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Drugs

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by his Department in its review of legal highs commissioned earlier this year. [308721]

Mr. Alan Campbell: In March this year, my predecessor commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to undertake a review of so called "legal highs" or new psychoactive substances, and provide advice on their harms and availability. The first output of this work was the ACMD's advice on synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists found in smoking products such as "Spice" which, following approval of Parliament, have been controlled as class B drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 since the 23 December 2009. The ACMD's review continues, with its consideration of the cathinone group of substances, which includes mephedrone, as its next priority.

Entry Clearances

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, columns 220-22W, on entry clearances, if he will provide equivalent statistics for (a) January and (b) February 2009. [309806]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 11 January 2010]: The requested information for January and February is provided as follows. In addition the figures provided for the period March-October have been updated.


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(a) Tier one (general) (b) Tier one (post study) (d) Tier two (ICT) (f) Tier four (child) (f) Tier four (general) (g) Tier five youth mobility
2009 IC OOC IC OOC IC OOC IC OOC IC OOC IC OOC

January

639

2,281

2,051

319

185

1,002

-

-

-

-

-

1,890

February

1,025

2,024

4,556

375

503

1,461

-

-

-

-

-

1,560

March

2,491

2,376

4,560

372

573

1,893

15

-

-

-

-

3,306

April

3,238

1,864

1,901

298

478

1,756

367

37

-

957

-

1,169

May

3,357

1,078

1,751

338

585

1,745

694

77

3

4,386

-

2,896

June

2,648

785

2,497

379

831

2,163

1,995

404

11

12,127

-

1,839

July

1,844

560

2,460

300

806

2,009

5,361

1,231

13

30,528

-

1,555

August

1,899

594

1,473

356

528

1,975

5,199

3,101

19

53,572

-

1,101

September

2,158

640

1,895

396

463

2,109

6,921

1,000

46

62,006

-

1,124

October

2,459

643

2,441

422

551

1,893

9,170

269

105

24,586

-

1,231

Note :
IC = In-country grants of leave to remain
OOC = Out-of-country visas issued

The table above is based on approved main applications only. These data are not provided under National Statistic protocols. They have been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.

Hamas: Internet

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to prevent Hamas's al-Fatah website being accessed by children resident in the UK. [309799]

Mr. Hanson [holding answer 11 January 2010 ]: We are currently assessing whether there is sufficient evidence to include the al-Fatah website in the list of material provided on a voluntary basis to filtering companies for inclusion in their parental control software.

It would be for the police to decide whether a website reaches the threshold for a notice to be issued under section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Human Trafficking

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training and guidance first responder agencies have received on how to make a referral to the national referral mechanism on behalf of a potential victim of trafficking; and who has provided it. [309623]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 11 January 2010]: Guidance on the National Referral Mechanism can be found on the Home Office website:

In addition, a Trafficking Toolkit is available on the Criminal Justice System website, which provides advice and support to all frontline practitioners who may come into contact with victims of human trafficking. Copies of these publications will be made available in the House Library.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has developed mandatory human trafficking training for all staff, which it has made available to other front line agencies. The UK Human Trafficking Centre, in conjunction with the National Policing Improvement Agency, has developed training for police officers. The training covers all forms of human trafficking and has been incorporated into programmes for all new officers as well as specific programmes such as initial detective training and those aimed at police community support officers, domestic violence, roads policing and public protection programmes.

NGO organisations who act as first responders have been chosen specifically for their extensive knowledge and experience in working in the field of human trafficking and often contribute to the training of other agencies.

Human trafficking training for local authorities is delivered either as part of the Local Safeguarding Children Board child trafficking training model or directly by the London Safeguarding Children Board pilot support group to local authorities across the UK.

The Department of Health has issued guidelines to assist professionals and services to identify and respond to the needs of sexually abused and exploited victims, including those who have been trafficked into and within the UK. The Trafficking Toolkit, available on the Criminal Justice System, also provides specific guidance to NHS professionals.

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals of potential victims of trafficking have been made to the National Referral Mechanism at the UK Human Trafficking Centre between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009; and which agencies made such referrals. [309665]

Mr. Woolas: Between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009 there have been 289 referrals made to the Competent Authority within the UK Human Trafficking Centre. The referrals were made by the following agencies:

Agency Number of referrals

Police

166

Local authorities

(1)57

Poppy

27

Kalayaan

19

TARA

9

Migrant Helpline

8

CPS

2

NHS

1

Total

289

(1) One of these cases was incorrectly referred to UKBA by the local authority.

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many potential victims of trafficking who received no decision on their referral to the National Referral Mechanism since 1 April 2009 have subsequently gone missing. [309667]


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Mr. Woolas: Between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009 there have been seven suspended cases where the individual has either absconded or gone missing prior to the reasonable grounds decision being made.

During the same period 18 cases have also been withdrawn as the individual intended to leave the UK prior to the reasonable grounds decision being made.

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the people who have received a positive conclusive grounds decision from the National Referral Mechanism since 1 April 2009 were (a) granted a residence permit or any other form of leave to remain and (b) left the UK through (i) voluntary return and (ii) other means. [309669]

Mr. Woolas: From the cases referred into the National Referral Mechanism between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009, 85 have received positive conclusive grounds decisions. Of these 85 decisions, 30 have been granted a residence permit or other form of leave to remain and 40 are EU or British nationals whose stay in the UK is not subject to immigration control. Tracking victims beyond the reflection and recovery period is limited if there is no longer a risk to their safety or health and they have the right to remain in the UK (UK and EEA victims in particular).This makes it difficult to confirm the numbers of voluntary returns in this category. There is currently no record of any enforced return of individuals conclusively found to be victims of trafficking returned to their own country.

Humberside Police

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of Humberside police force has been in each year since 2000. [309766]

Mr. Hanson: The information requested can be found in the following table.

We announced details of the police grant settlement for 2010-11 on 26 November 2009. Humberside police authority is now in a position to consider their final budget for 2010-11.

Humberside police force budget 2000-01 to 2009-10

Budget requirement (£ million) Budget change (percentage)

2000-01

118,9

4.0

2001-02

128,2

7.8

2002-03

131,6

2.7

2003-04

141,9

7.9

2004-05

150,4

5.9

2005-06(1)

152,0

-3.1

2006-07

158,0

4.0

2007-08

164,9

4.3

2008-09

169,6

2.9

2009-10

175,0

3.1

(1) 2005-06 figures have been adjusted for purposes of comparison with future years following the transfer of pensions and security funding from general grant in 2006-07.

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