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Asylum statistics are published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
|Grants of ILR issued under the family ILR exercise as at 7 December 2007( 1, 2, 3, 4) , excluding dependants, for specified nationalities|
|Country of nationality||Total|
|(1) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5 (* = 1 or 2 ).|
(2) Main asylum applicants.
(3) This information is based on internal management information.
(4) Nationality recorded as at 7 December 2007 is not necessarily the applicants nationality at the time of grant of ILR.
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received about the International Training Agency's removal of failed asylum seekers from the UK; and how many have been substantiated. 
Mr. Byrne: Since 1 October 2006 there have been a total of nine complaints received about the International Training Agency's removal of persons from the United Kingdom. Of these, four have been unsubstantiated, one substantiated and the remaining four are still under investigation.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which agencies and organisations have access to personal data held by her Department or its agencies; and which agencies and organisations have been provided with such data in each of the last two years. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by her Department to report breaches of data protection security in each of the last five years; 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) Government organisations and providers and (b) private sector providers her Department and its agencies use for postal and courier services; which of these have lost her Departments files, documents or databases containing personal information in the last five years; what information, relating to how many people, has been lost or mislaid in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: I refer the hon. Members to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179W. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments procedures will be made on completion of the review.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many reports have been made to her Departments nominated officers under paragraph 16 of the revised Civil Service Code since its publication on 6 June 2006; 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Home Office-branded plastic bags her Department has procured in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost. 
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) task forces her Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by her Department have given rise to responses that have been published by her Department. 
Mr. Byrne: Between January 2005 and December 2007 the Home Office received 7,172 requests. As of 1 January 2008 977 (13 per cent.) of responses have appeared on the departments disclosure log. This figure includes requests received by the National Offender Management Service and Office for Criminal Justice Reform until 9 May 2007 when they ceased to be part of the Home Office upon the creation of the Ministry of Justice. Since the autumn of 2005 the Home Office disclosure log has been maintained on the basis of there being a presumption in favour of publication where information is released.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals who were handed down a community sentence were removed from the United Kingdom by (a) deportation and (b) administrative removal in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne: The Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency appeared before the Home Affairs Committee on 15 January and advised that the Agency has the power to deport what are regarded as non-conducive cases and that it is using administrative removal in cases where a community sentence has been given rather than deportation. She advised that over 4,200 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed in 2007.
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 4 February 2008]: No government has ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately and that remains the case. Information on the number of people who overstayed their visa and were subsequently removed could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.
Exit controls were phased out from 1994. As part of the Governments 10-point plan for delivery, by Christmas 2008 the majority of foreign nationals will be counted in and out of the country. This will build on the successes of our early testing of the e-Borders programme (Project Semaphore) which already covers over 30 million passenger movements and has led to 18,000 alerts and more than 1,500 arrests.
This is part of a sweeping programme of border protection which also includes the global roll-out of fingerprint visas, compulsory watch-list checks for all travellers from high-risk countries before they land in Britain and ID cards for foreign nationals.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of persons found in possession of a class C drug for the first time were (a) cautioned and (b) charged with an offence in the area covered by the Metropolitan Police in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker: Information covering the number of offenders cautioned by the police and proceeded against at magistrates' courts in 2006 for offences relating to the possession of a class C drug in the Metropolitan Police force area, is provided in the following table.
|Number of offenders cautioned and defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences in relation to the possession of a class C drug, Metropolitan police force area 2006( 1)|
|Offence||Offenders cautioned||Defendants proceeded against|
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. Note: 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. Source: Court proceedings database - Office For Criminal Justice Reform - Ministry of Justice.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes she has (a) made and (b) plans to make in respect of the granting of extensions to student visas; in what circumstances such extensions are refused; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: In line with the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC418) laid before Parliament on 28 March 2007, changes relating to extensions of leave to remain as a student took effect on 1 September 2007. This inadvertently led to a particular group of students (those who already had leave to remain in the UK as a student and were applying for further leave to study here, as opposed to those who last entered the UK with a valid student entry clearance) being refused extension applications for not having valid leave.
We have since issued a casework instruction to allow these cases to be treated in line with other groups of students. Casework instructions are kept under review at all times but a major overhaul of all the instructions
relating to student applications will be undertaken in preparation of the introduction of the points based system as it will apply for students from the first quarter of 2009.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) shotguns, (b) rifles and (c) handguns were stolen in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each year since 1997; and how many have been subsequently recovered and returned to the owner. 
Data on misappropriated firearms for England and Wales are given from 1997 to 2006-07. The breakdown of these weapons by police force area is not available centrally for years up to and including 2002-03; therefore force level data are given only from 2003-04 to 2006-07.
|Table a: Firearms misappropriated( 1) in crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, 1997 to 2002-03|
|(1) .Misappropriated is defined as stolen, obtained by fraud or forgery etc. or handled dishonestly.|
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