Immigrants: Detainees

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people detained for immigration purposes were recorded as being in a state where their health was likely to be injuriously affected by detention or any condition of detention in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [143430]

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Mr Harper [holding answer 14 February 2013]: Rule 35 (1) of the Detention Centre Rules 2001 sets out requirements for doctors at removal centres to report any detained person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued detention or any conditions of detention.

The health of all detainees is monitored closely, and the health care professionals who work in the detention estate are required to report cases where it is considered that a person's health is being affected by continued detention.

The medical advice from health care teams and visiting specialists would be taken into account in reaching decisions about the care and treatment of detainees, including the issue of whether a person should continue to be detained.

Management information for the administration of reports submitted under Rule 35 (1) is available for the period 1 January to 30 September 2012. It is provisional and subject to change.

Records prior to this period were locally held manual records for administrative purposes and are not available.

Rule 35 report typeQ1Q2Q3Total

Rule 35(1) Health Concerns (2012)

35

31

9

75

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons detained for immigration purposes in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 were considered to have potentially been a victim of torture. [143992]

Mr Harper: Rule 35 (3) of the Detention Centre Rules 2001 sets out requirements for doctors at removal centres to report any detained person for whom there are concerns that they may have been a victim of torture.

Management information for the administration of reports submitted under Rule 35 (3) is available for the period 1 January to 30 September 2012. This information is provisional and subject to change. Records prior to this period were locally held manual records for administrative purposes and are not available.

Rule 35 report typeQ1Q2Q3Total

Rule 35 (3) Torture Concerns [2012]

295

287

315

897

Immigrants: English Language

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which independent organisations which provide English language testing services are approved by the UK Border Agency. [143983]

Mr Harper: Details of the UK Border Agency's approved English language test providers are available at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/can-you-apply/english-language/

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Immigration

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public inquiry office appointments have been available for those applying for indefinite leave to remain in each of the last 12 weeks. [142228]

Mr Harper: The information requested is not held in the format required and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Immigration Controls

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many checks performed by the UK Border Agency Employer Checking Service took longer than the service standard of five working days in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [144211]

Mr Harper: The information requested is not available in the format required and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Immigration: Applications

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time for applications from (a) the UK and (b) Scotland for (i) Tier 2 visas, (ii) student visas, (iii) indefinite leave to remain and (iv) leave to enter was in each year since 2010. [140534]

Mr Harper [holding answer 31 January 2013]: The information requested is shown the following tables:

Table 1: Application processing times, 2010 to 2012, UK
Days
 Despatch year
 201020112012

PBS Tier 2 (in country)

36

42

56

PBS Tier 4 (in country)

57

46

90

Indefinite leave to remain (in country)

205

127

158

Leave to enter (out of country)

9

8

8

1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. In country figures relate to main applicants only, leave to enter figures relate to main applicants and dependants. 3. In country figures relate to postal applications only. 4. In country figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012; leave to enter figures relate to cases with decision despatch date between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2012. Both data sets are a subset of published statistics and figures provided in line with publication dates. 5. Average processing time for in country cases based on calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date, and calendar days between biometric enrolment and despatch date for leave to enter cases. 6. Figures exclude student leave to remain cases which were superseded by the introduction of Tier 4 under the points based system (PBS).
Table 2: Application processing times, 2010 to 2012, Scotland
Days
 Despatch year
 201020112012

PBS Tier 2 (in country)

38

44

55

PBS Tier 4 (in country)

57

49

77

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Indefinite leave to remain (in country)

125

85

137

1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. Figures relate to main applicants only. 3. Figures relate to postal applications only. 4. Figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012. 5. Average processing time based on calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date. 6. Data for Scotland based on applicant's latest notified postcode. Applicants resident in Scotland in specified years who subsequently relocated will not appear in the data, while those living elsewhere, but who now have a Scottish address, will be included. 7. Leave to enter data cannot be disaggregated by postcode. 8. Figures exclude student leave to remain cases which were superseded by the introduction of Tier 4 under the points based system (PBS).

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Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants from (a) the UK and (b) Scotland for (i) Tier 2 visas, (ii) student visas, (iii) indefinite leave to remain and (iv) leave to enter waited longer than four weeks for a decision on their application in each of the last three years. [140546]

Mr Harper [holding answer 31 January 2013]: The answer to this question can be found in the following tables:

Table 1: Applications decided in four weeks, 2010 to 2012, UK
 Despatch year
 201020112012
 0-4 weeks4+ weeks0-4 weeks4+ weeks0-4 weeks4+ weeks

PBS Tier 2 (in country)

7,380

14,940

3,075

12,905

1,895

22,315

PBS Tier 4 (in country)

25,540

101,395

27,690

77,075

4,005

80,280

Student leave to remain (in country)

5

2,925

(1)

330

0

70

Indefinite leave to remain (in country)

18,195

63,835

7,840

60,875

1,910

58,185

Leave to enter (out of country)

