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Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to proscribe al-Muhajiroun; and if he will make a statement. [12160]

Mr. Blunkett: The Government are well aware of the statements made by the al-Muhajiroun organisation and any suggestion that these statements breach the law will be thoroughly investigated. To qualify for proscription under the Terrorism Act 2000, I must be satisfied in accordance with section 3 of the Act that an organisation is "concerned in terrorism". The Government are keeping under close review whether the activities of al-Muhajiroun bring that organisation within the requirements for proscription set out in section 3 and, if the conclusion is that this organisation is concerned in terrorism, I will give full consideration as to whether it is appropriate to recommend their proscription to Parliament.

Revenue Support

Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which his Department has made available to (a) Telford and the Wrekin council and (b) Shropshire county council in 2001–02 to date. [14476]

Angela Eagle: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Landmark/Inn on the Park

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what issues were raised in the representations received by (a) him and (b) NASS in relation to (i) Landmark and (ii) Inn on the Park in Everton, Liverpool. [14457]

Angela Eagle: Issues raised in representations received by Home Office Ministers and the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) in relation to the Landmark and Inn on the Park buildings have included the quality of the accommodation, concern over public order and allegations about the treatment of asylum seekers.

Full consideration has been given to all the issues raised in representations, and the allegations surrounding the treatment of asylum seekers housed by NASS in the Landmark building have been thoroughly investigated by the police and by the Head of NASS's Investigations section. Those investigations and an on-going programme of contract management control by NASS, have indicated areas for improvement in the provision of Landmark's delivery of their contract and these either have been or are being dealt with. NASS continues to monitor all of its providers and where contractual obligations are not met the ultimate sanction is termination of the contract.


Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Putney will receive

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a substantive reply to his letter of 21 September, for which he received an acknowledgement on 7 November, on behalf of his constituent Mrs. Olga Brown. [14370]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 14 November 2001]: I wrote to my hon. Friend on 15 November 2001. I am sorry I did not reply sooner.

Ports of Entry

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people seeking entry into the UK at ports of entry were refused and immediately removed in 2000. [13927]

Angela Eagle: 38,275 persons seeking entry into the United Kingdom at ports of entry were refused leave to enter and subsequently removed in 2000. Information about the interval between arrival and eventual removal is not collected centrally, and could only be established by reference to individual records. It is therefore not possible to say how many were removed immediately.

Immigration Law

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were held in custody under UK immigration law, on 1 November, broken down by nationality. [13925]

Angela Eagle: The requested information on persons detained under Immigration Act powers as at 30 June 2001 is given in the table. The table excludes persons detained at Oakington Reception Centre, for which gender information is not available, but includes persons detained in prison establishments under dual Immigration Act and other powers.

More recent information is not currently available. We plan to publish data on immigration detention on 30 November on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website http://, relating to persons detained as at 30 September.

Immigration Act detainees as at 30 June 2001(9),(10)

NationalityMale detaineesFemale detainees
China, People's Republic of655
Czech Republic15
Ivory Coast10
South Africa105
Sri Lanka65
Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of1205
Other nationalities(11)13010

(9) Figures rounded to the nearest five, with * = one or two, and exclude persons detained in Oakington Reception Centre and police cells. Figures may not sum due to rounding

(10) Figures include 245 persons detained in prison establishments under dual Immigration Act and other powers

(11) Other nationalities with five or fewer detainees

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Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to regulate the transport of caged rats; and if he will make a statement. [R] [14068]

Angela Eagle: The Home Office has responsibility for the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Under section 21 of that Act, a Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals in Designated Breeding Establishments is in place, which covers best practice for the care of laboratory animals during transport. Failure to comply with this Code of Practice does not, however, render a person liable to criminal or civil proceedings.

The Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997 applies to all vertebrates transported for commercial purposes, and under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 it is an offence to convey a captive or domestic animal in such a way as to cause it unnecessary suffering. These pieces of legislation are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Afghanistan (Media Guidelines)

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to the UK news media on the handling of sensitive security issues during the conflict in Afghanistan. [13675]

Mr. Blunkett: There are well-established arrangements with the news media for the discussion of hoaxes, false alarms, and the handling of public safety information. These are co-ordinated by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, and have recently covered suspected anthrax incidents.

Additionally, No. 10 spoke informally to selected broadcasters about the potential dangers of broadcasting material issued by bin Laden.

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what higher court judicial decisions

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have been made as to the admissibility of hearsay evidence in proceedings seeking Antisocial Behaviour Orders; and if he will make a statement. [12027]

Mr. Denham: In R. (on the application of McCann and Others) v. Manchester Crown court, the Court of Appeal held that applications for Antisocial Behaviour Orders are made in civil proceedings, and that therefore the civil standard of proof applied (although that standard is a flexible one) and hearsay evidence was admissible.

Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the expenditure by his Department in each of the years (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d) 1999–2000, (e) 2000–01, (f) 2001–02 and (g) 2002–03 (estimated) was allocated with reference to the index of multiple deprivation; which expenditure programmes are allocated with respect to this index and other measures of relative geographic deprivation; and if he will make a statement. [8941]

Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 25 October 2001]: In 2001–02, £2.9 million for a scheme to improve the security of local shops in deprived areas has been allocated by reference both to the indices of deprivation compiled by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions and to the Welsh index of deprivation. We plan to allocate a further £5.8 million under the scheme by reference to those indices in 2002–03. Police grant and probation area funding are also allocated on the basis of formulas that take account of relative deprivation. In the current financial year, police grant is expected to be approximately £3,995 million and grant to local probation boards approximately £500 million.

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