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Departmental Research

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case. [32997]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office commissions a variety of social and scientific research in order to improve policy making, decision taking and to provide the public and Parliament with information necessary for informed debate and for future use. All high quality social research outputs will either be published by the Home Office, or permission granted for such outputs to be published elsewhere.

The majority of social research is published as online reports, freely available on the Home Office website. Some works are still published in paper form, such as the Home Office research studies, and the summary publication: Findings. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) Business Plan 2005–06 outlines the wide range of work carried out by HOSDB to deliver on the (recently published) HO Science and Innovation Strategy, increasing the effective use of physical sciences in Home Office business. The HOSDB Business Plan is available on the Home Office website. HOSDB is carrying out in excess of 100 science and technology projects to increase the capabilities of its stakeholders. As has been the case for many years, publications arising from the (non-classified) work will be made available in hard copy and (more recently) on the Home Office website.

Other (classified) publications will be given a limited circulation and issued to key stakeholders in their preferred format as appropriate. The Forensic Science Service carries out projects funded by the Home Office Hard Science research and development fund. The results of these projects are published when appropriate in peer-reviewed journals.
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There are a number of other areas of the Department that also undertake research to inform policy development. The available information providing details of the research projects currently being
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undertaken across the Department and its agencies has been summarised in tables which will be placed in the Library, together with copies of the business plan for RDS NOMS.
Immigration Research and Statistics Service—research programme

Project titleDescription of objective of workPublication arrangements
Longitudinal research with refugees
Resettlement policy and practiceLiterature review of resettlement policy and practice in other developed countries and detailed policy analysis in four resettlement countries (USA, Canada, Netherlands and Sweden). The aim of this work is to identify the mechanisms through which other resettlement schemes operate, and effective practicePublication date to be decided
Predeparture orientationScoping study and systematic literature review about effective ways of preparing resettled refugees before they leave current locationPublication date to be decided
Longitudinal and cross-cultural methodological development: workshopWorkshop with international experts on longitudinal and cross-cultural research methods to enable team to develop methods and tools that are acceptablePlanned for early 2006
Research with refugees arriving under the Gateway protection resettlement programmeLongitudinal study to examine the integration and resettlement experiences of those arriving in the UK under the Quota Resettlement ProgrammePublication date to be decided
Longitudinal survey of refugees (renamed from longitudinal survey of refugees and other migrants)Longitudinal study to examine the integration experiences of refugeesPublication date to be decided
Data linkingInvestigate the potential for linking DWP and HO databases and develop a method for accessing administrative data to support other longitudinal data collectionNo plans to publish

1 = Strategic statistics
2 = Strategic research
3 = Evaluation/OR
4 = Performance analysis/policy support

Project titleDescription of objective of workPublication arrangements
Managed and irregular migration
Employer studyQualitative interviews with employers to establish the practices of recruitment and employment and attitudes towards migrants as a labour sourcePlanned for mid 2006
Worker Registration Scheme—employees experienceAnalysis of date sets held by WP(UK) to answer the question raised by Ministers on whether people on the WRS are returning home or remaining in the UKNo plans to publish
Increases in entry age for spouses—evaluation of impacts on forced marriageUnderstand the impact that increasing the entry age for spouses has had on the incidence of forced marriages involving British citizensPublication date to be decided
Illegally resident third country nationals in the EU member states: state approaches towards them, their profile and social situationPart of the work programme for the European Migration Network as agreed by the European Commission and member states. It is intended to collate data on approaches to illegal residence in different EU countriesPublication date to be decided

Project titleDescription of objective of workPublication arrangements
Asylum processes, reception and returns
Comparative European research on accommodation and reception processes and impactsDetailed comparative research on the use and impacts of accommodation centres in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and DenmarkPlanned for early 2006
Data linkingInvestigate the potential for linking DWP and HO databases and develop a method for accessing administrative data to support other longitudinal data collectionNo plans to publish
Success factors in NASS dispersalTo establish what factors contribute to successful dispersal (in terms of community relations) and how NASS can develop its practice and policies accordinglyPlanned for December 2005
Section 9 implementationAssisting operational colleagues in producing a final evaluation that conforms to requisite standards. Undertaking inferential data analysis and assisting in development of qualitative code framesPublication date to be decided
Developing Iraqi-focused voluntary return programmesA qualitative research project with Iraqi nationals, community leaders and relevant stakeholdersPublication date to be decided
Evaluation of Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programmes (VARRP)—2004To evaluate the programme on voluntary return, to assess effectiveness and make recommendations for future developmentPublication date to be decided
Return of unaccompanied asylum seeker childrenTo be determinedPublication date to be decided

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Project titleDescription of objective of workPublication arrangements
Community relations and refugee integration
Review of the evidence on good practice and what works in integration of new migrantsTo review the evidence base regarding what works" in the integration of refugees and other recent migrants, to inform a presentation at the 2004 UK National Integration Conference and, in the longer term, IRSS's research strategyPlanned for early 2006
Informing ethnic monitoring of passengers arriving at UK airportsRequest from Race Monitor to develop methodology to monitor passengers subjected to more rigorous examinationPlanned for mid 2006
Data linkingInvestigate the potential for linking DWP and HO databases and develop a method for accessing administrative data to support other longitudinal data collectionNo plans to publish
Evaluation of CF and ERFTo evaluate the fund and identify cost effective interventions; to provide technical support to facilitate self-evaluation and development of interventions: reception, return, integration. Funded by ERF and CF. Three sub-projects (Evaluation 2003–04, Impact 2003–04, Evaluation 2004–05)Publication date to be decided
Evaluation of SUNRISEEvaluate implementation of first stage roll-out; provide data on outputs from SUNRISEPublication date to be decided


Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit Report Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People where lead responsibility was assigned to all Government Departments. [37090]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office has welcomed the Strategy Unit Report Improving Life Chances for Disabled People. The package of recommendations put forward should deliver improved outcomes for disabled people, their families and society as a whole. Although the Home Office does not hold sole responsibility for the recommendations put forward, the department has
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responded positively by taking forward the joint recommendations as part of the work on public sector duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. The department, working closely with the new Office of Disability Issues and the Disability Rights Commission is reviewing its policies and services to identify the action needed to deliver equality for disabled people.

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