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Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 22 April 2002]: Drug abstinence orders and drug abstinence requirements were made available to the courts covering the three pilot sites, Nottingham, Staffordshire and Hackney on 5 November 2001. As at 28 February 2002, seven drug abstinence orders and 85 drug abstinence requirements have been issued.
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(3) when he last met police representatives to discuss the drug policy in Brixton; and what was concluded. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 24 April 2002]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has not met police representatives to discuss the drug policy in Brixton, but he has been following the progress of the Lambeth cannabis pilot very closely. I have met officers in Brixton additionally, officials from the Home Department meet regularly with representatives from the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Metropolitan police to discuss this and other issues.
The Home Secretary recognises that it is important to address policing cannabis issues such as those raised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, so as not only to bring consistency to policing practice on the streets but also to make the most effective use of police time.
I understand that the Metropolitan police are continuing their evaluation of the policy being operated in Lambeth to assess more accurately its precise impact. I further understand that the Metropolitan police have no plans to extend the operational pilot to other areas in advance of a full evaluation of all the issues being available.
Mr. Blunkett: A letter of request from Spain for mutual legal assistance involving the evidence of Henry Kissinger was received in the Home Office on 19 April 2002. This request was refused on 22 April, since it did not comply with United Kingdom legislative requirements. No representations were received from Spanish authorities in this connection.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many induction, accommodation and removal centres for asylum seekers there are in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales; where they are; and how many people each of them holds. 
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Angela Eagle: Currently there is one induction centre in Dover. Generally speaking asylum seekers requiring accommodation will spend approximately one week in the induction centre before being dispersed. Other asylum seekers requesting either subsistence only support or who do not require support will spend between one and two days at the centre. We are proposing to open further induction centres over the coming months close to major ports such as Heathrow and Gatwick and a small number in the regions. There is no ceiling on the number who can be accommodated in an induction centre but typically there are between 200 and 500 in the centre at any one time.
There are no accommodation centres at present but we intend to establish a number of these with a total capacity of 3,000 to accommodate a proportion of new asylum seekers from application through initial decision and any appeal. This will be taken forward on a trial basis. We have identified eight potential sites for accommodation centres. Six of these are in England, one in Scotland and one in Wales.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Hemswell, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire
Sully Hospital, Cardiff
Hooton Park, Ellesmere Port, Cardiff
Land vacated by Ministry of Defence (MOD) Logistics, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Air West Edinburgh (formerly RAF Turnhouse), Edinburgh
RAF Newton, West Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire
National Energy Site Killinghome, Grimsby, North Lincolnshire.
|Removal centres||Location||Total capacity(7)||No. of family beds|
|Harmondsworth||West Drayton, Middlesex||550||72|
|Tinsley House||Gatwick airport||137||14|
|Dungavel||Strathaven, South Lanarkshire||150||54|
(7) Including family beds
(8) From end April 2002
The total detention capacity at immigration removal centres is 1,609. This figure excludes the 400 places at Oakington Reception Centre and the provision of detention places at Yarl's Wood Removal Centre that is currently unused.
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Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The notice (IS91R) served on detainees to inform them of the reasons for their detention also contains details of their rights to apply for bail. The immigration officer serving the notice must sign this form to confirm that the detainee has been informed of these rights. If the detainee does not understand English, the immigration officer must ensure that the form's contents are interpreted.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 23 April 2002]: Information on the number of families awaiting a final decision on their asylum application is not readily available and would be obtained only by examination of individual case files to get information on the outcomes of initial decisions, of subsequent appeals to the Immigration Appellate Authority and to the Tribunal, which would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the most recent Ofsted inspection of education provision in each (a) detention and (b) removal centre in England took place. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 23 April 2002]: There have been no inspections by Ofsted of the children's education provision at the two immigration removal centres which have such provision as neither Harmondsworth nor Dungavel have been operating long enough to warrant such an inspection.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) separated children and (b) children in families arrived in the UK and made an asylum application in each of the last six months. 
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Angela Eagle [holding answer 23 April 2002]: The table shows the number of unaccompanied children under the age of 18 who have made an asylum application in the period March to August 2001, inclusive. August is the latest month for which data are available.
(9) Unaccompanied at the point of their arrival, and not known to be joining a close relative in the United Kingdom
(10) Figures exclude disputed age cases
(11) Provisional data
Reliable information on the number of children who have applied for asylum in the United Kingdom, accompanied by an adult, is not readily available and could be obtained only by examination of individual case records and is, therefore, only available at disproportionate cost.
Information on unaccompanied minors is published annually in the statistical bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", a copy of which is available in the Library and from the RDS website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/ rds/immigration1.html.
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