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UK Revenue and Spending

Lord Lawson of Blaby asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The attached table shows spending and revenue as a percentage of GDP on

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a national accounts definition for Central Government and Local Government.

The data necessary to calculate these proportions are only available back to 1963 and up to Q3 1995.

Central and Local Government Revenue and Expenditure (Percentage of GDP)

Central Government Local Government

EU Common Visa List

Viscount Addison asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they plan to implement the European Union Common Visa List.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): We have today laid a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules which implements the European Union Common Visa List. With effect from 4th April, nationals of Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Kuwait, the Maldives, Mauritius, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Surinam, United Arab Emirates and Zambia will require visas to visit the United Kingdom in addition to those countries of whose nationals visas are currently required.

Foreign Nationals: Application Forms for Leave to Enter or Remain

Viscount Addison asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they plan to make the use of application forms compulsory for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the Untied Kingdom.

Baroness Blatch: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department has today laid an Immigration Rules change which will make compulsory from 3rd June the use of

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application forms for a variation of leave to enter or remain. He has placed copies of the forms he prescribed in the Library. The scheme will not cover applications under European Community Law or applications for asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Department has been operating a voluntary trial of application forms since June 1995. Experience of the trial has shown that the forms enable us to provide a more efficient service to genuine applicants at a cheaper cost to the public purse. A more efficient system will also improve the immigration control.

FBI: Representation in UK

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has offices in the United Kingdom, and, if so, what are the rules under which it operates and what are its relations with British police authorities.

Baroness Blatch: The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation has no offices in the United Kingdom. The bureau is represented here by legal attaches in the United States Embassy.

All law enforcement offices representing foreign governments working in the United Kingdom must observe guidance issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. A copy of the guidance, known as the "Whitehall Guidelines", is in the Library.

The Police Service and the National Criminal Intelligence Service have an excellent relationship with the legal attaches.

Asylum Seekers: Benefits Disentitlement

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Answer given by Lord Mackay of Arbrecknish on 16th October 1995 (H.L., Deb., cols. 577-8), in which he said that the Government

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    do not conduct research into the effects of disentitlement to social security benefits, on what grounds the Minister of State at the Home Office, Miss Ann Widdecombe MP, based her claim that withdrawal of benefit "does not have the effects that are being described" (HC Deb., 21st February 1996, col. 402).

Baroness Blatch: Under the previous social security regulations, asylum seekers ceased to be eligible for benefit when their case had been finally determined. We have no evidence that loss of benefit entitlement under those regulations had any significant impact on the number of people sleeping rough in central London. The regulations were however an open invitation to people from abroad to evade benefit restrictions by making abusive claims.

Under the amendments which came into effect on 5th February, asylum seekers will still be eligible for benefit during the initial consideration of their case, if they declare themselves on arrival or if their country has undergone an upheaval after their arrival. Those who gain entry on the basis that they will support themselves without recourse to public funds should be held to that requirement, whether or not they claim asylum.

Entry Clearance and Extension Applications: Primary Purpose Rule Refusals

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What proportion of persons who have sought leave during the past 12 months to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as spouses or fiances/fiancees of persons settled in the United Kingdom, and who have been refused entry or leave to remain under the Primary Purpose Rule, originate from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan respectively.

Baroness Blatch: The information available for 1995 is given in the table.

Persons refused entry clearance or an extension of stay on primary purpose grounds in 1995
Number(2) of persons

All nationalitiesOf which
Spouses and fiance(e)sBangladeshIndiaPakistan
Refused entry clearance overseas on primary purpose grounds:(3)
Solely for this reason(4)n/a150300510
Partly for this reason(4)n/a2201301,140
Refused an extension of stay in the UK on primary purpose grounds:
Solely for this reason50Nil--*10
Partly for this reason30--*10--*

n/a = not available.

--* 5 or fewer.

(2) Rounded to nearest 10.

(3) After taking account of successful appeals. Data relate to country of application not nationality.

(4) Data on entry clearance applications refused on primary purpose grounds are available only for countries of the Indian sub-continent.

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