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Written Answers

Wednesday 18 October 2006

Asylum Seekers: Lancashire

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) does not directly provide accommodation. Instead, it has contracts with accommodation providers that supply accommodation for asylum seekers.. The new “Target Contracts” entered into earlier this year mean that the IND only pays for those asylum seekers who are actually accommodated and not for properties.

The IND, through its accommodation contracts, currently has 157 properties in Blackburn with Darwen and five properties in Hyndburn. There are no asylum seekers being housed in either Burnley or Pendle.

The number of asylum seekers supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) is published on a quarterly and annual basis, broken down by government office region and local authority. The next publication covering the third quarter of 2006 will be available on the 21 November 2006, on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html. Data on asylum seekers supported by NASS broken down by parliamentary constituency are also available from the Library of the House.

Bankruptcy

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): From 1 April 2004 to 30 September 2006, a total of 1,609 bankruptcy restrictions orders (or undertakings) have been made. This represents 1.3 per cent of all bankruptcy orders made over the same period (the total number of bankruptcy orders made in this period is 121,648).

The Insolvency Service has not predicted the proportion of bankruptcy cases that BROs will represent but looks to obtain a BRO in all of those cases where the individual's conduct makes it appropriate to do so.

The bankruptcy restriction order provisionsapply only to misconduct which takes place after1 April 2004.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: From 1 April 2004 additional resources have been provided to the Insolvency Service by way of its enforcement programme, which includes the application of the bankruptcy restriction order (BRO) regime. Expenditure on BROs amounted to some £863,000 in 2004-05 and £5,990,000 in 2005-06. Insolvency Service staff carry out a range of duties and it would be disproportionately costly to seek to calculate the level of additional staff resource attributable to that expenditure.

British Citizenship

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): In the rare event that a citizenship certificate contains a mistake, it should be returned to

Managed MigrationQuality and Correspondence TeamDepartment 2PO Box 306LIVERPOOLL2 OQN

Those from people living overseas should be referred through the nearest consul general.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: An update to the application form will not be necessary, since an applicant who became a British overseas citizen by virtue of Article 6(1) will be so effectively by birth. A note clarifying the information included in section 8 of guide B(OS) will be added during the next revision.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): We have initiated a file search for documents on the issues to which the noble Lord refers. We will take a decision on what information might be placed in the Library of the House when that process is complete.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Triesman: We have initiated a file search for documents on the issues to which the noble Lord refers. We will take a decision on what information might be placed in the Library of the House when that process is complete.

Cabinet Office: 67 Tufton Street

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Cabinet Office lease of the property at 67 Tufton Street is on full repairing and insuring terms. The start date of the lease was 24 June 2001 and it expires on 3 February 2027. The lease is subject to break clauses. The rent payable is £869,268 per annum. The rent was subject to review on 24 June 2006 and will be reviewed every fifth anniversary thereof until June 24 2021. The rent is reviewed to open market value. No deduction is made from the rent actually paid because the property is owned by a company registered offshore.

Cluster Bombs

Baroness Northover asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): Cluster munitions provide a unique capability for use against area or dispersed targets. They are permitted under International Humanitarian Law, and UK forces use them strictly in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Consultation: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Equality-related consultations arising from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 did not begin to take place in departments until after equality schemes approved by the Equality Commission were in place, around mid 2001. Between 2001 and 2006 in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland there were eight equality-related consultations undertaken. Further details can be found in the department's statutory five-year review of its equality scheme which is publicly available on its website at www.dardni.gov.uk/index/publications/pubs-dard-strategies-reports-and-accounts/five-year-review-of-equality-scheme.htm.

For each consultation DARD consults with groups and individuals who have requested that they be included on its Section 75 consultation list (a copy is attached at Annexe B), which was established as part of its equality scheme for these purposes. This list is updated on request during the year. Backdated lists are not kept.

The noble Lord may wish to be aware that in addition to equality-related consultations, the department consults with key stakeholders as part of good policy-making practices generally, and because one must consult on legislation, even where no adverse equality impacts have been identified.

With regard to the noble Lord's second Question, the information requested is not readily available in the form requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, for every equality-related consultation issued, policy makers record to whom consultations were issued, who responded and what was said. At least a summary of consultation responses received is published (usually on the department's website). All of this information is or has been publicly available.

It is difficult to identify specific changes that have occurred to a policy as a result of consultation alone. This is because, when equality is mainstreamed effectively into decision-making throughout the policy development cycle—through, for example, having advisory fora, pre-consultation or informal consultation—there will be no negative equality impacts evident.

DARD List of Section 75 Consultees

Age Concern (NI)

NI Commissioner for Children & Young People

Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute

NI Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM)

Association of NI Colleges

NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)

Baha'i Council for Northern Ireland

NI Fishery Harbour Authority

Barnardos

NI Human Rights Commission (NIHRC)

British Deaf Association (NI)

NI Islamic Centre

Carafriend

NI Women's European Platform (NIWEP)

Carers Northern Ireland

NIAPA

Child Poverty Action Group (NI)

NIPSA

Children's Law Centre

North West Community Network

Citizens Advice Bureau

North West Forum of People with Disabilities

Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO)

Northern Ireland Committee, ICTU

Comm Devel & Health Network (NI)

Northern Ireland Office

Comm on the Admin of Justice (CAJ)

NSPCC

Community Relations Council (CRC)

Omagh Women's Area Network

Disability Action

Parents & Professionals & Autism (PAPA)

Down's Syndrome Association

Pig Production Development Committee

Drainage Council for NI

Pobal

Employers' Forum on Disability

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Equality Commission for NI

Royal National Inst for the Deaf (NI)

Equality Forum NI

Rural Community Network

Falls Community Council

Rural Development Council

Family Planning Assoc NI

Rural Support

Fermanagh Women's Network

Sense NI

Foyle, Carlingford & Irish Lights

The Community Foundation for NI

Gay Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

General Consumer Council

The Methodist Church in Ireland

Gingerbread Northern Ireland

The Rainbow Project

GMB

The Senior Citizens’ Consortium

Help the Aged, NI

The Ulster People College

Livestock & Meat Commission for NI

The Women's Centre

Magherafelt Women's Group

Ulster Farmers' Union

MENCAP

Waterways Ireland

Multi-Cultural Resource Centre

West Belfast Economic Forum

National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland NUS-USI

Women's Information Group

Newry & Mourne Senior Citizens Consortium

Women's Resource & Dev Agency (WRDA)

Newry and Mourne Women Ltd

NI Commissioner for Children & Young People

NI Anti-Poverty Network

NI Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM)


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