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Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 25 January.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 25 January.

The Prime Minister : This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.

Iraq

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister if, when he next meets President Clinton, he will discuss the report of the Harvard medical school team on child malnutrition and disease in Iraq.

The Prime Minister : I expect to meet President Clinton during my visit to Washington at the end of February. The situation in Iraq may come up in our talks then. However, United Kingdom and United States officials are in regular touch over Iraq, including the humanitarian situation.

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 20 January Official Report, column 814 .


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Health Promotion, Wales

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to place in the Library a copy of his efficiency unit's efficiency scrutiny of the delivery of health promotion in Wales.

The Prime Minister : Copies of the efficiency scrutiny of health promotion in Wales were placed in the Library of the House on 1 April 1993.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Bail Hostels

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bail and probation hostels and places are currently open and available in England and Wales.

Mr. Maclean : There are currently 115 approved hostels providing 2, 690 places.

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bail and probation hostels in England and Wales are due to close as a consequence of the most recent public expenditure survey.

Mr. Maclean : Seven hostels have been identified for closure : Bewsey Street, Cheshire ; Dover, Kent ; St. Vincents, inner London ; Dudley centre, Devon ; Fir Tree Grange, Durham ; Windyridge, Essex ; and Hollywood Manor, Kent--currently closed and not to reopen. In addition three probation areas have been asked to identify which of their hostels should be closed : west midlands--two hostels ; south Yorkshire--one hostel ; and inner London--one hostel.

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure will be saved during the financial years 1994-95 and 1995- 96 by the closure of certain existing bail and probation hostels arising out of the public expenditure survey.

Mr. Maclean : The expected savings in revenue grant expenditure are about £1.2 million in 1994-95 and about £2.5 million in 1995-96.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital and revenue expenditure will be available for bail hostel provision in inner London for 1994-95 and 1995-96.

Mr. Maclean : Revenue grant for inner London approved probation-bail hostels for 1994-95 and 1995-96 will be £1.9 million a year. The level of capital grant will depend on the scrutiny of spending proposals submitted by inner London hostels and the results of the current survey of the condition of all hostels.

Probation Trainees

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the intake of probation trainees to the diploma in social work courses in 1992 and 1993.

Mr. Maclean : The number of probation trainees sponsored by the Home Office starting diploma in social work courses was 451 in 1992 and 470 in 1993.


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Social Work Courses

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trainee places to diploma in social work courses will be lost in 1995, 1996 and 1997 as a consequence of the public expenditure survey.

Mr. Maclean : Decisions on the number of sponsorships in future years will be taken in the light of the conclusions of the forthcoming review of probation officer qualifying training.

Police (Press)

Mr. Critchley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions govern the use by members of the Metropolitan police of their position of advantage to sell stories to the press.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Under schedule 1, paragraphs 6 and 7 of the Police (Discipline) Regulations 1985, an offence against discipline is committed where a member of a police force without proper authority communicates to any person, any information which he has in his possession


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as a member of a police force ; or improperly uses, or attempts so to use, his position as a member of the force for his private advantage.

European Parliamentary Constituency Committee

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the Official Report of the European Parliamentary Constituency Committee for England and Wales.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The reports of both committees were published on 20 January.

Police, Northumbria

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the numbers of (a) murders, (b) murders of members of the police force, (c) attacks on police officers, giving level of seriousness of injury, and (d) policemen and women in post in each year since 1973 in the Northumbria police force area.

Mr. Maclean : The following table shows for Northumbria such information as is readily available centrally :


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Year                Offences decided atCases in column (1) Assaults on                                              Police strength                                        

                                                          police:                                                                                                          

                   |court to be murder|involving police  |Fatal             |Serious           |Minor/Other       |Male              |Female                               

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1982               |-                 |-                                                                          |3,124             |205                                  

1983               |5                 |-                                                                          |3,117             |220                                  

1984               |6                 |-                                                                          |3,113             |231                                  

1985               |10                |-                                                                          |3,137             |231                                  

1986               |4                 |-                                                                          |3,108             |253                                  

1987               |8                 |-                                                                          |3,206             |272                                  

1988               |5                 |-                                                                          |3,166             |294                                  

1989               |8                 |-                 |-                 |35                |426               |3,199             |327                                  

1990               |14                |-                 |-                 |24                |653               |3,186             |342                                  

1991               |3                 |-                 |-                 |53                |819               |3,114             |346                                  

1992               |5                 |-                 |-                 |68                |436               |3,198             |388                                  

Custodial Remand

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were remanded in custody in the west midlands in the latest year available broken down by (a) sex, (b) racial category, (c) aged under 17, (d) aged 17 to 21 and (e) aged over 21 years.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.


