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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The High Commission implements the rules governing visit and student visas. It and the FCO are working on a watch list of Zimbabwean nationals whose presence here may not be conducive to the public good. The list would be used on a discretionary basis to deny such people a UK visa.
The High Commission follows immigration laws fully in deciding whether an individual should qualify for a UK visa. In individual cases there may be grounds for additional screening of applicants' backgrounds and for withholding visas if their presence here is considered to be not conducive to the public good.
Baroness Amos: The High Commission and the FCO are working on a comprehensive watch list of Zimbabwean nationals whose presence here may not be conducive to the public good. The list would be used, on a discretionary basis, to deny such people a UK visa.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): There is a new best value indicator for 200203 which requires police forces to undertake surveys to determine the level of victims of racist incidents who were satisfied with the police service when dealing with the incident. This information will not be collected centrally until after May 2003.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Taking game without a licence is an offence under Section 23 of the Game Act 1831. The number of defendants prosecuted for taking game without a game licence cannot be separately identified in information held centrally on the Home Offices's Court Proceedings Database, from the number of defendants prosecuted for the offences of laying poison to destroy game, taking or destroying eggs of game, killing game on Sunday or Christmas Day, killing game out of season and the occupier of land killing game without authority under Sections 3, 12 and 24 of the Act.
He is a visiting professor of strategic marketing and communications at Strathclyde University, and these skills will be of immense value to the board. He has extensive experience as a board member with various bodies, and has been a CEO of major international marketing and advertising businesses. He was recently invited by the Lord Chancellor's office to become a member of the Family Health Services Appeal Authority and for one year was seconded to run a firm of solicitors specialising in criminal and family law.
Professor Croisdale-Appleby joins the board at a time when Centrex is still finding its feet, having only been established as an executive non-departmental public body on 1 April last year. Centrex has a pivotal role to play in developing policing excellence, charged as it is with new police recruit training, and developing leadership skills within the police service. In addition to providing support and consultancy to forces, both domestic and international, on operational policing matters, Centrex is leading the way on alternative learning technologies through its new web-based learning portal. Centrex is also establishing the National Centre for Policing Excellence, which will identify and disseminate good policing practice, such as the new street crime knowledge map, and develop regulations and codes of practice for effective operational policing.
Lord Filkin: The advisory group chaired by Sir Bernard Crick is due to meet for the fifth time in mid-January 2003 and intends submitting an interim report to Ministers shortly thereafter. Sir Bernard has already consulted a number of interested parties and there will be a further round of informal consultation early in the new year. The group hopes to make a final report around Easter 2003.
Lord Filkin: As mentioned in the letter I sent to the noble Baroness on 3 October, the British Deaf Association and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf were two of the organisations we consulted during the summer on the role of sign language in naturalisation knowledge requirements. As a result of these consultations we concluded that the best course was to waive these requirements for those with serious hearing disabilities.
For some years the number of Jamaican passengers being refused entry on arrival in the United Kingdom has been increasingnearly 3,500, or 6 per cent, of arrivals last year. The number of Jamaicans who abscond having been given temporary admission is also unacceptably highmore than 150 a month during the first half of this year. These problems create enormous pressures for the Immigration Service but also lead to unacceptable delays and inconvenience for the great majority of genuine travellers from Jamaica. The situation can best be demonstrated by looking at the period leading up to Christmas. During the six weeks to 17 December 2002, 1,233 Jamaican nationals were refused entry at the UK's 12 busiest ports. This represented nearly 20 per cent of all refusals at those ports during that period. The only effective way of easing these problems is to ensure that Jamaican passengers have demonstrated that they qualify to enter the United Kingdom before they embark for this country. In the circumstances we have decided to impose a visa regime on all Jamaican nationals wishing to visit the United Kingdom.
We would want to provide reassurance that the presence of a visa regime should not be a bar to those Jamaican nationals who genuinely wish to visit the United Kingdom. The rules under which decisions are
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