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PSA 3: 90 per cent. of settlement applications to be processed within 12 weeks.
Our visa sections in Russia exceeded these standards in the 2006-07 and 2005-06 financial years. In 2005-06, an average of 92 per cent. of PSA 1 applications were processed within 24 hours, 97.4 per cent. of PSA 2 applications were processed within 15 days, and 100 per cent. of PSA 3 applications were processed within 12 weeks.
Provisional figures for 2006-07 show that, on average, 92 per cent. of PSA 1 applications were processed within 24 hours, 97 per cent. of PSA 2 applications were processed within 15 days, and 100 per cent. of PSA 3 applications were processed within 12 weeks.
This information is available primarily through the UKvisas main website: www.ukvisas.ov.uk, our embassy in Moscow's website: www.britaininrussia.ru and the website of UKvisas' commercial partner in Russia: www.ukvac-ru.com.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many special envoys have been appointed to (a) foreign countries, (b) overseas and dependent territories and (c) states under UN mandates since 27 June 2007. 
[holding answer 17 September 2007]: Two special envoys to either foreign countries, overseas and dependent territories or states under UN mandates have been appointed since 27 June 2007. Michael Williams has been appointed the UK Special Representative on
the Middle East and Special Projects. (Further information is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Indonesian officials on the extradition to East Timor of Col. Burhanuddin Siagian. 
Meg Munn: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had no discussions with Indonesian officials on the extradition to East Timor of Indonesian Colonel Burhanuddin Siagian. We believe that this is a matter for consideration between the Indonesian and East Timorese Governments.
The UK has consistently expressed concern to both the Indonesian and East Timorese Governments about impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses in East Timor. These issues are pursued through their bilateral Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF). We have encouraged both governments to make the CTF a process that enjoys the confidence of the victims and the international community.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost has been to public funds of payments made to Visa Facilitation Services for the provision of an online visa application service in (a) India, (b) Nigeria and (c) Russia. 
Dr. Howells: The Visa Facilitation Services online application services in India, Nigeria and Russia are funded by a handling fee charged to applicants. No public funds have been involved in the provision of this service.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to seek financial compensation from Visa Facilitation Services for the security failures set out in the report of the Independent Investigation published on 28th July; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: No, as no financial loss was incurred. The independent investigator concluded that she could find no evidence that any personal data were misused as a result of the breach of security at the Visa Facilitation Services online visa application facility. We are committed to working with Visa Facilitation Services to ensure that a high standard of customer service is maintained under the contract, which replaces the previous arrangements.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any remaining contracts with Visa Facilitation Services in force; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: UKvisas signed a commercial partnership agreement with VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd. (Visa Facilitation Services) on 27 February 2007. This contract provides that VF Worldwide Holdings will supply UKvisas with visa application and related services in the far east, Former Soviet Union, Gulf and Pakistan, South Asia, South East Asia (excluding Australia and New Zealand), Southern, Central and Eastern Africa and West Africa. This contract is being rolled out across the world gradually throughout 2007. As it comes into effect in each country, it will supersede any previous existing contracts between UKvisas and Visa Facilitation Services in that country.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether disciplinary action has been taken against members of staff at UKvisas following the report of the Independent Investigator into breaches of data security in the Visa Facilitation Services online visa application facility; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has accepted all of the recommendations made by the independent investigator in her report into the data breach at the Visa Facilitation Services online visa application facility. None recommended disciplinary action against UKvisas staff.
Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects a determination to be made on visa application number VC 005578 submitted on 7 September 2006 at the British embassy in Zimbabwe. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average time was that the British embassy in Zimbabwe had to
wait to receive a response from the Zimbabwean authorities for the authentication of documents submitted with a visa application in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Dr. Howells: The waiting time for our embassy in Harare to receive a response from the Zimbabwean authorities for the authentication of official documents submitted with a visa application over the last 12 months has varied from four weeks to 12 months.
Visa section staff at our embassy in Harare have no control over the time the Zimbabwean authorities take to respond to such requests, and continue to chase any request for authentication of documents.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there have been at Type 1
accident and emergency departments (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 population in each year since 1997-98 in England, broken down by strategic health authority area. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Prior to quarter 1 (April to June) 2001-02, attendance data were collected only as a total figure for all types of accident and emergency (A and E) department (major departments, single specialty departments and minor injury and illness services, including minor injury units). A and E attendances split down into A and E type were first collected in quarter 1 (April to June) 2002-03. Therefore, it is not possible to provide Type 1 attendance figures prior to 2002-03.
The following tables show data on the number of attendances and the number of attendances per 100,000 head of population, at Type 1 A and E departments for strategic health authorities in England since 2002-03 to 2006-07.
|Number of attendances and the number of attendances per 100,000 head of population, at Type 1 A and E departments, strategic health authorities in England, 2002-03 to 2006-07|
|Attendances||Attendances per 100,000 population|
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