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Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Robert Ainsworth, dated 25 January 1994 :

West Midlands Remands--

The Home Secretary has asked me to rely to your recent Question asking how many people were remanded in custody in the West Midlands in the latest year available broken down by (a) sex, (b) racial category, (c) aged under 17, (d) aged 17 to 21 and (e) aged over 21 years.

The latest available information is given in the attached table for 1992.


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Receptions of remand prisoners into prison service establishments in England and Wales from     

west midlands courts, 1992<1>                                                                   

                         Ethnic Origin                                                          

                        |All        |White      |Black      |Asian      |Other                  

                                                |African    |Bangladeshi|Chinese not            

                                                |Caribbean  |Indian     |recorded               

                                                            |Pakistani  |(including             

                                                                        |refusals               

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Male                                                                                            

First received as untried not subsequently received as convicted unsentenced                    

Under 17 years old      |62         |44         |11         |3          |4                      

17-21 years old         |757        |555        |87         |81         |34                     

Over 21                 |1,088      |794        |180        |85         |29                     

                        |---        |---        |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |1,907      |1,393      |278        |169        |67                     

                                                                                                

First received as untried subsequently received as convicted unsentenced                        

Under 17 years old      |39         |26         |7          |3          |3                      

17-21 years old         |396        |318        |43         |24         |11                     

Over 21                 |330        |259        |42         |25         |4                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |765        |603        |92         |52         |18                     

                                                                                                

First received as convicted unsentenced                                                         

Under 17 years old      |10         |6          |3          |1          |-                      

17-21 years old         |129        |107        |8          |13         |1                      

Over 21                 |121        |99         |14         |8          |-                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |260        |212        |25         |22         |1                      

                                                                                                

                                                                                                

Under 17 years old      |111        |76         |21         |7          |7                      

17-21 years old         |1,282      |980        |138        |118        |46                     

Over 21                 |1,539      |1,152      |236        |118        |33                     

                        |---        |---        |---        |---        |---                    

Total                   |2,932      |2,208      |395        |243        |86                     

                                                                                                

Female                                                                                          

First received as untried not subsequently received as convicted unsentenced                    

Under 17 years old      |-          |-          |-          |-          |-                      

17-21 years old         |17         |15         |2          |-          |-                      

Over 21                 |22         |17         |4          |1          |-                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |39         |32         |6          |1          |-                      

                                                                                                

First received as untried subsequently received as convicted unsentenced                        

Under 17 years old      |-          |-          |-          |-          |-                      

17-21 years old         |6          |4          |1          |-          |1                      

Over 21                 |7          |3          |3          |-          |1                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |13         |7          |4          |-          |2                      

                                                                                                

First received as convicted unsentenced                                                         

Under 17 years old      |-          |-          |-          |-          |-                      

17-21 years old         |12         |9          |2          |1          |-                      

Over 21                 |6          |4          |2          |-          |-                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |18         |13         |4          |1          |-                      

                                                                                                

All received on remand                                                                          

Under 17 years old      |-          |-          |-          |-          |-                      

17-21 years old         |35         |28         |5          |1          |1                      

Over 21                 |35         |24         |9          |1          |1                      

                        |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                   |70         |52         |14         |2          |2                      

<1> Provisional.                                                                                

Firearms

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will tabulate the cost of renewing (a) a firearms certificate and (b) a shotgun certificate in real terms for each year since the introduction of the Firearms Act 1968, using 1968 as the base year.


