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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether Ukraine retains (a) operational nuclear weapons, (b) decommissioned nuclear weapons in storage and (c) a physical infrastructure and expert personnel to enable nuclear weapons to be manufactured. [201624]

Mr. MacShane: Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine, in common with the other newly-independent states, renounced nuclear weapons and acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapons state. Nuclear warheads from the Soviet era that had been stationed in Ukraine were returned to Russia.
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A number of institutes formerly involved in the Soviet nuclear weapons programme are located in Ukraine.

The Government has seen no information to suggest that Ukraine is not fully in compliance with its obligations under the NPT.

Visas (Pakistan)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average waiting time is to get a visitor's visa from each consulate in Pakistan. [200562]

Mr. Mullin: Processing times for visitor's visa application to the UK from Islamabad (currently our only visa issuing post in Pakistan) as of 22 November 2004 are:

There is currently a heavy demand for applications from first time non-family visitors aged 25 and over. These applicants can apply to register details of their applications and the applicant will be contacted when we are able to deal with the application. We are currently considering how to manage the volume of applications, including setting an estimated time for clearing the backlog.


Asylum and Immigration

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost has been of enforcing section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since 1997. [201409]

Mr. Browne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate is not funded on an activity basis and therefore it is not possible to give a definitive figure for the amount of resource used to tackle illegal migrant working.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were (a) arrested and (b) removed from the country as a result of enforcement operations conducted by the Immigration Service in 2003–04. [201411]

Mr. Browne: The information requested is not available.

In 2003, 19,630 persons were removed from the United Kingdom as a result of enforcement action. This includes persons departing Voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them but excludes Assisted Voluntary Returns. However, this figure is not just for those removals that resulted from enforcement operations; it also includes other enforcement activity.

Data for 2004 are not available.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the five most common nationalities were of individuals found to be working illegally in the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available. [201412]

Mr. Browne: This information is not currently available. We are exploring new methods of data collection for illegal working operations that will make this type of information available in the future.

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place under section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004; how many of these are being dealt with in magistrates courts; and how many have been referred to Crown courts. [201611]

Mr. Browne: Between 29 September 2004 and 29 November there have been 112 people charged under Section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004.

32 cases have been convicted in magistrates courts and have received custodial sentences.

The remaining cases are currently going through proceedings in the magistrates courts and are being referred from there when appropriate to the Crown court.

The figures provided are obtained from locally collated management information and may be subject to change.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been dispersed to each parliamentary constituency in (a) the two years up to the end of 2003 and (b) the latest two-year period for which figures are available. [199717]

Mr. Browne [holding answer 29 November 2004]: Figures for asylum seekers (including dependants) in receipt of National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation support in each parliamentary constituency as at the end of September 2004 are presented in the following table. Information in respect of the number of persons dispersed to an area during a given year is not available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of asylum seekers supported by NASS is published quarterly on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at
Asylum seekers supported in NASS accommodation1, 2, 3, 4 by parliamentary constituency and UK Government Office Region, as at end of September 2004

