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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students admitted to English universities were (a) overseas non-EU, (b) EU and (c) UK students in each year between 1997 and 2004. 
|Percentage from each domicile|
|UK||EU||Other overseas||Total entrants(31)|
Margaret Hodge: The South Greenwich Sure Start local programme was approved in 2000 and supports around 900 young local children and their families living in Eltham and Kidbrooke. The programme delivers a wide range of services to support local families including: a resourceful friends" scheme in partnership with Home Start Greenwich that provides one-to-one support to families in crisis; a support group for single parents; provision of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Therapy and Portage services for families and children with special needs; provision of safety equipment which is loaned to families at a subsidised rate; a toy library; a creche; additional home visits by qualified midwife and health visitors; and early assessment and referral for children with development delay.
Since opening, Sure Start South Greenwich has helped improve the quality of life for local families. For example: the percentage of women smoking during pregnancy has fallen from 45 per cent. to 39 per cent.; the percentage of children identified with speech and language development delay has fallen from 33 per cent. to 9.73 per cent. Local health visitors report back to the local programme on all women identified with post natal depression including specific referral to the Sure Start programme to provide support. Recent Sure Start Unit monitoring reports show that the programme is seeing 858 of their 909 children (a 94 per cent. increase since the programme opened).
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 24 January 2005]: Harwich constituency has one Mini Sure Start local programme (SSLP) and one Neighbourhood Nursery project. A total of £1,040,138 has been allocated to the constituency. This is made up of £415,000 capital and £625,138 revenue, representing £550,000 for the Mini SSLP, £420,000 for the Neighbourhood Nursery. Essex county council plan to use Harwich's Children's Centre funding allocation to further develop the SSLP and the neighbourhood nursery as one of the council's Children's Centres and £55,138 revenue and £15,000 capital have been set aside for this purpose.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on the Sure Start scheme has been in Coventry, South in each year since the scheme has been in operation. 
There are two Sure Start local programmes operating within the constituency of Coventry South, these are Sure Start Coventry South East and Sure Start Coventry West. To date each programme has had access to the following funding.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on plans to provide assistance with variable fees for veterinary students. 
Dr. Howells: The Secretary of State has not had any direct discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. However, as announced in the House on 12 February 2004, Sir Alan Langlands has been commissioned to produce a report on the gateways to the professions, which will examine how the public sector and the professions can sustain and improve recruitment opportunities for graduates, especially those who do not qualify for the full £3,000 support. One of the areas which he has been looking at is veterinary science. In addition my officials are in touch with officials in Defra. We expect that Sir Alan will make recommendations on entry to the professions, which will include veterinary science, when he reports in the summer.
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Government reviews the immigration and asylum systems continually and makes changes where considered appropriate and effective. We will shortly be publishing our plans to make significant changes to the way we manage immigration and asylum.
Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were received from April 2003 to April 2004 in (a) the Greater London Area and (b) the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: There were 114,305 applications made for indefinite leave to remain between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004. All applications in the UK come through a central point so it is not possible to break down applications received in Greater London or elsewhere in the UK.
Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were granted within 19 days during the period April 2003 to April 2004. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to remain were processed within 20 days, and what percentage of the total number of applications this represented, in each year since 1997, broken down by the type of application. 
|Total application||Cultural exchange||Family members||Marriage/partners|
Comparable data is not available prior to 2002 due to changes in data recording between old and existing databases. The information for 2004 is for the period between 1 January 2004 and 6 December 2004.
Mr. Page: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to enable Mr.Patrick Duncan Erasmus (Home Office Reference No. E1008322) to have his passport returned to him for the period 5 to 21 February, and then be allowed back into the UK to continue his appeal against refusal to allow him the right to remain in this country on the basis of his marriage. 
Mr. Browne: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to Mr. Erasmus on 25 January, informing him of the outcome of his marriage application and Mr. Erasmus's passport was returned to him on the same date.
If Mr. Erasmus leaves the United Kingdom before his appeal is determined, it will be taken that he has withdrawn his appeal. If he then wished to return to the United Kingdom he would have to apply for entry clearance in accordance with the Immigration Rules.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the numbers of migrants to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) those seeking asylum, (b) those applying for a work permit and (c) EU citizens. 
Detailed immigration statistics are published annually in the Command Paper Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom" available from the Library of the House or via the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
|Geographical region and nationality||2003(34)|
|European economic area|
|European economic area||3,565|
|Broad category of grant||2003(37)|
|Employment with a work permit after 4 years||9,190|
|Spouses and dependants||10,620|
|Permit free employment, businessman,|
|Persons of independent means||1,550|
|Spouses and dependants||1,050|
|Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent||5,275|
|Spouses and dependants||1,945|
|Total employment-related grants||29,635|
|Refugees and persons given exceptional leave to remain||12,580|
|Spouses and dependants||9,660|
|Total asylum-related grants||22,240|
|Family formation and reunion(38)|
|Parents and grandparents||3,090|
|Other and unspecified dependents||5,855|
|Total family grants||66,075|
|Other grants on a discretionary basis||17,025|
|All grants of settlement||141,490|
Mr. Browne: The education provider is required to provide nursery education which delivers the Foundation Stage curriculum and covers early learning goals. This provision must be delivered to the same quality as mainstream provision and must be registered with Ofsted, in accordance with The Children Act 1989.
