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Urban Growth Areas

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which areas in England are designated as Urban Growth Areas. [1104]

Yvette Cooper: The Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (RPG9, March 2001) identified Ashford, Milton Keynes/South Midlands (MKSM) and London-Stansted-Cambridge (LSC), alongside the Thames Gateway, as growth areas to be taken forward through assessment of potential, and then examination and testing in the regional planning process. In February 2004 the London-Stansted-Cambridge area was expanded to include all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (now known as LSCP).

In addition, in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's 5 Year Plan Homes for All" (January 2005) my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister announced that additional support would be offered to assist other areas in the wider south-east and adjoining regions where local partners wish to bring forward major proposals for sustainable growth. No decision has been made yet on locations for additional support.
 
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NORTHERN IRELAND

Homelessness

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were designated as homeless in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the provision for homeless people in Northern Ireland. [2263]

Mr. Hanson: During the last five financial years (1 April to 31 March each year) the information requested is as follows:
Number
2000–016,457
2001–027,374
2002–038,580
2003–048,594
2004–058,470

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has had its homelessness strategy in place since late in 2002. The impact of the strategy is starting to be reflected in the homelessness figures, which showed a small but welcome reduction in 2004–05 compared to the previous two years. An analysis of the figures shows a reduction in the number of cases of homelessness caused by intimidation. During the past year the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has met its target of eliminating the use of bed and breakfast type of accommodation for families, except in emergency cases. It has also provided approximately £1.5 million of funding to a range of voluntary bodies for special projects to tackle and prevent homelessness. These projects included rent guarantee schemes, mediation services, youth homelessness prevention schemes, street outreach services for rough sleepers and specialist advice workers.

Legislative Programme

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide details of the application to Northern Ireland of the legislative programme outlined in the Gracious Speech; and what discussions have taken place between him and his Cabinet colleagues in relation to its application to Northern Ireland. [2267]

Mr. Hain: Details of the legislative programme for this Session, including the territorial application of each Bill, are laid out on the website www.commonsleader.gov.uk. The territorial extent of Bills is, of course, the subject of discussion with Cabinet colleagues. These discussions are covered by collective responsibility and so I am unable to give any further details.

Prison Service

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of whether there is a neutral working environment in the Northern Ireland Prison Service. [2004]

Mr. Woodward: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 26 May 2005, Official Report, column 184W.
 
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Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been taken to ensure a neutral working environment in the Northern Ireland Prison Service. [2005]

Mr. Woodward: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 26 May 2005, Official Report, column 184W.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Airwave

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what statistical basis his statement on 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 432, on the delivery of the Airwave scheme, was founded. [2175]

Hazel Blears: The Airwave contract called for roll out to all forces in England, Wales and Scotland to be completed by 2005. That target has been met. The contract was for a fixed price, with any additional costs arising during roll-out of the system being met by O2 Airwave.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an evaluation of the performance of the Airwave radio communications network has been carried out. [2178]

Hazel Blears: The Airwave system has to pass a rigorous series of tests before being accepted by a force as being Ready For Service. The Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) continually evaluates the performance of Airwave through a national service support structure, managing any arising issues jointly with Airwave O2. As part of its Business Benefits strategy, PITO is in the process of carrying out formal base line reviews of several of the 32 forces that have fully migrated onto Airwave.

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Norfolk in each year since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 entered into force. [1367]

Hazel Blears: The available information is given in the following table.
The number of ASBOs issued, as reported to the Home Office, by all courts in Norfolk, by period, up to 30 September 2004 (latest available)

Number
1 April 1999 to31 May 2000(14)6
1 June 2000 to31 December 20000
200112
20027
20036
1 January 2004 to 30 September 200426
Total58


(14) Between 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 data were collected on aggregate numbers only by police force area (pfa).


Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of people who have been given antisocial behaviour orders. [1829]


 
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Hazel Blears: Ethnicity is not collected centrally as part of the data collection of antisocial behaviour orders issued.

Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children with (a) autism and (b) other brain disorders have been issued with an antisocial behaviour order. [1024]

Hazel Blears: Information is not collected centrally about the characteristics of persons issued with an antisocial behaviour order.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers who have not left the country are not claiming section 4 hard case support. [1312]

Mr. McNulty: The purpose of section 4, is to provide accommodation to failed asylum seekers who are unable to leave the country immediately due to circumstances beyond their control. There is therefore no need for failed asylum seekers genuinely unable to leave the country to be left homeless or destitute. There are no figures showing how many failed asylum seekers remain in the country.

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many units of accommodation for section 4 hard case support asylum seekers are vacant, broken down by region. [1313]

Mr. McNulty: Accommodation for those receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 is not procured in advance. Instead accommodation is booked on a case by case basis, using a number of providers, at the time an applicant is granted support under section 4.

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are receiving section 4 hard case support, broken down by region. [1314]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is given in the table.
Number of people supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 broken down by region

RegionNumber supported as at 1 April 2005(15)
East Midlands440
East of England25
Greater London475
North East320
North West965
Scotland100
South East40
South West185
Wales155
West Midlands1,140
Yorkshire and the Humber1,335
Total5,180


(15) Numbers are provisional and rounded to nearest 5. As a consequence they may not sum due to rounding.



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