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Mr. Charles Wardle : Using the gross domestic product deflator, the cost of renewing (a) a firearm certificate and (b) a shotgun certificate in real terms for each year since 1968, using that year as the base year, are given in the following table :


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Index         |Year         |(a) Renewing |1968 prices  |(b) Renewing |1968 prices                

                            |firearm                    |shotgun                                  

                            |certificate                |certificate                              

                            |(cash prices)              |(cash prices)                            

                            |£            |£            |£            |£                          

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100           |1968         |0.125        |0.125        |0.125        |0.125                      

105.22        |1969         |1.25         |1.19         |0.375        |0.36                       

113.89        |1970         |1.25         |1.10         |0.375        |0.33                       

124.29        |1971         |2.50         |2.01         |0.50         |0.40                       

134.43        |1972         |2.50         |1.86         |0.50         |0.37                       

143.66        |1973         |2.50         |1.74         |0.50         |0.35                       

171.88        |1974         |2.50         |1.45         |0.50         |0.29                       

215.60        |1975         |4.50         |2.09         |1.50         |0.70                       

244.73        |1976         |10.00        |4.09         |4.00         |1.63                       

278.02        |1977         |10.00        |3.60         |4.00         |1.44                       

309.09        |1978         |13.00        |4.21         |5.00         |1.62                       

360.74        |1979         |13.00        |3.60         |5.00         |1.39                       

426.84        |1980         |20.00        |4.69         |8.00         |1.87                       

468.12        |1981         |20.00        |4.27         |8.00         |1.71                       

501.47        |1982         |20.00        |3.99         |8.00         |1.60                       

524.72        |1983         |20.00        |3.81         |8.00         |1.52                       

551.09        |1984         |20.00        |3.63         |8.00         |1.45                       

581.66        |1985         |20.00        |3.44         |8.00         |1.38                       

598.69        |1986         |33.00        |5.51         |8.00         |1.34                       

630.59        |1987         |33.00        |5.23         |8.00         |1.27                       

672.92        |1988         |33.00        |4.90         |8.00         |1.19                       

719.72        |1989         |33.00        |4.59         |8.00         |1.11                       

777.74        |1990         |46.00        |5.91         |11.00        |1.41                       

826.99        |1991         |46.00        |5.56         |11.00        |1.33                       

858.74        |1992         |46.00        |5.36         |11.00        |1.28                       

886.65        |1993         |46.00        |5.19         |11.00        |1.24                       

922.11        |1994         |46.00        |4.99         |11.00        |1.19                       

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will tabulate the cost of acquiring (a) a firearm certificate and (b) a shotgun certificate in real terms for each year since the introduction of the Firearms Act 1968, using 1968 as the base year.


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Mr. Charles Wardle : Using the gross domestic product deflator, the cost of acquiring (a) a firearm certificate and (b) a shotgun certificate in real terms for each year since 1968, using that year as the base year, are given in the following table :


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Index         |Year         |(a) Acquiring|1968 prices  |(b) Acquiring|1968 prices                

                            |firearm                    |shotgun                                  

                            |certificate                |certificate                              

                            |(cash prices)              |(cash prices)                            

                            |£            |£            |£            |£                          

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100           |1968         |0.25         |0.25         |0.25         |0.25                       

