Fiona Mactaggart: The NOMS strategic business case was published in October last year. The case for introducing commissioning and contestability is demonstrated in the partial regulatory impact assessment, published in November last year.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Government have made of the safety of removing failed Nepali asylum seekers to Nepal; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 14 February 2006]: We continue to monitor closely the political and human rights situation in Nepal through key governmental, non-governmental and other human rights organisations. The asylum determination process assesses the protection needs of individual claimants and where the situation in Nepal impacts on the circumstances of an individual claimant then it is duly considered as part of that individual's claim.
All Nepalese asylum and human rights applications are considered by the Home Office on their individual merits, in accordance with our obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Refugee status or other forms of leave are granted in appropriate cases.
We enforce the return of an individual only where we are satisfied that the person concerned will not be at risk and has been unsuccessful in any appeals against the decision in their particular case. We do not regard it as unsafe to return failed asylum seekers to Nepal and by providing asylum or other appropriate forms of protection to those who need it we ensure that only those who are not at risk are returned.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained at Oakington Immigration Reception Centre for longer than 10 days in each of the last six weeks. 
Information on the number of children, detained under Immigration Act powers for a period of greater than 10 days at Oakington was collated on a snapshot basis from management information and is not National Statistics. The table covers the six week period6 June to 11 July 2005.
Information on the number of persons detained under Immigration Act powers as at 24 September 2005 was published in the Quarterly Asylum Statistics publication on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html
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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what departmental guidelines have been issued on the wearing of religious clothing in photographs for official documentation; and if he will make a statement. 
The Home Secretary received a letter from the right hon. David Davis MP on 4 November suggesting that Newham Council Parks Constabulary officers had been acting outside their remit. A reply outlining the result of a thorough investigation, together with instructions on how to acquire the full text of the report of this investigation, was sent on 6 December.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1784W, on passports, if he will list the other public sector databases to which he refers; and if he will make a statement on how the linkages referred to will be made. 
Andy Burnham: Subject to legislation, as outlined in the UK Passport Service Corporate and Business Plans 200510, we plan to establish an electronic link to the Office for National Statistics its records of births, marriages and deaths. This does not provide for a direct link between the two databases but rather allows for a system that will provided a verification of specific identity information provided on applications against records held by the ONS. This will eliminate reliance on paper documentation, thereby enhancing customer service and eliminating some types of fraud.
A similar arrangement will be sought with the General Register Offices (GROs) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, so information can be verified against their nationality databases. Furthermore, a similar arrangement is being considered with the Department of Work and Pensions and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It is important to note that, by law, these checks would only be permitted for the verification of identity information provided for the purpose of a passport application or for determining whether to withdraw a passport. It would not entail the provision of any other information from these sources.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme is an unfunded multi-employer defined benefit scheme and individual departments' pension liabilities are not available. The Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation Resource Accounts for 200405 showed that the total pension liability at 31 March 2005 was £84.1 billion. The value of pension liabilities was assessed as follows:
current pensions for members and contingent pensions for dependants£34.4 billion As a result of a change in the discount rate used for calculating pension liabilities with effect from 1 April 2005, the total pension liability at 1 April 2005 increased by £10.6 billion to £94.7 billion.