2,375,740

170,995

2,486,690

126,925

2,474,000

92,425

(1) One or two. Notes: 1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. In country figures relate to main applicants only, leave to enter figures relate to main applicants and dependants. 3. In country figures relate to postal applications only. 4. In country figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012, leave to enter figures relate to cases with decision despatch date between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2012. Both data sets are a subset of published statistics and figures provided in line with publication dates. 5. Processing time for in country cases based on 28 calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date, and 20 working days between biometric enrolment and despatch date for leave to enter cases. 6. Figures rounded to nearest 5.
Table 2: Applications decided in four weeks, 2010 to 2012, Scotland
 Despatch year
 201020112012
 0-4 weeks4+ weeks0-4 weeks4+ weeks0-4 weeks4+ weeks

PBS Tier 2 (in country)

335

790

140

765

95

1,365

PBS Tier 4 (in country)

960

5,090

675

3,945

105

4,505

Student leave to remain (in country)

0

60

0

5

0

7,970

Indefinite leave to remain (in country)

685

2,055

235

1,935

40

2,100

Notes: 1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. Figures relate to main applicants only. 3. Figures relate to postal applications only. 4. Figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012. 5. Processing time based on 28 calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date. 6. Data for Scotland based on applicant's postcode. 7. Leave to enter data cannot be disaggregated by postcode. 8. Figures rounded to nearest 5.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time is for a case worker to consider an application for an extension. [141052]

Mr Harper: The average time for a case worker to consider an application for an extension varies depending on the case type. Different immigration categories take varying amounts of time to consider depending on the complexity of the route.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what service improvement plans

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are in place to ensure that the processing of permanent migration applications happens within service standards. [144402]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency commenced a service improvement plan within the Permanent Migration Operation in October 2012. As part of this improvement plan Permanent Migration has increased operational capacity through internal reallocation of existing resources, increased its evening working capacity, extended weekend and evening overtime and recruited additional agency staff.

Immigration: EU Nationals

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states have registered under the provisions of Part 3 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 in each year since 2006; and what estimate she has made of the number of such nationals living in the UK who have not applied to be registered under those regulations. [143748]

Mr Harper: The available information relating to EU nationals issued registration certificates under part 3 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 since 2006 is given in the following table:

Registration certificates issued
 Number

2006

49,694

2007

47,750

2008

25,978

2009

35,104

2010

22,164

2011

20,835

Source: Table ee.02

Figures on the issue and refusal of registration certificates are published on an annual basis. Latest figures are available in Table ee.02 of the release ‘Immigration Statistics, July to September 2012' which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q3-2012/

Data for 2012 are planned for publication on 29 August 2013.

The Office for National Statistics publishes information relating to the number of EU nationals living in the UK, however the data sets are not comparable for the purposes of establishing how many EU nationals living in the UK have not registered.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states have been (a) admitted and (b) refused entry to the UK under Regulation 11(2) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 in each year since 2006. [143749]

Mr Harper: The available estimates of EEA and Swiss national passengers admitted to the UK in each year since 2006 are given in the following table:

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 EEA and Swiss passenger arrivals (million)

2006

22.3

2007

24.2

2008

24.6

2009

26.7

2010

28.1

2011

29.8

Source: Table ad.01

These figures encompass all arrivals, including visitors and transit passengers. It is not possible to separately identify EU nationals within the estimates of passenger admissions.

Published figures of EU passengers initially refused entry to the UK in each year since 2006 are as follows:

 EU passengers initially refused entry

2006

510

2007

720

2008

552

2009

467

2010

463

2011

558

Source: Table be.08

Figures for 2011 are provisional and 2006 excludes Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007.

EU nationals can only be refused entry to the UK on the basis of public policy, public security or public health and such cases are assessed on an individual basis.

Latest figures are available in Tables ad.01 and be.08 of the release ‘Immigration Statistics, July to September 2012’ which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q3-2012/

Estimates of passenger arrivals for 2012 are planned for publication on 29 August 2013, while figures for passengers initially refused entry in 2012 will be published on 28 February 2013.

Immigration: Married People

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration applications for residence as the spouse of an EU citizen are outstanding (a) six months and (b) one year after the claimant's biometrics were taken. [143890]

Mr Harper: European Economic Area nationals and their families are not required to have biometrics taken when making an application to the UK Border Agency.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many live appeals there are against refusal of leave to remain as a spouse; [143891]

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(2) how many immigration appeals against refusal of leave to remain as a spouse are outstanding (a) six months and (b) one year after the appeal was made. [143893]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency does not record information on the number of live outstanding appeals in a format which would enable it to answer these questions. Undertaking an exercise to manually collate these figures would incur disproportionate cost.

Immigration: Northern Ireland

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential level of immigration to Northern Ireland from Bulgaria and Romania when transitional controls expire in January 2014. [143575]

Mr Harper: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 26W.

Rather than produce speculative forecasts, the Government's priority is to cut out abuse of free movement and address pull factors such as access to benefits and public services.

