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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. 
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:
tackling the criminals through intelligence and enforcement;
international co-operation and prevention in source and transit countries; and
dealing appropriately with the victims of trafficking.
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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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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.
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(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.
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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; 
(2) if he will define the different models of accommodation centre that the Government is planning for people seeking asylum; 
(3) if he will make it his policy to adopt the Refugee Council care and cluster model of accommodating centres. 
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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