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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Audit Commission report, "Halfway Home: An Analysis of the Variation in the Cost of Supporting Asylum Seekers". 
Mrs. Roche: Following the publication last year of the Audit Commission's Report, "Another Country" we requested that it undertake research into why some local authorities were able to live within the grant limits set for supporting asylum seekers, while others, in similar circumstances, could not. The report, "Half Way Home" is the result.
We welcome this report and the sensible recommendations it makes about the way local authorities are reimbursed for supporting asylum seekers. We will discuss with the Local Government Association and the Association of London Government the best way of taking this forward, with a view to implementing a new grant scheme for this (2001-02) financial year.
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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe who applied for asylum in (a) each of the last six months and (b) in total have received a positive initial decision on their application (i) in total and (ii) of those who have been sent to Oakington; and if he will make a statement. 
(14) Figures rounded to the nearest 5
(15) Provisional figures
The number of initial decisions relating to applications of asylum from Zimbabwean nationals between September 2000 and February 2001 is only available for applicants dealt with at Oakington--the monthly breakdown is shown in the table. Information on the other Zimbabwean applications made in that period could be obtained only by examination of individual case records and is, therefore, available only at disproportionate cost.
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Mrs. Roche: As at the end of February 2001, 21,410 1 asylum seekers (including dependants) were allocated accommodation in the UK by the National Asylum Support Service. Of these, 110 1 were allocated accommodation in Barnsley and 400 1 were allocated accommodation in Doncaster.
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Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have received of asylum seekers convicted of offences while in the United Kingdom since 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Roche [holding answer 9 April 2001]: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate is not routinely informed of the immigration status of all third country nationals convicted of criminal offences in the United Kingdom. The number who were referred for court recommended deportation in 1999 was 350. In the first half of 2000, 320 persons were recommended for deportation by the courts. It is not recorded how many of these had claimed asylum.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of asylum support is, including unaccompanied minors (a) in the period 2000-01, (b) estimated for the current financial year 2001-02 and (c) estimated for the period 2002-03; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Roche [holding answer 9 April 2001]: Estimated expenditure on asylum support, including unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in 2000-01 is £751 million (estimated final outturn). This is made up of:
Provisional estimates for asylum support costs for 2001-02 and 2002-03 were given in my reply of 24 July 2000, Official Report, column 450W, to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington). This funding will be reviewed if needed.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are (a) supported by NASS under the new support arrangements, (b) supported by local authorities under the previous support arrangements and (c) unaccompanied minors; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mrs. Roche [holding answer 9 April 2001]: As at the end of February 2001, 11,630 asylum 1 seekers (including dependants) were allocated subsistence only support by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) and 21,400 1 , 2 asylum seekers (including dependants) were allocated accommodation and subsistence support by NASS.
As at the 26 January 2001 there were 5,540 1 unaccompanied minors being supported in England by local authorities. The figures for unaccompanied minors being supported in Scotland and Wales are not held centrally.
Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effects, with statistical information, on Hampstead and Highgate of his Department's policies since 2 May 1997. 
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 2000-01, is available in the Library. Information on recorded crime and policing is also published. 'Recorded Crime England and Wales, 12 months to September 2000' and 'Police Service Strength England and Wales, 30 September 2000' can be found in the Library. The recorded crime statistics include information on recorded crime by Basic Command Unit and Crime and Disorder partnerships.
The impact of Home Office policies and actions is not normally examined by constituency and the statistics which the Department collects, such as recorded crime, cannot be matched in the way requested although set out below are examples relating to the Hampstead and Highgate constituency or the immediate locality:
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A youth inclusion programme has been established in Castlehaven Ward for over 50 young people most at risk of re-offending. This is being funded through YJB and local authority grants for 2 years. The YJB awarded Camden YOT £94,000 for 2000-01 to develop a range of new services including: substance misuse; new Referral Orders and accommodation advice and support. Conditional approval has been given by the YJB for a new Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Scheme (ISSP), between Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlet YOTs, to prevent custody and reduce re-offending by the most persistent offenders. Camden YOT is involved with the Police, Housing and Youth Service in response to anti-social behaviour and other local crime issues.
Camden is on course to achieve the multi-agency target of a 15 per cent. reduction in youth offending by March 2002. The YOT is working closely with the police and youth court to halve the time from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders from 142 to 71 days. YOT preventative and early intervention referrals and services have increased significantly. These include: restorative conferences between victims and offenders; assessments and intervention in response to anti-social behaviour (to prevent the need for anti-social behaviour orders); assessments and enhanced services for looked after children at risk of re-offending; assessments and intervention for other high risk groups including young people involved in substance misuse and excluded from school.
Contact time with young people on court orders has doubled to twice weekly for three months, in accordance with revised national standards. The YOT national assessment tool has been implemented in Camden, enabling analysis of risk factors that contribute to young people offending. A new information system has also been purchased for the YOT, to enhance quality of monitoring.
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