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Commission has determined that the case will require an extensive review. Mr. Tucker's representatives have recently asked that his application should be given priority. The Commission will consider this request and let Mr. Tucker's representatives know the outcome. If the Commission found that there were no special factors that would justify giving it priority, Mr. Tucker's application would continue to await allocation to a caseworker, on the basis of date order of receipt, and the Commission would expect to begin the review by May 2001.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals were refused entry to the UK on grounds of (a) public policy, (b) public security and (c) public health during 1999. 
Mrs. Roche: The available information relates to the total number of European Union nationals who were refused leave to enter in 1999. A total of 290 such persons were recorded in that year. There are no separate statistics for the individual categories requested.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EEA family members who arrived in possession of entry clearance holding an EEA family permit were refused entry by the immigration officer at a British port of entry during 1999. 
Mr. Straw: All asylum applications are fully and carefully considered on their individual merits, by specially trained officers in the Integrated Casework Directorate of the Home Office. Details of individual cases are not disclosed to third parties for reasons of confidentiality.
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Mr. Straw: It has been the long-standing policy of successive Governments not to comment on issues of national security. It is also an important principle that we do not ordinarily discuss an individual's immigration status. This has been explained to journalists by my Department's Press Office.
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases are held in the Work in Progress Store of the Immigration and Nationality Department; and how many of these have been outstanding for (a) between six months and one year, (b) between one and two years and (c) more than two years. 
Mrs. Roche: As at 3 November, there were 67,018 cases held in the Work in Progress Store. Of these, 6,022 have been outstanding for between six months and one year and 27,483 have been outstanding for between one and two years. The Work in Progress Store was set up at the end of 1998 and no cases have therefore been outstanding in the store for more than two years.
Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum applicants since April have chosen to refuse the offer of accommodation in dispersal areas. 
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases have been dispersed under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and how many of these were (a) single adults and (b) couples without children. 
Mrs. Roche: As at the end of October 2000, 5,600 1 asylum cases (not including dependants) were confirmed as having arrived in the accommodation allocated to them under the dispersal scheme. Of these, 4,600 1 were single adult asylum seekers, and 300 1 were adult asylum seekers with one dependant. Cases where there is only one dependant are not necessarily couples without children.
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Mr. Boateng: The latest available information on the number of convicted prisoners transferred to private psychiatric hospitals under section 47 of the Mental Health Act 1983 between 1995 to 1999 is as follows:
|Transfers(48) to private psychiatric hospitals||Total number of transfers(48)||Proportion transferred to private psychiatric hospitals (%)|
(48) Transfers from Prison Service Establishments under section 47 of the Mental Health Act 1983 including those subject to restrictions under section 49.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) passports and (b) identity documents purported to be issued by an EU member state presented by passengers on arrival in the UK were the subject of inquiries with the authorities of the member state to determine the document's genuineness, and whether issue to the holder was correct, during 1999. 
Mrs. Roche: Statistics are not currently compiled for the number of inquiries made with other European Union/ European Economic Area (EU/EEA) member states regarding documents issued by them. The Immigration Service National Forgery Section is the nominated United Kingdom contact point for EU/EEA travel document inquiries. Other Immigration Service offices, however, also make certain unilateral inquiries directly with EU member states via established bilateral liaison contacts. Reference is normally made to these authorities only in a restricted number of cases; for instance, when it cannot be determined that the document is a forgery, or to clarify whether or not a document is a stolen blank whose details have not already been circulated via the nominated national contact point. A new system of recording details of the mutual exchange of such information is currently being put in place.
Comprehensive figures are, however, available for the number of cases of fraudulent passports and identity cards detected by the Immigration Service at United Kingdom ports of arrival during the course of 1999. There were 5,516 such detections, 3,018 of which were non-British EEA documents.
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The Privy Council Office fully supports the role that employers can play in the voluntary sector. A statement was made to all staff in June of this year confirming the Department's commitment to Volunteer Day and encouraging staff to become involved.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the average period of time taken to settle claims dealt with by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each of the last three years. 
There are no meaningful average times applicable to claims for criminal injuries compensation. Applications range from the very straightforward ones in which a decision may be issued within a few weeks, through to exceptionally complicated cases in which it may take a number of years for the injury to be fully assessed.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has, however, been able to provide some information about the percentage of cases settled within various time frames under both the current (tariff) scheme and the former (common law damages) scheme. This is summarised in the table.
|1996 (Tariff) Scheme time period||Number||Percentage||Cumulative (Percentage)|
|Up to 2 months||4,523||6||6|
|Over 2, under 4 months||9,933||14||21|
|Over 4, under 6 months||13,709||20||40|
|Over 6, under 8 months||15,844||23||63|
|Over 8, under 10 months||10,925||16||78|
|Over 10, under 12 months||7,021||10||88|
|Over 12 months||8,154||12||100|
|Up to 2 months||4,835||6||6|
|Over 2, under 4 months||11,983||15||21|
|Over 4, under 6 months||15,236||19||40|
|Over 6, under 8 months||16,013||20||60|
|Over 8, under 10 months||12,112||15||75|
|Over 10, under 12 months||7,157||9||84|
|Over 12 months||12,378||16||100|
|Up to 2 months||6,812||9||9|
|Over 2, under 4 months||14,151||20||29|
|Over 4, under 6 months||16,040||22||52|
|Over 6, under 8 months||11,988||17||68|
|Over 8, under 10 months||7,416||10||79|
|Over 10, under 12 months||5,161||7||86|
|Over 12 months||10,171||14||100|
(49) Time taken to process applications (from receipt to issue of decision)
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|Up to 12 months||21||6||4|
|Over 12 months||79||94||96|
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