with Serco.

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£ million
  End date Contract value

Provision of RN Detection at UK borders

17 March

135

Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre

14 August

188

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

15 April

99

Confidential IT Network

14 June

28

National Border Targeting Centre and data centres

12 October

42

Departmental Legal Costs

Mr Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid in (a) damages, (b) claimant costs and (c) defendant costs in respect of all civil claims brought against her Department in which the claimant was successful or the Department settled in each of the last three years. [54632]

Damian Green: The Home Office and its agencies do not hold the payment information in the required detail.

The payments mentioned are included within special payments, further details of which, for 2009-10, can be found in note 30(b) of the Home Office's Resource Accounts 2009-10 (HC193) and for 2008-09 in note 33(b) of the Home Office's Resource Accounts 2008-09 (HC466).

Figures for 2010-11 will be provided in the Home Office's 2010-11 Resource Accounts, to be published in July this year.

Departmental Meetings

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcomes were of the meeting of 17 March 2011 in her Department which was attended by 37 suppliers to her Department, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice and Nick Gargan. [50629]

Nick Herbert: Following the event held on 17 March 2011, engagement and work with suppliers is being commenced to understand how the commercial position with suppliers and the police service can be improved.

Departmental Work Experience

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department provides to those wishing to (a) work as an intern, (b) undertake a work experience placement and (c) work as a volunteer in her Department. [52800]

Damian Green: The Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship programme aims to provide high calibre undergraduates/graduates with a six to eight week training/work placement within Government departments. In its current format it provides opportunities for black and ethnic minority and (lower) socio-economic students. For more information please view:

www.faststream.gov.uk

applications open in December for the following summer.

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Opportunities for work experience placements are quite limited but do arise occasionally. These placements are designed to help Year 10 or 11 students become familiar with work in general and are limited to one or two weeks. Students in year 10 or 11 interested in a placement in the Home Office will need to identify a specific area of interest and contact that area direct. For further information on the various areas within the Home Office please refer to our website at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Alternatively, please look at the following website:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/index.aspx

where further information can be found on other Government Departments and the civil service.

There is no centrally run scheme for those seeking to volunteer to work at the Home Office. Potential volunteers will need to identify an area of interest and contact that area direct to see if any volunteering opportunities are available.

Deportation: Immigration

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases the Minister for Immigration has exercised his discretion in a deportation case in the last year for which figures are available. [52683]

Damian Green: As the Minister for Immigration I have not intervened or exercised my discretion on any deportation cases in the last year.

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department has issued on the implications for public security of the provision of litter bins at (a) railway stations and (b) other public places. [53477]

Nick Herbert: The Government's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the police National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) provide advice on protective security measures for crowded places. This advice addresses a wide range of issues including how to minimise the risk to the public from litter bins.

Guidelines on blast hazards and appropriate protective security measures in relation to litter bins have been published by the Home Office Scientific and Development Branch (now the Centre for Applied Science and Technology) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. The guidelines include the advice that litter bins should not be placed near areas where large numbers of people congregate (such as meeting places in stations).

The CPNI website:

www.cpni.gov.uk

provides advice on the testing of the explosive resistance of litter bins, as well as a range of basic good security measures. This includes giving consideration to the location, cleaning regime and the removal of bins, as well as the use of clear plastic bags. Further information from NaCTSO is available on their website:

www.nactso.gov.uk

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The railway industry is subject to requirements and guidance on the provision of litter bins at railway stations, regulated by the Department for Transport. Bins may be provided at the discretion of station operators, but where installed they are subject to specific security control measures, including on their design, location, and security management.

Driving Offences

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motoring offences were dealt with by police in each police force area in each year since 2006. [53400]

James Brokenshire: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation she has undertaken with (a) further education colleges and (b) other interested parties on the effects of the proposed differential between students studying at further education colleges and universities in respect of hours of eligibility for part-time work. [54899]

Damian Green [holding answer 9 May 2011]:A public consultation on proposals for reform of the student route was conducted by the Home Office; this consultation closed on 31 January 2011. All the responses received during the consultation period shaped the final policy decisions that were taken, including on the ability for students to work during their studies. Full details of the final policy changes we are making to tier 4 are set out in the document “Student Visas—Statement of Intent and Transitional Measures”, which was published on 31 March 2011. Copies are available in the House Library.

