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Rwanda

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether former Government troops are re-entering Rwanda; and what


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action is being undertaken by the Government of Zaire to prevent this.

Mr. Baldry: There have been unconfirmed reports of minor incursions across the Zaire-Rwanda border in the north-east and south-east sectors by armed bandits, some of whom are thought to be members of the former Government army.

Zaire's Government have asked for UN assistance in providing security in the refugee camps and to help segregate former military and militia from ordinary refugees. A UN report with recommendations is expected shortly.

Antigua and Barbuda

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the provisions set out in the preamble of the Statute of Westminster 1931 have been extended to Antigua and Barbuda.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The constitutional convention recited in the preamble to the Statute of Westminster 1931 would apply to Antigua and Barbuda.

Act of Settlement

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Commonwealth countries are able to amend, through legislation passed by their own Parliament, the Act of Settlement.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The Act of Settlement 1700 can be amended only by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Statute of Westminster 1931

Mr. Mackinley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those independent Commonwealth countries whose head of state is Her Majesty the Queen and whose constitution permits the extension to that country of an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom under the provisions of section 4 of the Statute of Westminster 1931.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 24 October 1994]: This information can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Clock Adjustment

Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many man hours were taken up by adjusting the clocks throughout his Department.

Mr. Goodlad: No record is kept of time spent on the adjustment of clocks.

Hours of Working

Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department alter their hours of work or work overtime when the United Kingdom falls out of line with European time; and what is the total cost to his Department for the year of the non-alignment of United Kingdom time with standard European time.


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Mr. Goodlad: No staff alter their hours or work overtime as a result of such time changes. Staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office already liaise with colleagues overseas who operate in many different time zones. No additional costs are incurred because of the non-alignment of United Kingdom time with standard European time.

Sudan

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the Nairobi peace talks about Sudan.

Mr. Goodlad: The last round of the peace talks in Nairobi between the Sudanese Government and the southern rebels ended on 7 September in stalemate over the issues of self-determination and

secularisation. The four states sponsoring the talks are to continue their attempts to find a solution. We support them in this.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in normalising diplomatic relationships between Sudan and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Goodlad: Since the expulsion of Mr. Streams in December 1993, we have not appointed a new ambassador to Sudan. We shall consider doing so at an appropriate time.

Government-owned Property

Mr. Denis MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the value of all properties owned by Her Majesty's Government in (a) Switzerland, (b) France, (c) the United States of America, (d) Japan, (e) Italy, (f) Belgium, (g) Canada, (h) Hong Kong, (i) Germany and (j) Russia.

Mr. Goodlad: The information requested will not be available until the systematic valuation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's overseas estate is further advanced. This work, at present being planned, is in preparation for the introduction of revised Government accounting methods-- resource accounting--later in the 1990s.

GCHQ

Mr. Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters of protest were received in the past 12 months by (a) British embassies and (b) high commissions concerning the 10th anniversary of the trade union ban at GCHQ.

Mr. Hurd: This information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Princess of Wales

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who attended the lunch with Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales at the British embassy in Washington on 22 October; and what was its cost.

Mr. Baldry: Those attending the lunch were:

Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales

The British ambassador and Lady Renwick

Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Mrs. Bruce Babbitt

His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan

The ambassador of Italy


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Professor Philip Bobbitt

Mr. and Mrs. Arnaud de Borchgrave

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Daly

The ambassador of Brazil and Mrs. Flecha de Lima

Mr. Oliver Franklin and Dr. Patricia Mikols

Mrs. Albert Gore, Jr

Mrs. Katherine Graham

Professor and Mrs. William Haseltine

Mr. Patrick Jephson

Miss Andrea Mitchell

Mr. Clive Menell

General and Mrs. Colin Powell

The hon. Kurt Schmoke and Dr. Patricia Schmoke

Miss Barbara Walters

Mr. Peter Westmacott

The hon. Douglas Wilder

Mr. and Mrs. Wolfensohn

Mr. and Mrs. Michael York

The cost was part of the normal functioning of the embassy. The full cost cannot be readily identified.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Shotgun Licence Fee

Mr. Temple-Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to raise the shotgun licence fee; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) on 20 July, column 282 . I laid before the House on 13 October an order to increase the fee for the issue of a shotgun certificate and other fees under the Firearms Act. On the same day, a separate order was laid to extend the life of both shotgun and firearms licences from three to five years.