105.22        |1969         |2.50         |2.38         |0.75         |0.71                       

113.89        |1970         |2.50         |2.20         |0.75         |0.66                       

124.29        |1971         |3.50         |2.82         |1.00         |0.80                       

134.43        |1972         |3.50         |2.60         |1.00         |0.74                       

143.66        |1973         |3.50         |2.44         |1.00         |0.70                       

171.88        |1974         |3.50         |2.04         |1.00         |0.58                       

215.60        |1975         |7.00         |3.25         |2.00         |0.93                       

244.73        |1976         |12.00        |4.90         |5.00         |2.04                       

278.02        |1977         |12.00        |4.32         |5.00         |1.80                       

309.09        |1978         |16.00        |5.18         |7.00         |2.26                       

360.74        |1979         |16.00        |4.44         |7.00         |1.94                       

426.84        |1980         |25.00        |5.86         |12.00        |2.81                       

468.12        |1981         |25.00        |5.34         |12.00        |2.56                       

501.47        |1982         |25.00        |4.99         |12.00        |2.39                       

524.72        |1983         |25.00        |4.76         |12.00        |2.29                       

551.09        |1984         |25.00        |4.54         |12.00        |2.18                       

581.66        |1985         |25.00        |4.30         |12.00        |2.06                       

598.69        |1986         |33.00        |5.51         |12.00        |2.00                       

630.59        |1987         |33.00        |5.23         |12.00        |1.90                       

672.92        |1988         |33.00        |4.90         |12.00        |1.78                       

719.72        |1989         |33.00        |4.59         |12.00        |1.67                       

777.74        |1990         |46.00        |5.91         |17.00        |2.19                       

826.99        |1991         |46.00        |5.56         |17.00        |2.06                       

858.74        |1992         |46.00        |5.36         |17.00        |1.98                       

886.65        |1993         |46.00        |5.19         |17.00        |1.92                       

922.11        |1994         |46.00        |4.99         |17.00        |1.84                       

Crime, Northumbria

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of cars damaged and the level of house burglary, theft from cars and burglary in each year since 1973 in the Northumbria police area.


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Mr. Maclean : The available information is contained in the table. Police force area boundaries changed in 1974 so figures are given from 1975 onwards. Information on the number of cars damaged is not collected centrally.


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Notifiable offences recorded by the police in Northumbria             

Number of offences                                                    

Year          |All burglary |Burglary in a|Theft from a               

                            |dwelling     |motor vehicle              

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1975          |25,057       |11,622       |8,158                      

1976          |24,316       |10,792       |7,707                      

1977          |28,381       |12,768       |10,092                     

1978          |28,476       |13,109       |11,169                     

1979          |27,014       |12,285       |11,186                     

1980          |31,068       |14,557       |13,955                     

1981          |34,665       |16,581       |16,442                     

1982          |43,274       |22,806       |19,079                     

1983          |44,116       |22,148       |18,559                     

1984          |50,900       |24,229       |20,893                     

1985          |51,176       |24,630       |22,213                     

1986          |52,006       |25,880       |27,105                     

1987          |50,444       |25,186       |31,961                     

1988          |46,052       |23,257       |29,261                     

1989          |49,585       |24,955       |33,117                     

1990          |54,746       |27,092       |34,452                     

1991          |66,101       |31,413       |32,680                     

1992          |66,072       |32,499       |28,030                     

Mr. Brian Charrington

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of drug offences where assistance in the police investigation and detection was given by Brian Charrington.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Operational matters are the responsibility of the chief officer of the police force concerned and it would not be appropriate for me to provide information on any particular case.

Video Outlets

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to license video outlets ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean : Where the sale and hire of sexually explicit material comprise a significant degree of the business of video outlets, such establishments are already subject to licensing by local authorities under section 2 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. These adoptive powers enable local authorities to vet those seeking to run sex establishments and to exclude such establishments altogether from unsuitable areas. We have no present plans to extend these provisions nor are we persuaded that compliance with the provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 would be improved by a more general licensing system.

Wheel Clamping

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding clamping companies ; whether he proposes to have consultations on the subject of clamping companies ; if he will introduce legislation or guidelines to control clamping companies ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean : During the consultation exercise carried out last year concerning wheel clamping on private land, the Government received a number of different views, including some from the companies themselves and a representative association, about the activities of clamping companies and about ways of reducing concerns that exist about those activities.


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In considering what, if any, action it may be appropriate to take, the Government's aim continues to be to ensure that any measure introduced to prevent or deter irresponsible and heavy-handed wheel clamping on private land does not prevent sensible measures being taken to control genuine parking problems.

Vehicle Identification

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which manufacturers and importers have given him commitments in respect of the introduction of visible vehicle identification numbers ; and if he will detail those commitments.

Mr. Charles Wardle : No specific commitments have been made to the Home Office by motor manufacturers on this issue. However, following representations from the Home Office and the police, a number of manufacturers and importers--including BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Rover, Saab and Volvo--have introduced visible vehicle identification number plates into some or all of their models. A number of others--including Peugeot and Vauxhall--are etching the vehicle identification number into the front and rear window glass.

Information provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in March 1993 showed that, in 1992, visible vehicle identification numbers were provided on 49 per cent. of vehicle models--of which 61 per cent. were on the structure of the vehicle and the rest etched into the window glass.