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether international students studying higher education courses at further education colleges will be allowed to work for 20 hours a week on the same basis as their university counterparts under the proposed new regulations. [54901]

Damian Green [holding answer 9 May 2011]:In summer 2011, we will make the next set of changes to the student immigration system following on from the recent consultation on the route, including changes to the ability for students to work. Students sponsored by publicly-funded further education colleges will be given permission to work 10 hours per week during term-time, and full-time during vacations. Students studying at privately funded providers of further and higher education, and at English language schools will not be granted permission to work at any time during their studies. This is set out in the document “Student Visas—Statement of Intent and Transitional Measures”, which was published on 31 March 2011. Copies are available in the House Library.

Homicide

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2011, Official Report, columns 871-2W, on homicide,

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what causal factors her Department has identified as underlying the fall in the rate of homicide between 2001-02 and 2009-10. [52502]

Nick Herbert: Analysis has not been conducted to identify specific causal factors underlying this reduction. However, trend analysis presented in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2009/10” shows that there has been no or very little change over this period in the proportion of homicides by particular methods or relationship of the victim to principal suspect.

Further, the bulletin shows that following a general rise between 1997-98 and 2001-02, the homicide rate in 2009-10 has now returned to a similar level as 1997-98 (at 11.8 per million population).

Human Trafficking

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of human trafficking into the UK. [54534]

Damian Green: Victims of trafficking are formally identified through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). NRM statistical reports are published quarterly and can be found on the SOCA website at:

www.soca.gov.uk/about-soca/about-the-ukhtc/statistical-data

Between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2010 there were 1,254 potential victims of trafficking referred into the NRM.

Illegal Immigrants

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted leave to remain after (a) 10-years legal residence and (b) 14-years illegal residence in the UK in each year between 1997 and 2010. [54384]

Damian Green: The following table shows the number of people granted leave to remain after making a long residency application for (a) 10-year legal residence and (b) 14 years illegal residence in the UK covering the period 1April 2003 to the 31 December 2010. The figures are separated by the year in which a decision was made.

The provision to grant indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on the basis of 14-year long term residence, along with that of 10-year long-term residence, was introduced into the immigration rules in April 2003. Therefore we are unable to provide data prior to this date.

Number of individuals granted leave to remain
  (a) 10-year legal residence (b) 14-year illegal residence Total

2003 (from April)

2,043

952

2,995

2004

2,260

781

3,041

2005

2,581

730

3,311

2006

3,391

799

4,190

2007

2,411

949

3,360

2008

2,148

902

3,050

2009

3,042

2,061

5,103

2010

4,759

1,774

6,533

 

22,635

8,948

31,583

Note: All figures quoted are internal management information only and are subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

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Immigrants: English Language

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions she has made for the approval of English language test providers in the period between the withdrawal of the list of approved providers and the publication of a new list. [54391]

Damian Green: The new list of English language test providers was published on 6 April. Transitional arrangements have been put in place which will allow customers to use either the new list of providers or the existing list of providers for a specific period.

For tier 1 and tier 2 of the points-based system, the transitional arrangements apply to applications received by the UK Border Agency on or before 17 May 2011. For applications as a spouse or partner the application must be received on or before 17 July 2011. There are no transitional arrangements for tier 4 as the previous providers for tier 4 are all included on the new list along with two additional providers.

Interpreters

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scale of fees was payable to interpreters by (a) the UK Border Agency and its predecessors and (b) each police force in respect of (i) illegal entry and (ii) criminal matters in each of the last five years; how much was paid for such services in each category in each such year; and what expenses are payable to such interpreters. [53456]

Damian Green: UK Border Agency interpreters are paid as shown in the following table:

UKBA interpreter fees
    £ per hour

Weekdays

First hour

48

 

Then

(1)16

   

(2)20

Saturdays

First hour

72

 

Then

26

Sundays/Bank holidays

First hour

72

 

Then

32

(1) Between 08:01 and 18:00 (2) Between 18:01 and 08:00

These fees have remained the same since 2002. UK Border Agency is unable to provide amounts of spend on specific areas of interpreter provision as interpreter events are not recorded in this manner.