The Home Office is working closely with other Government Departments on these issues.

Marriage of Convenience

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) UK Border Agency enforcement officers and (b) police officers are currently working to tackle sham marriages. [143253]

Mr Harper [holding answer 14 February 2013]: Sham marriage and the resulting abuse of the UK immigration system will not be tolerated. Proactive targeting of sham marriages is part of a wider enforcement strategy to make the UK unwelcoming to those looking to flout immigration laws. Specialist immigration officers are carrying out regular enforcement and crime operations to target this issue.

MI5: Wales

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many MI5 files relating to Welsh nationalists are held by (a) the security services and (b) the National Archives. [143629]

James Brokenshire: It is a long-standing Government policy to neither confirm nor deny the specific details of the files held by the Security Service. The Security Service systematically reviews files and, if appropriate, releases records in accordance with the criteria agreed by the National Archives. It has voluntarily pursued a policy of review and consideration for the release of files into the public domain for a number of years. Files less than 50 years old are not routinely considered for review and/or release. To date the Security Service has released nearly 4,000 files to the National Archives covering a period up to 1957. An overview of this list can be accessed from the National Archives website at:

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Passports: Post Offices

Charlotte Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2012, Official Report, column 276W, on post offices, what assessment she has made of (a) the extent and (b) the adequacy of the provision of passport applications by post offices; and if she will make a statement. [143256]

Mr Harper: Post Office Ltd (POL) operates the Check and Send service on behalf of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS). The service is currently available at 2,750 Post Office branches and sub branches. IPS receives around 5.5 million passport applications each year and, in 2012-13, POL handled 55% of all passport applications received by IPS.

The Check and Send service assists customers by providing information on the completion of the application form, ensuring that the form is properly completed and making sure that the customer supplies the correct supporting documentation. POL then sends the completed application form and associated documents to IPS for consideration. Applications received by IPS have significantly fewer errors than applications received directly from the public and applications can be processed with little or no additional contact with the customer.

IPS does regularly review with POL the number and location of branches that are able to offer the Check and Send service and as a consequence of this, 135 new branches joined the network in November 2012. In addition, a further 50 branches are planned to be added to the network in the next three months.

Police

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer from the Prime Minister of 13 February 2013, Official Report, column 855, if she will publish the (a) definition of neighbourhood police officers and (b) sources of the figures used in that answer. [144034]

Damian Green: The guidance that the Home Office provides for police forces defines the ‘neighbourhoods’ function as ‘staff predominantly employed in Neighbourhood Policing Teams, including Police Community Support Officers and officers/staff in supporting roles’.

The figures used in the Prime Minister’s answer are taken from the published police recorded crime statistics and the ‘Police Service Strength’ statistics.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of ballot papers were spoilt in each constabulary in the police and crime commissioner elections in November 2012. [143587]

Damian Green: Returning officers are responsible for calculating and publishing results, as in all elections. Details of the results of the police and crime commissioner elections are available in the certificates published by each of the 41 police area returning officers.

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Police Cautions

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offences were dealt with out of court in each year from 2002 to 2012 (a) in England and Wales and (b) by police authority area. [140267]

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Jeremy Wright: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

The ratio of the number of notifiable offences given an out of court disposal to the number of notifiable police recorded crimes, by police force area in England and Wales, for the period 2002 to 2011 can be viewed in the table.

Ratio of the number of notifiable offences given an out of court disposal to the number of notifiable police recorded crimes, by police force area in England and Wales, 2002-11(1)
Police force area2002200320042005200620072008200920102011(2)

