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A national (England) estimate of the total number of rough sleepers in England is published every September based on the results of local authority street counts in those areas where a known, or suspected, rough-sleeping problem has been identified. The 2007 estimate showed a total of 498 rough sleepers.

In addition, information about English local authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level and includes the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty.

Information about decisions taken under the homelessness legislation in respect of Eastern Europeans is published quarterly, on CLG's housing statistics website.

Data for 2007 show that 440 Eastern European applicants were accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty, comprising 0.7 per cent of the total acceptances over the same period.

Immigration: Information

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Information on routes under which overseas workers may enter the United Kingdom to work is not made available at ports of entry into the country. Migrants are encouraged to obtain information before they travel here. Information, guidance and application forms on all routes are available on the UK Border Agency website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Maldives: Elections

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): Yes, we plan to send observers to monitor the presidential elections in the Maldives in October.



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Offensive Weapons

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Prosecution and conviction data for those proceeded against for knives and firearms related offences from 2000-06 are attached in the following tables. There is also attached an annexe of offences which has been added for guidance.



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Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for selected knife offences, England and Wales, 2000 to 2006 (1)(2)(3)
2000200120022003200420052006
ForceProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guilty

Avon and Somerset

229

164

288

168

365

229

393

274

331

244

304

232

385

282

Bedfordshire

95

69

80

64

125

74

162

103

205

111

216

142

154

126

Cambridgeshire

67

47

109

76

127

92

99

81

134

101

156

113

144

105

Cheshire

169

113

149

96

173

121

154

114

169

126

209

174

203

167

City of London

23

10

29

15

43

32

46

29

46

28

38

27

28

16

Cleveland

105

83

150

92

208

140

242

143

221

161

176

140

206

169

Cumbria

88

58

92

56

96

65

102

73

102

79

118

89

115

80

Derbyshire

141

89

189

125

204

130

243

155

272

177

205

162

202

152

Devon and Cornwall

220

140

227

158

313

197

333

246

303

213

293

227

258

215

Dorset

100

63

110

63

136

79

125

86

139

99

156

121

146

106

Durham

165

121

177

135

184

146

161

129

188

137

213

165

208

173

Essex

261

180

360

227

310

204

354

229

450

342

460

297

395

306

Gloucestershire

73

47

84

60

93

69

101

64

101

78

119

93

104

80

Greater Manchester

643

484

781

599

800

610

820

643

910

736

804

677

838

712

Hampshire

304

226

355

260

357

259

420

320

467

348

395

325

424

339

Hertfordshire

145

95

152

85

158

108

253

155

265

170

324

194

233

158

Humberside

180

127

169

111

209

146

241

177

259

212

277

225

279

219

Kent

268

184

257

185

256

165

242

169

192

129

189

146

187

140

Lancashire

300

213

382

275

405

264

432

296

469

340

415

319

433

322

Leicestershire

199

139

235

137

262

180

281

190

303

214

283

204

304

209

Lincolnshire

118

77

151

110

149

102

168

117

186

128

146

109

156

114

Merseyside

377

249

430

281

476

349

501

358

519

405

531

419

566

466

Metropolitan Police

3,113

2,025

4,103

2,654

4,833

3,332

4,267

2,929

4,152

2,977

3,984

2,991

3,920

2,967

Norfolk

98

79

142

95

187

112

183

134

188

134

194

138

178

137

North Yorkshire

102

65

109

71

120

90

130

93

161

124

145

114

134

113

Northamptonshire

72

46

65

33

82

45

84

53

79

49

77

44

52

32

Northumbria

474

333

534

382

617

449

606

412

555

439

559

450

534

436

Nottinghamshire

252

152

280

175

315

191

380

234

349

256

364

265

364

263

South Yorkshire

243

174

322

214

412

265

418

271

373

249

371

297

353

285

Staffordshire

-

181

110

236

158

219

164

267

165

232

156

267

196

Suffolk

103

74

102

68

152

102

168

107

161

117

176

132

213

178

Surrey

99

59

107

59

82

50

96

64

99

68

102

68

95

67

Sussex

241

160

263

175

306

215

280

198

254

196

298

229

298

232

Thames Valley

211

127

299

175

366

211

350

179

364

216

439

284

458

309

Warwickshire

51

43

45

34

53

42

63

49

87

68

62

43

86

59

West Mercia

111

68

171

105

138

97

169

124

220

154

227

178

288

224

West Midlands

842

513

1,119

747

1,184

765

1,109

723

1,162

765

908

705

1,054

805

West Yorkshire

348

208

439

255

556

322

524

355

581

451

557

424

513

390

Wiltshire

85

64

110

76

118

85

112

77

120

86

132

102

138

110

Dyfed-Powys

103

60

92

56

107

61

112

68

102

69

102

74

86

54

Gwent

90

54

95

62

108

86

109

67

159

113

139

100

185

131

North Wales

123

95

142

103

172

132

149

115

168

135

172

138

204

173

South Wales

345

229

381

246

432

271

411

267

443

289

396

267

389

299

England & Wales

11,376

7,606

14,057

9,273

16,025

10,842

15,812

10,834

16,275

11,698

15,663

11,799

15,775

12,116


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