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Pet Animals Protection

Sir Jim Lester: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the policy of the United Kingdom in respect of accession to the European convention on the protection of pet animals. [18216]

Mr. Sackville: The Government remain firmly committed to adopting reasonable measures to improve the treatment of animals, but are not at present convinced that accession to the pet animals convention would add significantly to the protection which domestic animals already enjoy under existing United Kingdom law. The Government will review the position again at the end of the decade.

Prisoners (Non-English Speakers)

Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy regarding the conduct of social visits for persons held in Her Majesty's prisons who do not speak English; and if he will make a statement on the matters raised by the hon. Member in his letter dated 14 February. [16649]

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Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 22 February 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. John Austin-Walker, dated 27 February 1996:

The Homes Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about prisoners' visits.


Asylum Seekers

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Pakistan nationals who entered the United Kingdom via Malaysia have applied for asylum (a) on entry and (b) after entry in each of the last five years; how many applications have been (i) granted and (ii) refused; on how many applications a decision is pending; how many have been (1) upheld and (2) dismissed at appeal; and in respect of how many an appeal is awaited. [17334]

Mr. Kirkhope [holding answer 26 February 1996]: Information regarding the number of asylum seekers who have travelled through other countries before arriving in the United Kingdom is not held centrally. A breakdown of applications, initial decisions or appeals for such cases is, therefore, not available.

General information on asylum applications from nationals of Pakistan, including a breakdown of appeal determinations in 1994, can be found in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1994", issue 15/95, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Prisons (Staff)

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average amount spent on wages per member of staff in each prison for the first six months of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement. [16675]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 26 February 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

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