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Entry Clearances

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of appeals against visa refusal decisions at all overseas posts were allowed in (a) January 2009, (b) April 2009, (c) July 2009 and (d) October 2009. [312089]

Mr. Woolas: The information requested is given in the following table. Immigration statistics for October 2009 will be published on 25 February.

UKBA monitors closely the reasons why appeals were overturned and uses the information to improve decision-making quality.

Worldwide
Report year 2009 Allowed rate (percentage)

January

44

April

38

July

41


Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Mr. Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many colleges approved by the UK Border Agency between December 2008 and December 2009 were subsequently suspended and their licence either not issued or cancelled. [311858]

Mr. Woolas: Of the colleges admitted to the Register of Sponsors for Tiers 2, 4 and 5 during the period 1 December 2008 and 31 December 2009 as of 18 January
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2010 the UK Border Agency has revoked the licences of 13 sponsors and suspended a further 85.

The figure quoted is not provided under National Statistics protocols and has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.

Mr. Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students who failed to attend college or to pay their fees were returned to their country of origin between December 2008 and December 2009. [311859]

Mr. Woolas: The information requested is not centrally recorded and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student spouse visas were issued from the beginning of December 2008 to December 2009. [311860]

Mr. Woolas: With the introduction of tier 4 of the points based system (students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas
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issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, "Student Dependent". The number of visas issued in these categories in the period December 2008 to September 2009 are shown in the following table. Visa statistics for the last quarter of 2009 will be published on 25 February.

Visas issued: student dependents: December 2008 to September 2009
Visa category Visas issued

Student dependent (spouses + children) December 2008 to March 2009

10,961

Tier four (general) dependent-partners April 2008 to September 2009

6,566


Mr. Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) husbands and (b) wives of persons studying in the UK from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Bangladesh were issued with visas for the purpose of entering the UK to join their spouses between January 2007 and December 2009. [311863]

Mr. Woolas: The number of visas issued to partners is as follows:

Visas issued: student dependents: January 2007 to September 2009
Visa Category India Pakistan Bangladesh Total

Student Dependent(spouses + children January 2007 - March 2009

5331

3822

2129

1,1282

Tier four (General) Dependent -Partners April 2008 - September 2009

1869

89

54

2,012


With the introduction of Tier 4 of the Points Based System (Students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, Student Dependent. It is not therefore possible to provide the information requested except at disproportionate cost.

Immobilisation of Vehicles

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has paid in vehicle clamping charges incurred on (a) privately-owned and (b) publicly-owned land in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [302749]

Mr. Woolas: The Department's accounting systems do not hold the information at the requested level of detail. An answer could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Industrial Health and Safety

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the health and safety advice issued to each new starter upon joining his Department. [311815]

Mr. Woolas: The Home Office and its agencies, UKBA, IPS and CRB provide general health and safety advice to new starters through induction training and local line manager input. This advice includes emergency and evacuation procedures, accident reporting and first aid. The Health and Safety policy and other health and safety information is also available for all employees on the Home Office intranet.

We have no centrally produced Health and Safety advice sheet that can be placed in the Library but will make available a copy of the Home Office Health and Safety policy.

Members: Correspondence

Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 18 June and 17 August 2009 on his constituent, Mr. Peter Booth. [310920]

Mr. Woolas: The signed reply letter was sent to the hon. Member for North-East Hampshire on 18 January 2010.

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Billericay of 27 October and 8 December 2009 on his constituents, Mr. and Mrs. Adedoyin. [312235]

Mr. Woolas: Lin Homer, chief executive of the UK Border Agency, wrote to the Member on 14 January 2010.

Passports: Fraud

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fake British passports have been recovered (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each year since 2005. [311304]


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Meg Hillier: The number of counterfeit, or 'fake' UK passports identified in the UK and recorded by UK Border Agency since 2005 is as follows. The figures for 2009 are not currently available.

UK (number)

2005

6

2006

7

2007

13

2008

23

Total

49


Figures for 'fake' UK passports encountered overseas are not available.

Passports: Lost Property

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into the whereabouts of the passport of Miss Inaaya Khurram post ref Abu Dhabi 296566; and if he will make a statement. [311378]

Mr. Woolas: I am unable to comment on individual cases in PQ replies. I have written to the hon. Member in response to the question he has raised.