Jourdain Society

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the constitution of the Jourdain Society meets all the requirements to warrant its continued charitable status;

(2) if he will make a statement on the charitable status of the Jourdain Society;

(3) what assessment the Charity Commission has made of the current functions and role of the Jourdain Society in relation to its charitable status.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The charitable status of a particular body, and the appropriateness of its constitution, are matters for which responsibility rests with the Charity Commission and, ultimately, the courts.

I am advised that the Jourdain Society is registered with the Charity Commission on the basis of the objects expressed in its constitution, and that those objects are charitable in law. However, there has not been a recent assessment of the function and role of the Jourdain Society and the effect that these could have on its charitable status.

If the hon. Member has any concerns about the society, he should write to the chief charity commissioner.

Single Regeneration Budget

Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for 1992 93 and 1993 94 the amount spent in each London borough, with totals


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for each TEC area, under each of the programmes now incorporated into the single regeneration budget, regardless of whether the sums were paid to the borough council, and the amount allocated to be spent in 1994 95 on the same basis.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, the hon. Member for Croydon, Central (Sir P. Beresford), yesterday.

Private Security Companies

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the change in the number of private security companies over the past 10 years.

Mr. Maclean: The information is not available.

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations exist to prevent a person with a criminal record from offering security services, including street patrols.

Mr. Maclean: There are none.

Prisons

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the number of drug finds in each prison in England and Wales since 1 January.

Mr. Michael Forsyth: 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.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox dated 28 October 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about drug finds in each prison in England and Wales.

I attach a table showing the number of drug finds at each establishment from 1 January to 19 October 1994, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.


Reported drug incidents by        

establishments                    

                    |Number       

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Acklington          |9            

Albany              |9            

Ashwell             |2            

Askham Grange       |7            

Aylesbury           |14           

Bedford             |65           

Belmarsh            |171          

Birmingham          |73           

Blakenhurst         |24           

Blundeston          |11           

Brinsford           |118          

Bristol             |24           

Brixton             |68           

Brockhill           |4            

Bullingdon          |25           

Bullwood Hall       |6            

Camp Hill           |50           

Canterbury          |35           

Cardiff             |83           

Castington          |35           

Chelmsford          |27           

Cookham Wood        |13           

Dartmoor            |63           

Deerbolt            |39           

Doncaster           |13           

Dorchester          |1            

Dover               |35           

Downview            |9            

Drake Hall          |2            

Durham              |77           

East Sutton Park    |4            

Elmley              |34           

Erlestoke           |48           

Everthorpe          |7            

Exeter              |7            

Featherstone        |13           

Feltham             |255          

Ford                |28           

Frankland           |31           

Full Sutton         |27           

Garth               |5            

Gartree             |29           

Glen Parva          |97           

Gloucester          |46           

Grendon             |13           

Guys Marsh          |31           

Hatfield            |10           

Haverigg            |53           

Highdown            |27           

Highpoint           |35           

Hindley             |56           

Hollesley Bay       |51           

Holloway            |29           

Holme House         |50           

Hull                |45           

Huntercombe         |10           

Kirkham             |39           

Kirklevington       |5            

Lancaster Farms     |76           

Lancaster           |6            

Leeds               |16           

Leicester           |61           

Lewes               |53           

Leyhill             |3            

Lincoln             |56           

Lindholme           |59           

Littlehey           |14           

Liverpool           |208          

Long Lartin         |9            

Low Newton          |23           

Maidstone           |4            

Manchester          |25           

Moorland            |76           

Morton Hall         |14           

New Hall            |2            

Northallerton       |29           

Norwich             |40           

Nottingham          |4            

Onley               |49           

Parkhurst           |4            

Pentonville         |113          

Portland            |77           

Preston             |69           

Pucklechurch        |5            

Ranby               |10           

Risley              |51           

Rochester           |56           

Rudgate             |5            

Send                |24           

Shepton Mallet      |1            

Shrewsbury          |26           

Stafford            |45           

Standford Hill      |10           

Stocken             |21           

Stoke Heath         |139          

Styal               |26           

Sudbury/Foston Hall |1            

Swaleside           |6            

Swansea             |2            

Swinfen Hall        |6            

The Verne           |17           

The Mount           |47           

Thorn Cross         |95           

Thorp Arch          |3            

Usk                 |7            

Wakefield           |7            

Wandsworth          |194          

Wayland             |31           

Wellingborough      |6            

Werrington          |4            

Wetherby            |5            

Whatton             |2            

Whitemoor           |15           

Winchester          |1            

Wolds               |41           

Woodhill            |62           

Wormwood Scrubs     |163          

Wymott              |8            

Remand Prisoners

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he is having, and with whom, as to restricting the number of days that a remand prisoner in England and Wales can be held on remand before his case comes before a court; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean: The period for which a defendant may be held in custody on remand is restricted by the Prosecution of Offences (Custody Time Limits) Regulations 1987 to 56 days pending summary trial or, where a case is dealt with on indictment, to 70 days from first appearance to committal and 112 days from committal to arraignment. The Government keep these limits under constant review.

