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by the prisoners. Negotiations continued throughout and during the evening prisoners began to return to their cells. All the prisoners were fed and locked up by 21.30 hours. The missing keys were recovered.

23 June 1994

At tea-time, 17 prisoners on C Spur of Brendan House refused to lock up. Following discussions, all had returned to their cells by 22.00 hours.

5 September 1994

About 25 prisoners refused their breakfast in protest about the forcible removal of a prisoner to court. There was a small cell fire and a minor assault on an officer. Staff spoke to prisoners and lunch was taken as normal.

Rooftop Demonstrations--

23 September 1993

At 1755 hrs, during exercise, an unsentenced adult prisoner gained access to the roof where he remained until 2000 hrs.

24 September 1993

At 1655 hrs, during exercise, an unsentenced adult prisoner gained access to the Segregation Unit roof where he remained until 2045 hrs. He was protesting about being segregated.

Key/Lock Compromise--

17 June 1993

A photograph appeared in a local newspaper in which the keys of a member of staff were prominent. Although it was not thought that there had been a compromise, all Class 1 locks were replaced and all Class 3 locks relevered.

24 February 1994

A set of keys was forcibly removed from a member of staff through the act of concerted indiscipline of 24 February 1994. They were returned to another member of staff. Although it was not thought that they had been removed to be copied, they were sent for forensic testing.

Tool/Implement Loss--

1 October 1993

At 0800 hrs, a knife with a 4" blade was found to be missing from the kitchen. A full search of the prison took place and the knife was found in the toilet area of Houseblock 1.

Major Miscellaneous--

16 August 1993

A prisoner was produced at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court. Police inadvertently released him after his appearance. 6 September 1993 A member of staff working in education misplaced a UHF radio set. A thorough search of the area was unsuccessful. Acting on information, the radio was found 45 minutes later. It is believed prisoners took it as a practical joke.

4 May 1994

A prisoner serving 5 years for attempted robbery with a release date of 1 August 1995, was being transferred to HMP Wymott when he cut his wrist with a blade. He had been strip searched prior to his transfer. First aid was administered by staff on the escort and further medical attention given on arrival at Wymott.

13 July 1994

A group of about 15 prisoners shouted abuse at staff and then lit 4 small fires. These were extinguished and the fire brigade attended. The incident lasted 30 minutes.


Drug Incidents                                                       

                  |Type of                                           

Date of Incident  |Drug/Equipment  |How Found                        

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13 July 1993      |Pipes           |Cell search                      

14 July 1993      |Not specified   |Cell search                      

17 July 1993      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

8 June 1993       |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

10 June 1993      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

22 June 1993      |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

1 July 1993       |Cannabis        |Observation                      

21 August 1993    |Syringe         |Not specified                    

30 August 1993    |Heroin          |Wing search                      

4 September 1993  |Pipes           |Cell search                      

8 September 1994  |Pipes           |Wing search                      

9 September 1993  |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

17 September 1993 |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

18 September 1993 |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

19 September 1993 |Pipes           |Not specified                    

23 September 1993 |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

20 January 1994   |Cocaine         |Cell search                      

22 March 1994     |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

26 May 1994       |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

30 May 1994       |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

1 June 1994       |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

2 June 1994       |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

2 June 1994       |Cannabis        |Wing search                      

2 June 1994       |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

11 June 1994      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

11 June 1994      |Cannabis        |Wing search                      

14 June 1994      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

19 June 1994      |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

22 June 1994      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

10 July 1994      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

17 July 1994      |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

25 July 1994      |Syringe         |Cell search                      

11 August 1994    |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

19 August 1994    |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

20 August 1994    |Cannabis        |Observation                      

21 September 1994 |Cannabis        |Search of inmate                 

21 September 1994 |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

23 September 1994 |Cannabis        |Cell search                      

23 September 1994 |Cannabis        |Cell search                      


Minor Incidents<1> From 22-5-93 to 30-9-94: HMP     

Blakenhurst                                         

                                      |Number       

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

Attempted escape from escort          |4            

Abscond                               |1            

Fail to return from temporary release |4            

Minor assaults                        |104          

Attempted suicides                    |9            

Minor fires                           |23           

Tool loss                             |5            

Miscellaneous minor incidents         |17           

<1> Minor incidents are not reported with the same  

detail as major incidents.                          

