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Criminal Injuries Compensation

Mr. Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce the improvements he plans to make to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. [149217]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 23 January 2001, Official Report, column 539W.

Mr. Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the average length of time taken by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to process compensation awards. [149218]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) on 13 November 2000, Official Report, columns 544-45W.

Citizenship Applications

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he first made public the Government's proposals for the change of policy on citizenship outlined in paragraph 10.7 of the White Paper "Fairer, Faster and Firmer--A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum"; and if he will make a statement. [147633]

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Mrs. Roche [holding answer 29 January 2001]: The Government's formal proposals, as set out in paragraph 10.7 of the White Paper "Fairer, Faster and Firmer--A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum" were first published in the White Paper on 27 July 1998.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to issue guidance notes in languages other than English to assist applicants to complete a statement of evidence form to support a claim for asylum. [149569]

Mrs. Roche: The explanatory notes which accompany the statement of evidence form are being revised and translated into over 60 languages. Non-governmental organisations have been consulted about the content of the revised document. The purpose of the explanatory notes is to help applicants complete the statement of evidence form and understand how their application will be processed. The explanatory notes also provide information on how to seek legal advice, access translation services and obtain medical assistance as required. The intention is to issue the first translated documents later this month.

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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the outcome of his review of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers. [149570]

Mrs. Roche: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Gerrard) on 8 January 2001, Official Report, column 413W.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement setting out the reasons for the difference between the number of asylum appeals (a) received by his Department and (b) referred by his Department to the Immigration Appellate Authority during 2000. [149571]

Mrs. Roche: The data recently published are provisional. The main reasons for the difference between the number of asylum appeals received in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the number referred to the Immigration Appellate Authority are:




Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will end the use of Winchester prison to house asylum seekers. [149520]

Mrs. Roche: It is the Government's intention that the current use of remand accommodation at Winchester prison should cease by the end of October 2001 when new dedicated immigration detention and holding centres become available.

Alcohol-related Crime

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the measures on alcohol-related crime contained in the Criminal Justice and Policing Bill will apply to licensed bars in private sports clubs; and if he will make a statement on police powers of enforcement in such cases. [149586]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Non-profit-making private sports clubs are allowed to supply alcohol, to members and guests, if they have a magistrates court registration certificate. If a club chooses to obtain a full justices' on-licence, so that it can also sell alcohol to the general public, then Clause 19 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill, which gives the police powers to close down disorderly or excessively noisy licensed premises, will apply, but not otherwise.

Departmental Policies

(Staffordshire, Moorlands)

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical

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information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire, Moorlands constituency, the effects on Staffordshire, Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2 May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1 May 1997. [149194]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office is working to build a safe, just and tolerant society in which the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and communities are properly balanced, and the protection and security of the public are maintained. Detailed information on the impact of Home Office policies across the full range of responsibilities is set out in Home Office Annual Reports. A copy of the most recent report, Home Office Annual Report 1999-2000, is available in the Library.

The impact of Home Office policies and actions is not normally examined by constituency and the statistics which the Department collects cannot be matched in the way requested, although set out are examples relating to the Staffordshire, Moorlands constituency or the immediate locality.

Staffordshire police have provided the following information on the overall number of recorded crimes in the Staffordshire Moorlands East and West areas:



These figures are not, however, directly comparable as there was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which laid more emphasis on measurement of one crime per victim, and also expanded the coverage of offences. It has been estimated that the change in counting rules increased the number of recorded crimes counted nationally, over England and Wales as a whole, by 14 per cent.

Under the Crime Reduction Programme there is a Staffordshire-wide project running under the Targeted Policing Initiative (TPI) dealing with prolific offenders. The amount awarded for this project is £529,000.

More generally, all of the policies of the Home Office will impact on the residents of Staffordshire, Moorlands to a greater or lesser extent. For example:





Pub Exclusion Orders

Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pub exclusion orders were (a) applied for and (b) granted in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999 and (iii) 2000. [148957]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The power to make a pub exclusion order is contained in section 1 of the Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Certain Persons) Act 1980. Where a person is convicted of an offence committed on licensed premises and the court is satisfied that in committing that offence the offender resorted to violence, or offered or

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threatened to resort to violence, the court may make an exclusion order, which prohibits the offender from entering those premises, or any other specified premises. Currently maintained statistics do not allow the identification of occasions where pub exclusion orders are made by the court.

Police Recruitment (Asian Women)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage more women of Asian heritage to join the police. [148941]

Mr. Charles Clarke: It is the responsibility of individual chief officers of police to recruit the right people to serve in their forces. It is important for the police service to reflect the communities which it serves, and to help them achieve this my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has set all forces recruitment targets for minority ethnic officers. Useful advice to forces in relation to black and Asian women is contained in research recently published by the Home Office into attitudes of people from minority ethnic communities towards a career in the police service.


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