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David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning antisocial behaviour towards homeowners by groups of adolescents under 16 years of age. 
The Government has provided the tools for police and local councils to effectively tackle antisocial behaviour no matter where people live. Many enforcement powers, for example Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, Dispersal Orders and Antisocial Behaviour Orders, are available, regardless of the perpetrator's or the victims housing status.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward proposals (a) to make the sale of all types of airguns to under-18s illegal and (b) to license the general sale of airguns. 
Caroline Flint: Our consultation paper on control of firearms explained the range of controls on the sale and use of air weapons, and the changes we have made to the age at which young people may possess or use an air weapon without adult supervision, and to their possession in a public place without reasonable excuse. Respondents were asked to say whether they agreed or not that further restrictions would be disproportionate. We received a large number of responses on this and other questions; these are being carefully considered.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted burglars have successfully sued householders whose houses they have attempted to burgle following incidents occurring during the break in, in (a) the last year, (b) the last three years, (c) the last five years and (d) the last 10 years. 
Caroline Flint: Figures on the average sentence for people charged with supplying Class A drugs to children are not collated. However we do have data on the average sentence for people sentenced to immediate custody for unlawful supply by principal drug offence.
This information, which can be accessed via the Research Development and Statistics website, can be found in the Home Office Drug Seizure and Offender Statistics Supplementary Tables publications as follows:
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Caroline Flint: Figures for the number of people arrested for dealing is not collated for total Class A drugs. However, we do have figures for the total number of people arrested for dealing for the main Class A drug type. These are taken from newly constructed tables and data is therefore only available for 2001 and 2002.
This information can be found in Table 3.6 on page 101 of the Home Office Drug Seizure and Offender Statistics which can be accessed via the RDS website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/hosb0804.pdf
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Cotswold, tabled on 29 November, ref 201515, regarding applicants for British citizenship serving abroad in the United Kingdom armed forces. 
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists have been charged in Greater London for riding bicycles during the hours of darkness with no visible lighting being displayed in the last period for which figures are available. 
In 2003, one cyclist was proceeded against at magistrates courts in Greater London for lighting and reflector offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 Sec 81 and Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989.
The provisional figure for the number of marriages in England is 242,000 in 2002, which is the latest estimate provided by the Office for National Statistics. An estimate for 2003 will be published in the summer of 2005.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to bring forward proposals to include heavy goods vehicle drivers as a shortage occupation for the purposes of work permit arrangements; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Browne: Currently, management information shows we have approximately 19,000 applications for indefinite leave to remain awaiting consideration in General Group, Managed Migration. In addition, there are further cases where we are considering enforcement action.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his letter of 15 September to the hon. Member for Banbury, if his Department will confirm the immigration status of Amer Ali. 
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children are being held in detention solely under Immigration Act powers; and how many of these have been held for more than 28 days in each removal centre; 
(2) how many children have been held in detention solely under Immigration Act powers since his announcement that children will not be detained for more than 28 days without ministerial consent; and how many of these have been held for more than 28 days in each removal centre. 
Mr. Browne: Information on the total number of children detained under Immigration Act powers since the announcement in October 2003 that children will not be detained for more than 28 days without ministerial consent is not available.
On 25 September 2004, 40 children were detained solely under Immigration Act powers. 79 per cent. had been in detention for 28 days or less and the remainder had been detained for less than four months. Of all those
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children detained, 30 were held at Oakington Reception Centre and five at Tinsley House. The remaining cases were either age dispute cases held at other Immigration Removal centres while their age assessments were being carried out, or young children held at mother and baby units in prisons with their mother while awaiting removal. Further details of these cases (less than three in total) cannot be disclosed due to National Statistics protocols on confidentiality.
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