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What is the likely effect on the Immigration Advisory Service if the present level of funding cannot be maintained. [HL837]
Higher variant: Assumes custody rates increase by 0.6 per cent per year for males and 1 per cent a year for females and that average sentence lengths increase annually by 1.5 per cent for males and 2 per cent for females.
The projections also take into account known legislative and policy changes as well as short-term fluctuations in the prison population. Projections are restricted to eight years ahead because beyond that projecting the prison population becomes too uncertain.
The Prison Service's funding baseline is sufficient to meet the higher population projection for the next three years. As part of the baseline, the 2000 Spending Review settlement included £103 million/£105 million/£69 million over the next three years to provide additional capacity of 2,600 to meet this projected population. Funding beyond the next three financial years will be determined by future spending reviews.
All figures relate to the projected prison population on the last day in June of each year. The male and female figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding.
Whether they will publish periodic reports on Oakington Reception Centre, giving the number of people processed; their nationalities; the number who are granted asylum and exceptional leave to remain respectively; the number of people who disappear after being granted temporary admission; the number whose appeals are successful or whose applications are conceded before their appeals are heard; and the number who are transferred to detention centres or prisons.[HL914]
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The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The Strategic Communications Unit is responsible for the Downing Street website; the Prime Minister's webcasts are published on that site.
The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Form HR1, copies of which are available from my department's Redundacy Payments Service, sets out the information employers are required to give in notifications under Section 193(4) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. I have arranged for a copy of the form to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. Notifications may also be submitted by any other form of written communication, provided the same information is given.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Although there is no express provision for my department to enforce this requirement, employers giving notice to my department, under Section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, of proposed redundancies are reminded of their obligation to copy such a notice to representatives of the employees being consulted and to declare the date on which, and with whom, consultation commenced on form HR1. The operation of this requirement is being considered in the context of the current review of the collective redundancy provisions. The number of notifications received by my department for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000 and the first two months of 2001 were 4,017, 4,189 and 4,418 and 709 respectively. Information on the sectors of industry connected with those notices will have to be compiled from the records of the Redundancy Payments Service, and I shall write to the noble Lord. The number of notices affected by special circumstances within the meaning of the section for the same periods were five, three and one; there were no notices affected by special circumstances for the first two months of 2001. No special or general directions have been given under Section 194 of the Act.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: A number of different contractual relationships arise when a purchase is made using a credit card, and I have confined myself in this response to the question of the contractual relationship between the buyer and the seller in respect of a sale of goods.
In this context, the question of precisely when a legally binding contract is made will depend upon the principles of the law of contract, including those relating to offer and acceptance. The application of these principles will vary according to the facts of each case, and the time of payment (whether determined by reference to swiping a card or signing a slip authorising payment or some other event) will not necessarily be a
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