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Turkish Nationals: Asylum Applications

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested is given in the table.

Decisions on applications(1) for asylum in the United Kingdom from Turkish nationals, excluding dependants, 1995, 1996 and January to September 1997
Number of principal applicants

199519961997 (2) January to September
Asylum applications(3)1,8201,4951,130
Total decisions 3 , 4 9951,4051,280
-- Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum505560
-- Recognition rate (%)5%4%5%
-- Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain(5)352015
-- Exceptional leave rate (%)3%1%1%
-- Total refusals9101,3301,205
-- Refusal rate (%)92%95%94%
Applications outstanding at end of period(6)4,2804,2804,050

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5.

(2) Provisional figures.

(3) Figures exclude information on applications made overseas.

(4) Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the period.

(5) Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.

(6) Takes into account withdrawn applications.


Single Vehicle Approval

The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which British kit and replica car manufacturers have received "single vehicle approval" (SVA), with

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    dates; which other British manufacturers having made an application for SVA, either have not received approval or are awaiting retest; which other British manufacturers have notified the Minister that they are making design changes to their products and will be subsequently resubmitting for approval; and when the Government will publish the final SVA specifications.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): I have asked the Chief Executive of the Vehicle Inspectorate Agency, Mr. Ron Oliver, if he will reply to the noble Lord.

Letter to the Earl of Haddington from the Chief Executive of the Vehicle Inspectorate, Mr. R. Oliver, dated 23 October 1997.

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions about Single Vehicle Approval (SVA); namely which British kit and replica car manufacturers have received SVA, with dates; which other British manufacturers, having made an application for SVA, either have not received approval or are awaiting retests; which other British manufacturers have notified the Minister that they are making design changes to their products and will be subsequently resubmitting for approval: and when the Government will publish the final SVA specification.

The following kit and replica car manufacturers received "SVA" on the dates shown:


    Frogeye Car Company: 14 October 1997


    Quantum Sports Cars: 1 October 1997, 2nd car 20 October 1997


    Genesis: 21 August 1997


    Car Craft: 14 October 1997


    Domino Cars: 8 September 1997.

There are no outstanding applications or vehicles awaiting retest. There is also no requirement for kit and replica car manufacturers to supply notification about design changes to their vehicles.

The following manufacturers have had their vehicles inspected either as a consultation inspection or in VI training inspections and we are aware that some of them will be making design changes to meet the SVA requirements:


    Chesil Speedsters 1


    Royale Motor Company


    Claydon Hamilton


    DJ Sportscars


    Dakar Cars


    Minari Engineering


    Marlin Engineering


    Hornet


    Scamp Motor Company


    Westfield Sportscars 1


    JBA Engineering


    Dwornik Engineering


    Brooke Cars

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    Robin Hood Engineering


    YKC Engineering


    Teal Cars


    Ultima Sportscars


    Hawk Developments


    Beauford Cars


    SSC


    Fisher Sportscars


    GCS Hawke


    GTM Cars


    Lomax Motor Company


    SP Motors


    NG Cars


    Formula 27. 1 Manufacturers which have subsequently resubmitted cars having made changes to successfully comply with SVA requirements.

The current SVA specifications came into force on 1 July 1997 and are contained in the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 1996. Amendments to these regulations are currently the subject of a consultation exercise which ends on 14 November and it is anticipated that amendments will be made by 1 January 1998.

Bus Lanes

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In respect of each London Borough, (a) how many miles of road carry scheduled bus services; (b) how many miles of bus lanes are in existence; and (c) how many miles of bus lanes are planned, with expected dates of implementation.

Baroness Hayman: Borough-by-borough information on the first topic is not held by my department. Bus lanes currently existing in the capital amount to just over 76 miles. Additional bus lanes, to the extent of some seven miles, are under development by the Traffic Director for London. Other bus lanes are being developed as part of the 540-mile London Bus Priority Network, but specific proposals for these have still to be agreed by the boroughs. The following three tables of figures, copies of which are being placed in the Library of the House, show borough-by-borough details.

