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Taxation: Non-domiciled Residents


Asked by Lord Dykes

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government reformed the rules governing the taxation of non-domiciles in 2008. These reforms struck the right balance between increasing the fairness of the rules and maintaining the UK's international competitiveness.



Asked by Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Evaluations into welfare-to-work programmes are published as part of the department's Research Report Series. These are available on the department's internet site and can be located at http://research.dwp.

Universities: Officer Training Corps


Asked by Lord Astor of Hever

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The number of officer cadets serving in the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) who, on average, regularly attended training in October 2008 was 2,691. The number of officer cadets serving in the UOTC who, on average, regularly attended training in February 2009 was 2,356.

US: Nuclear Weapons


Asked by Lord Avebury

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): We cannot comment on specific deployments or the capabilities of coalition forces' vessels anywhere in the world.

Under the UK/US Exchange of Notes which governs the use of the British Indian Ocean Territory for defence purposes, the stationing of nuclear weapons in the territory would require a joint decision by both Governments.



Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): We do not currently publish a list of suspended colleges on the UK Border Agency website.

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Asked by Lord Marlesford

Lord West of Spithead: The UK Border Agency expects the highest levels of integrity from its staff.

The majority of staff carry out their roles with professionalism and integrity. Any allegations of corruption are thoroughly investigated and the agency takes swift action where it finds members of staff have broken the law. The agency has a dedicated unit of accredited counter-fraud investigators who work in close co-operation with the police and other bodies to deter, to detect and to investigate internal fraud and corruption.

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With regard to overseas missions in which corruption has been detected and the steps taken to prevent and detect such corruption, I will write to the noble Lord separately, due to the risk of prejudicing steps taken to detect and prevent corruption.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord West of Spithead: The fee for a tier 4 certificate of acceptance of studies will be reviewed during 2010 as part of the Government review of immigration fees that is done on an annual basis.

We will make appropriate changes as necessary in line with our overall objective to set fees to ensure we maintain the UK as an attractive destination for migrants who come to work, study and visit.

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