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Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what efficiency savings have been achieved, broken down by police force area, through the introduction of centralised custody centres; 
(3) what the average waiting times at each custody centre for processing a case were for the latest month for which figures are available. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers within the City of London there were (a) in May 1997 and (b) for the latest month for which figures are available. 
However, the policy is kept under review and the Government are considering whether a universal card which allowed people to prove their identity more easily and provided a simple way to access a range of public services would be beneficial. Such an entitlement card scheme could also help to combat illegal working which disproportionately affects the poorer sections of our society by undercutting the minimum wage and
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encouraging unscrupulous employers. It could also reduce fraud against individuals, public services and the private sector.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 6 November 2001]: In Home Office statistics, vandalism is categorised as criminal damage. We have estimates of the economic cost of criminal damage in England and Wales. However, we do not currently estimate the annual cost of criminal damage broken down by local authority.
The most recent figure of the cost of criminal damage was published in a report in December 2000, "The economic and social cost of crime" (Home Office Research Study 217). This estimated the total cost of criminal damage in England and Wales in 19992000 to be £4.1 billion. This represents 7 per cent. of the total economic cost of crime.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 6 November 2001]: We do not routinely issue guidance on this subject. There is, however, an extant piece of advice (Home Office Circular 60/1995) on the subject of local authority registration of door supervisors.
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 sets out the Government's current framework for the regulation of the private security industry in England and Wales. Consultations with local authorities will be essential with regard to those aspects of the Act relating to the licensing of door supervisors.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in (i) Sussex police and (ii) nationally in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 6 November 2001]: The number of serving special constables in England and Wales and the number of specials serving in Sussex police from 30 September 1997 to 30 September 2000 are set out in the table:
|Year||Total strength(9)||Strength in Sussex|
(9) England and Wales
Figures provided by Research Statistics and Development
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are receiving (a) accommodation and subsistence support and (b) subsistence support only from the national asylum support service. 
Angela Eagle: As at the end of July 2001, the number of asylum seekers (including dependants) supported in national asylum support service (NASS) accommodation was 28,810 1 , 2 . A further 18,520 1 , 2 asylum seekers (including dependants) were receiving voucher only support from NASS.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seekers and dependants have been dispersed to each of the NASS- designated dispersal areas since (a) 1 April 2001 and (b) 3 April 2000. 
The available information on dispersed asylum seekers is in the table. The table shows the number of asylum seekers (including dependants) supported in the national asylum support service (NASS) accommodation in each cluster area as at the end of July 2001.
|East of England|
|Redcar and Cleveland||300|
|Brighton and Hove||40|
|Hastings and St. Leonards||210|
|Yorkshire and Humberside|
(10) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. * indicates a number between one and four. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
(11) Figures exclude cases where the asylum seekers support has been ceased.
(12) Disbenefited cases are cases which were previously supported by social services and after an initial decision on their asylum application have been transferred onto NASS support.
(13) Greater Manchester
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