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Mr. Byrne: The Department maintains records of expenditure on agency and temporary staff. It does not maintain separate records of fees paid to recruitment agencies. To provide such detailed information could be done only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Departments expenditure on communications research was in each year since 1997-98; and how much of this cost was accounted for by producing (a) reports on the public perceptions of his Department or its agencies, (b) stakeholder surveys, (c) national media evaluations, (d) regional media evaluations and (e) other research. 
John Reid: The following table shows the number of applications for a Work Permit where the employer was recorded as either The Home Office or one of its agencies, namely: the Criminal Records Bureau, the Identity and Passport Service and HM Prison Service. It is not viable to identify any applications where the employer name was not recorded in this way.
|Work Permit applications|
|Home Office||Home Office agencies|
Mr. Byrne: As the Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, following the dismantling of embarkation controls beginning in 1994, no Government have been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally, and that remains the case. The Home Secretary has set a clear goal of reintroducing systems to count everyone in and out of Britain.
Certain countries have specific arrangements with the Border and Immigration Agency to interview individuals, for the purpose of agreeing to issue an Emergency Travel Document if nationality cannot be confirmed by other means. We do hold the information requested but agreements between the Home Office and other countries are sensitive and disclosure could damage our relationship
with the country concerned, our relations with other states and prejudice our ability to operate an efficient removals system.
Countries where return is facilitated by documents other than an Emergency Travel Document may also request an interview to establish nationality. Data is not centrally collated on these cases and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances correspondence between hon. and right hon. Members and detainees is opened by staff in immigration removal centres before it reaches recipients; and if he will make a statement. 
A situation may arise where the centre manager has reasonable cause to believe that the contents of an envelope may endanger the security of the centre or the safety of others. Under these circumstances the envelope may be opened in front of the detainee.
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will write to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West, as referred to in the answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1646W, on accession countries. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanisms Edward Chininga was permitted to transit via Gatwick; whether officials were aware of his position on the EU no fly list for selected Zimbabwean nationals; at what point Ministers were made aware of his transiting; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what consideration is given to service in the UK armed forces by non-UK nationals when deciding who is eligible to reside in the UK; 
The rules applying to applications for indefinite leave to enter or remain in the United
Kingdom by foreign and Commonwealth nationals discharged from HM Forces and by former Gurkhas who completed their service on or after 1 July 1997 are set out in paragraphs 276E to 276Q of the Immigration Rules. They include the requirement for a minimum of four years service to have been completed prior to discharge. I would refer the hon. Member to the relevant policy contained on the Border and Immigration Agency website at:
Discretion may be exercised for former members of HM Forces discharged from service before 1 July 1997 or discharged more than two years prior to the date of application where there are strong reasons why settlement in the UK is appropriate. In such cases there is the same requirement for a minimum of four years service to have been completed prior to discharge. The relevant guidance is contained in Chapter 15, Section 2A of the Immigration Directorate Instructions at:
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each year since 2000; and how many of them were for (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) lecturers and (d) teachers for overseas nationals from (i) Africa, (ii) Asia, (iii) South America and (iv) the Caribbean. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 19 June 2007]: The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2007 from (a) Africa, (b) Asia (c) South America and (d) The Caribbean.
|(1) Indicates 1 or 2.|
(2) Indicates nil.
1. Figures are rounded to nearest 5.
2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.
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