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Beverley Hughes: I apologise for the delay in answering this question due to an administrative oversight in my Department. It is envisaged that in order to provide a full range of on-site services for a total of 750 asylum seekers, a site of around 20 to 25 acres will be required.
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on local (a) labour markets and (b) small businesses of the establishment of asylum accommodation centres in remote rural locations; and if he will make a statement. 
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 803W, on RAF Turnhouse, for what reasons his Department has not reached a final decision on the suitability of RAF Turnhouse for an asylum seeker accommodation centre. 
Beverley Hughes: Immediate priority has been given to the three sites for which it has been decided to submit planning notifications. A final decision on the sites still under consideration, including the Royal Air Force (RAF) Turnhouse, has not been reached simply because further work on evaluation is still in progress. As I have stated previously, we will reach a decision as soon as possible on the suitability of RAF Turnhouse.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 803W, on RAF Turnhouse, which of the criteria listed (a) Killingholme and (b) Hooton Park failed to meet. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were visited; and what the total cost of each individual visit was. 
Between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2002, special advisers have accompanied the Home Secretary abroad on six occasions at an average total cost of £2,030.02 for all involved in the trip. the countries visited were Spain,
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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by his Department for services in any departmental building from which Ministers work, stating for each subscription its (i) cost and (ii) purpose. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Home Department does not pay any subscription to (a) digital terrestrial and (b) digital satellite television. The Department does pay subscriptions to (c) digital cable television used in a departmental building from which Ministers work. Use of these services is limited to Ministers' private offices, the Legal Advisers Branch and the Communications Directorate. Details of cost and purpose are as follows:
Cost per year: £15,540.00.
Purpose: To monitor upcoming and breaking news, and parliamentary news to brief Ministers.
During the period May 1997 to March 1998, in this Department there was one Cabinet Minister, at an annual salary of £43,991; two Ministers of State, at an annual salary of £31,125; and three Parliamentary Under- Secretaries of State, one in the Lords at an annual salary of £43,632 and two in the Commons at an annual salary of £23,623.
From June 2001, there was one Cabinet Minister, at an annual salary of £68,157; three Ministers of State, two in the Commons at an annual salary of £35,356 and one in the Lords at an annual salary of £68,283; and three Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, at an annual salary of £26,835.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures were for 200102; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Annual departmental expenditure limit (DEL) (£ million)||10,731||10,230|
|Staff costs (£ million)||1,477||1,688|
|Staff costs as proportion of annual DEL (Percentage)||13.8||16.5|
The 200102 DEL includes £826 million from the DEL Reserve, voted in the Spring Supplementary Estimates, mainly to fund asylum expenditure. If this is discounted, the staff costs for 200102 constitute 16.1 per cent. of the DEL.
Mr. Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers living in Falkirk, West constituency are awaiting (a) the outcome of their asylum applications and (b) the outcome of appeals against decisions made in respect of their asylum applications. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 4 July 2002]: The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation is fully furnished including items such as crockery and kitchen utensils. The costs of accommodation including associated utility bills and council tax are met centrally.
Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the administrative manuals and internal guidance which his Department has made public as required by Part 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and which of these were first made available after May 1997. 
Mr. Blunkett: Since the Home Office publishes considerable amounts of information, it is not possible to identify all that falls in this category without disproportionate diversion of resources and further delay. However, as work proceeds on the development of a publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act, we intend to increase the volume of such material in accordance with recommended practice. The publication scheme will be operational in November this year and will set out the classes of information that the Home Office will publish routinely. We aim to include information from administrative manuals and internal guidance.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths were attributable to firearms in the last year in Portsmouth, South; how many of these were with licensed firearms; and if he will make a statement. 
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The Home Office firearms database does not hold figures for locations below police force area. Information relating to the number of licensed firearms is recorded on a calendar basis, figures for 2001 are not currently available.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug arrests there were in the Portsmouth, South constituency in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on the number of persons arrested for notifiable offences is collected by police force area only. Available data on the number of persons arrested for drugs offences within the Hampshire police force area are given in the table for the years 19992000 and 200001. Statistics for 200102 will be available in the autumn.
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