Prisoners (HIV)

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have contracted AIDS/HIV in prison in each of the last five years.

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. Paul Flynn, dated 31 October 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about AIDS/HIV in prison. There is only one documented case of a prisoner who clearly became infected with HIV whilst within the prison system in England and Wales. This infection occurred in 1993.


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Asylum Applications

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average number of hours work involved in considering and deciding applications for asylum.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The amount of work involved in considering and deciding any individual asylum application is governed by a wide range of different factors, and no average figure of the kind requested is kept.

Wolds Prison

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list incidents, giving in each case the date, type of incident with brief details, and the outcome, at the Wolds prison since 6 April 1992 to the latest available date.

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 31 October 1994 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking for a list of incidents, giving in each case the date, type of incident with brief details, and the outcome, at Manchester prison, from April 1994 to the latest available date.

Incidents reported by establishments to Prison Service Headquarters fall into the two categories of "major" or "minor", as defined in Prison Service Circular Instruction 18/1988. Details of incidents reported by Manchester during the period in question are attached.

Major incidents from April 1994 to 30 September 1994: HMP Manchester

Escape from Escorts--

26 July 1994

An unsentenced prisoner, charged with driving whilst disqualified, slipped his handcuffs and escaped while leaving the escort bus at Rochdale Magistrates's Court. Officers chased him but failed to catch him. He was recaptured on 7 August 1994.

Death of an Prisoner/Suicide--

12 May 1994

An unsentenced prisoner, charged with robbery, was found in his cell hanging from a torn sheet. He was cut down and resuscitation was unsuccessfully attempted. He had not been thought to be a suicide risk.

Bomb/Explosion Threat--

4 July 1994

Three packages were x-rayed. The police were called and the packages containing computer components were found to be harmless. Major Miscellaneous--

8 June 1994

There was serious jamming of the prison radio network from an outside source, which had also occurred the previous day. The police investigated.

30 July 1994

An unsentenced prisoner, charged with rape, was released in error from court. He was recaptured by police and returned to the prison the same day.

22 August 1994

Acting on information, A Wing launderette was searched. A 30 foot length of plaited sheet, 3 hacksaw blades (not prison issue) and a set of floor plans for A Wing were found. The same day a large metal hook, suitable for escape, was found in a workshop. Other items such as makeshift screwdrivers, and illicit alcohol were also found. No prisoner could be connected to the escape equipment.


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Drug incidents                                                              

                   |Type of                                                 

Date of incident   |drug/equipment    |How found                            

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11 April 1994      |Cannabis plant    |Cell search                          

9 June 1994        |Syringe           |Search of prisoner                   

10 June 1994       |Barbiturates      |Search of prisoner                   

13 June 1994       |Cannabis          |Search of prisoner                   

23 June 1994       |Cannabis          |Search of prisoner                   

25 June 1994       |Heroin/Syringe    |Cell search                          

26 June 1994       |Syringe           |Cell search                          

10 July 1994       |Cannabis          |Search of prisoner                   

13 July 1994       |Syringe           |Cell search                          

16 July 1994       |Heroin            |Search of visitor                    

23 July 1994       |Heroin            |Cell search                          

23 July 1994       |Syringe           |Cell search                          

23 July 1994       |Heroin            |Cell search                          

6 August 1994      |Cannabis          |Cell search                          

8 August 1994      |Cannabis          |Observation                          

16 August 1994     |Heroin            |Search of prisoner                   

3 September 1994   |Cannabis          |Cell search                          

3 September 1994   |Cannabis          |Wing search                          

3 September 1994   |Cannabis          |Wing search                          

3 September 1994   |Barbiturates      |Wing search                          

3 September 1994   |Heroin            |Wing search                          

4 September 1994   |Syringe           |Not specified                        

15 September 1994  |Cannabis          |Search of prisoner                   

18 September 1994  |Syringe           |Wing search                          

18 September 1994  |Heroin            |Wing search                          

22 September 1994  |Syringe           |Observation                          

22 September 1994  |Syringe           |Search of grounds                    

23 September 1994  |Syringe           |Wing search                          


Minor incidents<1> from April 1994 to 30 September  

1994:                                               