Travel expenses are only paid for interpreters where they are travelling in excess of three hours each way.

The Home Office does not hold information regarding remuneration and reimbursement of expenses for interpreters working for police forces.

Kent Police Authority: Operating Costs

Michael Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running cost of Kent Police Authority was in each of the last five years. [53682]

Nick Herbert [holding answer 3 May 2011]: The Home Office does not hold this information, and this should be referred to the authority itself. However,

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according to Kent Police Authority's statement of accounts, Kent Police Authority gross expenditure in the year 2009-10 was £1,516,000.

Newspaper Press

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in each of the last three years. [53429]

Damian Green: The Home Office HQ purchases all newspapers, periodicals and trade profession journals via a framework agreement. Expenditure for the last three years is shown in the following tables. It should be noted that occasionally business areas purchase individual copies of particular newspapers or magazines to meet urgent business needs. These are funded from devolved budgets for which figures are not available, and they are therefore not included.

HOHQ and UKBA
Financial year Spend (£)

2008-09

32,788.25

2009-10

38,833.14

2010-11

33,084.42

CRB
Financial year Spend (£)

2008-09

2,672.00

2009-10

323.21

2010-11

640.72

IPS
Financial year Spend (£)

2008-09

0

2009-10

0

2010-11

0

Offences

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded per 1,000 population in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area for each type of offence in each year since 2007. [53420]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is shown in the tables placed in the House Library.

Passports

Mr Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incorrectly issued passports were seized by the UK Border Agency in each of the last five years. [54798]

Damian Green: The number of incorrectly issued UK passports detected and seized by the UK Border Agency at the UK border over the past five years is as follows:

  Number

2006

68

2007

92

2008

47

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2009

33

2010

27

Mr Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incorrectly issued passports were returned voluntarily to the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years. [54799]

Damian Green: The following figures provide the number of cases where customers have had passports issued incorrectly and have returned them to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) for the passport be amended.

The Identity and Passport Service do not record how these passports are returned to us, therefore some may have been returned at the request of IPS and some may have been returned as the customer has noticed the error themselves.

  Number of passports incorrectly issued Total passports issued Percentage of passports incorrectly issued

2006

11,352

6,317,839

0.18

2007

9,464

5,726,414

0.17

2008

7,949

5,293,681

0.15

2009

6,874

5,105,698

0.13

2010

6,203

5,341,034

0.12

Total

41,842

27,784,666

0.15

Mr Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of passports were incorrectly issued by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years. [54885]

Damian Green: The following figures provide the number of cases where customers have had passports issued incorrectly and have returned them to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) for the passport be amended.

  Number of passports incorrectly issued Total passports issued Percentage of passports incorrectly issued

2006

11,352

6,317,839

0.18

2007

9,464

5,726,414

0.17

2008

7,949

5,293,681

0.15

2009

6,874

5,105,698

0.13

2010

6,203

5,341,034

0.12

Total

41,842

27,784,666

0.15

Police

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules she plans to introduce to govern the funding of election campaigns for directly-elected police and crime commissioners. [53152]

Nick Herbert: There will be a clear and rigorous regulatory framework supporting police and crime commissioner elections, just as there are for other kinds of election. The Government are working closely with the Electoral Commission, representatives of local government and others to draw up these regulations, which will be set out in secondary legislation. Subject

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to the will of Parliament, they will be issued following Royal Assent to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations she plans to introduce to govern the elections of directly-elected police and crime commissioners. [53153]

Nick Herbert: As we have said, there will be a clear and rigorous regulatory framework supporting police and crime commissioner elections, just as there are for other kinds of election. It will be set out in secondary legislation, and issued following Royal Assent to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, subject to the will of Parliament.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police resources is allocated to traffic policing in each police force area; how many dedicated traffic police officers there were in each such area in each year since 2007-08; what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the number of dedicated traffic police officers; and if she will make a statement. [53369]

Nick Herbert: Available information relating to police officers whose primary function is listed as traffic in England and Wales from 2007-08 to 2009-10 is given in the following table.

Information on the proportion of police resources allocated to traffic policing is not available centrally. The Government allocate funding to Police Authorities as a whole and they, in discussion with the chief constable, judge local need and prioritise resources accordingly.