Table 1. Miles of Bus Lanes Existing in London

AuthorityMotorwaysPriority RoutesOther Local RoutesTotals
Barking and Dagenham0.000.000.580.58
Barnet0.000.001.441.44
Bexley0.000.000.020.02
Brent0.000.001.251.25
Bromley0.000.070.500.57
Camden0.001.165.126.28
City of London0.000.630.320.95
Croydon0.000.071.621.69
Ealing0.000.002.402.40
Enfield0.000.001.561.56
Greenwich0.000.001.221.22
Hackney0.001.830.722.55
Hammersmith and Fulham0.000.005.175.17
Haringey0.002.690.453.14
Harrow0.000.001.141.14
Havering0.000.000.000.00
Hillingdon1.000.000.391.39
Hounslow0.000.151.711.86
Islington0.002.402.104.50
Kensington and Chelsea0.000.170.470.64
Kingston Upon Thames0.000.001.191.19
Lambeth0.004.551.195.74
Lewisham0.001.171.502.67
Merton0.000.630.130.76
Newham0.000.173.193.36
Redbridge0.000.000.210.21
Richmond0.000.002.012.01
Southwark0.002.551.574.12
Sutton0.000.000.400.40
Tower Hamlets0.002.531.684.21
Waltham Forest0.000.002.902.90
Wandsworth0.000.873.634.50
Westminster0.004.491.335.82
Totals1.0026.1349.1176.24

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Table 2. Plans for Bus Lanes in London (miles)

AuthorityPriority Routes
Barking and Dagenham0.00
Barnet0.00
Bexley0.00
Brent0.00
Bromley0.33
Camden0.39
City of London0.00
Croydon0.09
Ealing0.00
Enfield0.00
Greenwich0.65
Hackney0.12
Hammersmith and Fulham0.00
Haringey0.34
Harrow0.00
Havering0.00
Hillingdon0.00
Hounslow0.64
Islington0.50
Kensington and Chelsea0.00
Kingston Upon Thames0.00
Lambeth0.24
Lewisham1.70
Merton0.00
Newham0.18
Redbridge0.00
Richmond0.00
Southwark0.82
Sutton0.00
Tower Hamlets0.00
Waltham Forest0.00
Wandsworth0.94
Westminster0.54
Totals7.48


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Table 3: Implementation of Planned Bus Lanes on Priority Routes (miles)

Authority1997-981998-991999-00Total
Barking and Dagenham0.000.000.000.00
Barnet0.000.000.000.00
Bexley0.000.000.000.00
Brent0.000.000.000.00
Bromley0.000.000.330.33
Camden0.390.000.000.39
City of London0.000.000.000.00
Croydon0.090.000.000.09
Ealing0.000.000.000.00
Enfield0.000.000.000.00
Greenwich0.650.000.000.65
Hackney0.120.000.000.12
Hammersmith and Fulham0.000.000.000.00
Haringey0.340.000.000.34
Harrow0.000.000.000.00
Havering0.000.000.000.00
Hillingdon0.000.000.000.00
Hounslow0.400.240.000.64
Islington0.500.000.000.50
Kensington and Chelsea0.000.000.000.00
Kingston Upon Thames0.000.000.000.00
Lambeth0.000.100.140.24
Lewisham0.650.780.271.70
Merton0.000.000.000.00
Newham0.090.000.090.18
Redbridge0.000.000.000.00
Richmond0.000.000.000.00
Southwark0.200.450.170.82
Sutton0.000.000.000.00
Tower Hamlets0.000.000.000.00
Waltham Forest0.000.000.000.00
Wandsworth0.290.650.000.94
Westminster0.310.000.230.54
Total4.032.221.237.48

Note:

Where the provision of a bus lane extends over more than one year, this table treats the final year as the date introduced.


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