Emergency Planning

Mr. Paice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he is making for local emergency planning in 1994-95 ; and if he will make a statement regarding training for volunteers.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : During 1994-95 a maximum of £15 million will be available from the Home Office as a contribution towards expenses incurred by local authorities in carrying out their responsibilities under the Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1993.

The Home Office no longer provides funds for the training of volunteers for civil defence but encourages local authorities to develop and maintain relationships with established voluntary organisations. Some authorities have chosen to keep their volunteer groups and to provide training.

British Caledonian Flight

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers were on a charter flight by British Caledonian from the Caribbean arriving at Gatwick on 14 December ; how many passengers were (a) allowed to enter the United Kingdom as visitors, (b) given temporary admission as a visitor to the United Kingdom, (c) refused entry, (d) detained and (e) deported ; how many passengers remain in detention ; and what was the (i) minimum and (ii) the maximum period for which the passengers sought to visit the United Kingdom.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The available information is as follows. I understand that 353 passengers arrived on flight BA 1262--KT 310--at Gatwick on 15 December. Most


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were citizens of Jamaica who sought entry as visitors. Thirty-eight people were refused leave to enter of whom 33 have been removed. Twelve of those refused were detained, none of whom remain in detention. Those admitted as visitors were given leave to enter for six months.

St. Vincent's Bail Hostel

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the residents of St. Vincent's bail hostel for the last 12 months to the latest available date were (a) aged under 17, (b) aged 17 to 20 inclusive and (c) aged 21 years or over.

Mr. Maclean : (a) none, (b) 25, (c) 94.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was (a) the average cost per week of a place in St. Vincent's bail hostel, (b) the average length of stay in St. Vincent's bail hostel and (c) the average cost per week of a prison remand place in the inner London area, at the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. Maclean : (a) £222. (b) This information is not available. (c) For 1992-93, the average weekly net operating cost per prisoner at prisons in inner London was £566. Remand prisoners represent just over 40 per cent. of these prisoners but costs for remand prisoners are not kept separately.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the occupancy rate of St. Vincent's bail hostel for each of the last 10 quarters.

Mr. Maclean : The occupancy figures for the period April 1991 to March 1992 are not available in a quarterly form. The figures from April 1992 to September 1993 are as follows :


                              |Per cent.          

--------------------------------------------------

April 1992 to June 1992       |64                 

July 1992 to September 1992   |56                 

October 1992 to December 1992 |31                 

January 1993 to March 1993    |27                 

April 1993 to June 1993       |34                 

July 1993 to September 1993   |43                 

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who has been and who will be consulted about the proposed closure of St. Vincent's bail hostel in inner London.

Mr. Maclean : The chief probation officer for inner London and the chair of the hostel's managing committee were notified on 1 December of the proposed closure and given the opportunity to comment.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he expects to be the annual saving as a result of the proposed closure of St. Vincent's bail hostel in inner London.

Mr. Maclean : I expect the saving to the Home Office in 1994-95 to be approximately £100,000 and in 1995-96 approximately £200,000.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital expenditure was planned for St. Vincent's bail hostel prior to his Department's statement of 30 November.


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Mr. Maclean : A proposal for capital expenditure on the conversion of dormitory to single bedroom accommodation had been submitted and was under consideration prior to the 30 November statement ; but no plans for improvements to the hostel had been approved.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) rearrested and charged or (b) breached for failure to comply with requirements at St. Vincent's bail hostel in each of the last 10 quarters.

Mr. Maclean : The information supplied by the hostel is in the table.


                            |Rearrested |Breached               

                            |and charged                        

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August to October 1991      |2          |2                      

November to January 1992    |2          |0                      

February to April 1992      |2          |3                      

May to July 1992            |0          |3                      

August to October 1992      |0          |2                      

November to January 1993    |0          |0                      

February to April 1993      |0          |6                      

May to July 1993            |2          |4                      

August to October 1993      |2          |3                      

November to 24 January 1994 |5          |4                      

                            |--         |--                     

Totals                      |15         |27                     

Note: In addition, during this period 41 residents are recorded 

as having                                                       

absconded.                                                      

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he expects to be remanded into custody per annum as a result of the proposed closure of St. Vincent's bail hostel in inner London.