Probation Work Training

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has of the number of places sponsored by his Department on accredited schemes for probation work training in 1995;

(2) what changes he proposes to the entry requirements for those wishing to qualify as probation officers.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: We have not yet reached conclusions on the report of a recent scrutiny of the recruitment and qualifying training of probation officers, or on 1995 sponsored qualified training places.

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places on accredited schemes for probation work training were sponsored by this Department in each of the most recent five years for which figures are available.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: From 1990 to 1994, the annual intake of students sponsored by the Home Office was as follows:


       |Number       

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

1990   |336          

1991   |434          

1992   |451          

1993   |470          

1994   |300          

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Mr Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions have been made to ensure that (a) Members of Parliament and (b) any member of the public can gain access to a copy of the United Kingdom's fourth periodic report under the international covenant on civil and political rights to the United Nations.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Copies of the report are available in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament, the British Library, the other legal deposit libraries and from the Home Office publications unit.

Cycling

Mr. Soley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to deal with cycling on pavements; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The enforcement of road traffic law, including cycling offences, is a matter for chief officers to police in their respective force areas. It is for them to decide what priority should be given to any particular aspect of their road traffic responsibilities.

British Citizenship

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from whom and on what dates he has received representations in respect of the applications for British citizenship of Mr. Ali Al Fayed and Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to a question from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) yesterday. Some of those who made representations wrote on behalf of Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed as well.

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he first made clear to the then Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Mr. Wardle), that he wished the application for British citizenship of Mr. Ali Al Fayed to be decided by him.

Mr. Howard: On the first occasion on which I spoke to my hon. Friend concerning this case, I made it clear that I wished the application to be decided by him. The date of that conversation is not recorded.

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship currently awaiting a decision were made less than six months ago, between six and 12 months ago, between 12 and 18 months ago and more than 18 months ago.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The following is the information in relation to the 42,119 applications for British citizenship outstanding on 21 October 1994:


                          |Number       

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

Less than six months      |16,898       

Between six and 12 months |14,938       

Between 12 and 18 months  |6,057        

More than 18 months       |4,226        

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date Mr. Ali Al Fayed first applied


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for British citizenship; and when a decision is expected to be made on his application.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Mr. Ali Al Fayed submitted his application on 29 January 1993. I hope to reach a decision on his application in the reasonably near future.

Prison Disturbances

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the total cost (a) to the Prison Service and (b) to the contractors of disturbances at Doncaster prison; whether default notices were served; and what financial penalties were applied; (2) what was the total cost (a) to the Prison Service and (b) to the contractors of disturbances at Blakenhurst prison; whether default notices were served; and what financial penalties were applied;

(3) what were the total costs (a) to the Prison Service and (b) to the contractors of disturbances at the Wolds prison; if default notices were served; and what financial penalties were applied.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 24 October 1994]: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock dated 28 October 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about the costs to the Prison Service and to the contractor of disturbances at Wolds, Blakenhurst and Doncaster; if default notices were served; and what financial penalties were applied.

Any costs met by the contractor are a matter for them as they do not involve public funds. The cost of prisoner damage at Doncaster are met entirely by the contractor. The cost of damage caused by prisoners at Wolds and Blakenhurst is identifiable, but of those costs the amount attributable to disturbances is not identifiable separately. There have been no default notices issued as a result of disturbances at Wolds, Doncaster and Blakenhurst. No other financial penalties have been imposed, other than those outlined in Mr. Butler's reply to you on 28 April 1994 ( Official Report column 244 ).

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of occasions on which police officers have been called to Doncaster prison since 20 June to the latest available date; and how many officers have been called on each occasion.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 24 October 1994]: 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.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock dated 28 October 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of occasions on which police officers have been called to Doncaster prison, from 20 June to the latest available date, and how many officers have been called on each occasion.

Police attendance to Doncaster prison has been sought on seven occasions since 20 June. On three occasions police were responding to incidents involving visitors; on two occasions they attended a death of a prisoner; one occasion was to help deal with a concerted act of indiscipline by prisoners, and one to recapture an escapee.

The number of police officers involved varied according to the operational need as determined by the local police and is not recorded at the prison.


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