The Secretary of State has not had discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers on this issue because decisions on the deployment of officers to different functions are an operational matter for chief constables to determine.

Police officers FTE (1) whose main function is traffic (2) 2007-08 to 2009-10
  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Avon and Somerset

160

168

157

Bedfordshire

65

56

57

Cambridgeshire

90

99

101

Cheshire

94

88

90

Cleveland

104

106

115

Cumbria

99

66

86

Derbyshire

109

89

88

Devon and Cornwall

232

236

239

Dorset

78

79

76

Durham

107

104

96

Dyfed-Powys

128

94

64

Essex

219

222

257

Gloucestershire

67

67

65

Greater Manchester

338

315

310

Gwent

57

49

63

Hampshire

214

187

181

Hertfordshire

152

151

139

Humberside

104

97

116

Kent

122

138

138

Lancashire

180

181

171

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Leicestershire

74

85

86

Lincolnshire

92

66

84

City of London

26

23

30

Merseyside

152

167

164

Metropolitan Police

612

290

297

Norfolk

116

109

102

Northamptonshire

60

63

68

Northumbria

165

164

169

North Wales

90

88

86

North Yorkshire

105

103

99

Nottinghamshire

144

139

47

South Wales

233

165

143

South Yorkshire

144

135

130

Staffordshire

34

30

67

Suffolk

81

72

67

Surrey

98

97

100

Sussex

160

166

159

Thames Valley

250

249

228

Warwickshire

93

14

10

West Mercia

128

119

101

West Midlands

352

351

351

West Yorkshire

283

297

315

Wiltshire

91

85

83

Total

6,299

5,714

5,634

(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items. (2) Staff with multiple responsibi1ities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. The does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the costs of policing the annual party political conferences

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in

(a)

2009-10 and

(b)

2010-11; and from which budget these costs were met. [53382]

Nick Herbert: The actual costs of policing party political conferences are set out in the following table. These costs were met from the Home Office special grant budget.

Costs of policing the annual party political conferences
Financial year Political party £ million

2009-10

Labour

5.7

 

Conservative

3.4

 

Total

9.1

     

2010-11

Labour

3.3

 

Conservative

3.5

 

Liberal Democrat

1.2

 

Total

8.0

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were killed on duty and (b) received bravery awards in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 2005. [53392]

Nick Herbert: Available information relates to fatal assaults on police officers by police force area in England and Wales from 2004-05 to 2009-10 and is given in the table (the table indicates where forces did not make a statistical return for assaults).

The UK Honours System (including awards for merit, service or bravery) is managed by the Cabinet Office Honours and Appointments Secretariat and details of awards are published in the London Gazette. The number of police officers receiving such awards is not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.

Fatal assaults (1) on police officers 2004-05 to 2009-10
  2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

*

0

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

*

*

Cleveland

0

*

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

0

*

*

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

*

*

0

0

0

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

0

Durham

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

0

0

*

0

*

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

*

0

0

*

Greater Manchester

0

0

*

*

0

*

Gwent

0

0

*

0

0

0

Hampshire

*

0

*

0

0

*

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

*

0

1

0

Lancashire

0

*

*

0

0

0

Leicestershire

*

0

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

London, City of

0

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan Police

*

0

0

0

0

0

Norfolk

0

0

0

0

0

0

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Northamptonshire

0

0

*

0

0

0

Northumbria

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

*

0

0

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

*

*

Nottinghamshire

0

0

*

0

0

0

South Wales

0

0

*

*

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

*

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

*

0

0

0

Sussex

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thames Valley

0

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Mercia

0

0

*

0

0

0

West Midlands

*

0

0

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

1

0

0

0

0

Wiltshire

0

0

*

*

0

0

* = Data unavailable/not provided by the police. (1) These data are provisional and have not been validated with forces.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of abstraction of Metropolitan Police officers from each London borough for (a) counter-terrorism, (b) special operations and (c) public order event policing work was in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [53463]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is not available centrally.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to support volunteers who (a) staff police stations and (b) undertake other voluntary work for police forces. [53469]