Avon and Somerset

2.5

2.9

3.6

7.6

10.2

12.0

11.9

10.3

10.4

11.0

Bedfordshire

4.6

5.1

6.5

9.0

9.7

9.2

10.5

10.6

7.8

7.7

British Transport Police

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

12.3

Cambridgeshire

2.8

2.8

4.2

7.9

9.6

12.2

11.9

11.0

11.1

10.7

Cheshire

2.4

3.1

4.5

7.3

9.4

9.1

9.7

9.3

10.0

9.8

Cleveland

3.1

3.6

4.8

8.3

13.9

13.8

14.7

15.0

14.1

12.0

Cumbria

5.6

5.8

6.0

6.7

9.2

11.5

11.8

11.9

12.1

14.7

Derbyshire

2.9

3.0

4.8

7.8

9.4

10.7

9.7

7.1

6.9

8.2

Devon and Cornwall

6.1

6.4

7.3

10.2

12.9

14.6

12.9

13.1

12.6

12.1

Dorset

2.8

2.8

6.7

8.5

12.4

11.8

10.7

8.2

7.5

7.6

Durham

4.9

5.2

5.4

6.9

10.4

10.8

11.0

12.0

14.6

14.7

Dyfed Powys

16.2

16.4

13.0

19.9

23.4

21.9

21.5

23.8

22.5

26.2

Essex

4.2

4.2

5.4

9.3

12.9

15.8

13.2

14.7

11.2

11.0

Gloucestershire

6.8

5.2

6.8

10.6

13.4

13.4

11.7

11.2

8.3

7.4

Greater Manchester

2.5

3.0

4.9

7.0

8.8

9.3

8.5

7.6

8.2

8.1

Gwent

6.7

6.1

3.2

7.3

14.6

15.7

14.8

15.2

11.1

14.3

Hampshire

4.6

4.2

5.8

7.5

8.0

10.2

8.5

8.5

8.9

8.9

Hertfordshire

4.0

3.9

4.4

5.8

14.0

14.8

14.7

16.6

17.5

16.6

Humberside

2.2

2.3

4.3

7.3

10.0

14.8

13.7

10.9

9.6

9.7

Kent

5.1

6.1

7.8

10.1

12.0

14.4

14.8

17.8

14.2

13.0

Lancashire

3.8

4.3

7.1

10.6

15.3

16.4

14.0

13.2

12.3

12.0

Leicestershire

1.4

2.8

4.8

8.0

10.8

10.6

9.1

9.7

10.4

9.1

Lincolnshire

3.7

3.6

4.6

11.4

12.1

13.0

12.6

11.7

8.9

9.9

London

2.9

2.9

3.6

6.3

9.2

12.6

13.5

11.9

10.4

9.2

Merseyside

2.6

2.7

4.1

10.5

13.3

14.6

17.5

18.1

17.2

13.9

Norfolk

3.7

3.8

5.6

7.2

11.5

11.7

14.3

11.1

11.1

11.8

North Wales

5.4

5.5

7.6

11.7

15.3

16.1

16.8

15.8

11.9

10.1

North Yorkshire

4.1

3.9

6.3

6.1

8.9

14.4

11.7

10.9

9.7

11.6

Northamptonshire

5.9

4.2

4.3

6.2

10.8

11.7

10.0

9.6

9.2

8.9

Northumbria

7.9

8.4

9.1

10.8

13.8

17.3

16.4

18.1

15.4

14.0

Nottinghamshire

2.4

3.0

4.1

7.0

9.7

9.8

8.9

9.7

10.4

12.8

South Wales

2.6

3.7

5.0

6.0

8.3

10.8

9.3

10.5

9.9

10.3

South Yorkshire

2.2

2.5

3.6

7.5

10.7

12.1

11.6

12.5

10.2

8.6

Staffordshire

5.9

5.4

6.2

9.0

11.5

13.3

9.4

7.8

10.5

11.9

Suffolk

6.6

7.3

8.4

9.2

11.7

14.3

15.3

13.3

9.5

9.2

Surrey

6.6

7.4

12.6

9.9

12.8

15.5

11.3

9.3

8.6

8.5

Sussex

6.1

6.2

7.3

10.4

11.8

15.6

11.8

15.5

12.1

10.6

Thames Valley

3.3

3.4

5.5

11.7

11.4

13.1

12.1

9.7

8.9

10.1

Warwickshire

5.1

5.5

6.1

11.0

12.6

12.9

12.0

11.7

11.0

8.8

West Mercia

6.7

6.7

7.9

11.8

15.2

14.3

14.1

11.6

9.8

9.3

West Midlands

4.6

5.2

6.2

9.2

10.8

11.0

11.3

9.7

5.9

6.1

West Yorkshire

3.1

3.2

7.0

10.4

10.7

9.6

7.3

7.2

6.4

6.9

Wiltshire

4.2

5.9

6.3

8.2

7.8

7.9

12.0

12.6

9.5

9.5

England and Wales

3.8

4.0

5.4

8.3

10.8

12.4

11.8

11.3

10.2

10.0

n/a = Not available. (1) Includes cautions, Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) for offenders aged 16 and over, and formal warnings for cannabis possession. (2) Prior to 2011 cautions administered by the British Transport Police, were not collated centrally by the Ministry of Justice. Notes: 1. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 2. Penalty Notices for Disorder and formal warnings for cannabis possession were introduced nationally in 2004. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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Police: Copeland

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers were recruited in Copeland constituency in each of the last three years. [144208]

Damian Green: The requested information is not collected by the Home Office.

Police: Ethnic Groups

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers currently serving in the Metropolitan Police Service are (a) black and (b) Asian. [139436]

Damian Green: There were 874 Black or Black British and 1,189 Asian or Asian British police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police Service as at 31 March 2012 (full-time equivalent).

Police: Pay

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of whether reducing starting salaries for police constables will affect levels of diversity within police forces. [138736]

Damian Green: The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), accepted the Police Arbitration Tribunal's recommendation that the starting salary for police constables should be between £19,000 and £22,000 depending on skills, relevant experience and local recruitment needs.

Under this proposal, new constables will be able to reach the maximum pay more quickly than at present.

Tom Winsor's Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions recommended a new pay scale after considering a range of evidence, including on recruitment and retention. Details of this are set out in Tom Winsor's final report.