HMP Manchester                                      

                                      |Number       

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

Minor assaults                        |12           

Attempted suicides                    |3            

Absconds                              |2            

Fail to return from temporary release |4            

Miscellaneous minor incidents         |6            

Note:                                               

<1> Minor incidents are not reported with the same  

detail as major incidents.                          

Prison Service (Disputes)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many formally registered disputes or failures to agree there were between the Prison Officers Association and the Prison Service in each month in the last three years.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 27 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 Mr. Doug Hoyle, dated 31 October 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about how many formally registered disputes or failures to agree there were between the Prison Officers' Association and the Prison Service in each month in the last three years.

The Schedule below shows the number of failures to agree listed by month. Most are not new disputes each month, as they may be in procedure for a number of weeks and will be carried over in the figures from month to month.

The 93 currently in procedure relate to 56 establishments; there are no failures to agree at the remaining 78 establishments.


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               |Number       

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

October 1991   |79           

November 1991  |66           

December 1991  |42           

January 1992   |37           

February 1992  |38           

March 1992     |36           

April 1992     |45           

May 1992       |46           

June 1992      |38           

July 1992      |41           

August 1992    |45           

September 1992 |39           

October 1992   |24           

November 1992  |26           

December 1992  |21           

January 1993   |17           

February 1993  |17           

March 1993     |19           

April 1993     |17           

May 1993       |19           

June 1993      |18           

July 1993      |27           

August 1993    |46           

September 1993 |63           

October 1993   |59           

November 1993  |52           

December 1993  |53           

January 1994   |64           

February 1994  |56           

March 1994     |66           

April 1994     |73           

May 1994       |71           

June 1994      |72           

July 1994      |88           

August 1994    |91           

September 1994 |93           

October 1994   |93           

Citizenship Applications

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Mr. Ali Al Fayed applied for British citizenship; (1) when he was interviewed by a police officer; when a decision was taken on his application; who took the final decision; what was the final decision; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed applied for British citizenship; when he was interviewed by a police officer; when a decision was taken on his application; who took the final decision; what was the final decision; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Mr. Ali Al Fayed submitted his application on 29 January 1993 and Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed on 15 February 1994. I do not propose to comment further on the detailed processing of their applications.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formal or informal representations have been made to him or his ministerial colleagues, or any of his or their predecessors by hon. Members in respect of the applications for citizenship of Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed or Mr. Ali Al Fayed.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: We have received representations from two right hon. or hon. Members about these applications. It is not our practice to disclose details about private communications.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the main requirements for a


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person to satisfy currently before British citizenship is granted; what is the average waiting times between an application being accepted, interview by a detective police officer and a decision being taken to grant or refuse an application; and how many applications are currently awaiting decision.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen are set out in schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981. For those applying on the basis of their residence in the United Kingdom they are that they were in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the period of five years ending with the date of the application; that they have not been absent for more than 450 days in this five year period, and for no more than 90 days in the last 12 months; that they have not been in breach of the immigration laws during the five years and have been free of any restriction under those laws on the period they might remain in the United Kingdom for 12 months; that they are of good character; that they have a sufficient knowledge of the English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language; and that they intend to make their principal home in the United Kingdom. For those applying on the basis of their marriage to a British citizen the qualifying period is three years with no more than 270 days absences in that period, and no more than 90 days in the final 12 months. Such applicants are required not to have been in breach of the immigration laws during the three-year period and to be free of any restriction under those laws on the period they might remain in the United Kingdom; and to be of good character. At the end of September 1994, the average waiting time for a certificate of naturalisation was 13.6 months. Not all applicants are interviewed by a police officer so it is not possible to give average interval times in the form requested.

