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Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ministers in his Department have signed authorisations for the continued detention of children at immigration removal centres beyond 28 days which provide for the detention of children during Christmas 2009. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 10 December 2009]: No authorisations have been signed which allow for the continued detention of children beyond 28 days which provided for the detention of children during Christmas 2009.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Border Agency has made any arrangements in respect of children detained at immigration removal centres during Christmas 2009. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 10 December 2009]: We would prefer not to detain families with children and would rather that they left the UK voluntarily where the Courts have upheld a decision of the UK Border Agency that they must leave the country. However, where they fail to leave after having been given every opportunity and incentive to do so, the Agency has no other option but to detain them to enforce their departure. We believe that it is in the children's best interests to remain with their parents and they are therefore detained as a family group just a few days before their flight. However, detention is sometimes prolonged because of last minute applications to the Court as an attempt to frustrate their removal.
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 7 December 2009]: There are 10 immigration removal centres in England and one centre, Dungavel House, in Scotland. Eight of the centres are operated under contracts with the private sector. Three centres, Dover, Haslar and Lindholme, are operated under agreements with the National Offender Management Service.
The number of male and female staff employed at each centre is detailed in the following table. The numbers refer to those staff directly employed by the centre operator. The data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. The information is provisional and subject to change.
|Immigration Removal Centre||Male employees||Female employees|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, columns 888-9W, on entry clearances, whether the net value of revenue accrued in respect of applications is retained by the UK Border Agency. 
Mr. Woolas: All income from entry clearance is retained by the UK Border Agency. The income received does not cover the full cost of processing this type of application and therefore no net revenue accrues to the Agency.
Mr. Woolas: The information requested has been placed in the House Library. The enclosed table shows the number of student visas and student dependent visas issued to each non-EU nationality in the five year period from October 2004 to September 2009.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals there were against the refusal of an application for a visit visa from a Pakistani national in each year between 2004 and 2008; what the cost to the public purse was of such appeals; and how many such appeals resulted in an application being granted. 
|Family visit visa refusals||Appeals||Allowed appeals|
1. These data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.
2. There is only a full right of appeal against the refusal of family visit visas.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of former foreign Heads of Government who are resident in the UK; and whether any cost arising from their residence is borne by the public purse. 
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Identity and Passport Service has made any payments to (a) political consultancies, (b) external public relations firms and (c) public affairs firms since its establishment. 
Meg Hillier: Since its establishment, the Identity and Passport Service has made payments to one public relations company who were engaged to work on passport campaigns. This contract expired in 2008 and has not been renewed. IPS has not made any payments to political consultancies or public affairs companies.
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 7 December 2009]: The following table is consistent with the latest published statistics on the number of persons detained in immigration removal centres in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, by place of detention and sex as at 30 September 2009.
|Persons in detention in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, by place of detention and sex as at 30 September 2009( 1, 2)|
|Number of persons|
|Place of detention||Total detainees||Male||Female|
|(1 )Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (- = 0, * = 1 or 2), may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding and exclude persons detained in police cells, Prison Service establishments and those detained under both criminal and immigration powers.|
(2 )Figures include dependants.
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