This recommendation was considered in the formal negotiation machinery, where police officers and leaders are represented. The Secretary of State considered the outcome of this process very carefully before deciding to accept the recommendation, in line with her statutory duties, including those relating to equality and diversity.

Police: Recruitment

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants were interviewed for vacant positions for (a) chief constable and (b) deputy chief constable between January and July 2012. [143878]

Damian Green: There were 19 applicants for chief constable and deputy chief constable posts (or equivalent ranks) between January and July 2012. Of these, 16 were interviewed.

Note:

Information on the number of applicants interviewed is obtained from the Senior Appointments Panel database. Information is only provided where known.

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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the candidates interviewed for the 12 chief constable positions appointed since November 2012 were (a) black or minority ethnic, (b) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and (c) female; and how many candidates were interviewed in total. [143879]

Damian Green: This information is not held by the Home Office. Since November 2012 the appointment of chief constables is a matter for police and crime commissioners.

Police: Training

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she intends to review the curriculum at the Police Staff college; [142897]

(2) at what stage leadership is taught to police officers above the rank of inspector; [142898]

(3) whether she intends to review the training of senior police officers. [142899]

Damian Green [holding answer 12 February 2013]: Police training is the responsibility of the College of Policing. The College of Policing is currently completing the national policing curriculum, which will set standards for all policing roles. Once complete, the curriculum will be subject to continuous review.

The College of Policing delivers a programme for leadership development for chief inspectors, superintendents and chief superintendents. Candidates for chief officer ranks are also given leadership training as part of the strategic command course. These courses are in addition to any specific leadership development delivered locally by police forces.

The training of senior police officers is subject to review. Alex Marshall, the chief executive of the College of Policing, will work with chief police officers and external partners to review the best method of leadership development for senior police officers.

Public Appointments

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people she appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or from an ethnic minority, (B) Hindu, (C) Muslim and (D) Chinese in each of those years; and if she will make a statement. [144109]

James Brokenshire: The number of new and reappointments made to Home Office public bodies between April 2010 and March 2012 is as follows:

PeriodNew appointmentsReappointmentsTotal.

1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011

27

30

57

1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012

5

11

16

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All of these appointments and reappointments were to bodies regulated by the commissioner for public appointments. The commissioner collates and publishes information on the number of appointments of candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds; however this information is not broken down by ethnic group.

Copies of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 annual reports are available at:

http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk

Copies are available in the Library of the House.

The commissioner does not collect information regarding candidates' religion.

Recruitment

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010. [139976]

James Brokenshire: The Home Office and its agencies have spent £129,609.58 on advertising job vacancies at senior civil servant level since 1 May 2010. These posts included recruitment for the National Crime Agency and Disclosure and Barring Service (six posts) and key posts in the UK Border Agency and Border Force (nine posts). Information for posts below this level is available only at disproportionate cost.

25 Feb 2013 : Column 134W

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse. [143602]

Mr Harper: The following table sets out the regulations which the Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013.

In general, there was no quantifiable cost to the public purse flowing from the introduction of these regulations, subject to the following exceptions.

The Explanatory Memorandum to the National Police Records (Recordable Offences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1713) states that the impact on the public sector is £0.07 million.

In addition, the Explanatory Memorandums to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1876) and to the Licensing Act 2003 (Forms and Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/2290) state that the impact on the public sector is less than £5 million.

Finally, the Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.L 2012/2276) made some minor reductions to the cost of travel documents which may have a cost impact on the public purse.

Regulations introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013
TitleS.I. NumberMade date

The Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012

2012/1532

13 June 2012

The Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1547

19 June 2012

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Aviation Security) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1567

19 June 2012

The British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1588

19 June 2012

The National Police Records (Recordable Offences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1713

2 July 2012

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012

2012/1876

16 July 2012

The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Authority to Carry) Regulations 2012

2012/1894

18 July 2012

The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Functions of Returning Officers) Regulations 2012

2012/1918

24 July 2012

The Police (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2012

2012/1960

24 July 2012

The Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1961

24 July 2012

The Police and Crime Commissioner (Disqualification) (Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2012

2012/2087

9 August 2012

The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Returning Officers' Accounts) Regulations 2012

2012/2088

9 August 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Guernsey) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2107

14 August 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Jersey) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2108

14 August 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2109

14 August 2012

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2012

2012/2112

14 August 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2114

14 August 2012

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Prescribed Criteria and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

2012/319

14 August 2012

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

2012/323

14 August 2012

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Controlled Activity and Prescribed Criteria) Regulations 2012

2012/2160

14 August 2012

The Police and Crime Panels (Precepts and Chief Constable Appointments) Regulations 2012

2012/2271

3 September 2012

The Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2276

4 September 2012

The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012

2012/2277

28 August 2012

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The Licensing Act 2003 (Forms and Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2290

5 September 2012

The Misuse of Drugs (Supply to Addicts) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2394

