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Mr. Mike O'Brien:
I am told that information on UK trade in goods is classified by HM Customs and Excise according to the "Geonomenclature of the European Communities". This geographic classification is an internationally agreed list of countries and territories against which figures for overseas trade are represented. It does not distinguish between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus and so the information requested is not available.
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Of the total combined high level and intermediate level nuclear wastes held at approved storage centres in the United Kingdom and identified in the 2001 United Kingdom Radioactive Waste Inventory, some 24 per cent. is attributable to the nuclear weapons programme. It is predicted that, by the year 2100, this figure will reduce to less than 14 per cent. Approximately 2.6 per cent. of the intermediate level waste is held at AWE Aldermaston and the remainder of the waste is held at British Nuclear Fuels and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority sites.
Mr. Timms: DTI Ministers and officials have had a large number of meetings on a range of issues with the offshore renewable energy industry over the past 12 months, including with representative organisations such as the British Wind Energy Association. We have also spoken at and attended various industry conferences.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take to ensure that most people in Birmingham will be within half a mile of a post office at the completion of the Post Office urban reinvention programme. 
Mr. Timms: The commitment to ensure that at least 95 per cent. of the urban population nationally will still live within one mile of a post office at the end of the urban reinvention programme is an operational responsibility of Post Office Ltd. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive to respond direct to the hon. Member.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from Post Office Ltd. on the Post Office urban reinvention programme since 18 May; and if she will make a statement. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultants and advisers in each of the last three years. 
The increase in expenditure on external consultancy in 200001 was primarily, due to costs incurred on the Home Office modernisation programme, in particular Information Technology (IT) related consultancy.
The use of external consultants has helped the Department to successfully deliver projects across the office, which has resulted in improved business processes. A further benefit has been the transfer of specialist skills and knowledge to staff.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum decisions
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on average over the last five years were initially rejected and subsequently accepted on appeal; and what percentage of these appeals were accepted on (a) first, (b) second and (c) subsequent appeal. 
However, a cohort analysis up to and including appeals at the IAA was carried out for asylum applications made in 2002. It is estimated that around four in ten (42 per cent.) of applications in 2002 resulted in the granting of asylum (10 1 per cent.) or of exceptional leave to remain (23 1 per cent.) or in appeals which were allowed by the IAA adjudicators (a further 10 per cent).
Based on cases where data are available, it is estimated that 77 per cent. of initial refusals of applications made in 2002 resulted in an appeal (i.e. 54 per cent. of applications in 2002 resulted in appeals), and that 10 per cent. of applications made in 2002 resulted in appeals allowed at the IAA.
Asylum cases are determined according to their individual merits. The rates of refusal at initial decision and at appeal change over time reflecting a variety of factors including the changing mix of applicant nationalities, and changing situations in source countries. Over the last five years the vast majority of appeals have been dismissed, at the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) and at the Immigration Appeal Tribunal (IAT).
1 Figures may not sum due to rounding.
|Cases considered under normal procedures(20)|
|Initial decisions(19)||Granted asylum||Granted exceptional leave to|
|Cases considered under normal procedures(20)||Backlog clearance exercise(21)|
|Granted discretionary leave||Refused||Granted asylum or|
exceptional leave to remain
under backlog criteria1
|Refused under backlog|
|Allowed 3||Dismissed 3||Withdrawn(27)|
|Total determined 2||Total||As percentage of total determined||Total||As percentage of total determined||Total||As percentage of total determined|
|Applications for leave to|
appeal to the Tribunal 2
|Appeals to the Tribunal 2|
|Allowed||Dismissed||Withdrawn||Remitted to adjudicators for further consideration|
|Appellant||Secretary of State|
|Applications for leave to move for judicial review(32)|
|Applications||Decisions(33)||Of which granted leave to move||Percentage of applicants granted leave to move(34)|
|19996,7 Q1, Q2 and Q4|
| Allowed 4|| Dismissed 5||Withdrawn|
|Total||As percentage of total determined||Total||As percentage of total determined||Total||As percentage of total determined|
|19996,7 Q1,Q2 and Q4||135||(57)||25||(11)||75||(32)|
Figures on asylum initial decision and appeals outcomes are published in the annual Home Office statistical bulletin Asylum Statistics United Kingdom, and in the quarterly asylum statistics web pages. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many potential immigrants were refused admission to the UK following advice from medical inspectors on a Port Form 104 for each of the last five years at (a) Heathrow and (b) other United Kingdom ports; and how many other immigrants were refused entry in each of those five years. 
Information on the number of passengers refused entry in each of the last five years is detailed as follows. The table contains data on the total number of passengers (including those removed on medical grounds) refused entry and removed for all ports 199802. Information on a particular port of entry is not available except at disproportionate cost.
Below is an extract from information published in the Command Paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002" (Cm6053), obtainable from the House Library, The Stationery Office and via the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hobpubs1.html
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers were refused entry at port and subsequently removed in each year
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since 1992, broken down by ports of entry; and to what he attributes the fall between 2002 and 2003 indicated in the rounded figures released on 4 April. 
The information released on 6 April was management information. Although no in-depth analysis has yet been conducted on the apparent fall in the numbers of passengers refused and removed, early indications are that the decrease may have been a result of the overall deterrent effect of our strategies, in particular, the imposition of visa regimes for Zimbabwean and Jamaican nationals; Direct Airside Transit Visas; and the expansion of the Airline Liaison Officer network.
Official statistics on the number of people removed from the UK in 2003, including those people who were removed after being refused leave to enter will be available later this year in the Home Office statistical bulletin "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2003" on the Home Office web-site www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
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