office region
Parliamentary constituency name(21)Number of asylum seekers
East MidlandsDerby North135
Derby South545
Leicester East155
Leicester South225
Leicester West450
Northampton North5
Northampton South*
Nottingham East710
Nottingham North60
Nottingham South365
South Derbyshire5
East of EnglandBedford5
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich*
Epping Forest15
Luton North*
Luton South10
North West Cambridgeshire95
Norwich North60
Norwich South45
Rochford and Southend East10
Southend West5
NorthernBelfast North15
IrelandBelfast South50
Belfast West30
East Londonderry*
Newry & Armagh*
Bethnal Green and Bow*
Bexleyheath and Crayford5
Brent East5
Brent North10
Brent South10
Brentford and Isleworth*
Camberwell and Peckham10
Chingford and Woodford Green45
Chipping Barnet10
Croydon Central40
Croydon North25
Croydon South5
Dulwich and West Norwood10
Ealing North25
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush20
Ealing Southall25
East Ham30
Enfield North65
Enfield Southgate50
Erith and Thamesmead*
Feltham and Heston10
Finchley and Golders Green20
Greenwich and Woolwich5
Hackney North and Stoke Newington30
Hackney South and Shoreditch50
Hammersmith and Fulham15
Hampstead and Highgate10
Harrow East15
Harrow West10
Hayes and Harlington10
Holborn and St. Pancras5
Hornsey and Wood Green95
Ilford North10
Ilford South35
Islington North30
Islington South and Finsbury40
Kingston and Surbiton10
Lewisham East10
Lewisham West20
Lewisham Deptford10
Leyton and Wanstead10
Mitcham and Morden5
North Southwark and Bermondsey15
Old Bexley and Sidcup5
Poplar and Canning Town15
Regent's Park and North Kensington15
Richmond Park5
Sutton and Cheam5
West Ham40
North EastDarlington30
Gateshead East and Washington West75
Houghton and Washington East120
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland75
Newcastle upon Tyne Central460
Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend470
Newcastle upon Tyne North155
North Tyneside150
South Shields120
Stockton North210
Stockton South180
Sunderland North130
Sunderland South240
Tyne Bridge775
North WestAltrincham and Sale West5
Ashton under Lyne245
Bolton North East225
Bolton South East400
Bolton West60
Bury North320
Bury South120
Crewe and Nantwich10
Denton and Reddish75
Hazel Grove30
Heywood and Middleton15
Liverpool Garston10
Liverpool Riverside340
Liverpool Walton160
Liverpool Wavertree350
Liverpool West Derby70
Manchester Central520
Manchester Blackley150
Manchester Gorton450
Manchester Withington35
Oldham East and Saddleworth150
Oldham West and Royton310
Rossendale and Darwen85
Stalybridge and Hyde45
Stretford and Urmston85
Wythenshawe and Sale East65
ScotlandGlasgow Anniesland470
Glasgow Baillieston145
Glasgow Cathcart270
Glasgow Govan1,105
Glasgow Kelvin540
Glasgow Maryhill180
Glasgow Pollok255
Glasgow Rutherglen195
Glasgow Shettleston380
Glasgow Springburn2,120
South EastBrighton Pavilion35
Hastings and Rye215
North East Milton Keynes*
Oxford East15
Portsmouth North135
Portsmouth South255
Southampton Itchen*
Southampton Test*
South WestBristol East225
Bristol North West40
Bristol South25
Bristol West65
North Swindon40
Plymouth Devonport50
Plymouth Sutton340
South Dorset*
South Swindon75
WalesCardiff Central405
Cardiff North60
Cardiff South and Penarth365
Cardiff West160
Clwyd South10
Newport East170
Newport West155
Swansea East570
Swansea West320
West MidlandsAldridge-Brownhills130
Birmingham Edgbaston200
Birmingham Erdington185
Birmingham Hall Green15
Birmingham Hodge Hill50
Birmingham Ladywood1,140
Birmingham Northfield5
Birmingham Perry Barr365
Birmingham Selly Oak110
Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath315
Birmingham Yardley25
Coventry North East235
Coventry North West85
Coventry South460
Dudley North265
Dudley South225
Halesowen and Rowley Regis110
Mid Worcestershire5
Stoke-on-Trent Central380
Stoke-on-Trent North235
Stoke-on-Trent South110
Walsall North135
Walsall South250
West Bromwich East160
West Bromwich West90
Wolverhampton North East415
Wolverhampton South East110
Wolverhampton South West255
Yorkshire and
Barnsley Central320
The HumberBarnsley East and Mexborough80
Barnsley West and Penistone130
Batley and Spen15
Bradford North230
Bradford South175
Bradford West790
City of York5
Colne Valley170
Don Valley40
Doncaster Central855
Doncaster North70
Great Grimsby155
Kingston upon Hull East40
Kingston upon Hull North225
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle360
Leeds Central835
Leeds East600
Leeds North East335
Leeds North West20
Leeds West260
Morley and Rothwell5
Pontefract and Castleford75
Rother Valley25
Sheffield Central660
Sheffield Attercliffe175
Sheffield Brightside290
Sheffield Heeley155
Sheffield Hillsborough25

(17) Figures have been rounded to nearest 5, with "*' = 1 or 2, and are provisional.
(18) Asylum seekers that have been allocated NASS accommodation and have been confirmed as having arrived in that accommodation
(19) Excludes unaccompanied asylum seeking children supported by local authorities, estimated at around 7,000 in May 2004. Excludes cases that pre-date the establishment of NASS in April 2000, administered under arrangements with local authorities, estimated at up to 16,000 cases in May 2004 (the number of such cases is falling).
(20) Excludes cases where support has been ceased by the National Asylum Support Service.
(21) Only those parliamentary constituencies where NASS dispersed or disbenefitted cases are resident are shown.

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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have had their benefits withdrawn under section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004. [201392]

Mr. Browne: None. Section 9 came into force only on 1 December 2004, and is being piloted in a limited number of areas. Failed asylum seeking families subject to the provision will be given three written warnings that their support may be terminated if they fail without reasonable excuse to take reasonable steps to leave the United Kingdom voluntarily, or place themselves in a position in which they can leave the United Kingdom voluntarily. They also have the opportunity to attend an interview. This process takes a number of weeks before a decision is made on whether support should be withdrawn.

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