Nick Herbert: There are specific support systems in place to aid the growth of police support volunteer (PSV) programmes. In 2007, a Programme Board was established to assist in the development of PSV programmes in police forces across England and Wales. A PSV Business Plan issued by the PSV Programme Board was launched in September 2009, for the period 2009-13, which aims to promote and increase the use of PSVs.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on policing in each year since 1997. [53503]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is set out in the following table:

How much the Home Department has spent on policing since 1997
£ billion
Financial year Revenue funding England and Wales (1) Capital funding England and Wales (2) Total funding England and Wales

1997-98

3.1

0.2

3.3

1998-99

3.3

0.1

3.4

1999-2000

3.3

0.1

3.4

2000-01

3.5

0.1

3.6

2001-02

3.8

0.2

3.9

2002-03

4.1

0.2

4.3

2003-04

4.6

0.2

4.8

2004-05

4.8

0.2

5.0

2005-06

5.0

0.2

5.2

2006-07

5.3

0.2

5.5

2007-08

5.6

0.2

5.8

2008-09

5.7

0.2

6.0

2009-10

5.9

0.2

6.1

2010-11(3)

5.9

0.2

6.2

(1) Figures comprise the Home Office Core Settlement and certain specific grants. (2) Capital includes Air Support, Reserves and specific grants. (3) Following in-year reductions (made to Capital and Rule 2 Grant). Note: From 2006-07 funding for pensions and security funding became specific grants.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sectionings under the Mental Health Act 1983 were initiated by a police officer of each police force in each of the last five years. [54256]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is not reported centrally.

Police Custody

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the use of police custody suites to detain persons considered (a) mentally ill or held for their own protection and (b) drunk and disorderly. [53468]

Nick Herbert: The Government have no single policy on the use of police custody suites to detain individuals suffering from mental ill health or who are drunk and disorderly, as each case is considered individually and will be an operational matter for the police to assess. However, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the Association of Chief Police Officers published “Guidance on the Safer Detention and Handling of

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Persons in Police Custody in 2006” which examined under what circumstances detention in police custody is appropriate and safe.

The police have specific powers under the Mental Health Act 1983 to remove someone suffering from mental ill health and in need of immediate care to a place of safety when necessary. A place of safety could be residential accommodation, a hospital, a police station, a specialist care home or other appropriate accommodation. However, guidance stipulates that a police station should only be used in exceptional circumstances and local protocols should exist to specify more appropriate locations.

For those under the influence of alcohol who have been identified as being a high medical risk, hospital should always be the first option. For others, police custody may be appropriate and a risk assessment on arrival will identify suitable healthcare, restraint, observation and rousing routines, as outlined in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice C.

Police: Airports

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of policing each airport was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [53461]

Nick Herbert: The cost of uniformed police officers at airports is not held centrally. However, funding for Special Branch officers at ports is provided by the Home Office through counter-terrorism grants as a contribution to the police costs for specific national security functions. The grants paid to police forces towards the costs of funding their Special Branch officers at ports in the last five financial years were as follows:

  £ million

2006-07

71.4

2007-08

72.6

2008-09

77.1

2009-10

77.8

2010-11

76.3

Changes to arrangements for uniformed airport policing were introduced in the Policing and Crime Act 2009 (section 79, 80 and Schedule 6) and are being implemented for the 2011-12 financial year. Under the new arrangements, the airport operator, the local police and the relevant police authority should agree the level of policing required at airports.

The onus is on the airport operator to meet the costs in full where a dedicated policing presence is required.

Police: Bureaucracy

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of her Department have been assigned to duties with the objective of reducing the burden of administration on police forces in each of the last 10 years. [53493]

Nick Herbert: There are many areas of Home Office business which relate to reducing the burden of administration on police forces and numbers of staff in these areas change throughout each year. However, there are currently two members of staff in the Home

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Office who have specific responsibility for co-ordinating the work to reduce unnecessary police bureaucracy.

The Home Office works with other policing partners to reduce bureaucracy through the Reducing Bureaucracy Programme Board, which is chaired by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Areas also represented on this Programme Board are Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the Association of Police Authorities.

