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Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Treasury has taken in relation to making regulations setting out the recognition requirements which are to apply to investment exchanges and clearing houses and to making an Order prescribing the markets and qualifying investments to which the new market abuse regime will apply under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The regulations relating to recognition requirements for investment exchanges and clearing houses and the order relating to prescribed markets and qualifying investments were made by the Treasury and laid before Parliament today.
Mr. Timms: Motorcycles over 250cc pay 40 per cent. of the standard rate of vehicle excise duty levied on vehicles in the private and light goods vehicle class. Budget 2001 froze the rate at £65 per annum.
Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the establishment level of (a) uniformed officers and (b) civilian staff was in Islington police division in (i) each year since 1996 and (ii) 2001 to date; and how many were actually in post in each category in each year. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 14 March 2001]: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has provided the information in the table. It is not possible for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to provide information on the budgeted workforce targets (establishment) for the earlier years because the current
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Islington division was only created in 1999 out of the former Islington and Holloway divisions. The MPS have been able to provide strength figures for the former Islington and Holloway divisions for the years before 1999.
|Police officers(16),(17)||Civilian support staff(16)|
|As at 31 December||Budgeted workforce target||Actual officers in post||Budgeted workforce target||Actual staff in post|
|1999||544 (484)||510.6 (465)||n/a||147.0|
|2000||554 (489)||542.9 (482.3)||129||138.7|
|2001||554 (489)||539.9 (485.8)||129||135.2|
(16) All figures are full-time equivalents.
(17) The figures in brackets are the number of uniformed police officers. The total figure for each year includes plain-clothes police officers.
Mr. Rowe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to meet members of the UK Youth Parliament to discuss the proposals in the Parliament's manifesto in which his Department has a policy interest. 
Mr. Boateng: I was pleased to attend the first sitting of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament last month. I will be making an initial response to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament's manifesto on behalf of the Government in my capacity as Minister for Young People. Both my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I would be happy to meet a delegation from the United Kingdom Youth Parliament once the manifesto is published.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government published a consultation document on 6 November 2000 with proposals for deregulating the bingo industry. The document suggested the abolition of the existing requirement for licensed bingo clubs to notify the licensing authority of changes in their charges to players 14 days in advance. It also suggested allowing licensed bingo clubs to have both jackpot and amusements with
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prizes gaming machines instead of either one or the other, and increasing the possible number of prizes available in games of multiple bingo.
The consultation period ended on 16 February 2001 and we have been considering the responses that we received. We now intend to lay an Order under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 that would give effect to the changes outlined in the consultation document.
Mr. Corbett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual cost of escorting an asylum applicant in secure conditions to and from hearings in connection with his application and any subsequent appeal was in each of the last three years. 
Mrs. Roche: Home Office officials have regular contact with the Chinese Government in order to obtain travel documents so that those Chinese nationals who have no lawful basis for remaining here and who are without valid national passports can be documented for return to China.
As part of this contact, officials meet the Chinese authorities to explore ways of securing improvements to the travel document issuing process and to co-operate more generally in combating illegal immigration.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were resident in Wales and were waiting for their applications to be processed in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001. 
On 3 April 2000, the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) began supporting destitute asylum seekers entering the United Kingdom on or after that date. Information recorded by NASS shows that as at the end of February 2001, 30 1 asylum seekers, including dependants, had been allocated NASS accommodation in Wales and 70 1 asylum seekers, including dependants, had been allocated voucher only support and were located in Wales.
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Information is not currently available centrally on the location of asylum seekers who either do not apply for NASS support or who were receiving Department of Social Security or local authority support before NASS began.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are awaiting deportation; and how many were deported in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001. 
Mrs. Roche: The requested information on deported asylum seekers is shown in the table. It is not possible to say how many asylum seekers voluntarily left the United Kingdom without the knowledge of the Home Office. Therefore, it is not possible to say how many are awaiting deportation.
|Total asylum removals and voluntary departures(19)||7,185||6,985||7,660||8,980|
|removed or left as a result of deportation action under Section 3(5) or 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1971||455||350||140||170|
(18) Data are provisional
(19) Includes action against passengers applying at ports
All figures are rounded to the nearest 5
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