Mr. Maclean : It is for the courts to decide who should be remanded in custody. There are other approved hostel facilities available to them throughout London.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were remanded in St. Vincent's bail hostel during the last 12 months to the latest available date ; and how many of these people were (a) black males and (b) black females.

Mr. Maclean : Between February 1993 and 24 January 1994, 150 bailees were admitted to the hostel. The information requested at (a) and (b) is not held centrally and is not readily available.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are expected to be made redundant by the proposed closure of the St. Vincent's bail hostel ; and at what financial cost.

Mr. Maclean : It will be for the managing committee to decide how to handle the consequences of closure in terms of redeployment or redundancies ; we have not yet received a full account of its conclusions.

Carl Bridgewater

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reach a decision on whether to refer the convictions in the Carl Bridgewater case to the Court of Appeal.


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Mr. Maclean : The latest representations about this case were received between June and December 1993. We understand that more are to follow. We have already asked the police to make inquiries into some of the matters raised. When those inquiries have been completed and any further representations have been considered, my right hon. and learned Friend will consider in the light of all the information available to him whether it would be right for him to refer any of the convictions to the Court of Appeal or to take any other action.

Mrs. Joy Gardner

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the name of the immigration officer involved in the deportation of Joy Gardner ; what was his or her rank ; and whether this officer has been suspended from duty pending the Police Complaints Authority investigation into the death of Joy Gardner.

Mr. Charles Wardle : A male immigration officer accompanied the police officers to Mrs. Joy Gardner's home. No complaint has been made against this officer, and he has not been suspended. It would not be appropriate to name him while an investigation by the Police Complaints Authority remains in progress.

Flight ULE 966

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the immigration service received advance knowledge of charter flight ULE 966 which landed at Gatwick airport on 21 December ; when the immigration service received from the charter company a passenger list ; whether this list was volunteered or requested ; how many people named as passengers had (a) previously been refused entry to the United Kingdom and (b) previously been refused entry clearance to the United Kingdom ; how many passengers, in either category, were (i) refused entry as a visitor, (ii) detained and (iii) deported on 25 December ; and how many passengers in either category were given (1) entry to the United Kingdom and (2) given temporary admission.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The immigration service was informed about flight ULE 966 on 16 December and the passenger list was requested subsequently. It was received on 21 December, three and a half hours before the aircraft's arrival. Of those passengers listed, two were identified as having previously been refused entry ; eight were identified as having been refused entry clearance and one of whom had also been refused entry.

Of those nine passengers, five were refused entry and four were granted leave to enter. Four passengers were detained for at least one night ; five were granted temporary admission. Three passengers were removed on 25 December.

May Inquiry

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the report from the inquiry presently being conducted by Mr. Justice May.

Mr. Maclean : I understand that Sir John May hopes to submit his report into the case of the Guildford Four in March.


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Somali Nationals

Sir Ivan Lawrence : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the concessionary policy operated by his Department to facilitate family reunion for Somali nationals resident in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The Somali family reunion concession was introduced to make it easier for those Somalis with relatives in the United Kingdom who had been displaced to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Djibouti to seek entry clearance to the United Kingdom. It took account of the fact that fighting in both Somalia and Ethiopia at that time had made it difficult to travel to any British diplomatic post in the area in order to apply for entry clearance.

The concession allowed the United Kingdom sponsor to seek advice in advance from the Home Office on whether his or her relatives seemed likely to qualify for a visa if they made a formal application at their nearest post. It thus reduced--usually to one--the number of journeys they needed to make to the post in order to pursue their application.

The concession had its origins in a period when both Somalia and Ethiopia were torn by civil war and any movement by civilians in the area was potentially hazardous. The situation in Somalia itself remains grave, but over 95 per cent. of cases now raised under the concession concern people who are in Ethiopia. That country has been at peace for nearly three years now, and the evidence is that Somali nationals in Ethiopia can move about safely there. People in Somalia itself are able to move into Ethiopia, Kenya or Djibouti if they wish. In these circumstances it is open to applicants to seek entry clearance at our posts in Addis Ababa, Nairobi of Djibouti in the normal way. I have therefore decided that the concession should be withdrawn with effect from midnight on 27 January 1994.

This decision applies to new cases only. All cases which have already been raised with us under the concession, including any received between now and 27 January 1994, will be considered under the existing arrangements.


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