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Whether any projects in the Home Office have been suspended or delayed due to concerns about identity security; if so, which projects have been delayed; and what the impact on the overall performance and work of the department will be. [HL1569]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 24 January (WA 65), whether they will confirm the number of men held in Haslar at the end of January who had been detained for over a year; how many of those had been held in other detention centres; and how many were detained only on the ground that their nationality had not been determined. [HL1876]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The available information shows that on 31 January 2008 seven detainees had been detained for over a year at Haslar. They had not previously been held in any other immigration removal centre. None of the detainees was detained only on the ground that their nationality had not been determined.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Yes. Natural England has recently completed a survey of seven areas of search for additional special areas of conservation in English territorial waters. The results are being analysed with a view to proposing possible sites later this year. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee is currently consulting on the first tranche of seven special areas of conservation in the offshore area and is continuing to survey additional areas of search.
What arrangements government offices had in place to check the outcomes and outputs claimed by local authorities for their use of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund moneys during the
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The local authority was the accountable body for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) and was required to have in place effective systems to ensure that NRF was spent correctly and appropriately. Government offices (GOs) were charged with reviewing the effectiveness of the local strategic partnership (LSP) and helping the LSP to identify learning needs and to access appropriate support. The review was expected to take into account the level of LSP spend against its allocation and whether the NRF spend had been targeted at activities agreed by the LSP and had had an impact on achieving outcomes in accordance with the local neighbourhood renewal strategy, including national floor targets.
Once the review was completed GOs prepared a report for the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU), which included a rating of each LSP based on a traffic-light system. In cases where the LSP performance was assessed as red or amber/red, NRU worked with the GO and LSP to identify and implement a support package aimed at improving delivery within the local area.
What assessment they have made of the outcome of the £47,100 funding provided to Dr Foster Intelligence by the London Borough of Waltham Forest under the government-funded Better Neighbourhoods Initiative, given that Dr Foster Intelligence's ethics committee found that the work concerned broke the organisation's code of conduct in terms of accuracy and statistical methodology.[HL1962]
Baroness Andrews: No assessment has been made by central government, but I am aware that the London Borough of Waltham Forest's internal auditors are carrying out an investigation into the placing of the contract.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Immigration Rules prevent a man from bringing in a second or subsequent wife with him to the UK if another woman has already been admitted to the UK as his wife and that marriage has not been dissolved. All those who seek leave to enter the United Kingdom for the purpose of settling as a spouse of a person resident in the UK or a British citizen must have a visa in this category for entry. If the person does not hold this visa, they will be refused leave to enter.
Although the current Immigration Rules relating to spouses prevent two wives from seeking entry to the UK in this capacity, there are ways in which all parties to a polygamous marriage may be legally present here. For example, a second wife may come to the UK legally through an alternative migration route other than in her capacity as a spouse. In addition, the present prohibition for second wives in the Immigration Rules did not exist before 1988.
|Cruise and ferry passengers departing from English ports by purpose of visit (million passengers)|
|Sources: DfT sea passenger surveys (for total passenger numbers) and ONS international passenger survey (for estimated breakdown by reasons for journey).|
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Information from the Department for Transports sea passenger surveys shows that in any given month in 2006 there were between 26 and 30 vessels operating on regular services between UK and French ports.
How many lorries registered overseas have been detected on the A55 in north Wales by (1) the police and (2) the Vehicle and Operator Services
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VOSA does not record the nationality of drivers. There were very few prosecutions for these specific offences because it is not possibleeither for VOSA or the policeto require non-UK residents to return to the UK to attend court on such matters. The introduction of graduated fixed penalties and deposits will, however, ensure that they do pay the relevant penalty.
North Wales Police confirm that in the period 2 January to 18 December 2007 they detected 156 foreign-registered lorries being driven on the A55 in north Wales in contravention of drivers hours regulations. Records showing individual penalties are not available, but all these vehicles received prohibitions, thereby removing them from being a danger. In addition, three foreign drivers received prison sentences for dangerous driving related to gross breaches of the drivers hours regulations.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The names and nationalities of those foreign nationals who are subject to a United Nations or European Union travel ban are available via the following websites:
Separately, since July 2005, Home Secretaries have excluded a total of 221 individuals from the United Kingdom. We have a legal responsibility to handle personal information fairly and would not normally disclose the names of those individuals excluded from the United Kingdom unless it was necessary to do so for a legitimate purpose.
Whether migrant domestic workers granted visas to come to the United Kingdom will receive a visa for a one-year-period and be allowed to change employers during that time, as under the existing 1998 immigration rule. [HL1921]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Under the current Immigration Rules, migrant domestic workers are granted leave to enter or remain for up to 12 months at a time and may change their employer while in the UK. With the launch of the points-based system, we will be consulting separately on the future of the overseas domestic worker route, following the completion of research and analysis.
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