The Minister for Trade (Ian Pearson): During Foreign and Commonwealth Office oral questions on Tuesday 10 January, in response to a supplementary question from my hon. Friend for Northampton, North (Ms. Keeble), I said that "the United Kingdom is providing £10 million in support for the emergency housing programme"Official Report, column 144. I should have said that the United Kingdom has disbursed over £1 million in support to the international response to Operation Murambatsvina, which has included support for basic supplies, water and sanitation. The £10 million figure actually refers to HMG's commitment to the UN World Food Programme for food distribution. I apologise to my hon. Friend and to the House for this inadvertent error.
The Secretary of State for Health (Ms Patricia Hewitt): Section 4(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 provides that a National Health Service trust may make an application to Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts) for authorisation to become an NHS foundation trust, if the application is supported by the Secretary of State for Health.
I can also announce that Monitor will be reviewing the applications of six national health service trusts that have previously received the support of the Secretary of State for Health. The trusts are:
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality (Mr. Tony McNulty): As a result of intelligence received in 2001 and July 2004 suggesting systematic fraud in applications for UK Ancestry from Zimbabwean nationals, consideration of such applications was suspended pending further investigation.
In the light of continued evidence of fraudulent Zimbabwean applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK on grounds of UK ancestry lodged prior to 25 October 2004, I have made an authorisation under section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 of six months' duration. This authorisation enables staff in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to subject these applications to more rigorous investigation than applications from persons of other nationalities, for the purpose of detecting fraudulent applications.
We will review the continued need for this authorisation before its expiry. In addition, the Independent Race Monitor appointed under section 19E of the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended) will submit a report to the Home Secretary for submission to Parliament on the likely effect of authorisations made by Ministers and on how they are operated in practice by officials.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Shaun Woodward): Copies of Dr Bill Norris's annual report for 2005 have been placed in the Library of both Houses. This is the final report to be submitted by the Commissioner and I am grateful to him for all the hard work he has carried out in this post.