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Written Parliamentary Questions: 6th October 2006

Relative Need
Q:To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the relative need factors are; and what value they have for the financial year 2006-07.(John Hemming)

A:I have been asked to reply.

The Relative Needs Formulae are, based on the demographic, physical and social characteristics of each area, used in the calculation of Formula Grant. Formula Grant comprises Revenue Support Grant, Redistributed Business Rates and principal formula Police Grant.

In 2006-07, the total of all the Relative Needs Formulae is factor of 0.67811309347259. The total for each of the separate Relative Needs Formulae are given in Annex E of the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2006-07.

The Relative Needs Formulae for each local authority can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/0607/g:rant.htm
(Phil Woolas, Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government)

Inmate Information System
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fields of data are stored in the Inmate Information System (IIS); for what reason information on deportation order recommendations were not stored in the IIS; and if he will ensure that such information is stored in the IIS in the future. (John Hemming)

A:The Inmate Information System (IIS) records a large number of fields covering personal, offence and sentence details and disciplinary adjudications. It can identify a prisoner as a deportee but only when they are not also serving a custodial sentence. When IIS was introduced, the numbers of foreign national prisoners recommended for deportation were relatively small. IIS is to be replaced by the C-NOMIS system from 2007 and this will record recommendations for deportation. (Liam Byrne, Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office)

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