Police: Corruption

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of corruption involving police officers which involved illegal drugs there were in each of the last five years. [53425]

Nick Herbert: The information requested is not available centrally.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were brought against police forces by members of the public for (a) malicious prosecution, (b) false imprisonment and (c) assault in each year since 1997; how many such cases were decided in favour of the complainant; and how much compensation was paid in respect of each such case. [53487]

Nick Herbert: There are no criminal offences for (a) malicious prosecution, (b) false imprisonment and (c) assault specifically by the police and the Home Office does not hold information relating to civil cases.

Data on complaints, however, were collected by the Home Office up until April 2004 and are available at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110218135832/rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/hosb1704.pdf

This contains tables on proportions of complaints that were substantiated (Tables 5, 6), and by the type of proceedings which resulted (Table 8). Table 8 breaks down substantiated complaints by reason for complaint.

Since April 2004 data on complaints have been collected by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and are available at:

http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/en/Pages/default.aspx

The IPCC data contain statistics relating to the number of allegations recorded against police officers and the outcomes of completed investigations for unlawful/unnecessary arrest or detention and assault. The IPCC does not hold statistics on malicious prosecution.

It is entirely at the discretion of the chief constable as to how to respond to any claims for compensation. The Home Office does not therefore collate any figures on this, although individual police forces may hold these data.

Police: Drugs

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those brought into a police station tested positively for class A drugs in each year since 2007-08; and what proportion of those voluntarily agreed to treatment. [53385]

James Brokenshire: The information requested is not collected centrally.

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Police: Expenditure

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of the work of police forces with (a) the NHS, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) local authorities in 2009-10; and if she will make a statement. [54701]

Damian Green [holding answer 9 May 2011]: The Government have been clear that police forces must use their resources to good effect and achieve value for money. However, spending decisions are for the chief constable and police authority to make locally and data about the cost of working with the NHS, voluntary organisations and local authorities are therefore not collected centrally.

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Police: Firearms

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received firearm injuries while on duty (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area in each year since 2007. [53384]

Nick Herbert: Available information relates to offences recorded by the police in England and Wales between 2006-07 and 2009-10 where a firearm (excluding air weapons) was fired and the victim was an on-duty police officer. The police force area data are provided in Table A. England and Wales data were published in Table 2c in 'Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2009/10' on 20 January 2011 at the following link:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/hosb0111/hosb0111?view=Binary

Table A: Crimes recorded by the police in which a firearm (excluding air weapons) was fired and the victim was an on-duty police officer, England and Wales, 2006-07 to 2009-10
Number of offences
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
    Resulted in:   Resulted in:   Resulted in:   Resulted in:
Police force area Total Injury (1) Fatal injury Total In injury (1) Fatal injury Total Injury (1) Fatal injury Total Injury (1) Fatal injury

Cleveland

Durham

Northumbria

North East Region

                         

Cheshire

1

1

Cumbria

Greater Manchester

3

1

2

1

4

2

2

Lancashire

7

7

4

2

Merseyside

2

1

4

1

North West Region

6

3

13

9

8

2

2

2

                         

Humberside

1

1

1

North Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

1

West Yorkshire

3

2

1

1

2

1

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

4

3

1

1

2

2

1

                         

Derbyshire

Leicestershire

1

1

1

1

Lincolnshire

Northamptonshire

1

Nottinghamshire

2

1

East Midlands Region

1

1

2

1

2

1

                         

Staffordshire

Warwickshire

1

1

West Mercia

1

2

1

1

1

1

West Midlands

5

5

4

3

1

West Midlands Region

6

5

7

5

1

2

1

                         

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Essex

2

2

3

3

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Hertfordshire

Norfolk

Suffolk

1

East of England Region

1

2

2

3

3

                         

City of London

Metropolitan

5

3

6

1

10

4

9

9

London Region

5

3

6

1

10

4

9

9

                         

Hampshire

Kent

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

2

2

1

3

South East Region

2

2

1

3

                         

Avon and Somerset

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

Dorset

Gloucestershire

3

3

1

Wiltshire

1

1

South West Region

4

4

2

1

                         

Dyfed-Powys

1

1

Gwent

North Wales

South Wales

1

Wales

1

1

1

                         

England and Wales

27

20

34

19

1

26

9

22

16

(1) Includes fatal, serious (which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds) and slight injuries.