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Reintegration assistance is provided in kind in the country of return; however, during 2006 the enhanced package offered included the option to take phased cash payments. This is included in the Other category.
The average cost of a VARRP return in 2006 was £2,024.59 per returnee. No criteria are used to select recipients for help with reintegration in their country of return as all those who return through VARRP are eligible.
The other major AVR scheme is the assisted voluntary return for irregular migrants (AVRIM). Those who return via this scheme do not generally receive reintegration assistance. However, it can be considered for a limited number of vulnerable applicants who are likely to fall into categories such as victims of trafficking or unaccompanied minors.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqis have (a) applied for and (b) been successful in gaining asylum in the United Kingdom in each year from 2003 to 2007. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 29 June 2007]: Information on asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals for nationals of Iraq is shown in the following table. Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period. Appeal determinations do not necessarily relate to initial decisions made in the same period.
Information on asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals for nationals of Iraq is published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:
|Asylum applications( 1) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions( 2) on applications, 2003 to 2006, nationals of Iraq|
|Total decisions||Grants of asylum||Grants of ELR||Grants of HP( 4)||Grants of DL( 4)||Total refusals||Certified refusals||Other refusals||Third country refusals( 5)||Non-compliance refusals( 6)|
|n/a = Not applicable. (1) Figures rounded to nearest 5, with * = 1 or 2. (2 )Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.|
(3 )Provisional figures. (4 )Humanitarian protection and discretionary leave replaced exceptional leave to remain from 1 April 2003. (5) Refused on the grounds that the applicant had arrived from a safe third country. (6) Paragraph 340 of Immigration Rules. For failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitation to interview. Source: Immigration and Research Statistics.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public expenditure her Department incurred to send staff to attend the Good Communication Awards on 30 May held at the Marriott Grosvenor Hotel, London. 
Mr. Byrne: The Home Office welcomes external endorsement of the high quality of its website. Two members of the website team attended the Good Communication Awards ceremony on 30 May. Tickets for the event were free, the staff attended in their own time and travelled at their own expense. There was no public expenditure cost incurred in attending.
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Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she had with her Mauritanian counterpart on assistance the UK can give to Mauritania to deal with illegal immigrants sailing from Mauritanian ports to European Union territory. 
Mr. Byrne: I have not had any meetings with my Mauritanian counterpart regarding any assistance the UK can give to deal with illegal immigrants sailing from Mauritanian ports to European Union territory. I am not aware that my predecessor had any such contact.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes she proposes for the system of passport checks of people flying into the UK; and what steps she intends to take to reduce delays for passengers, with particular reference to those arriving this summer. 
The level of staff working in frontline border control is at an all time high. Tough checks at our airports are imperative if we are to prevent illegal immigration, turn away criminals and maintain
Britain's secure borders. For this reason we will continue to make every necessary check of those trying to gain entry.
Mr. Byrne: The information requested regarding all those arrested is not collated centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer question 109676, on Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre, tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam on 13 December 2006. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007 to question 144841, on Yarls Wood Detention Centre, how the prices charged by the contractor are independently monitored to ensure there is no overcharging. 
Mr. Byrne: The shop prices at Yarls Wood are not charged by the monitor but are set in line with the Recommended Retail Price. Accounts are returned to the monitor on a monthly basis and are checked to ensure that the profit margin remains below 10 per cent.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007 to question 144839, on Yarls Wood Detention Centre, for what reasons women are held in confinement away from the main accommodation areas; for what periods of time; for what reasons satellite news broadcasts were not available on (a) 26 April to 4 May, (b) 9 to 10 May and (c) 22 to 23 May; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The reasons why women may be held in temporary confinement, away from the main accommodation areas, are governed by the Detention Centre Rules 2001, Rule 42, and Paragraphs 1 to 8. Detainees are held in temporary confinement due to their refractory or violent behaviour, but only because that behaviour presents a risk to either themselves, to others or to the good order and discipline of the centre. The average length of stay in temporary confinement is one day.
Sky satellite news broadcasts were temporarily unavailable during the period of transition between Global Solutions Ltd. and Serco, 26 April to 4 May, due to a payment problem to the supplier and difficulties tuning the system to the correct channels. These problems were resolved and detainee choice continues to govern channel selection. During the other dates mentioned the full Sky satellite service including Sky news was available to all residents.
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000; and which of these consultants undertook work for the Department with a total contractual value in excess of £10 million over this period. 
|(a) Spend on management consultants||(b) Spend on other external consultants and advisers|
|(1) There was limited information available for the periods 2000-01 and 2001-02.|
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 on the bingo industry; and if she will make a statement. 
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