As of 21 October 1994, there were 42,119 applications for British citizenship outstanding of which 33,424 were applications for naturalisation.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances applications for British citizenship are referred to him or Ministers for final decision; and how many such applications have been referred to Ministers in each of the last five years and in the current year to date.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Applications are referred to Ministers where they are especially difficult or sensitive. The number of cases referred to Ministers is not separately recorded and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if a person whose application for British citizenship is refused has a right to receive a full explanation of such refusal; if such a person has a right of appeal against refusal; and if application fees are refunded when applications are refused.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Section 44(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 provides that the Secretary of State shall not be required to assign any reason for the grant or refusal of any application under the Act the decision on which is at his discretion; and that his decision on any such application shall not be subject to appeal to, or review in, any court.

A small proportion of the fee is refunded when an application is refused.


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Iraqi Business Men

Dr. John Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi business men have entered the United Kingdom since October 1992.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The information requested is not available, as business men--persons seeking to establish themselves in the United Kingdom in business or self-employment--are not identified separately in the statistics. Five hundred and fifty Iraqi nationals were given leave to enter as business visitors--persons seeking to transact business during their visit--in the period October 1992 to June 1994.

Sri Lankan Tamils

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankan Tamils are at present being held in (a) prison and (b) detention centres for alleged immigration offences.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: On 26 October 1994, two Sri Lankan nationals were being held in prison and 13 in detention centres, having been detained on arrival under Immigration Act powers.

Firearms

Mr. Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the efficiency savings that will result from operating the best practice guidelines issued to police forces in 1991 for administering the firearms licensing system.

Mr. Maclean: The administration of firearms licensing is a matter for individual chief officers of police. The efficiency savings achieved by an individual police force will depend on how closely their existing firearms licensing system follows best practice.

Mr. Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his assessment of the progress made by police forces in adopting the best practice guidelines issued in 1991 for administering the firearms licensing system.

Mr. Maclean: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mr Griffiths) on 27 October 1994, Official Report , column 770 .

Clock Adjustment

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

Mr. Nicholas Baker: No record is kept of such matters.

Mr. Barron : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has undertaken of the various costs of administering the firearms licensing system as calculated by (a) Ernst and Young and (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers multiforce study in setting the levels of fees for firearms certificates.

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 at column 282 .

The Association of Chief Officers' study was very helpful, but we could not rely on its figures as a basis for


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reviewing the fees as they did not take account of overheads and other important factors.

The right course was to base our review on a costing exercise which took full account of the best practise procedures which we have recommended to police forces. That is what we have done.

Asylum

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to provide information on the original residence or ethnic origin of asylum seekers in official statistics.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: There are no plans to compile statistics on the original residence or ethnic origin of asylum seekers.

Asylum

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 1,000 ex-Yugoslav detainees whom the Government said, in November 1992, it would accept into Britain have been accepted; and how many of them are already here.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: As at 13 October 1994, 969 particularly vulnerable individuals and 1,293 dependants have been authorised for acceptance under the arrangements announced in November 1992 and June 1993, where the Government offered to receive 1,000 particularly vulnerable individuals from the former Yugoslavia and their immediate dependants, an estimated total of 4,000 people in all.

As at 24 October 1994, 803 particularly vulnerable individuals and 1,104 dependants have arrived under these arrangements. Prior to this, 68 sick and wounded ex-detainees from Bosnia arrived in September 1992.

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to provide information on the length of time applicants have been waiting for an initial decision on their asylum applications.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Statistics giving the year of decision by year of application is published in table 5.1 of the Home Office statistical bulletin: "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1993", issue number 17/94 published on 14 July 1994, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Information on the estimated average length of time between receipt of an application and a decision in a given period is available and is provided on request.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications he has received for asylum from Kenyan citizens in each of the past 10 years and in this year to date; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: In the period 1 January 1994 to 30 September 1994, 930 applications for asylum have been received from Kenyan nationals. Information for the years 1985 to 1993 is given in table 2.1 of the Home Office statistical bulletin: "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1993", issue 14/94 published on 14 July 1994, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.


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