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Mr. Denham: Crime and disorder reduction partnerships lie at the heart of crime reduction and the effective development and implementation of local strategies by police, local authorities and other local groups to ensure a community-based approach to tackle local problems.
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(10) Population figures are those for mid-1999, the latest available from the ONS.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation payments the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has made for the loss of passports and original documents, and at what cost, in each of the past 10 years. 
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Records of compensation payments made in respect of claims against the Integrated Casework Directorate have been kept centrally since April 2000. In the financial year 200001, 410 claims were approved; £44,550 was paid in compensation. In the first six months of the current financial year, 214 claims have been approved and £68,165 has been paid. As there is a timelag of around two months between authorisation and payment, a number of claims agreed in 200001 will have been paid in the current financial year. Records of payments do not differentiate between claims in connection with lost passports and other claims arising from maladministration by the directorate but we estimate that around 85 per cent. relate to lost passports and associated costs such as travel expenses.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to Algeria in each of the last 10 years; and what guidance he gives for returning Algerians to that country. 
Angela Eagle: The requested information on the number of failed asylum seekers returned to Algeria in each of the last 10 years is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Guidance on returning Algerians to Algeria takes account of objective country information and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The country information sources are listed in the bibliography of the Algerian country assessment, a copy of which is in the Library and on the Home Office website. The policy to remove failed asylum seekers to Algeria if they have no other basis of stay in the United Kingdom is in line with that of other European countries.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Last Thursday the House gave a First Reading to the Proceeds of Crime Bill, which sets out the Government's broad-based attack on those who seek to profit from the misery of others. I look forward to the views of my hon. Friend and other hon. Members when we debate the Second Reading of the Bill shortly.
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about the effects of the action in Afghanistan on the UK market for illegal drugs; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: Prisons provide prisoners with information from the Employment Service (ES) job-bank, by contacting ES Direct or by hard copies of vacancies sent/brought to prisons by ES staff working directly with the Prison Service. Information from the job-bank is obtained from the internet by Prison Service staff.
We are considering piloting a number of stand-alone job point kiosks in selected prisons which prisoners can use to access this information directly. We are also considering piloting the ES work train databases within some prisons which have well developed job clubs or pre-release programmes run by prison staff or a voluntary sector partner (with a phone line to ES Direct). If the results look promising, we will consider a wider roll-out across the prison estate.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Palestinian mandate refugees and their descendants are living in the United Kingdom; and if he will bring forward proposals to give them permanent refugee status. 
Angela Eagle: Palestinians are or can be protected or assisted by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east (UNRWA), which is another agency of the United Nations. They do not therefore fall under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) mandate and are not recognised as mandate refugees. I understand there are no Palestinians therefore present in the United Kingdom as the result of an application made under the resettlement programme relating to mandate refugees.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested or detained for questioning and subsequently released without charge in connection with the terrorist events of 11 September; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 19 October 2001]: Following requests for information and assistance from the FBI six people were detained under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000. All were released without charge but one was immediately re-arrested under the terms of an extradition warrant. Since 11 September a further 17 people were detained under the provisions of the Act. All but one were released without charge.
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Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been involved in crashes while taking part in car chases, over the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 19 October 2001]: The latest figures available are for the 12 months from 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 and refer only to accidents involving police vehicles which were engaged in immediate/emergency response or pursuit at the time of the accident. During this period one officer was killed, 60 sustained serious injuries, and 1,018 were slightly injured. Figures are not held centrally on the number of police officers involved in emergency/pursuit accidents which did not result in a death or injury.
Mr. Denham: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that on 31 August the force had 25,514 officers. This is 636 more officers than in March 2001. In addition the force had 10,338 civilian support staff298 more than in March 2001.
Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Pakistani nationals holding UK visas have been refused entry to the UK since 11 September; and how many of these were refused at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Manchester. 
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