16 September 2012

The Police and Crime Panels (Modification of Functions) Regulations 2012

2012/2504

2 October 2012

The Late Night Levy (Expenses, Exemptions and Reductions) Regulations 2012

2012/2550

4 October 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders) Regulations 2012

2012/2551

3 October 2012

The Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2012

2012/2560

11 October 2012

The Police (Performance) Regulations 2012

2012/2631

18 October 2012

The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012

2012/2632

18 October 2012

The Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/2660

22 October 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Guernsey) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2666

23 October 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Isle of Man) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2667

23 October 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records and Registration) (Jersey) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2668

23 October 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2012

2012/2669

23 October 2012

The Police (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2012

2012/2712

29 October 2012

The Late Night Levy (Application and Administration) Regulations 2012

2012/2730

29 October 2012

The Local Policing Bodies (Consequential Amendments No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2732

30 October 2012

The Police and Crime Panels (Application of Local Authority Enactments) Regulations 2012

2012/2734

30 October 2012

The Police Pensions (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/2811

6 November 2012

The Customs (Inspections by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary and the Scottish Inspectors) Regulations 2012

2012/2840

12 November 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2012

2012/3016

30 November 2012

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012

2012/3039

18 December 2012

The Police Pensions (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2012

2012/3057

5 December 2012

The Police (Amendment No. 5) Regulations 2012

2012/3058

4 December 2012

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2013

2013/176

31 January 2013

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she intends to issue to police forces in England and Wales on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; and when any such guidance will be issued. [143839]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Implementation of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will include issuing detailed guidance about the legislative changes to police forces. The Home Office is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the British Transport Police on this and we anticipate that this guidance will be issued before the summer recess.

Smuggling: Tobacco

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made any assessment of potential links between rising prices of legal tobacco products due to changes in taxation and demand for illegal and unregulated tobacco products. [143759]

Sajid Javid: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

Tobacco duties are an important contributor to the public finances, and also support health objectives. The Government are fully committed to tackling the illicit trade in tobacco and ensuring that smuggling does not undermine the health and revenue benefits of real increases in tobacco duties. A number of issues, including the levels and trends in the illicit market for tobacco, are considered in making decisions on duty rates.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the UK Border Agency have an established and effective strategy to tackle the illicit trade, which has substantially reduced both the cigarette and hand-rolling tobacco illicit markets.

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to deal with illegal tobacco smuggling. [143760]

Sajid Javid: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

The Government are fully committed to tackling the illicit trade in tobacco products and ensuring that smuggling does not undermine the health and revenue benefits of real increases in tobacco duties.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Border Force have an established and effective strategy to tackle illicit trade, which has substantially reduced both the cigarette and hand-rolling tobacco illicit markets since the launch of the first Tackling Tobacco Smuggling Strategy in 2000. As a result, the mid-point estimate of the UK illicit market share for cigarettes has reduced from 21% to 9% and for hand-rolling tobacco from 61% to 38% by 2010-11.

HMRC continually adapts and develops its tobacco strategy to meet changing risks and threats. Through the 2010 spending review HMRC has invested a further £25 million to strengthen the strategy and maintain downward pressure on the illicit market through to 2014-15.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are based in each property used by her Department. [143316]

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James Brokenshire: Table 1 provides information on how many staff in the Home Department worked at each location on the latest date for which information is available (31 January 2013). Not all the properties belong to the Home Office estate.

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Table 1: Number of staff in the Home Office at each location at 31 January 2013
BuildingTotal headcountTotal headcount FTE

East Midlands

  

Belgrave Centre

**

**

Building 16 Main Terminal

60

57.64

East Midlands Airport

**

**

HMP Wolds

7

7

Lincoln Place

6

5.24

Pembroke House

90

82.02

Reporting Centre

15

12.82

Stuart House

8

6.48

Wellington House

**

**

   

East of England

  

Sandridge

126

124.17

40 Carriage Drive

**

**

Airport

8

5.78

Alexander House

**

**

Aragon Court

487

429.99

Cambridge Airport Terminal

**

**

Cambridge Science Park

**

**

Custom House

141

136.35

Custom House Viewpoint Road

228

217.07

Franklin Court

51

48.21

Haven House

7

7

HMP The Mount

**

**

Landing Stage Tilbury Docks

**

**

Luton Airport

92

79.63

New Terminal Stansted Airport

28

25.8

NPIA, Wyboston Lakes

5

5

Police Station—Felixstowe

14

14

Rosebury House

**

**

Silvaco Building

**

**

Slade House

15

14.38

Southend Airport

**

**

Southern Lodge

**

**

St Clare House

**

**

Stansted Airport

**

**

Stuart House

28

26.4

Wigney House

18

16.89

Yarlswood

34

30.98

   

London

  

