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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the people held for more than seven days under Schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 were arrested for activity related to terrorism in Northern Ireland. [24053]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Police records show that since 20 January 2004, when the maximum period available to police to detain suspects without charge under the Terrorism Act 2000 was increased from seven to 14 days, 25 persons have been detained in Great Britain for periods between seven and 14 days. I can confirm that none of these were for activity related to terrorism in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Office has confirmed that the same question has been asked to them and they will reply regarding arrests there.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the opinion he received from the Attorney General on whether the 90-day detention provisions of the Terrorism Bill are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. [25612]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 7 November 2005]: It has been a longstanding convention over many Governments that the fact that the Law Officers have or have not advised on any matter and the content of their advice should not be disclosed.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of criminal prosecutions that have resulted from arrests made under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. [16376]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The latest figures requested are published on the Home Office website:

These statistics have been supplied by the police. They are compiled from recent police records and are therefore subject to adjustment as cases go through the system.
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Many terrorist offences are outside the scope of the Terrorism Act. Offences such as murder, grievous bodily harm, use of firearms or explosives are covered by general criminal law. A simplistic quote from the Terrorism Act statistics is therefore not the best way to evaluate the success of the police and the security services.

Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department undertook on the nature of activities which constitute glorifying, exalting or celebrating the instigation of acts of terrorism in drawing up the draft Terrorism Bill. [16923]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Terrorism Bill which was introduced on 12 October, makes it clear that the offence of glorification of terrorism is only committed if a person making a statement believes, or has reasonable grounds for believing that the statement in question will be seen by those to whom it is made as a direct or indirect inducement to commit acts of terrorism.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the advice he has received from the Attorney General regarding the legality of the Government's proposed anti-terrorism legislation. [18259]

Mr. Charles Clarke: It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose the content of Law Officer advice or whether or not such advice exists.


Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for indefinite leave to remain under the ancestral visa scheme has been successful in each of the last five years, broken down by Commonwealth country of origin. [25344]

Mr. McNulty: Information on the number of decisions made on UK ancestry indefinite leave to remain applications is only available since 2003. The number of decisions made since 2003 and the total number of applicants granted settlement is given in the accompanying table.
Decisions on UK ancestry(39) applications for settlement, by nationality, excluding dependants, 2000–04(40)—United Kingdom

Number of decisions
Total granted
Geographical region and nationality2000200120022003200420002001200220032004
All nationalities(41)(41)(41)5,2954,8152,5803,2554,0605,2754,755
New Zealand(41)(41)(41)1,3901,1607659801,1951,3901,150
South Africa(41)(41)(41)1,9951,9106809501,3601,9851,895
Sri Lanka(41)(41)(41)555(42)5(42)
Other nationalities(41)(41)(41)40358045353535

Percentage granted
Geographical region and nationality20002001200220032004
All nationalities(41)(41)(41)10099
New Zealand(41)(41)(41)10099
South Africa(41)(41)(41)10099
Sri Lanka(41)(41)(41)10067
Other nationalities(41)(41)(41)90100

(39) Commonwealth citizens with a United Kingdom-born grandparent, taking or seeking employment.
(40) Provisional
(41) Not available
(42) Negligible
Note: Data rounded to the nearest 5.

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