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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1093W, on the national identity register, in what type of cases may individuals be asked to attend an interview when they apply for registration on the National Identity Register or for a replacement card. 
Whether an individual would be invited to attend an interview prior to registration on the National Identity Register will depend on the particular
circumstances of the application but, as now with first time adult applicants for passports, it is likely that the Identity and Passport Service would need to interview an applicant where there is limited evidence of identity such as no previous passport history. An interview is one way of helping to establish identity.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of offering an amnesty to illegal migrants; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government have ruled out an amnesty and this remains our position. An amnesty would be unfair to those who are here legally; it would act as a pull factor for even more attempts at illegal immigration; and it would counter the achievements by the UK Border Agency to improve our border and immigration system.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 118W, on illegal immigrants: arrests, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) deportations were made following the 1,685 enforcement visits made to restaurants and takeaway food outlets in 2008. 
Mr. Woolas: The UK Border Agency records details of the number of individuals arrested as suspected immigration offenders, details of prosecutions, and the details of those removed on three separate systems. In order to achieve the required level of data quality, the cross-referencing of data between the three systems could be completed only by the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.
The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons removed and departed voluntarily from the UK on a quarterly and annual basis, as well as statistics on persons proceeded against for offences under Immigration Acts in England and Wales annually. National Statistics on immigration and asylum are placed in the Library of the House and are available from the Home Offices Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy cases of indefinite leave to remain are under consideration; what the longest time for a decision to be made on such a case has been; and when she expects the last such case to have been disposed of. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 2 April 2009] : In July 2006 the former Home Secretary informed Parliament that the UK Border Agency had a backlog of around 400,000 to 450,000 electronic and paper records, which were riddled with duplication and errors, and include cases of individuals who have since died or left the country, or are now EU citizens.
Due to the poor data quality of these cases, to identify how many cases will result in the granting of indefinite leave to remain that are currently under consideration would involve disproportionate cost.
The information requested regarding the longest time for a decision to be made on a legacy case is not collated and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost through the manual examination of individual case files.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to determine the application for indefinite leave to remain of Zakia Ahmed, reference A1387430, case ID10352843. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to entry clearance officers on the registration of the application date in respect of the points-based immigration system. 
the date that the fee associated with the application is paid and the applicant's biometric details taken.
the date that the fee associated with the application is paid.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training on the Tier 1 points-based system her Department has provided to (a) entry clearance officers and (b) other employees of (i) her Department and (ii) the UK Border Agency. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 2 April 2009]: Entry clearance officers received full Tier 1 training during April 2008 which encompassed PBS overview and how to consider applications under the new system.
UK Border Agency staff received awareness sessions (248 staff) which covered Tier 1 General. Specifically 70 caseworkers were trained during February/March 2008 to process in-country applications. This involved a three day training course which covered all elements of Tier 1. Further training has been provided as new caseworkers join the Agency.
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether UK Border Agency staff assigned to juxtaposed controls at Eurostar terminals in France and Belgium have received training in the identification of suspected children being trafficked; and how many children have been so identified since the introduction of juxtaposed controls. 
In October 2007, a separate learning package was launched to ensure that staff have the right knowledge to safeguard children. This was designed in partnership with other organisations and is compulsory for all staff regardless of grade or Department.
Juxtaposed controls were introduced at France and Belgium in 2004. Since then, UK Border Agency staff, at the juxtaposed controls, have identified 110 cases involving children and vulnerable adults (up to the age of 30 years) suspected of being trafficked.
Mr. Woolas: In November it was announced that a Process Improvement Fund of up to a maximum of £500,000 would be established to enable Wave One participants to take advantage of the opportunities identity cards provide in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing pre-employment checking processes, during the 18 month evaluation period.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, columns 915-6W, on biometrics: airports, how much her Department spent on IRIS technology in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 to date. 
(a) 2008: £568,100
(b) January to March 2009: £149,600.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which UK airports are using the Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS) what percentage of passengers passing through immigration control at each airport was processed through IRIS on the latest date for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted settlement last year after four or five months on a work permit had married a person not subject to immigration control prior to their application for settlement. 
We are continuing to look at what more can be done to strengthen the marriage route against abuse, and ensure that it assists a spouse's integration into the UK at an early stage. This includes work to develop our proposal, as set out in the document Marriage Visas: The Way Forward published July 2008, to make it a requirement for sponsors to register their intention to sponsor a spouse to come to the UK and if needed attend a compulsory interview.
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 19 March 2009]: Tibetans, like all persons seeking entry to the UK, are required to produce a valid national passport satisfactorily establishing their identity and nationality, and are classified accordingly.
Mr. Coaker: The Home Secretary announced on 3 April her intention to launch a formal consultation in late April on the options for how best to regulate the wheel-clamping industry. The consultation document, which includes the results of the SIAs feasibility study, will be published, and copies will be placed in the House Libraries.
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her proposals for the future of the wheel-clamping industry will include changes to (a) the regulation of wheel-clamping companies, (b) the maximum level of charges that clamping companies can impose on private land and (c) the minimum standards for signage on private land; and when she plans to publish her proposals. 
Mr. Woolas: We will launch a formal consultation in late April considering how best to regulate the wheel-clamping industry. The Governments preferred option would be to introduce compulsory licensing for all wheel-clamping companies, to ensure they uphold standards of conduct, which will be enforced if they are not met.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 March 2009, on the Vetting and Barring Scheme, what the reason is for the period of time taken between implementing the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 in October 2009 and the scheme becoming fully operational in July 2010; and what assessment she has made of the likely effects of this period on the operation of the scheme. 
The commencement of new applications under section 24 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 will take place in July 2010 to enable full implementation and testing of the new IT systems which are required to introduce the scheme effectively, including a contingency period. In the period from
October 2009, the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be able to bar from the full range of regulated activities with children or vulnerable adults any cases referred to it in which it considers the individual referred to be unsuitable for such work.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the monthly operating costs of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (a) at present and (b) once the Vetting and Barring Scheme becomes fully operational in July 2010. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what electronic databases will be used by the Independent Safeguarding Authority to operate the Vetting and Barring Scheme. 
Jacqui Smith: The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will operate a database maintaining the lists of those barred from working with children or vulnerable adults in accordance with section 2 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. It will also operate two databases maintaining two lists of those who are ISA registered and able to work with children and vulnerable adults together with a casework management system.
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