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Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he is making into the investigation concerning the (a) Landmark and (b) Inn on the Park in Liverpool in respect of asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement. 
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Angela Eagle: The most recent information relates to persons detained under Immigration Act powers as at 31 May 2001. At that date 1,144 persons were detained in Prison Service establishments. This includes 428 persons detained in the dedicated detention facilities run by the Prison Service at Haslar, Rochester and Lindholme.
Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been held in prison since the policy was introduced; how many asylum seekers have been deported from prison; how many asylum seekers have put forward appeals since being put in prison; and how many of those appeals have been successful. 
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the average time taken between the receipt of (a) an asylum appeal and (b) an immigration appeal to the Independent Appellate Authority and an appeal decision, for the most recent period for which figures are available. 
The average time taken by the Immigration Appellate Authority (for both the adjudicator and the tribunal tier), from receipt to determination in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 May 2001, is 22.3 weeks for an asylum appeal and 22.1 weeks for an immigration appeal.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of occasions on which action has been taken against NASS-contracted landlords in respect of the provision of sub-standard accommodation; and if he will make a statement. 
As a result of its inspection programme National Asylum Support Service (NASS) has required its accommodation providers to remove approximately 350 bedspaces from use due to failure to meet the requirements of the NASS contract specification. In addition providers have
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Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Police Complaints Authority to produce its report into the fatal shooting of James Ashley; and to whom the report will be made available. 
Mr. Denham: The Police Complaints Authority do not normally produce reports of investigations. Instead they provide a statement of satisfaction about the conduct of an investigation. The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) issued statements of satisfaction on the investigations into this incident which were made available to the Chief Constable and the Police Authority.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the principal recommendations were of the 1993 report of the Commission for Racial Equality on the housing policies and practice pursued by Oldham council; and what provisions were made for the monitoring of the five-year plan agreed between Oldham council and the CRE. 
Angela Eagle: The Commission for Racial Equality entered into a three-year agreement with Oldham council, in which the council undertook to implement the following recommendations: to make sure that the council's policies, procedures and practices (written and unwritten) used to assess housing applications and for allocating properties were appropriate for meeting housing need, and were consistently applied; to monitor all offers and allocations of housing, classified by ethnic origin of applicant, the estate and quality of property; and to keep the Commission for Racial equality fully informed.
Oldham metropolitan borough council submitted six monthly progress reports to the Commission for Racial Equality. The Commission received the final ethnic monitoring report, required as part of the agreement, in December 1996 and was content.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Avon and Somerset police force for each reporting period since 1980; what forecasts he has made for the years 2001 to 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
The Chief Constable informs me that on the basis of its current projections up to March 2003, the force expects to have 3,098 officers by the end of March 2002 and 3,175 by March 2003. About 60 per cent. of the total increase will be
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a result of the force's Crime Fighting Fund allocation of resources for 51 new recruits for 200102 and 77 for 200203. The force has made no projections as yet for 200304.
(15) As at 31 March
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list in descending order the greatest percentage change in the number of offences of drunkenness from 1990 to 1999 in each police authority in England and Wales; 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 3 July 2001]: Information on the number of offenders prosecuted in 1999 for offences of drunkenness per thousand head of population for each police force authority is given in table 1. Information showing, in descending order, the percentage change in the number of offenders prosecuted in 1999 compared with 1990 for offences of drunkenness in each police force authority is given in table 2. It is not possible to say what proportion of those prosecuted live in the area. Prosecutions of people from outside the area are likely to be much higher in some areas than others. This is most obvious for the City of London which has a low resident population and large numbers of visitors.
|Police force area||Prosecutions|
|City of London||11.73|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||1.08|
|Devon and Cornwall||0.76|
|Avon and Somerset||0.37|
|Metropolitan Police District||0.28|
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|Police force area||Percentage change|
|Devon and Cornwall||40.13|
|Avon and Somerset||-6.35|
|London, City of||-59.56|
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