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Baroness Blatch: The Secretary of State for the Home Department has no present plans to change his policy, which is kept under review, in respect of the exercise of his discretion to consider substantively claims made by asylum seekers who have travelled here from a safe third country and who might otherwise be returned here.
The Secretary of State will normally decide to consider a case substantively if the applicant's spouse or unmarried minor child is in the United Kingdom, or, if the applicant is an unmarried minor child, the applicant's parent is in the United Kingdom. In addition, discretion is exercised according to the merits of individual cases where the applicant is a parent whose married minor is in the United Kingdom (or vice versa); the applicant is an elderly or otherwise dependent parent; or the family link is not one which would normally be considered but there is clear evidence that the applicant is wholly or mainly dependent on the relative in the United Kingdom and that there is an absence of similar support elsewhere.
Baroness Blatch: The decision to detain Mr. Otono was taken only after careful consideration of all the circumstances and only when the Immigration Service were not satisfied that he would comply with any terms of temporary admission. Mr. Otono made a bail application on 22nd March 1996, and the date for a bail hearing has yet to be set.
Mr. Otono was refused asylum in the United Kingdom on 30th January 1995. His appeal was heard by a special adjudicator on 29th January 1996 and was dismissed on 12th February 1996. At a tribunal hearing on 22nd March 1996, the appeal was remitted for a further hearing before a special adjudicator. A date for the appeal hearing has yet to be set.
Baroness Blatch: The Immigration and Nationality Department has developed a programme to computerise the handling of immigration casework in order to deliver improvements in service, to strengthen the administration of the control and to produce substantial efficiency savings. A seven year contract is to be awarded to Siemens Business Services under the private
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The Highways Agency is consulted on all planning applications for new motorway service areas (MSAs). It will not normally object so long as the proposal meets a range of minimum requirements relating to the facilities to be provided and the spacing of the site from other MSAs, and provided the proposed access arrangements are acceptable in safety and traffic management terms. As a matter of policy, however, we do not expect to connect new MSAs to any motorway which, because of exceptional traffic circumstances, has been or is expected to be widened to dual five lane standard. To do so would invite further congestion on what are the most heavily used parts of the motorway network.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): My department is leading the review recommended by Sir Richard Scott. It will examine the nature and extent of information currently provided, and will take account of the industrial, employment and diplomatic implications of any change in the longstanding parliamentary convention governing the disclosure of information. We shall be seeking the views of a wide range of interested parties and will report back to the House before the Summer Recess.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): The English Tourist Board will shortly present my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage with proposals for a revised Crown accommodation classification and grading scheme. My right honourable friend intends to consult the tourism industry on these proposals before final decisions are announced.
Lord Chesham: Her Majesty's Government do not consider they have responsibility for the dispute. The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne provides for the future of the islands to be settled by the parties concerned. We support efforts by the French Government and others to help resolve the dispute, and have made clear we are willing to provide access for both sides to historical documents in our possession. We continue to ensure that British shipping and aviation are kept informed of developments in the area.
Lord Chesham: We are aware that two editors of the Post newspaper have been detained following a Zambian parliamentary ruling. We have no plans at present to ask the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to conduct a seminar on the use of contempt powers by parliaments. Meanwhile we do not intend to approach the Zambian Parliament about the detentions.
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In 1995-96 we expect the ODA programme to total some £38.4 million. On current planning, the anticipated level of the ODA programme for Indonesia for 1996-97 is broadly in line with the estimated spend for the current year. Figures for CDC investments are not yet available.
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