Mr. Browne: The education provider is required, through the contract, to establish links with the local community, including local schools. There are a number of ways in which links could be made, for example, through reciprocal visits by pupils or sporting links.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of providing education facilities at asylum accommodation centres; and who will be responsible for the costs. 
Mr. Browne: We have made no discrete estimate of education facility costs as these will be procured and paid for by the prime contractor as part of their overall response to the Home Department's output specification for accommodation centres. The costs will be incorporated in the contractual capital expense and monthly operating fees that the contractor will receive from the Department as reimbursement for its services.
Mr. Browne: Education provided within accommodation centres will have the same broad range and be of equivalent quality to that provided in mainstream schools. Most children with special educational needs (SEN) will have their needs met at the accommodation centre in the same way as the majority of SEN pupils are educated in mainstream schools. We will ensure that provision in the centres reflects that usually provided in schools through School Action and School Action Plus under the SEN Code of Practice.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government will take to ensure that contractors provide effective education at asylum accommodation centres; 
Mr. Browne: Ofsted will have a power to inspect and, if requested by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, a duty to do so. The centres will be inspected within their first year of operation. Timing and frequency of subsequent visits will be dependent on the findings of the initial inspection. A copy of the inspection report will be sent to the education provider. If the findings are that special measures need to be taken to raise standards, the provider will be required to prepare an action plan in the same way as schools are required to do at present.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from where teachers at asylum accommodation centres will be recruited; and what qualifications they will be required to have. 
Teacher recruitment is a matter for the contractors. Only those who are qualified to teach children in schools will be able to teach children in accommodation centres. The staffing mix in accommodation centres will mirror, as closely as possible, that of a typical maintained school. So, the majority of teachers will be required to have Qualified
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Teacher Status (QTS), and for teaching secondary school aged children, an appropriate qualification in the subject area taught.
Mr. Browne: On arrival at the accommodation centre, every child will receive an initial assessment by the education provider. This will cover previous educational experience and attainment, knowledge of English and any Special Educational Needs (SEN) requirements. Progress will be monitored by teacher assessment during the stay and, on leaving the centre, a final assessment will be made and information recorded in a Progress File which will be available to the receiving school if the child is to remain in the UK.
Mr. Browne: The education of children in accommodation centres will be provided on site. However, the LEA will have a duty to carry out a statutory assessment to determine the Special Educational Needs of a child for whom the education provider feels unable to make appropriate Special Education provision.
Mr. Browne: All the National Curriculum subjects will be taught in accommodation centres. The Curriculum will be tailored to meet the children's needs. For example, references to the children's particular cultures and background can be included and there will be intensive support to help them learn English. All of the subject areas will be taught in English as they would be in schools.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refused asylum seekers were removed from the UK in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; what the statistical basis was for the prediction by the Home Office that 30,000 refused asylum seekers would be removed in 200102; and how many refused asylum seekers were removed in 2002. 
Information on the number of asylum applicants removed from the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2002, inclusive, is shown in the table. The 30,000 removals target was set to drive up performance and to achieve a real step change in the number of failed asylum seekers being removed. We have since accepted that it was not achievable.
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Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of initial asylum applications received from 1 August 2003 were dealt with in the target time of 13 weeks from receipt of application. 
The latest published information on the Home Office Public Service Agreement for 200304, ensuring that 75 per cent. of substantive asylum applications are decided within two months show that: 82 per cent. of applications (excluding withdrawals and third country cases 1 ) received in 200304 (April 2003 to March 2004) had initial decisions reached and served within two months, 90 per cent. within four months and 94 per cent. within six months (compared with 75 per cent., 85 per cent. and 88 per cent. respectively for 200203).
Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current time taken for a decision on an asylum application that was made before 1 August 2003 is, where the initial application was considered to be valid. 
|Average time in months(44)||Number of cases(45)|
The latest published statistics show that the speed of processing asylum applications continues to improve. 82 per cent. of applications (excluding withdrawals and third country cases 1 ) received in the period April 2003 to March 2004 had initial decisions reached and served within two months, compared with 75 per cent. of applications in 200203. This exceeded the Government's targets of 75 per cent. for 200304 and 65 per cent. for 200203.
Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the criteria for assessing and substantiating accounts of torture and political persecution given by Zimbabwean asylum seekers differentiate between claims from genuine and non-genuine Zimbabwean refugees. 
Mr. Browne: Asylum caseworkers consider the applicant's written and oral evidence in the light of the available sources of information about the country situation and particular incidents, taking account also of any medical evidence of torture, before deciding whether the individual has a well-founded fear of persecution and should be recognised as a refugee under the terms of the 1951 Convention.
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