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Lord West of Spithead: It would be inappropriate to give details of individual cases.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord West of Spithead: The available data on Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian nationals for 2003 to 2007 are given in the attached tables. Corresponding data for 2008 are scheduled for publication in August 2009.

Statistics on students given leave to enter the United Kingdom and persons granted settlement (indefinite leave to enter or remain) by country of nationality are published annually in tables 2.3 and 5.7 respectively in the Home Office statistical publications Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom. These publications may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at

Table 1 Passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom as students (1), excluding EEA and Swiss nationals, 2003 to 2007
United KingdomNumber of journeys
2007 (4)(5)(6)(P)
Country of nationality20032004(2)20052006(3)RecordedEstimated

All nationalities







of which:






















(1) Excluding dependants.

(2) Includes nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May, but excludes them from this date.

(3) Due to some gaps in the data from ports, estimates have been used.

(4) Exclude nationals of Bulgaria and Romania.

(5) Where administrative records on non-EEA nationals were unavailable for statistical analysis, data has been estimated and this calculated figure is shown in brackets alongside the number actually recorded. It is not possible to estimate totals for individual nationalities from the available data.

(6) Includes Student Visitors.

P = provisional.

Data rounded to 3 significant figures.

.. = not available.

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Table 2 Grants of settlement (1)(2) by country of nationality, excluding EEA and Swiss nationals (3), 2003 to 2007
United KingdomNumber of persons
Country of nationality20032004 (4)200520062007 (5)(P)

All nationalities






of which:



















(1) Indefinite leave to enter or remain.

(2) Includes dependants.

(3) Data also exclude dependents of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.

(4) Includes nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic. Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004 but excludes them from this date.

(5) Excludes Bulgaria and Romania.

P = provisional.

Date rounded to the nearest 5.

Immigration: Detention


Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Information on the number of detainees who have escaped from each immigration removal centre is taken from local management information. This data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.

In 2004, there were 12 escapes from Oakington immigration removal centre.

In 2005, there were four escapes from Oakington and one from Campsfield immigration removal centres.

In 2006, there were 19 escapes from Oakington and one from Dungavel immigration removal centres.

In 2007, there were 63 escapes from Oakington, 26 from Campsfield and one from Yarl's Wood immigration removal centres.

In 2008, there were 25 escapes from Oakington, seven from Campsfield, one from Dungavel and two from Haslar immigration removal centres.

The UK Border Agency takes all escapes very seriously. Procedures are in place to seek to recover individuals who escape from detention. The police are informed immediately and the individuals' details are recorded on the police national computer (PNC) as an absconder should the individual be apprehended at a later date.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Assessment of the benefits will come in the light of the outcome of any applications that follow ratification. The Government will keep under review the applications that are made under this protocol, including how they are handled by the relevant committees at the United Nations, and whether the outcomes demonstrate significant additional benefits to people in the United Kingdom.

Legal Aid


Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Mr Toner was granted legal aid to bring a judicial review of the Electoral Office's decision. Mr Toner was granted funding for one counsel. As no case report has been submitted in respect of the judicial review proceedings the legal aid costs are not known. The statutory criteria involved in determining applications for civil legal aid, including judicial review proceedings, is whether:

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the applicant satisfies the financial means test as set out in Article 9 of the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981; andthe applicant had shown reasonable grounds for taking, defending or being a party to proceedings and is it is reasonable in the particular circumstances of the case that legal aid be granted as set out in Article 10 of the 1981 order.

I cannot comment on the basis for the decision of the Electoral Office to refuse Mr Toner's application. My officials have, however, consulted with colleagues in the Northern Ireland Office who advise that Regulation 9 of the European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 sets out the requirements that must be met to ensure that an absent vote application is successful.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Bach: The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission has no record of an application for civil legal aid for Mr Tiarnan O Muilleoir.

North Korea


Asked by Lord Astor of Hever

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 does not provide the UK with legal authority to compel North Korean ships to dock at foreign ports.

Consequently, Royal Naval ships have not been directed to do so.

Northern Ireland Office: Efficiency


Asked by Lord Laird

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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The department delivered £103.6 million of efficiencies against a target of £90 million and was permitted by HM Treasury to carry over £11 million of this over-achievement to its current value for money programme. A list of the 136 initiatives that delivered these savings has been placed in the Library.

The original 170 efficiency initiatives were identified as part of the planning process for the 2004 Spending Review (SR04) which took place in late 2003. Over time, as the SR04 period progressed, these initiatives were modified as plans were firmed up and new information became available. As a result, the final number of efficiency initiatives at the end of the SR04 period totalled 136. To track through these changes and reconcile the original and final lists of initiatives would involve a manual trawl and investigation of electronic and paper files. This exercise would cost in excess of the £750 disproportionate cost threshold.

Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights


Asked by Lord Laird

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's advice to the Government on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland include proposals for rights relating to identity, culture and language. The Government will be consulting on their response to the advice.

Offender Management: Staff


Asked by Lord Ramsbotham

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Proposed staffing levels within each Director of Offender Management's office are shown in the table below.

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