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Sporting Events

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received regarding the staging of major sporting events in England; and if she will make a statement. [88306]

Mr. Caborn: Government are currently assessing whether or not to support a bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London. We will take forward the recommendation of the strategy unit to create a strategy for bidding for mega events and we will consider with UK Sport how to help organisations bid more effectively for major sporting events.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Appointments

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which bodies his Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those appointed are (i) businessmen, (ii) businessmen in SMEs and (iii) businessmen in micro-businesses. [87392]

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Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 16 December 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Mr. Alexander) on 16 December 2002, Official Report, column 607W.

Asylum Seekers (Somalia)

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each of the past ten years from Somalia have (a) applied for asylum, (b) been recognised as refugees, (c) been granted exceptional leave to remain, (d) been removed to a third country, (e) made a voluntary departure and (f) returned to Somalia. [89378]

Beverley Hughes: The table shows the asylum applications, and grants of asylum or exceptional leave to remain (ELR), for Somali nationals over the last ten years.

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The number of Somali nationals removed between July 2001 and June 2002 was 25. Details of the destination country are not collected centrally.

XRemoved" means principal applicants removed only and includes persons known to have departed 'voluntarily' after the initiation of enforcement action against them, and persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Returns Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. There are no reliable removal data available prior to these dates by nationality.

We do not know how many asylum applicants have left the United Kingdom voluntarily after they have been refused asylum or exceptional leave to remain without informing the Home Office.

Information on asylum applications and decisions is published quarterly. The next publication will be available from the end of February 2003 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate web site at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Applications received for asylum in the United Kingdom, and initial decisions(1),(2) 1992—2001, Somalia

Initial Decisions
Cases considered under normal procedures(4),(5) Backlog clearance exercise(6)
Applications received(3)Granted asylumGranted ELRRefusedGranted asylum or ELR under backlog criteriaRefused under backlog criteria(7)
19921,575252,210320
19931,465453,075210
19941,84051,575150
19953,468102,205185
19961,780153,580235
19972,7309851,015305
19984,6852,330375100
19997,49513055120355
20005,0205,3103,5752,3655515
2001p6,4652,8451,9603,495

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest five.

(2) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period.

(3) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January 1999 and March 2002.

(4) Information is on initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals ore other subsequent decisions.

(5) Cases considered under normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.

(6) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.

(7) Included some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.

p Provisional data.


CCTV Cameras

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal prosecutions have been brought as a result of evidence obtained via CCTV cameras in each of the last five years. [88152]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Mr. Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of CCTV in combating crime in small retail businesses. [88649]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 7 January 2003]: Under the Crime Reduction Programme Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Initiative, a potential of #170 million will be spent funding 684 public area CCTV schemes. Many of these schemes cover shopping areas. Under the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas Initiative, #15 million is being provided to improve security of small retailers, including the provision of CCTV where appropriate. In year one of the Initiative (2001–02) approximately 50 per cent. of projects involved the installation or upgrading of CCTV. This figure rose to almost 70 per cent. in year two (2002–03).

Police operational experience and various other research studies show that CCTV has considerable crime reduction and detection potential, particularly when used as part of a wider strategy.

Early findings from a number of Home Office funded schemes are very encouraging:



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Correspondence

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan of 9 July 2002, regarding his constituent Mr. A. Innes of Banff. [88644]

Beverley Hughes: The hon. Member was sent a reply to his letter on 31 December 2002. I am sorry for the delay in doing so.

Mr. Kaufman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 4 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr. Aisha Budhwani. [89236]

Mr. Blunkett: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 19 December 2002.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 11 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Muhammad Khaziz. [89239]

Mr. Blunkett: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 17 December 2002.

Crime Reduction Partnerships

Mr. Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds are available to crime reductions partnerships to (a) install CCTV in problem crime areas and (b) combat crime in deprived areas. [88650]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 7 January 2003]: Under the Crime Reduction Programme Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Initiative around #170 million will be spent between 1998 and 2003 funding 684 CCTV schemes. More than 520 of these schemes are already fully operational, with further schemes coming on line weekly.

Although this initiative is now closed, other opportunities for funding of crime reduction measures, including CCTV schemes, currently exist under the Safer Communities, Communities Against Drugs and the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas initiatives.

In 2002–03 the funds available under these three initiatives total #96-million Safe Communities Initiatives (SCI) #20 million, Communities Against Drugs (CAD) #70 million, Small Retailers in Deprived Areas (SRDA) #6 million.

The Updated Drug Strategy was published in November 2002, and makes further progress towards breaking the link between drugs and crime by introducing or extending a range of interventions aimed at getting offenders with drug problems into drug treatment, in particular taking forward the work we have already done on Arrest Referral and Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, building on the pilot Drug Testing projects by extending this approach more widely, and developing better systems for throughcare and aftercare.

In addition, in 2003–04, funding of #236 million has been made available from the National Pooled Budget for the treatment of adults and young people, from

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1999, #20 million has been made available over three years for Arrest Referral schemes and #53.7 million for Drug Treatment and Testing Orders.


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