2 Marsham Street

3,084

3,010.01

6 New Square

261

248.76

Apollo House

924

855.89

Becket House

590

563.51

Canterbury Court

13

12.89

Colnbrook Bypass

130

126.11

Eaton House

297

283.89

Electric House

314

297.63

Lunar House

2,143

1,980.17

Metro Point

239

233.78

Steel House

**

**

10 Great George Street

79

78.27

10-18 Victoria Street

**

**

100 Parliament Street

**

**

102 Petty France

**

**

109 Lambeth Road

**

**

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165 Fleet Street

87

84.86

30 Millbank

**

**

38 Midhurst Road

6

6

Allington Towers

8

7.82

Amadeus House

90

86.3

Angel Square Building

90

86.26

Ashley House

12

11.44

Bedford Point

68

65.02

Churchill Place

23

21.99

City Airport

55

52.89

Clive House

**

**

Communications House

15

14.69

Custom House

7

6.21

Custom House Annexe

**

**

D’Albiac House

899

873.62

Dorset House

18

18

F&CO Abu Dhabi

**

**

F&CO Amsterdam

**

**

F&CO Beijing

**

**

F&CO Dhaka

**

**

F&CO Lagos

**

**

F&CO Manila

**

**

F&CO Mumbai

**

**

F&CO Nuremberg

**

**

F&CO Paris

5

5

F&CO Quito

**

**

F&CO Washington DC

**

**

Feltham Green

37

35.18

Globe House

464

440.74

Green Park House

28

25.44

Hannibal House

**

**

Hanover House

17

15.14

Heathrow Airport

1,026

964.72

Heliting House

**

**

HMP Wandsworth

6

5.76

Jubilee House

**

**

Morley House

**

**

Mount Pleasant

8

7.69

NPIA, Hendon Data Centre

160

158.43

PO Box 29105

11

8.19

St Annes House

17

15.38

St Pancras International Terminal

40

38.05

Status Park

345

328.68

Waterloo International

**

**

Westminster Wing

**

**

Whitgift Centre

44

39.06

   

North East

  

Dobson House Regent Centre

**

**

Eustace House

41

40.24

Harperley Hall

**

**

Link House

79

77.02

Millburngate House

705

611.9

NE Co Durham

**

**

Newcastle Airport

60

56.54

North Star House

5

5

Northumbria House

48

45.62

Tees Valley Airport

14

12.61

Victoria House

29

27.58

   

North West

  

Brooklands House

40

39.31

The Capital

1,496

1,381.99

101 Old Hall Street

435

390.3

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4M Building

51

48.75

Blackpool Airport

**

**

City Square

7

6.24

Comben House

20

19.16

Concorde Offices—PO Box 191

207

195.34

Cumbria Constab

**

**

Cunard Building

**

**

Custom House

**

**

Dallas Court

83

80.45

HMP Risley

7

7

India Buildings

10

9.6

Liverpool Airport

65

63.67

Manchester Airport

281

268.6

Mercury Court

**

**

Queens Dock

10

9.74

Ralli Quays

13

12.78

Reliance House

33

31.8

Seaforth Docks Berth 32

24

23.34

Shannon Court

**

**

Smedley Hydro

528

463.92

Terminal 1 Manchester Airport

29

28.38

The Plaza

15

13.54

West Point

38

36.08

Westminster House

105

89.77

   

Northern Ireland

  

Carne House

16

15.43

City Airport

111

109.22

Hamption House

6

**

IPS Belfast

174

156.8

   

Not Known

  

Not Known

9

6.2

   

Overseas

  

Coquelles

21

19.93

Gare du Nord

40

40

Petiet Dena Building

12

12

Port de Calais

47

45.64

Station Midi

32

32

   

Scotland

  

Festival Court

232

221.65

2 Thistle Road

7

7

3 Northgate

135

130

44 York Place

**

**

Aberdeen Airport

19

17.47

Apex House

**

**

Dungavel

6

5.08

Eagle Building

**

**

Edinburgh Airport—Almond House

89

84.8

Falcon House

40

39.65

Glasgow Airport

72

67.91

Inverness Airport

**

**

Northgate

32

29.5

PO Box 6779

7

6.59

Prestwick Airport

19

16.12

Rosyth Airport

**

**

Ruby House

15

15

Terminal Build, Port of Rosyth

**

**

   

South East

  

