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The territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(b) Persons who hold passports or travel documents issued by the former Soviet Union or by the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
(c) Stateless persons.
(d) Persons who hold non-national documents.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of how many and what proportion of spouses from Pakistan arrived in the UK in each of the last 10 years unable to speak English. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not available. It is not a current requirement of the immigration rules for a spouse to demonstrate command of the English language before he/she can be granted spouse entry clearance in order to enter the UK.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee of 17 December 2007, how many of the cases closed under the legacy exercise were due to (a) erroneous and (b) duplicate records; how such errors and duplications arose; how many of the individuals concerned have been traced; how many of the cases were closed because the individual concerned
could not be traced; and what estimate she has made of the number of people dealt with by the legacy exercise who remain in the UK without leave to remain. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 10 January 2008]: On 17 December 2007 Lin Homer provided a written update to the Home Affairs Select Committee stating that 52,000 older asylum cases had been concluded and of these 17,000 were closed due to previously erroneous or duplicate errors. Of this 17,000, approximately 2,000 were duplicates; 9,500 were errors and 5,500 were EU nationals where the individual originally applied for asylum, but their country of origin has since acceded to the EU.
The previous Home Secretary also referred to the fact that some in some cases the individuals may have died or left the country since they had claimed asylum. We often do not have this information recorded. In future, when we introduce electronic embarkation checks, the situation should improve. In the meantime there are some individuals we are struggling to trace.
It is not possible to accurately forecast the number of people remaining in the UK without leave to remain under the legacy exercise, as each case is decided on its merits and there are an unknown, and significant number of data errors in the case records. We are prioritising cases using the following criteria: those who may pose a risk to the public, those who can more easily be removed, those receiving support, and those who may be granted leave.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rank the supervising officer on duty at immigration control at major UK ports of entry is required to be while that port is operational. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make a statement on the rules and procedures to combat illegal migration and progress expected to be made in areas such as border management, document security and the fight against organised crime by (a) Albania, (b) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (c) Montenegro, (d) Serbia, (e) the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (f) the Government and (g) the European Union in order to meet the terms of visa facilitation and readmission agreements; 
(2) if she will make a statement on the effect for UK border control of the visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the EU and (a) Albania, (b) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (c) Montenegro, (d) Serbia and (e) the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 
Mr. Byrne: The UK maintains the security of its own border controls and does not participate in EU visa facilitation agreements. The EU visa facilitation agreements concluded with the Western Balkan states, and therefore have no direct effect on UK border control. The agreements allow the UK to consider whether it should conclude bilateral visa facilitation agreements with the Western Balkans states. Were we to do so, we would ensure that they were consistent with the protection of the UK border and wider visa policy.
The UK regards European Community Readmission Agreements as a key part of co-operation with third countries and an essential component in the fight against illegal immigration. These agreements (with the exception of Albania) have only recently come into force, and it is therefore too early to gauge their effectiveness. However, we do expect them to ensure effective and rapid procedures for the identification, documentation and return of persons (nationals of the EU member states and the third country involved; third country nationals and stateless persons) illegally entering or remaining, and to facilitate the transit of persons, in the spirit of co-operation.
The Western Balkan states are all either candidate countries to join the EU (Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) or potential candidate countries. Progress in achieving EU-level standards, including in border control and organised crime, is part of the candidate process and is assessed each year by the European Commission.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the introduction of the points-based immigration system on the operation of the resident labour market test; and what plans she has to amend the test. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make it her policy to ensure that existing safeguards for migrant domestic workers will remain in place following the launch of the points-based migration system; 
We are conducting research and analysis in respect of the current provisions for overseas domestic workers. Once this research is complete, we will publish it. In the light of its findings, we will
consider separately, with interested parties, how best to achieve protection for any person, irrespective of how they have entered the UK, who is found to be a victim of trafficking.
Figures provided are for the number of immigration officers as at 31 March each year since 1997, except 2008 where the figures were recorded at 28 February. Data from 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2004 are taken from archived Home Office Personnel systemPIMMS. Data since 31 March 2005 to 28 February 2008 are taken from the Home Office Personnel SystemAdelphi.
|Date( 1)||I Os all( 2)||I Os active( 3)|
|(1) 31 March data for each year with the exception of 2008 which is 29 February 2008 data.|
(2) Staff at immigration officer grade, including staff on career break, special leave, maternity leave.
(3) Active staff at immigration officer grade, excluding staff on career break, special leave, maternity leave.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines her Department has issued to immigration officers on dealing with members of the public who become violent or abusive while passing through immigration control. 
Mr. Byrne: Two new offences relating to assaulting an immigration officer have been introduced and come into force on 31 January 2008. Section 3 of the UK Borders Act 2007 introduces new offences where a person assaults or obstructs a designated immigration officer in the exercise of Section 2 of the UK Borders Act. Section 22 of the same act creates an offence of assaulting an immigration officer. Guidance on both of these new offences has been circulated to all Border Control operational staff.
Further guidance is available to Home Office staff on reducing the risk of violence at work and working alone in safety. This guidance supplements training which immigration officers undertake during their
operational service. Local risk assessments are used to determine the appropriate level of Personal Safety Training (PST) required by immigration officers.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the letter of 17 December 2007, from Lin Homer, Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, what criteria have been set to prioritise the immigration cases of individuals who are deemed to pose a potential threat to the public; how many such cases have been identified; and how many of the individuals concerned have been deported or otherwise removed from the UK. 
need to remove the most harmful people first is reflected in the Case Resolution Directorates priorities and processes
All applicants and their dependants aged 10 and over are checked against the police national computer
(PNC) to establish whether these individuals have criminal convictions in the UK before a decision is made. Where it is identified that the individual has been guilty of serious criminality, we prioritise consideration and seek to deport them in accordance with the Agency-wide criteria.
As at the end of November 2007, we had concluded 52,000 backlog cases, of which, around one third (16,000) were removals. A detailed breakdown of the reasons for these removals, including whether they related to evidence of serious criminality could be obtained by examination of individual case records, only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) undocumented and (b) incorrectly documented persons have arrived at London on Eurostar in each of the last 24 months. 
|No document and inadequately documented arrivals at Waterloo/St. Pancras|
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