Prosecutions: EU Action

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on judicial systems in the UK of the European Public Prosecutor envisaged under the provisions of the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement. [312431]

Meg Hillier: There has been no assessment of the impact of a European Public Prosecutor (EPP) on judicial systems in the UK because no proposal to create such a body has been presented.

While the Lisbon treaty created a legal base for an EPP any proposal seeking to take advantage of that legal base would have to be agreed by unanimity of all participating member states. The UK would also have the choice whether or not to participate by virtue of our Justice and Home Affairs Opt-In Protocol. Therefore, under no circumstances could we be obliged to take part in the creation of an EPP were a proposal to be made.

Repatriation: Expenditure

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the reintegration scheme in 2008-09. [311017]

Mr. Woolas: Reintegration assistance to support enforced and voluntary removals is provided by Assisted Voluntary Returns programmes and the Facilitated Returns Scheme.

The cost of the 2008-09 Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration programmes is currently not available as it is subject to audit, which will be made available in spring 2011.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency will provide information to the Home Affairs Committee on FRS expenditure when she writes in January 2010.


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Surveillance: Local Government

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 487W, on "Members: surveillance", whether guidance has been given to public authorities on the use of surveillance authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in respect of hon. Members and noble Lords. [312020]

Mr. Hanson: Guidance to public authorities authorising covert techniques under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is given in Home Office statutory codes of practice approved by Parliament. We are currently revising the codes on covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources to make it clear that special consideration must be given to authorisations which involve information relating to communications between a Member of Parliament and a constituent in respect of constituency matters. The draft revised codes were laid before Parliament on 5 and 18 January to come into effect on 6 April.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which 34 local authorities supported the use of the Act by local authorities for surveillance related to dog fouling, littering or school enrolment checking. [312022]

Mr. Hanson: My response of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) stated that the relevant details would be published shortly and copies placed in the House Library. That was done on 18 January.

UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of calls to the UK Border Agency helpline which have not been connected in the last 12 months. [312253]

Mr. Woolas: We do not record how many calls have not been connected to the UK Border Agency Helpline. Management information is only available for the resolution or otherwise of those calls that are connected.

Vetting: Young People

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Record Bureau checks have been made on individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of checking in the most recent year for which figures are available. [311793]

Meg Hillier: The total volume of applications made for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks by people under the age of 18 during the financial year April 2009 to 18 January 2010 is 111,949.


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Justice

Departmental Advertising

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advertising campaigns for which his Department is responsible have (a) commenced and (b) continued in 2009-10; and what the cost of each such campaign has been. [309944]

Mr. Wills: Advertising expenditure on campaigns is interpreted as advertising expenditure other than for recruitment purposes.

The nature of the Ministry of Justice's activities-principally administering the courts, prisons, probation and tribunals systems-is such that it does not engage in significant levels of advertising on campaigns.

A survey of business areas across the Department and its Executive agencies (the National Offender Management Service, Her Majesty's Courts Service, the Tribunals Service and the office of the Public Guardian) identified the following advertising campaigns which have commenced or continued in the 2009-10 year to date.

Campaign Cost (£) Date

Community Payback(1)

Funded by Home Office

March/April 2009

Youth Justice Campaign(2)

Funded jointly by the Youth Task Force and Joint Youth Justice Unit

December 2009

Promotional Adverts(3)

2,663

2009/10 (expenditure up until 12 January 2010

Total

26,623

-

(1) The Community Payback campaign was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and ran in March/April 2009. It was funded by the Home Office as part of the wider Justice Seen Justice Done campaign. The campaign informed the public of their power to nominate projects through which offenders can pay back local communities for their crimes without taking away work from others or making a profit for anyone. (2) The Youth Justice campaign was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and ran in December 2009 in the north-west of England. The campaign informed people of measures in place to tackle youth antisocial behaviour and offending. The total cost of £122,559 was funded by the Youth Taskforce (part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)) and the Joint Youth Justice Unit (which is managed and funded jointly by the DCSF and the Ministry of Justice). (3) The Law Commission within the Democracy, Constitution and Law division of the Ministry of Justice spent £2,663 on a number of promotional adverts in law journals, primarily to raise the profile of the Law Commission in order to: improve the rate at which proposals get implemented encourage a wider level of response to proposals on law reform encourage buy in for current and future work to continue the promotion of better law.

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