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Housing: South-East England

Lord Trefgarne asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Andrews: Regional planning guidance for the south-east (RPG9) provides for over 29,500 additional dwellings a year in the south-east until 2016. The amount is being reviewed through the statutory planning system; the South-East England Regional Assembly is preparing a draft south-east plan, which will ultimately replace existing policy in RPG9.

Identity Cards

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Government announced their intention to introduce legislation for an identity cards scheme in November 2003 following a six month consultation exercise. In preparation £19 million has been spent since the start of the 2003 financial year and the end of June 2005. A further £1.61 million has been spent on trials.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Identity Cards Programme appointed PA Consulting as a delivery partner in June 2004 to provide services which include technical requirements, design of the scheme and resilience and security. Committed spend in relation to PA Consulting (as at end of May 2005) was £12,016,638.

The Identity Cards Programme has used the services of a number of other consulting companies and I attach a table below showing the details of the contract as well as the value of the contract.
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Details of contracts let by Home Office Identity Cards Programme

ContractorDetails of contractStart dateEnd DateValue

Sirius consortium (Fujitsu Services Ltd and Global Crossing Ltd and PWC)Advice on feasibility and costsSeptember 2002March 2003£183,648
SchlumbergerSema (Atos Origin)Programme and project management adviceSeptember 2003September 2003£56,000
CESG Communications Electronic Security GroupProvision of advice on information securityAugust 2004March 2005£7,159.40
Atos Origin IT Services UK LtdEstablishing and running the UKPS biometric trial and research work into preventing duplicate enrolmentOctober 2003May 2005£1,079,261.84
Shreeveport Management ConsultancyFacilitation of workshops and core proposition developmentJanuary 2004March 2004£43,250
Axon Group PIcProposals relating to human resourcesMarch 2004April 2004£28,766
Cornwell Management Consultants plcAssessment of potential public sector delivery partnersMarch 2004May 2004£47,548
Office of Government CommerceProvision of advice and support on benefits management and other commercial issuesSeptember 2004To end of
£ 12,268.53 to date
(all prior to July
2004 including in
Partnerships UKProvision on advice on partnerships and commercial issuesSeptember 2004To end of
£23,755 committed
to date
Alan HughesConsultancy services acting as chair of independent assurance panelFebruary 2005February 2006 (with option to extend)£20,000 per annum

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Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Triesman: (a) At present, no EU member state includes biometric identifiers in its passports. However, Council Regulation (EC) No.2252/2004 of 13 December 2004, on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by member states, provides for member states to include in their passports a digital photograph and two fingerprints.

(b) As far as we are aware, Portugal and Italy are currently the only countries to use biometric identifiers (in both cases fingerprints) on national ID cards.

Illegal Immigrants

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: No government have ever been able to produce an accurate figure of the number of people who are in the country illegally. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately, and that remains the case. Although it is impossible to determine accurately how many people are in the UK illegally the Home Office published a report which included an estimate of the size of the illegal migrant population in the UK in 2001. It should be noted that the report included an estimate, not an accurate or definitive figure. In February 2005, we published a five-year strategy for asylum and immigration, Controlling Our Borders: making migration work in Britain, which sets out plans for removing those illegally residing in the UK. The strategy sets out plans to ensure that by the end of 2005, the monthly rate of removals exceeds the number of unfounded applications so that we can begin to deal with the backlog.

A copy of Sizing the unauthorised (illegal) migrant population in the United Kingdom in 2001 can be found at:–summaries.html.

A copy of the five-year strategy can be found at www.archive2.official–
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Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The estimates of the size of the unauthorised (illegal) population contained in RDS online report 29/05, Sizing the unauthorised (illegal) migrant population in the United Kingdom in 2001, includes foreign-born dependents.

International Criminal Court

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Triesman: No, there is no such need.

Iraq: C130 Hercules Crash

Lord Garden asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Drayson: As my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence indicated in another place on 7 July 2005, (Official Report, col. 473) the board of inquiry continues to work to determine the cause of this tragic event.

Iraq: Development Fund

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Triesman: The latest report by the Independent Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) is based on audit reports by external auditor (KPMG) of activities relating to the Development Fund of Iraq (DFI), covering the period 29 June 2004 to 31 December 2004.

Under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546, Iraq has sole control over its financial assets and the DFI and how they are managed. The IAMB continues to monitor Iraqi management of the DFI to ensure transparency and that DFI funds are used to benefit the Iraqi people.

The UK continues to study the detailed points made in the KPMG report. We are continuing our support to improve transparency and accountability of public financial management in Iraq through Department for International Development-funded technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance.

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