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Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): It is essential that the CFP supports wider marine conservation objectives. We are working with the Commission and other member states to ensure this is delivered as a fundamental part of the reform process.

Crime: Immigration

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Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons proceeded against for offences under Immigration Acts 1971 to 2006 in England and Wales. The latest published annual information for 2003 to 2007 can be found in Table 6.7 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007 bulletin (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/ hosbl 008.pdf).

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office research, development and statistics directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.

Crime: Traffic Offences

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Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Information collected centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Cautions and Court Proceedings Database for England and Wales does not include nationality of the defendant.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally. The arrests collection held by the Home Office for England and Wales covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.

Information for Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Executive and that for Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland Office.



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Elections

Question

Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Government have introduced the biggest shake-up of immigration control for 45 years through the delivery of the points-based system to control numbers coming to the UK, strengthening our borders, targeting criminals, counting in and out, ensuring fairness and reducing public impacts.

Embryology

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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it has continually reviewed the effectiveness of its directions and guidance in consideration of information from incidents.

The guidance covers procedures within licensed treatment centres for witnessing critical points in clinical and laboratory practice, with the aim of minimising as far as possible the risk of errors occurring, such as the wrong gametes or embryos being used in a patient's treatment. Assessing the witnessing procedures used in clinics continues to be a focus of HFEA inspections.

All licensed centres are required to report any adverse incident that relates to the witnessing of clinical and laboratory practices. Where the HFEA receives a report, the incident is reviewed and followed up either by means of a further inspection or an investigation.

EU: Benefits

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Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): There are no proposals for a European Union-wide benefits scheme.



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The European Community provisions on social security co-ordinate the member states' different systems to enable free movement within the EEA. They do not seek to harmonise the different social security systems, nor do they replace the national legislation.

Flooding

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Asked by Lord Dykes

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The Government welcome the Environment Agency's Flooding in England report, which sets out the challenges we face in managing risk from flooding.

We have taken immediate action to help communities at risk of flooding:

funding has been increased from £600 million in 2007-08 to a forecast of £780 million for 2010-11, with an additional £20 million brought forward into this year's budgets to allow an early start to projects that will benefit 27,000 homes when complete;85 flood defence schemes have been completed, protecting nearly 58,000 additional homes in England. Operating authorities are currently on course to exceed delivery targets and provide better protection to 160,000 homes over the three years since March 2008 to March 2011;an additional 136,000 people have signed up to receive flood warnings in England and Wales;a £7.7 million flood forecasting centre, jointly run by the Environment Agency and the Met Office, has been set up. The centre is already providing important services to local authorities and emergency responders, helping them to be better prepared for potential flooding;a £5 million grant scheme for householders for property-level flood protection (such as air bricks and door boards) has been announced. The results of the first round of the scheme which will provide greater flood protection to nearly 600 households in England were announced on 25 June; andthe first allocations have been provided to six local authorities from the £15 million funding allocated to help the highest priority areas manage surface water flood risk. Progress on implementing the first round as well as next steps on the remaining funds will be announced later this summer.

The Pitt progress report, published on 25 June this year, details the significant progress the Government have made in implementing the recommendations contained in Sir Michael Pitt's report on the 2007 summer floods. The report comes six months after Sir Michael Pitt's review, published in December 2008, in which he made 92 recommendations to improve the UK's preparation for, management of and response to severe flooding.



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Government Departments: Advertising

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Asked by Lord Tyler

Baroness Crawley: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Central Office of Information. I have asked the chief executive to reply.

Letter from chief executive, Central Office of Information, dated 23 June 2009.

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question on the advertising expenditure within Her Majesty's Government (HMG).

The Central Office of Information publishes total expenditure on advertising in its Annual Report and Accounts, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The published figure is split between media and non-media spend. An example of non-media spend would be production costs etc.

It should be noted that this figure is the total expenditure through COI and should not be taken as the total spend for HMG.

Health: Contaminated Blood Products

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Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The department was aware of the fact that many haemophilia patients were co-infected with both human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C at the time of its discussions with the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) incidents panel has separately discussed with the ABI the issue of patients who might be at risk of having been infected with vCJD after receiving contaminated blood and blood products.



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Health: Former UK Residents

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Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): On 6 December 2007, the department wrote to all European economic area (EEA) member states to advise that from that date their citizens would be required to present a European health insurance card (EHIC) in order to receive National Health Service treatment that becomes necessary during a visit to the United Kingdom, free of charge. This was based on the department's understanding that the lack of data was as a result of overseas visitors not bringing their EHICs to the UK. Subsequently, in February 2008, the department identified that trusts were capturing information on overseas visitors but it was insufficient to allow the UK to raise claims for treatment provided. Therefore, the department initiated a project to address this.

Higher Education Funding Council

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Asked by Lord Jenkin of Roding

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of 21 January 2009 said that the research excellence framework (REF),

The grant letter is available on the HEFCE website and a copy will be placed in both the Libraries of the House.



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Human Rights Act 1998

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Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, it is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a convention right; "public authority" is defined in Section 6(3) as including inter alia "any person certain of whose functions are functions of a public nature" unless, by virtue of Section 6(5), the nature of the act in question is private. A private body carrying out a function of a public nature is therefore subject to the Human Rights Act. The Government note that concerns have been expressed about the courts' interpretation of what constitutes a function of a public nature. The Government note these concerns and remain committed to consulting on this issue in due course.

Immigration

Questions

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The UK Border Agency statistics on arrests do not specifically record data relating to arrests for "holding forged immigration documents" as there are a number of offences both under immigration law and other legislation that this type of criminality relates to.

The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons removed and departed voluntarily from the UK on a quarterly and annual basis, as well as statistics on persons proceeded against for offences under immigration Acts in England and Wales annually. National statistics on immigration and asylum are placed in the Library of the House and are available from the Home Office's research, development and statistics website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

Lord West of Spithead: On 22 September 2004, Section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act came into force. This legislation

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makes it an offence for persons seeking entry to the UK, to fail to produce an immigration document, which satisfactorily establishes their nationality or identity.

The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons proceeded against for offences under Immigration Acts 1971 to 2006 in England and Wales. The latest published annual information for 2003 to 2007 can be found in Table 6.7 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007 bulletin. National statistics on immigration and asylum are placed in the Library of the House and are available from the Home Office's research, development and statistics website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosbl008.pdf.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

Lord West of Spithead: Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office research, development and statistics directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

Lord West of Spithead: Since the phasing out of embarkation controls in 1994 no Government have been able to produce an accurate figure for 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.

However, the Government have reintroduced border controls through the e-borders system which will, in future, allow an estimate to be made.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

Lord West of Spithead: Between 1 and 15 June 2009 no individuals have been excluded from the United Kingdom under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.

Asked by Baroness Warsi


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