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Angela Eagle: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary said in his statement to the House on 29 October that the new Accommodation Centres would offer education facilities. We are working with key stakeholders to establish the range of such facilities that will be available to children in the trial centres.
Angela Eagle: The National Asylum Support Services has one contract with the Landmark Company and this came into effect on 3 April 2000. Asylum seekers were dispersed to the Landmark Tower buildings from 3 April 2000 but dispersals to that location were suspended in early July 2001 and have not yet resumed.
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Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to respond to (a) telephone inquiries and (b) written inquiries on applications for asylum. 
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to process a claim for emergency accommodation under section 98 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans NASS has to extend the deadline for appeal against a NASS decision to (a) refuse and (b) withdraw support from asylum seekers. 
Angela Eagle: Following representations from the Chief Asylum Support Adjudicator, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) decided to review the Asylum Support Appeals (Procedure) Rules 2000. No timetable has yet been set for this review, but we hope to complete it this year.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants who have been offered dispersal placements outside London have declined the offer of support in each of the last six months. 
Angela Eagle: The number of asylum seekers who were removed from the United Kingdom in the six months to September 2001 is given in the table. Information more recent than September is not yet available.
|Month||Total asylum seekers(17) removed(18),(19)||Principal applicants removed(18),(19)||Dependants removed(18),(19)|
(17) Persons who had sought asylum at some point.
(18) Provisional figures, rounded to the nearest five. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
(19) Includes persons departing 'voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under the Assisted Voluntary Returns Programmes run by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM).
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Information on the number of asylum removals in the fourth quarter (October to December) of 2001 will be published on 28 February 2002 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to process an application for asylum; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) deals with applications for support from asylum seekers. The information requested is currently unavailable. A project is currently under way to set up a procedure for calculating the time taken by NASS to process applications.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the application for citizenship made by Mrs. Mehar of Southend, which was acknowledged by the IND of 28 February 2001, Reference M1103724CQ, to be determined; and if he will invite the IND to remove from such acknowledgments the phrase passed to a case worker who will contact you shortly. 
Angela Eagle: Mrs. Mehar's application was received on 15 December 2000. It has now reached its turn for consideration and she has been asked to submit documentary evidence to confirm her eligibility for naturalisation as a British citizen. Once consideration has begun, decisions are normally made within six months.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department If he will make a statement on the delays involved in the treatment of post received at the Immigration Office, Croydon. 
Angela Eagle: We aim to decide 70 per cent. of all new general and settlement cases within three weeks and met this for the first half of 2001. But because of the exceptionally high number of applications received and the introduction of process changes, it has recently been taking up to eight weeks to consider new applications. We are working to reduce this to three weeks or less as soon as possible.
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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent consultations she has held with the Learning and Skills Council and other interested parties concerning the future financing and delivery of Investors in People. 
John Healey [holding answer 29 January 2002]: There is regular on-going consultation between my Department, the Learning and Skills Council, Small Business Service and Investors in People (IiP) UK about the future financing and delivery of Investors in People.
On 21 January 2002, in accordance with the Government's policy of conducting quinquennial reviews of all non-departmental public bodies, my Department started a review of Investors in People (IiP) UK. Following Cabinet Office guidelines, the terms of reference for the first stage of the review are:
to consider the continuing relevance and likely need for these functions in the future and whether there is a need for any reductions or expansion of these functions.
to consider whether continued non-departmental public body status is the best way of delivering these functions or whether some, or all, of the functions could be delivered more efficiently and effectively through other means eg privatisation, contracting out, rationalisation or merger with other bodies.
to consider what IiP UK's customers, end users of the Standard and other key stakeholders think about its role, performance and responsiveness to their needs.
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