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Immigration Appeal

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department has made in handling the immigration appeal submitted by Mrs. J.B. of Aylesbury, reference B1148496; and if he will make a statement. [39239]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

Officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) of the Home Office have confirmed that the appeal of a Mrs. J.B. was received at their Appeals Processing Centre on 12 January 2005.

Appeals arising from a claim refused by the Home Office prior to 4 April 2005 were lodged first, in accordance with the tribunal's procedure rules, with the decision maker before being transferred to the tribunal to be determined by an immigration judge.

The appeal papers are expected to be sent to the AIT within the next five working days. Under current listing arrangements, the appeal will be listed for hearing 28 days after receipt at the tribunal.

Immigration Detainees

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inter-detention estate transfers of immigration detainees were made in
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(a) 1997–98, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03, (d) 2003–04 and (e) 2004–05; how many have been made in 2005 to date; and if he will make a statement. [32900]

Mr. McNulty: The figures for the number of inter-detention estate transfers of immigration detainees in 1997–98 are not available.

In 2001–02, there were 30,334 such transfers, in 2002–03, 35,656; in 2003–04, 41,477 and in 2004–05, 54,670. During 2005 to date 31,730 inter-detention estate transfers have been made. These statistics cover all inter-detention movements of detainees including those from prisons, police cells and port holding rooms into Immigration Removal Centres.


Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, columns 2567–68W, on IMPACT, if he will break down the £7.1 million (a) spent and (b) committed by main budget heading; and if he will make a statement. [38191]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is as follows:

The above figures relate to actual spend. It is not possible to differentiate retrospectively between spend and commitment at that time.

International Events (Policing Costs)

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding, in (a) cash, (b) real and (c) percentage terms, was made available by his Department to (i) the Metropolitan police and (ii) other police forces in England and Wales to fund the policing of international summits, conferences and state visits hosted by Her Majesty's Government since 1997, broken down by event. [38497]

Hazel Blears: The following table shows the extra funding for the policing of international summits, conferences and state visits for police forces in England and Wales since 1997. The Metropolitan Police Service have not received extra funding. They receive a special payment as part of annual police grant, in respect of London's unique national, international and capital city functions.
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ForceAmount of Government special grant (£ million)
International SummitCashReal Terms [2004–05 prices]1
1998–99G8 SummitWest Midlands1.1751.345
1998–99G8 SummitStaffordshire0.1790.205
1998–99EU SummitSouth Wales2.9863.419
2000–01NATO Annual SummitWest Midlands0.1700.188
2003–04UN Progressive Governance ConferenceSurrey0.8180.835
2004–05G5 SummitDerbyshire0.0380.038
Party Conferences
1997–98Labour Party ConferenceSussex0.7500.881
1997–98Conservative Party ConferenceLancashire0.7500.881
1998–99Labour Party ConferenceLancashire0.7500.859
1998–99Conservative Party ConferenceDorset0.7500.859
1999–2000Labour Party ConferenceDorset1.5811.775
1999–2000Conservative Party ConferenceLancashire0.8921.002
2000–01Labour Party ConferenceSussex1.6601.840
2000–01Conservative Party ConferenceDorset0.9000.998
2001–02Labour Party Spring ConferenceSouth Wales0.2750.297
2001–02Labour Party ConferenceSussex1.8101.958
2001–02Conservative Party ConferenceLancashire1.0721.159
2002–03Labour Party ConferenceLancashire1.5001.572
2002–03Conservative Party ConferenceDorset0.8940.937
2003–04Labour Party Spring ConferenceGreater Manchester0.5000.511
2003–04Labour Party ConferenceDorset2.2502.298
2003–04Conservative Party ConferenceLancashire1.2001.225
2004–05Labour Party Spring ConferenceNorthumbria1.4401.440
2004–05Labour Party ConferenceSussex3.3033.303
2004–05Conservative Party ConferenceDorset1.1851.185
2005–06Conservative Party ConferenceLancashire1.4001.366
2005–06Labour Party ConferenceSussex3.6003.512
State visits
2003–04President Bush State VisitDurham0.8000.817

(79) Real terms at 2004–05 prices using GDP deflator at 28 September 2005
Full details of the proportion of costs met by grant are unavailable, but have varied with the circumstances of each case.

Internet (Improper Use)

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2845W, on improper use of the internet, when he expects all associated contractual activities to be completed for the business case; and what these contractual activities are. [32855]

Hazel Blears: The IMPACT programme (Information Management, Prioritisation, Analysis, Co-ordination and Tasking) is likely to involve tendering for a variety of contracts over the lifetime of the programme which, as reported in the second progress report on the Bichard inquiry recommendations (Home Office, 7 November 2005), may not be completed until 2010, depending on the strategic options chosen.

However, it is intended to publish the existing outline business case, or extracts relating to specific procurements, before then, as commercial sensitivity permits, but it is not presently possible to say exactly when this might be.

LD50 Test

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of acute lethal toxicity tests in 2004 involving the LD50 test carried out according to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development test guideline 401. [38839]

Andy Burnham: No acute lethal toxicity procedures recorded in the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals 2004 (Cm 6713) involved LD50 tests carried out according to the former Organisation for
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Economic Cooperation and Development Test Guideline 401. Test Guideline 401 was deleted by the OECD on 20 December 2002. A copy of Cm 6713 is in the Library.

Media Monitoring

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years. [35639]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Costs are outlined in the following table.
Gross (£)

(80) Up to 30 November 2005.
(81) The Home Office press office and the Prison Service press office merged in May 2001.
(82) The Home Office press office was expanded in 2000, following an external consultant's review of its staffing and operation in 1999, to better meet the demands of the media.

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