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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were awaiting an award decision at the end of each quarter; what was the average time it took to process an award; how many people were awaiting an appeal decision on their award at the end of each quarter; and what was the average time it took to process an appeal for an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for each quarter from the start of 199899 to quarter 2 of 200102, broken down by those (a) over and (b) under 60. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: Data are available only in respect of cases lodged under the tariff scheme, which was introduced with effect from 1 April 1996. Information about residual cases lodged under the common law damages scheme in force before that date is not collated centrally.
The data in the tables have been provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The following additional information may be helpful in interpreting that data.
Claimants dissatisfied with the first decision of CICA (claims assessment) can formally seek a review of that decision by a more senior member of the authority (review). Claimants dissatisfied with the reviewed decision can make a formal appeal to the independent appellate body, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (appeal).
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The data in table 1 show the number of claimants awaiting a decision at each of the three stages. Table 2 shows the average time taken from receipt of the application to claims assessment. Table 3 shows the time taken to process an application for review, and table 4 the time taken to process an appeal application.
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|Decision issued||Total number of decisions||Average time (days)||Number of decisions for applicants 60 years and older||Average time (days)|
|Total number of decisions||Average time taken (days)||Number of decisions for applicants 60 years and older||Average time taken (days)|
|Total number of cases resolved||Average time taken (days)||Number of decisions for applicants 60 years and older||Average time taken (days)|
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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are employed at Yarls Wood immigration detention centre, broken down by (a) contractors employed by outside firms, (b) his Department's officials and (c) those in other categories; 
(3) what is the cost of the construction of Yarls Wood immigration detention centre. 
Angela Eagle: The new immigration detention centre at Yarls Wood is expected to open by 19 November 2001.
At this moment in time the following numbers are employed within the centre:
The cost of the construction of the detention centre cannot be disclosed on the ground of commercial confidentiality.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received about the proposed operation of immigration snatch squads; what assessment he has made of the consequences for public order; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: We do not have any plans to introduce snatch squads.
The immigration service has run a highly successful pilot scheme to conduct visits and arrests without the assistance of the police. In the pilot year, 413 visits were conducted and no complaints were received. Three arrest
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teams have been established in the metropolitan area. By the end of March 2002, each immigration service region should have an arrest team. A full risk assessment is conducted in conjunction with the police before any visit takes place.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from France concerning the activities of Islamic fundamentalist extremists in the United Kingdom with particular reference to individuals and groups with Algerian connections; and if he will make a reference. 
Angela Eagle: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has received representations from France in relation to two Algerian individuals suspected of involvement with the GIA (Armed Islamic Group) organisation. The French Government are seeking the extradition of both men. Solicitors for one of the suspects have given notice of their intention to apply for judicial review. A committal hearing is pending for the second suspect.
As the Home Secretary said in his statement on 15 October, a review of extradition procedure has already been undertaken and we intend to bring forward measures to modernise and place our extradition laws within the context of the new international situation, streamlining while retaining rights of appeal.
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