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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The number of people in receipt of a resettlement grant under the Return to Afghanistan Programme (RAP) between its commencement on 20 August 2002 and 31 March 2003 (the latest date for which information is available) was 40.
Information on the destination of enforced removals would only be available by examination of individual case-files; this would incur disproportionate cost. Information on the number of people who, having been removed from the United Kingdom, subsequently return is not available.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Under the Licensing Act 2003, the chief officer of police for any police area in which premises are situated will be able to apply for a review of the premises licence if it appears to him that crime is taking place in or in the vicinity of those premises. In doing so, the police will have to provide the licensing authority with evidence of offences or suspected offences which have taken place there.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: In the period 1 January 2002 to 16 July 2003, the Metropolitan Police received 119 allegations of crime in or near the Equinox Club, Leicester Square. Of these, 17 can be viewed as serious cases. These are very broad statistics and further detailed research would need to be undertaken to ascertain how many of the allegations actually related to the Equinox Club.
How many offences were (a) reported to police forces in England and Wales; and (b) prosecuted in 2002 for incitement to commit offences against persons identified by their sexual orientation.[HL3977]
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Police forces in England and Wales are currently required to forward recorded crime statistics to the Home Office for the following offences where they are racially or religiously aggravated:
The same offences, but when religiously aggravated, or when both racially and religiously aggravated, have been collected since January 2002, but offences aggravated by homophobia are not collected separately, for the reason given above.
The numbers of crimes reported to police forces for incitement to commit offences against persons identified by their sexual orientation are not collected centrally. The statistics collected centrally on persons
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The draft constitutional treaty produced by the Convention on the Future of Europe makes clear that the protocols attached to it remain an integral part of it. This will include the protocol integrating the Schengen acquis, under which the UK has made a successful application for partial participation.
The Government's position on the Protocols relating to our frontier controls in general and our opt-out from the Schengen agreement in particular has not changed. We will maintain controls at the UK's frontiers.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The lease for the present headquarters of the Home Office commenced on 24 June 1976. The costs associated with their fitting out and moving are not known. They were the responsibility of the former Property Services Agency (PSA).
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The demolition of the previous building, design, construction, fitting out and operation of the new Home Office headquarters in 2 Marsham Street is a PFI for a period of 29 years (three years construction, 26 years operation) commencing 26 March 2002.
The net present cost (NPC) at the time of contract signature in March 2002 was £311 million reflecting an initial annual cost of £30.3 million. The capital cost of the building including its fit-out is the responsibility of the Supplier Annes Gate Property plc (AGP).
|Cleland House Abell House Horseferry House||£23.3 million £27.3 million £17.7 million|
These figures were provided by a leading firm of independent property consultants familiar with the central London office market. The department's accommodation strategy has secured the disposal by way of an agreement for the transfer to the Department of Constitutional Affairs of the present Home Office at 50 Queen Anne's Gate. This follows the transfer in December 2002 of Clive House to that department. Together this reduces the department's exposure to the London office market by about 39,500m(1). Inclusion of the sale of the above freehold buildings in the PFI contract for 2 Marsham Street was considered. However, the property consultants advised the department that the price tendered by the developer of £33.75 million was unlikely to offer better value for money in comparison to their expectation of what the department would achieve by arranging disposal of these buldings using a competent firm of property agents. The Office of Government Commerce also advised that it could be better value to the Exchequer as a whole if the properties were retained for potential other government use should one be identified before the new headquarters at 2 Marsham Street is occupied, Decisions on the sale of these buildings have still to be reached.