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Citizenship Applications

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the date of application of the earliest application for naturalisation which is awaiting determination by his Department. [147634]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 29 January 2001]: The information in the form requested is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as at 31 December 2000, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate was starting consideration of applications for naturalisation made on 4 June 2000. There is a small number of cases older than this, where initial consideration is being given. Some cases received after 4 June have also been started. Applications for registration as a British citizen are started as they arrive.

Deportation Prisoners

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are being held in prisons in England and Wales awaiting deportation from the UK. [149621]

Mr. Boateng: Provisional information for 31 December 2000 shows there were 101 males and no females being held in prisons in England and Wales awaiting deportation.

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Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding in real terms has been allocated for employing Immigration and Nationality Directorate caseworkers in each of the last three years; what additional real terms funding is planned for the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [149546]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 12 February 2001]: Overall expenditure on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) (excluding asylum support costs) over the last three years was:

£ million

CashReal(4)
1998-99209.0218.2
1999-2000260.0265.2
2000-01594.5594.5

(4) At 2000-01 level


Since November 1999 IND has recruited about 500 extra asylum decision makers and recruitment is continuing. The costs of those decision makers are met from the overall IND budget and not allocated separately.

For the next three years the IND budget (excluding asylum support costs) is:

£ million

CashReal(5)
2001-02549.5536.4
2002-03555.9529.1
2003-04553.9514.4

(5) At 2000-01 level


Spending on caseworkers for future years will continue to be met within overall budget levels and will be decided annually taking account of expected work load.

Race Equality

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the race equality employment strategy of his Department. [149837]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: On 28 July 1999 I published my race equality employment targets for the recruitment, retention and career progression of minority ethnic staff within the Home Office and its service areas, that is, the police, the fire, the prison and the probation services.

The first annual report was published on 27 October 2000 and showed that the Home Office and its services are making good progress towards putting in place systems to deliver the sought outcomes by the end of the programme period.

Police Recruitment

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown, both nationally and for each individual police force area in England and Wales, by major category of expenditure, of the (a) cost to date and (b) planned cost of the national police recruitment campaign. [150043]

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Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 12 February 2001]: The first phase of the police recruitment campaign ran from September to November 2000. The second phase of the campaign is running now and will finish in mid-March 2001.

The costs by media are listed as follows. All costs are excluding VAT:

£

Phase 1 (Expenditure)Phase 2 (Planned expenditure)Total
Television2,230,7591,623,6963,854,455
Cinema374,254424,025798,279
National Press647,565481,0151,128,590
Women's Press85,629085,629
Ambient Media56,0006,95062,950
Radio40,000109,870149,870
Online060,00060,000
Total3,434,2072,705,5666,139,773

In addition, approximately £840,000 has been spent on advertising production, bringing the total expected campaign spend to £6.98 million excluding VAT.

The costs of future phases in 2001 have not been finalised.

The costs cannot be broken down by individual police force as media for the campaign have been bought nationally.

Emergency Planning

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he plans to take following the agreement made at the Leeds Castle meeting of the Central Local Partnership concerning the review of emergency planning. [150462]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister proposed that the arrangements for emergency planning in England and Wales be reviewed and I have set up a Steering Group to take forward this review. It will identify strengths and weaknesses in the current arrangements for emergency planning; suggest ways in which the community preparedness for emergencies can be enhanced; consult widely with stakeholders and provide advice to Ministers on the result of the consultation.

TREASURY

Census

Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2001, Official Report, column 565W, on Census 2001, what proportion of householders' questionnaire forms for the 1971 to 1991 census have been destroyed. [149785]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John M. Taylor, dated February 2001:



Sharman Review

Mr. Ian Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government have received Lord Sharman's Review of Audit and Accountability in the 21st century. [150461]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I have received Lord Sharman's Review. Copies are available in the Vote Office and the Library of the House.

I am most grateful to Lord Sharman for reviewing this important and complex area, and for conducting his Review so speedily.

The twin principles of accountability of the Executive to Parliament and independent scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General are enormously important to good government. Present arrangements have evolved gradually over the past century and it is valuable to have the benefit of Lord Sharman's views on how these arrangements should now be developed to best fit the 21st century.

The Government will consider Lord Sharman's recommendations very carefully with a view to improving the present system of accountability, and will issue a formal response in due course.

VAT

Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about the levels of value added tax charged on new build and work to existing buildings. [148455]

Dawn Primarolo: The Government have received a range of representations about VAT on new build and work to existing buildings.

Aggregates Levy (Northern Ireland)

Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage change in the price of aggregates in Northern Ireland following the imposition of the aggregates levy; and if he will make a statement. [149637]

Mr. Timms: Aggregates prices vary considerably according to mineral quality, local conditions, and the commercial decisions of individual firms. The flat rate aggregates levy will therefore have a variable percentage impact on aggregate prices.

Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the volume of Northern Ireland aggregate production lost to quarries in the Republic of Ireland will be as a result of the aggregates levy; and if he will make a statement. [149636]

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Mr. Timms: The international competitiveness of the Northern Irish aggregates industry will not be affected by the levy as imported aggregate will be subject to the levy when commercially exploited in the same way as UK produced aggregate, and UK aggregate which is exported will be relieved.


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