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Human Trafficking

Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to combat human trafficking and associated sex-slavery in the UK; and what assessment he has made of the size of this problem in (a) the UK and (b) London. [80535]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We have set out our strategy to tackle trafficking of human beings, in the White Paper, Secure Borders, Safe Haven, published earlier this year. There are four main strands to the strategy:

Forming an accurate estimate of the levels of trafficking in people is problematic due to the hidden nature of the act. There is currently no accurate, reliable data in existence within the United Kingdom or the European Union. A Home Office research study 'Stopping Traffic' published in 2000, indicated that the number of women and children trafficked into the United Kingdom for the purposes of sexual exploitation, was likely to be in the range of 140 to 1,400 per year.

Illegal Immigration (East Sussex)

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve precautions against illegal immigration in East Sussex. [80679]

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Beverley Hughes: The Immigration Service is committed to maintaining secure borders throughout the United Kingdom and countering evasion of the immigration control. A close watch is kept on the situation in East Sussex to assess regularly the risk of persons entering the United Kingdom illegally and to ensure that any necessary action is taken. Ports in East Sussex are not currently considered to be at high risk from illegal immigration. The Immigration Service deal with illegal entrants and, in consultation with the Police and other control Authorities, will assist in the identification and prosecution of those who facilitate illegal entrants.

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Immigration Policy

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign spouses and fiance(e)s were admitted to live in the UK with their British spouses in each year from 1990. [80708]

Beverley Hughes: The available information on the number of spouses admitted to the United Kingdom in each year from 1990 is given in the table.

It is not possible to identify separately those people who were admitted to live in the United Kingdom with a spouse who was a British citizen from those admitted to join a spouse who had settled in the United Kingdom but was not a British citizen.

Admissions of spouses, fiance(e)s for a limited period prior to settlement(10), excluding EEA nationals(11), 1990 to 2001—United Kingdom
Number of persons

Category and nationality199019911992199319941995
Indian sub-continent1,6802,1603,7203,5303,0703,020
Other Asia330270300330
Other nationalities1301104030
All nationalities(11)4,8605,0406,6606,2005,8905,900
Male fiancés
Indian sub-continent500420290250150140
Other Asia70606060
Other nationalities30301010
All nationalities(11)1,060940860720610610
Indian sub-continent5,0405,3105,3605,0405,0505,060
Other Asia1,5401,4601,6001,760
Other nationalities3802208060
All nationalities(11)10,90010,90011,50010,80010,80011,100
Female fiancées
Indian sub-continent490410380300260250
Other Asia440340380390
Other nationalities60401010
All nationalities(11)1,8301,7901,7201,5001,4601,500

Category and nationality19961997(12)199819992000(13)2001(13)
Indian sub-continent3,5405,8657,5204,6006,2405,410
Other Asia340405430460450455
Other nationalities303535251520
All nationalities(11)6,4609,60011,9109,32510,6058,855
Male fiancés
Indian sub-continent100185215220240235
Other Asia707090755565
Other nationalities(14)5555
All nationalities(11)580785855795750610
Indian sub-continent5,7406,6458,0106,5258,7008,495
Other Asia1,8802,2502,6652,9803,3103,480
Other nationalities505035504560
All nationalities(11)12,20014,12017,07017,67019,14017,860
Female fiancées
Indian sub-continent250200305285310295
Other Asia430520710740725595
Other nationalities1051010105
All nationalities(11)1,7101,8802,3302,4602,4751,775

(10)Husbands and wives seeking settlement, and fiancé(e)s, are given leave to enter for a limited period (apart from certain wives who are entitled to settlement on arrival). Settlement is granted after a year's probationary period; for those admitted as fiancé(e)s the probationary period starts after marriage.

(11)Excludes EC nationals up to 1993 and EEA nationals since 1994.

(12)Figures prior to 1997 rounded to three significant figures, figures from 1997 rounded to five.

(13)A change in procedures may have resulted in some under-recording in the fourth quarter of 2000 and the first quarter of 2001.

(14)Negligible ie five or fewer.

'—' Not available

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Refugee Accommodation

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress on the Government's assessment of the Refugee Council 'core and cluster' model of accommodation centre; and if he will make a statement on the methods of evaluation of the different models of accommodation centre for people seeking asylum being planned by the Government; [81044]

Beverley Hughes: As I announced in the House of Commons on 5 November 2002, Official Report, column 150W we remain committed to developing large, self-contained, out of town facilities in order to thoroughly test the on-site provision of services at accommodation centres. However, in order to test an alternative model, one of the trial centres will be smaller than 750 places and for single men only and may be located in or on the edge of an urban area. We have also made clear that our minds are not closed to other models and, in particular that we will continue to work with the Refugee Council on their Xcore and cluster" proposal. This would involve a series of hostels clustered around

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a central services core. No decisions have yet been made on the Refugee Council proposals. We will undertake a thorough evaluation of the accommodation centre trial. It will include a combination of management information, consultation with relevant people and more formal research carried out by independent researchers under contract to the Home Office. The evaluation conclusions will be publicly available, and provided to Parliament.

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