Langhurst House

41

39.01

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Martello House

667

626.01

Ashdown House

88

83.53

Anchorage House

**

**

Astd General Off No1 Cont Bild

8

8

Atlantic House

181

169.48

Belgrave House

5

5

Bouverie House

8

6.58

Bridge House

**

**

Brunswick House

**

**

Campsfield House

6

6

Car Hall No1 Control Building

170

160.73

Cedars

**

**

Cheriton Parc

**

**

Compass House

128

122.14

Concorde House South Terminal

253

244.6

Control Building

11

9.53

Custom House

44

41.59

Customs Office

20

19.57

Dasc Building—East Camber—FSU

19

17.38

Dog Kennels Priory Court

100

92.9

East Control Building

62

60.85

Enterprise House

46

41.95

FASD

248

229.79

Ferry Terminal

11

9.75

Freight Clearance Centre Warden Square

58

53.07

Frontier House

34

32.46

Gatwick Airport

171

160.05

Haslar

8

7.47

Hoverport

10

9

International

110

100.99

Kettering Terrace—Norman House

132

126.4

Kings Reach

12

10.5

Medvale House

8

7.75

National Police Training

40

38.3

Norman House

137

136.93

Not Known

**

**

Passenger Terminal Harwich Port

7

6.15

Platinum House

**

**

PO Box 200

**

**

Priory Court

185

176.23

Sapphire Plaza

**

**

Stansted Airport

202

181.22

The Harbour

24

22.58

Timberham House

**

**

Tinsley House

10

9.58

U41 Building

219

203.67

Warwick House

**

**

White Cliffs

12

11.11

   

South West

  

Ballard House-Plymouth Ferry

**

**

Bristol Airport

58

53.5

Conference House

40

38.21

Custom House

6

6

HMP The Verne

**

**

ION Plymouth

15

14

Monarch House

**

**

Off Park Unit

44

40.25

PO Box 1138

5

**

Poole Harbour

**

**

Portcullis House

6

5.5

Rivergate

**

**

Robert Roger House

57

51.41

Spring Gardens House

**

**

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West Point

76

71.57

   

Wales

  

General Buildings

177

169.55

Cardiff International Airport

36

35.79

Cathays Park

**

**

Concept House

15

13.33

Custom House The Dockyard

14

14

Heol Pentrefelin

9

8.81

North Wales Enforcement Unit

7

7

Olympia House

167

150.97

Passenger Term

15

14.68

Phoenix House

**

**

Platform 1

13

13

Poplar House

**

**

Portcullis House

5

**

Welsh Assembly Government

**

**

Windsor Place

**

**

   

West Midlands

  

Chadwick House

134

125.27

Coventry Hub Siskin Parkway West

83

78.7

Sandford House

193

182.19

Admin Block Cargo Centre

16

15.8

Alpha Tower

**

**

Bartleet House

**

**

Bennett House

**

**

Birmingham Airport Pax

16

16

Birmingham International Airport

89

84.28

Calthorpe House

**

**

Coventry Airport

**

**

Diamond House

**

**

Dog Unit Eurohub

**

**

Dominion Court

49

44.55

Eurohub

28

26.72

HMP Hewell

**

**

Kensington House

9

8

National Police Improvement

8

7.62

PO Box 31

5

**

Sapphire East

**

**

St Philips Place

5

**

Stoke Bennett House

38

35.7

Two Broadway

**

**

Unit 6240 Bishops Court

**

**

Vienna House

50

48.37

Westgate House

**

**

   

Yorkshire and the Humber

  

Milton House

51

50.92

Vulcan House

1,341

1,206.65

Waterside House

74

71.54

Aspect Court

**

**

Concept House

**

**

Custom House

184

177.38

Estuary Business Park Unit

30

27.46

Exchange Brewery

**

**

Foundry House

7

6.97

Francis Street

6

5.69

Humberside Airport

**

**

Leeds Bradford Airport

27

25.81

Lindholme

**

**

Moorfield Business Park

**

**

Moorfoot

20

16.64

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NPIA

6

6

Park Place

9

6

Peter Bennett House

11

10.01

Robin Hood Airport

30

29.59

Rougier House

**

**

Sheffield Airport

**

**

Snig Hall

**

**

Springfield House

47

45.75

The Hawkhills

**

**

Unit 2

**

**

Unit J The Point

**

**

Waterside Court

321

308.67

   

Not Known

  

Not Known

120

118.46

Organisational coverage: Figures include Home Office headquarters (including Border Force) and the executive agencies; the UK Border Agency, Identity and Passport Service and the National Fraud Authority. Employee coverage: Data are based on headcount and headcount FTE of all paid civil servants, who were current as at 31 January 2013. At any given time individual employees can be moving post within the Department; those employees who have not updated the HR system with their new location are reported as “Not Known” and are included here for completeness. Figures include both UK and non-UK Home Office paid civil servants, but exclude those employees held on FCO systems and any locally engaged staff employed overseas. Data protection: It is the general policy of the Home Office not to disclose, to a third party, personal information about another person. This is because the Home Office has obligations under the Data Protection Act and in law generally to protect this information. It has been concluded that some of the information requested is exempt under section 40(2) by virtue of the condition at section 40(3)(a)(i) of that Act, because disclosure would breach the data protection principles. Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption that does not require any consideration of the public interest test. Where an individual category is “less than 5” the information has been redacted to “**”. Where one area is subject to redaction, any totals are also redacted. Where more than one area is subject to redaction, totals are not redacted. This is in line with the Statistics Authority Code of Practice. Source: Data View—the Home Office’s single source of Office for National Statistics compliant monthly snapshot corporate human resources data. Information for each building is provided by using unique postcodes in line with Office for National Statistics Business Register Surveys.