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Transport and Works Act 1992: Applications for Orders

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Applicants for orders are required to notify a number of statutory bodies, including relevant local planning authorities, of their application. They must also place notices of the application in local newspapers and the London Gazette. The Secretary of State is required by the 1992 Act to consider all valid objections and, where necessary or appropriate, arrange for a local public inquiry to be held into the application. The Secretary of State will make a determination only after taking into account all objections which have not been withdrawn, or, where an inquiry is held, the report and recommendation of the independent inspector. The specific issues which will be relevant to the decision whether to make the order will vary from case to case. For applications involving proposals of national significance, Parliament is given the opportunity to debate and vote on the principle of the project. Only if both Houses approve such a proposal will it go forward to a public inquiry.

Firearms Consultative Committee: Annual Report

Viscount Ullswater asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): We have placed a copy of the annual report of the Firearms Consultative Committee in the Library today.

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Somalia: Home Office Country Report

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What representations they have received from the UK Somali Community Council about the Home Office's paper, Somalia: Background Brief, published by the Asylum Division in October 1995; whether they will place a copy of the latest edition of the brief in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament; whether they will list the countries for which similar briefs are available, and whether they will put these and other public documents on the World Wide Web.

Baroness Blatch: Two country reports have been published so far, on Ghana and Nigeria. Other reports, on Bulgaria, Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Poland and Romania, will be published shortly. A report on Somalia is being prepared but has not yet been published. All published reports will be placed in the Library. They will also be made available to organisations directly concerned with the asylum determination process, but we have no plans to place them on the World Wide Web. The United Kingdom Somalia Community Council has written to my right honourable friend the Home Secretary and has been invited to discuss information on Somalia with officials from the Asylum Directorate.

Prisoner Numbering

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why those given custodial sentences are given a different prison number each time they start a new sentence and whether they will consider using criminal record numbers for prison record purposes.

Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Marlesford from the Director General of the Prison Service, Mr. Richard Tilt, dated 11th July 1996.

Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the numbering given to prisoners when they are given custodial sentences.

Prisoners are not automatically given fresh prison numbers when they receive new sentences. A fresh number is normally issued where a person is received into custody for a period that is wholly unrelated to previous periods of imprisonment. A sentenced prisoner receiving a further sentence or one who has been recalled to prison after release on licence would normally retain the same number.

Everyone received into prison has immediately to be given a unique identification number, irrespective of their status as an unconvicted, convicted or civil prisoner. Not all prisoners committed to prison have been charged or convicted of criminal offences and so do not have criminal record numbers. As no externally generated number can be guaranteed to be available for use at the point of first arrival, each establishment holds a set of prison numbers to allocate to prisoners on first reception.

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