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Union Duties

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the question of 13 February from the hon. Member for Buckingham regarding staff involvement in union duties. [41578]

Beverley Hughes: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 15 April 2002, Official Report, column 757W.

Regional Organisation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by his Department have a regional organisation; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58937]

Beverley Hughes: The majority of Home Office sponsored Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB's) do not have regional organisations. Some do have offices outside London, but these are not for regional organisational purposes.

The three Executive NDPB's with regional organisation are:

Details of their regional organisations are set out in the table.

Both Home Offices Agencies have regional organisations.

Since April 2000, the Prison Service has operated an area manager structure that is based on the Government regions. Two regions are divided between two area managers: the South East (one for Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and one for Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and East Midlands North (Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Derby and Nottingham) and South (Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Leicester and Rutland). Previously area managers had been based in London.

The United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) had five regional catchment areas in 1997, and has six in 2002, not including London, which is now a drop in centre. Details of the organisational structure are in the table.

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Regional Organisational Structures
A. Home Office Non Departmental Public Bodies

Commission for Racial Equality (2002)
London and the South (London)33 London Boroughs Bucks, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berks., Kent, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Midlands (Birmingham)Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, plus Cambridgeshire (Eastern Region), Shropshire. Northamptonshire. Staffordshire, West Midlands County, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
North of England (Manchester and Leeds)Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester, West Yorkshire and Merseyside.
Inclusive Boundaries—Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and East Riding.
Scotland (Edinburgh)Scotland
Wales (Cardiff)Wales

Details of the CRE's 1997 organisation structure is not available, although it is believed to have been similar to the 2002 structure.

National Crime Squad (Only became an NDPB in April 2002)
CheshireBedfordshireAvon and Somerset
CumbriaCity of LondonDevon and Cornwall
Greater ManchesterHampshireDyfed-Powys
MerseysideMetropolitan PoliceLeicestershire
North YorkshireSuffolkNorthamptonshire
South YorkshireSurreyNorth Wales
West YorkshireSussexNottinghamshire
Thames ValleySouth Wales
West Mercia
West Midlands

National Criminal Intelligence Service (Only became an NDPB in April 2002)
South East Area Office (London)Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.
South West Regional Office
(Bristol)Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Gwent, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan and Dyfed, Powys.
Midlands Regional Office
Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester, West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) 1 .
North East Regional Office
(Wakefield)South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside, North Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) 1 .
North West Regional Office
(Manchester)Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Gwynedd and Clwyd.
Scotland Office (Paisley)Has responsibility for the whole of Scotland.
Northern Ireland (Belfast)Has responsibility for Northern Ireland.

1 Since 1 April 2002, the Midlands Regional Office has extended its responsibilities to include Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire police forces as well as the regional National Crime Squad (NCS) and Her Majesty's Custom's and Excise (HMC&E) offices. These areas of responsibility were previously held by North East Regional Office.

B. Home Office Agencies

United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) (1997)
GlasgowAll of Scotland, plus Inner and Outer London.
BelfastNorthern Ireland.
NewportAll of Wales, plus Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham, Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, S. Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay (all unitary authorities) and East Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Shropshire and Wiltshire (Counties).
PeterboroughEast Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Leicester, Nottingham, Rutland, Hereford, Stoke-on-Trent, Luton, Peterborough, Southend on Sea, Medway, Milton Keynes (unitary authorities) and Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire and Kent.
LiverpoolDarlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Blackburn with Darwen, Halton, Warrington, Kingston upon Hull, Derby, Telford and Wrekin (unitary authorities) and Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire (counties).
UKPS (2002)
BelfastAll of Northern Ireland plus Brighton and Hove UA and East Sussex.
DurhamDarlington UA, Hartlepool UA, Middlesbrough UA, Redcar and Cleveland UA, Stockton-on-Tees UA, East Riding of Yorkshire UA, Kingston upon Hull UA, North East Lincolnshire UA, North Lincolnshire UA, York UA, Leicester UA, Luton UA, Milton Keynes UA, Nottingham UA, Rutland UA, North Tyneside UA, South Tyneside UA, Sunderland UA, Gateshead UA, Newcastle-upon-Tyne UA, Leeds UA, Bradford UA, Calderdale UA, Kirklees UA, Wakefield UA, Barnsley UA, Sheffield UA, Rotherham UA, Doncaster UA, Coventry UA, Solihull UA, Birmingham UA, Sandwell UA, Dudley UA, Walsall UA, Wolverhampton UA, Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Durham and Warwickshire.
GlasgowAll of Scotland, plus Medway UA and Kent.
LiverpoolBlackburn with Darwen UA, Wirral UA, Halton UA, Liverpool UA, Knowsley UA, Sefton UA, St Helens UA, Telford and Wrekin UA, Warrington UA, Wigan UA, Salford UA, Bolton UA, Trafford UA, Bury UA, Manchester UA, Stockport UA, Tameside UA, Oldham UA, Rochdale UA, Stoke UA, Derby UA, County of Hereford UA, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
PeterboroughPeterborough UA, Southend-on-Sea UA, Thurrock UA, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex, and Greater London.
NewportAll of Wales, Bracknell Forest UA, Isle of Wight UA, Portsmouth UA, Reading UA, Slough UA, Southampton UA, West Berkshire UA, Windsor and Maidenhead UA, Workingham UA, Bath and North East Somerset UA, Bournemouth UA, City of Bristol UA, North Somerset UA, Plymouth UA, Poole UA, South Gloucestershire UA, Swindon UA, Torbay UA, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

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Asylum Accommodation

Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if asylum-seeking families with dependent children may have their support removed if they (a) refuse the offer of a place in an accommodation centre, (b) voluntarily cease to reside there and (c) breach conditions set on their residence. [59992]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to my hon. Friend.

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