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Elderly: Abuse

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of cases of abuse or mistreatment of elderly people; [123690]

(2) what steps the Government is taking to ensure that older people are aware of their rights in cases of abuse and mistreatment. [123691]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I have been asked to reply.

The Government deplore abuse of all older people. We have set out standards of care and treatment for older people in the national service framework and in national minimum standards for care homes and domiciliary care agencies. We have also created independent regulators and given them the powers they need to take action against poorly providing performers. Staff who provide personal care to older people in their own homes or in care homes are subject to statutory checks, including checks of their criminal record and the protection of vulnerable adults scheme.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 introduces a new vetting and barring scheme which will be passed in from autumn 2008. The new scheme will be proactive, with vetting taking place on an individual's first application to work with children or vulnerable adults. This will make it far more difficult for abusers to gain access to the most vulnerable groups in our society.

Statutory guidance has been issued to local authorities on putting in place multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable people from abuse. “No Secrets” makes it clear that local strategies for the prevention of abuse of vulnerable adults should include plans to disseminate information to users, carers, relevant staff groups and agencies to ensure they are aware of local arrangements including how to report abuse.

The Department has commissioned research, jointly with Comic Relief, on the prevalence and nature of abuse of older people who live in their own homes. It will be published later this year.


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Entry Clearances: Marriage

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriage visas were granted in each year since 1985. [126044]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the following table. Please note that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office electronic resources only go as far back as 1998 for marriage/fiancé(e) visas.

Applications for UK marriage/fiancé (e) visas issued from 1998 to 2006
Number

1998

3,198

1999

3,008

2000

3,915

2001

5,241

2002

5,429

2003

5,634

2004

5,546

2005

6,683

2006

7,480

Note:
UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot 100 per cent. guarantee accuracy.
Sources:
1998-2003: Central Reference System (CRS) 7 March 2007
2004-2006: Statistics Search Screen on CRS 7 March 2007

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people received marriage visas in (a) 2005, (b) 2000, (c) 1995, (d) 1990 and (e) 1985, broken down by nationality. [126046]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the following table. Please note that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office electronic resources go as far back as 1998 only for marriage/fiancé(e) visas. These statistics therefore cover the years 2005 and 2000 only.


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Nationality 2005 2000

Afghanistan

7

2

Albania

654

32

Algeria

20

12

Angola

2

2

Antigua and Barbuda

4

2

Argentina

41

3

Armenia

5

0

Australia

185

178

Azerbaijan

13

0

Bahamas

0

2

Bahrain

2

1

Bangladesh

28

9

Barbados

10

6

Belarus

47

20

Benin

0

0

Bermuda

0

1

Bolivia

7

0

Bosnia and Herzegovina

9

10

Botswana

1

2

Brazil

208

41

British National Overseas

17

8

British Overseas Citizen

0

1

Bulgaria

53

23

Burma (Myanmar)

2

0

Burundi

0

0

Cambodia

2

0

Cameroon

11

0

Canada

120

64

Cape Verde

0

1

Chile

14

0

China

165

104

Colombia

61

12

Congo

2

2

Costa Rica

2

0

Croatia

24

19

Cuba

32

10

Cyprus

1

7

Czech Republic

0

50

Democratic Republic of Congo

11

0

Dominica

4

3

Dominican Republic

6

4

Ecuador

11

2

Egypt

28

15

El Salvador

2

0

Equatorial Guinea

1

0

Eritrea

0

2

Estonia

0

16

Ethiopia

9

8

Fiji

3

0

Gabon

1

0

Gambia

9

6

Georgia

4

0

Ghana

17

12

Grenada

6

0

Guatemala

2

0

Guinea

3

1

Guinea-Bissau

2

2

Guyana

12

3

Haiti

1

0

Honduras

3

0

Hong Kong

21

2

Hungry

0

44

India

466

327

Indonesia

32

32

Iran

40

9

Iraq

10

3

Israel

72

28

Ivory Coast

6

2

Jamaica

19

16

Japan

217

120

Jordan

3

1

Kazakhstan

31

29

Kenya

22

19

Korea (North)

1

0

Kyrgyzstan

11

8

Laos

5

3

Latvia

1

0

Lebanon

11

3

Lesotho

2

0

Liberia

2

1

Libya

12

0

Lithuania

0

13

Macau

4

0

Macedonia

5

6

Madagascar

2

0

Malawi

11

0

Malaysia

55

31

Maldives

1

0

Mali

1

1

Mauritania

2

0

Mauritius

13

13

Mexico

55

22

Moldova

28

13

Mongolia

4

1

Morocco

42

20

Mozambique

1

2

Namibia

9

0

Nepal

17

1

New Zealand

67

76

Nicaragua

2

0

Niger

1

0

Nigeria

37

12

None

2

0

Oman

1

1

Pakistan

273

337

Palestinian Authority

3

0

Panama

5

0

Papua New Guinea

1

0

Paraguay

3

0

Peru

43

2

Philippines

302

185

Poland

0

73

Qatar

0

1

Refugee (Art 1 1951 Convention)

0

0

Romania

124

61

Russia

417

254

Rwanda

1

0

Sao Tome and Principe

0

0

Senegal

5

0

Seychelles

11

0

Sierra Leone

2

7

Singapore

18

26

Slovakia

0

88

Slovenia

0

2

Somalia

3

0

South Africa

202

67

South Korea

34

18

Sri Lanka

13

7

St. Kitts and Nevis

2

1

St. Lucia

7

6

St. Vincent

4

4

Stateless (Art 1 1951 Convention)

5

1

Sudan

7

1

Swaziland

1

2

Switzerland

0

12

Syria

5

3

Taiwan

34

6

Tajikistan

1

0

Tanzania

18

4

Thailand

534

349

Togo

3

2

Trinidad and Tobago

29

9

Tunisia

23

17

Turkey

106

67

Turkmenistan

3

0

Uganda

13

6

Ukraine

254

196

United States

753

476

Unspecified Nationality

14

0

Uruguay

2

0

Uzbekistan

13

0

Venezuela

21

0

Vietnam

44

8

XXH

0

3

XXP

1

0

Yemen

3

1

Yugoslavia

55

36

Zambia

7

1

Zimbabwe

33

3

Total

6,683

3,899

Note:
UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot 100 per cent. guarantee accuracy.
Source:
CRS.
Endorsement: Marriage/CP.

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