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Approved Premises

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many approved premises there are in England and Wales; and what total number of places they provide. [90127]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There are 104 approved premises in England and Wales. As at 20 September 2006, they provided a total of 2,268 places.

Asylum Seekers

Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints he has received about the accommodation services provided by United Property Management of Collyhurst, Manchester for asylum seekers through the National Asylum Support Service; and if he will make a statement. [89603]

Mr. Byrne: A total of 102 complaints have been registered since the contract with United Property Management (UPM) took effect in April.

The number of complaints represents 2.5 per cent. of the total service users accommodated by UPM.

Mr. Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were received in 2005-06; how many were (a) granted and (b) refused; and how many are pending. [90050]

Mr. Byrne: The latest statistical bulletin, Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2005, was published on 22 August 2006.

A copy of this publication and others relating to general immigration to the UK are available from the Library and from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Mr. Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was between receipt of an indefinite leave to remain
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application and its determination in the last period for which figures are available. [90051]

Mr. Byrne: This information is not readily available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Mr. Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is between receipt of an asylum application and its determination. [90092]

Mr. Byrne: The latest published statistics show that 76 per cent. of new applications (excluding withdrawals and third country cases) in 2005-06 had initial decisions made and served within two months. This exceeded the Government's target of 75 per cent.

Information on the timeliness of initial decisions is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Border Control Force

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of a border control force on the United Kingdom’s land frontier with the Republic of Ireland. [89743]

Mr. Byrne: The land border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area (CTA).The objective of the common travel area (the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland) is to treat all territories as a single unit for the purpose of travel. The recently published report about the immigration system does not include any plans to change these arrangements. The UK Immigration Service and the Garda National Immigration Bureau have a close working relationship. There are regular intelligence led operations run by the Immigration Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda to test any potential risks to the land border.

Bulgaria

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visas have been issued to people from Bulgaria in each month since 2001. [91848]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

The number of visit visas issued to Bulgarian Nationals in each month since 2001 is as follows:


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Visit visas (excluding family visits)
Issued
Month 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

April

1,197

1,182

961

904

1,181

1,062

May

1,560

1,158

1,137

934

1,133

1,518

June

1,726

1,117

1,295

1,427

1,848

1,824

July

1,482

1,164

1,318

1,215

1,037

1,535

August

1,053

886

855

846

1,299

1,391

September

940

1,000

916

929

1,173

1,293

October

1,032

976

1,137

1,054

1,300

November

1,106

960

931

1,166

1,402

December

786

652

696

770

888

January

884

797

1,069

991

1,190

February

940

828

1,057

987

1,222

March

815

928

1,129

1,194

1,435

Total

13,251

11,648

12,501

12,417

15,108

8,623


Family visits
Issued
Month 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

April

0

169

193

190

239

278

May

0

175

203

224

218

324

June

0

183

259

330

297

405

July

0

178

258

259

290

326

August

0

167

186

214

329

318

September

0

125

159

161

252

169

October

0

185

193

253

650

November

1

240

217

408

705

December

1

211

219

292

572

January

3

120

120

134

184

February

15

119

149

156

199

March

108

134

221

244

368

Total

128

2,006

2,377

2,865

4,303

1,820


UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from Central Referencing System are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across over 150 offices, means that we cannot guarantee 100 per cent. accuracy.

Cash-in-Transit Robberies

Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether cash-in-transit robberies are included in the Government's definition of serious and organised crime. [92219]

Mr. Coaker: Organised crime does not have a strict definition but is usually regarded as referring to crimes which involve two or more persons engaging in continuing serious criminal activities for substantial profit, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. Some cash-in-transit robberies are likely to fall within that description.

Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for cash-in-transit robberies in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006. [92220]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not available centrally. Information on arrests held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is based on persons arrested for recorded crime “notifiable offences” by main offence group (i.e. robbery, sexual offences, theft and handling stolen goods, violence against the person, burglary etc.) only. Information is therefore not available to the detail required.


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