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Animal Procedures

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the Animal Procedures Committee annual report for 2000. [6028]

Angela Eagle: I have today published the committee's annual report for 2000, and laid it before Parliament pursuant to section 20(5) of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. I am pleased to note that the committee has continued to make progress on its extensive programme of work.

Ms Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the figures relating to scientific procedures performed on living animals in Great Britain in 2000, licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. [6030]

Angela Eagle: The information requested will be published in full as a Command Paper on 26 July 2001.

The Command Paper will contain a great deal of detailed statistical data. I can meanwhile report the following key facts:

Voluntary and Community Organisations

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a report on central Government funding of voluntary and community organisations. [6029]

Angela Eagle: I am today announcing the publication of the latest research into central Government funding of voluntary and community organisations. It reveals that total Government funding for the year 1999–2000 was £2.2 billion—a rise in real terms of 5.4 per cent. over the last two years. A copy of the report "Central Government Funding of Voluntary and Community Organisations 1982–83 to 1999–2000" has been placed in the Library.

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The amount spent by each Department in 1998–99 and 1999–2000 was as follows:


Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food346,400368,265
Cabinet Office2,473,7612,473,761
Crown Prosecution Service5,0000
Department for Culture, Media and Sport219,286,178247,449,533
Ministry of Defence15,638,72515,099,220
Department for Education and Employment96,055,271167,393,594
Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions950,353,8341,042,711,540
Foreign and Commonwealth Office7,707,4599,645,839
Department of Health59,992,31360,273,422
Home Office73,210,51179,790,487
Inland Revenue030,000
Department for International Development181,577,000195,269,000
Lord Chancellor's Department22,497,4673,285,565
Department of Social Security14,535,77513,508,767
Department of Trade and Industry17,328,00016,106,000
Northern Ireland Executive(1)(1)
Scottish Executive282,129,574289,888,456
National Assembly for Wales110,107,44195,104,573

(1) Not available


Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will confirm the final 2001–02 key performance indicator targets for average cost per uncrowded prison place and average cost per prisoner. [6031]

Beverley Hughes: The final targets for 2001–02 are:

Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the performance of Her Majesty's prison services in 2000–01. [6032]

Beverley Hughes: The annual report and accounts for the Prison Service for 2000–01 has been laid before the House today. A copy will be placed in the Library.

Criminal Records Bureau

Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Criminal Records Bureau will publish its annual report and accounts for 2000–01. [6033]

Mr. Denham: The Criminal Records Bureau annual report and accounts have been published today and I am pleased to say that copies have been placed in the Library.

Immigration Appeals Authority

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further right of appeal on human rights grounds is available to those who had appeals pending before the Immigration Appeals Authority, or where an in time appeal could have been made, on 2 October 2000. [6034]

Mr. Blunkett: In another place, on 20 March 2001, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 153-54W my noble Friend, Lord Bassam, in reply to a question from Lord Lester of Herne Hill, clarified the position of asylum seekers who wished to make a human rights claim under

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section 65 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. He confirmed that people appealing against immigration decisions made before 2 October 2000 cannot benefit from this appeal right which is not retrospective. But they could make a separate human rights claim and would have the opportunity to appeal except in those instances where the human rights issue had already been considered by the appellate authority or the courts, or there had been findings of fact at an earlier appeal which mean the human rights claim is bound to fail.

However, it has been decided that the exception should not apply to people who had an appeal pending or could have lodged appeals in time to the immigration appeals authority on 2 October 2000. If they make a human rights claim and it is rejected they will be able to make an allegation and we will then give them an opportunity to appeal to the immigration appeals authority.

Oakington Detention Centre

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have had their claims processed at Oakington detention centre since 20 March 2000; what was the outcome of each claim; how many of those refused asylum subsequently appealed; what were the outcomes of the appeals; how many appellants failed to attend the appeal hearing; how many were held in other detention centres pending determination on an appeal; and how many were removed from the United Kingdom. [3307]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 July 2001]: The following information is based on provisional Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) data. Up to 30 June 2001, there have so far been 6,182 principal applicants who have had their asylum claim decided at Oakington.

The outcome of those decisions was as follows:

Refused but granted exceptional leave to enter or remain13
Asylum refused6,136
Total decided6,182

There have so far been 5,425 appeals lodged. Only appellants who are detained or whose claim was certified as manifestly unfounded on their merits are subject to fast-track appeal arrangements. Of those sent to the IAA, and so far determined, the outcome was as follows:

Outcome of appealsNumber
Withdrawn or abandoned489

Information on the number of appellants who failed to attend the appeal hearing is not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. 884 appellants have been detained pending the determination

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of their appeal. 1,233 principal applicants who had their claim decided at Oakington, plus 275 dependants, have so far been removed from the United Kingdom.

James Ashley

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish (a) the Wilding report and (b) the Hoddinot report into the death of James Ashley. [3622]

Mr. Denham: Those reports are the property of Sussex Police Authority and the Chief Constable. I met my hon. Friend and members of the Ashley family on 4 July. At the meeting I said that we would use our best endeavours to encourage the Police Authority to publish as much as possible, bearing in mind that the report contains confidential information that will need to be subject to considered legal advice, and the need to ensure there is no adverse impact on other proceedings.

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