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Criminal Justice

(Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 1999, Official Report, column 371, concerning the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998, when he intends to announce the appointment of an independent reviewer of those provisions of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 which were not incorporated into the Prevention of Terrorism (Termporary Provisions) Act 1989; when the first review will take place; and if he will make a statement. [88809]

Mr. Straw: Arrangements are currently in hand to identify potential candidates for this appointment. We hope to be able to make an announcement shortly. The reviewer will, on taking up post, review the operation of sections 5-7 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 since they came into force in September 1998.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were received from (a) Serbia and (b) Colombia in 1998; and how many of the applications (i) were agreed, (ii) were refused and (iii) await decision; and if he will make a statement. [88835]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The available information is given in the table. I regret that it is not possible, without involving disproportionate cost, to separately identify Serbians within the statistics held on nationals of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Applications (2) received for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions (3)(4) for nationals of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Columbia, 1998

Federal Republic of YugoslaviaColumbia
Applications received7,3951,360
Total decisions1,570425
of which:
Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum93520
Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave7525
Refused asylum and exceptional leave565380
Applications outstanding at end of year(5)7,7002,260

(2) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5

(3) Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions

(4) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications made in 1998

(5) Estimated figures

Criminal Record Bureau

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that the structure of application fees for the Criminal Record Bureau does not discourage volunteering. [88850]

Mr. Boateng: The Criminal Record Bureau will be run on a full cost recovery basis and the cost of the fees for certificates from the Bureau will be kept to the minimum necessary to recoup costs. All applicants will be treated equally.

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Ministerial Meetings (US)

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 4 May 1999, Official Report, column 337, what were the names of the two individuals from the US Government whom he met on 17 March. [84343]

Dr. Reid [holding answer 21 May 1999]: My right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State met Stuart Eizenstadt, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs at the US Department of State and Ambassador Peter Scher, US Special Trade Negotiator.

Special Advisers

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what dates special advisers from his Department have travelled in an official capacity to the United States since 2 May 1997; what were the names of the special advisers; and if they accompanied ministers. [84325]

Dr. Reid [holding answer 21 May 1999]: One special adviser travelled to the United States with my predecessor on 15-19 March 1999. In accordance with convention, the name of the special adviser has not been given.

A9 (Strathsteven)

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned following the accident investigation and prevention study by the National Roads Directorate to improve road safety on the A9 to Strathsteven, Brora. [89089]

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Mr. Macdonald: (a) Works to strengthen the edge of the carriageway, boundary wall and verge are currently being undertaken. (b) An Accident Investigation and Prevention study is to be commissioned to identify any appropriate low cost accident prevention measures for this location. Any measures agreed will be implemented during this financial year, providing sufficient funds are available.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Forestry Commission

Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those Forestry Commission land sites currently on the market in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales indicating for each proposed sale (i) the total area, (ii) location, (iii) type of land, (iv) length of time on the market and (v) the provisions for securing continuing public access. [87444]

Mr. Macdonald: The subject of the question relates to matters undertaken by Forest Enterprise. I have asked its Chief Executive, Dr. Bob McIntosh, to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Bob McIntosh to Mr. Bill Etherington, dated 30 June 1999:

    I enclose a table which gives the information you have requested.

    The table does not include negotiated sales, such as sales of houses and agricultural land to sitting tenants or sales of land to conservation bodies through our sponsorship arrangements, as these are not available on the open market.

    I hope that this is helpful.

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Forestry commission land currently on the open market

PropertyArea (hectares)Grid ref.Category of LandDate first put on the marketAccess classification
Benacre Wood25.0TQ945440FL22 October 19963
Black Plantation, Seaton Ross14.0SE794367FL28 June 19953
Brandon Central Depot16.0TL786875O1 June 19884
Deershill Wood11.0SS520172FL18 June 19992
Seaton Old Wood, Seaton Ross16.5SE787394FL28 June 19953
Stanley Cottages Plantation31.0NZ168390FL1 January 19891
Allt Parc Y Dilfa14.0SN640335FL31 July 19982
Amnodd Wood101.0SH810372FL19 April 19963
Bryn Glas 22.9SJ091056FL13 August 19982
Coed Cochion17.0SJ110725FL29 June 19992
Coed Hengefn10.0SJ083048FL13 August 19982
Coed Mynydd Mawr24.0SH365406FL17 July 19983
Coed Pandy22.0SJ190363FL7 September 19982
Coed Pwynt5.0SJ118197FL13 August 19982
Coed Y Graig35.0SH641078FL17 July 19983
Craig Yr Arail58.0SO210044FL24 March 19952
Cwm Prysor (Penllyn Forest)56.0SH790380FL19 April 19953
Eglwyseg Mill Wood6.0SJ215461FL29 June 19992
Fagwr Fran (Trecwn)80.0SM995315FL17 July 19982
Foel Eglwyseg162.0SJ203465FL29 June 19992
Gelli Dywyll25.0SH686413FL17 September 19982
Graianog19.0SH464488FL30 April 19971
Graig Ynysgollen10.0SN802013FL4 June 19872
Nant Y Stalwyn44.0SN820097FL2 March 19931
Pengwern15.0SH696427FL17 September 19981
Pennsylvania Wood35.0SJ886832FL18 June 19992
Pen y Clawdd Plantation37.0SJ200458FL29 June 19993
Pen Y Gribin12.0SH680190FL17 July 19982
Rassau/Carno93.0SO158134FL8 September 19981
Rhiwbach and Tyddyn Bach106.0SH743462FL11 January 19951
Rhiwlas14.2SS833901O12 October 19984
Tan Y Clawdd13.0SH436491FL30 April 19961
Tan Y Graig23.0SJ234405FL7 September 19982
Trecwn182.0SN381312FL17 July 19982
Ty Mawr Hill15.0SJ129018FL13 August 19982
Tyn Rhos and Coed Cefncoch13.0SH834037FL23 June 19982
Wern Land77.4SN853142O1 December 19984
Badiebath Woods46.0NJ831397FL23 December 19981
Barnbarroch62.0NX400505FL1 September 19981
Braes of Gight91.0NJ822390FL23 December 19981
Claigan Plantation252.0NG266530FL19 October 19983
Dunvegan Woodlands258.0NG245516FL19 October 19983
Field at Hillhead0.4NH522239O1 June 19994
Gartochorrans199.0NS465845FL10 June 19992
Knockbain145.0NX166900FL1 September 19982
Land at Savary6.7NM635461O21 April 19994
Land at A836, Stittenham7.2NH653750O19 May 19994
Lochbank23.0NY075840FL10 June 19992
No. 1 Savary and Land1.8NM635461O21 April 19994
Soutra156.2NT460565FL25 September 19982
Whitslade Hill (Pt)23.0NT095335FL9 October 19982


Category of Land

FL--Forest Land

O--Other Land (Agricultural land, hilltops etc.)

Access Classification

1 Access agreement in place

2 Offer of access agreement not accepted by Local Authority

3 Access agreement not possible due to third party constraints

4 The arrangements for access agreements do not apply to other land

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