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Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: The aim was to review the department's performance now and in recent years. Former Home Office Ministers and Special Advisers in Labour Administrations were not consulted because their experience and knowledge of the department would relate

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mainly to the period before 1979. The choice was made by officials.

Security in Prisons: Learmont Report

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Learmont report on security in Her Majesty's prisons will be published before the summer Recess.

Baroness Blatch: General Sir John Learmont has not yet submitted his report to my right honourable friend the Home Secretary.

Nigerians: Asylum Applications

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many Nigerian citizens applied for asylum in the United Kingdom in the first six months of 1995; how many were recognised as refugees; how many were given exceptional leave to remain; how many had their applications withdrawn; and how many were refused asylum during the same period.

Baroness Blatch: The available information, for January to May 1995, is given in the table.

Decisions(1) on applications(1) for asylum in the United Kingdom from nationals of Nigeria, excluding dependants, January to May 1995.

January February March April May
Asylum applications(1) 650 495 560 385 610
Decisions(1)(1) 195 180 180 155 185
Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum *
Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain(1)
Total refused 195 180 180 155 185
Refused asylum and exceptional leave after full consideration 135 135 145 125 150
Refused under para.340(1) 55 45 30 25 30
Refused on safe third country grounds(1) 5 5 * 5 5
Applications withdrawn 35 30 65 35 40

(1) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5 with '*'= 1 or 2.

(1) Figures exclude information on applications made overseas.

(1) Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same month.

(1) Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.

(1) For failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitation to interview to establish identity (para. 180F prior to 1 October 1994 and para. 101 prior to 26 July 1993).

(1) Refused on the grounds that the applicant had arrived from a safe third country.


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Prisoners: Numbers Held in Local Prisons

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many inmates were held in each local prison on 1 July 1995; what was the Certified Normal Accommodation of each establishment; and what was the percentage of overcrowding.

Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Harris of Greenwich from the Director General of the Prison Service, Mr Derek Lewis, dated 11/7/95.

Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of prisoners held in each local prison on 1 July, the certified normal accommodation of each establishment, and the percentage overcrowding on that date.

The information requested is given in the attached table.

Population, Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA) available for use and percentage overcrowding in local prisons in England and Wales on 1 July 1995

Local Establishment CNA available for use Population Percentage overcrowding
Bedford 303 303
Belmarsh 613 567
Birmingham 626 792 27
Blakenhurst 649 641
Bristol 445 461 4
Brixton 484 595 23
Bullingdon 334 324
Camp Hill 12 14 17
Canterbury 184 249 35
Cardiff 326 424 30
Chelmsford 251 376 50
Doncaster 771 734
Dorchester 127 182 43
Durham 400 614 54
Elmley 482 456
Exeter 199 303 52
Gloucester 121 163 35
Haslar 164 150
High Down 629 624
Holme House 494 465
Hull 328 353 8
Leeds 828 1,048 27
Leicester 204 350 72
Lewes 312 295
Lincoln 450 603 34
Liverpool 1,090 1,273 17
Manchester 830 938 13
Norwich 274 283 3
Pentonville 725 820 13
Preston 342 456 33
Rochester 115 174 51
Shrewsbury 176 294 67
Swansea 151 213 41
The Wolds 320 301
Wandsworth 674 853 27
Winchester 347 423 22
Woodhill 453 452
Wormwood Scrubs 472 556 18
Total 15,636 18,122 16

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