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Probation Service: Title

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The words "After-Care" were removed from the formal title of the Probation Service by Section 65 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982. The reason given at the time was that the words, which had been added by the Criminal Justice Act 1967, were no longer appropriate; they emphasised one aspect of the service's work at the expense of the other functions which it was undertaking. The change back to the original name had the support of all the main probation service organisations and the Magistrates' Association.

Prison and Probation Services Inspectorates

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave to the noble Lord, Lord Hurd of Westwell, on 12 June (Official Report, cols. 1368-70).

Postal Voting: Record of Votes

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: A register is marked at the time of issue of postal ballot papers to indicate all those to whom a postal ballot paper has been issued. A copy of register is also marked in the polling station to show those to whom a ballot paper has been issued in person.

These marked registers are available for public inspection. In addition, copies of the register showing those to whom postal ballot papers have been issued are sent to the candidates and agents contesting the election in question.

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There are no plans to keep a record of which postal ballot papers have been returned.

Asylum Seekers: Support Services

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What services, other than accommodation, are provided to asylum seekers who are dispersed under the new arrangements in place since 3 April under the terms of the contracts with accommodation providers. [HL2931]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Accommodation providers are required to collect asylum seekers from a designated arrival point in the dispersal cluster area, transport them to their address and provide reception services sufficient to acquaint the asylum seeker with their accommodation. Providers must facilitate registration with a local general practitioner, a dentist and, for dependants aged five and under, a health visiting service. Where asylum seekers require immediate health care, providers are required to make immediate arrangements as appropriate. Additionally, providers are required to provide information to asylum seekers regarding health care, education, leisure, recreation, legal, police, emergency services, independent local advice services and the One Stop Service, a grant funded service provided by the voluntary sector giving advice and support to asylum seekers.

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the terms of the contracts with the providers of accommodation to asylum seekers who are dispersed under the new arrangements in place since 3 April will be varied so that local authorities, voluntary organisations and churches who wish to provide support to the asylum seekers in their areas may be provided with their names and addresses.[HL2932]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: We are not willing to provide for the routine disclosure of personal details of asylum seekers supported by the National Asylum Support Service to third parties. This would not be compatible with data protection legislation or our duty of confidentiality to asylum seekers. It is for that reason that we normally disclose personal information to a third party only with the consent of the asylum seeker.

We will provide information to other agencies and public organisations without seeking the consent of the asylum seeker where we judge this necessary so they can prevent, detect, investigate or prosecute criminal offences.

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide for asylum seekers to collect their vouchers from sub-post offices where they are the main post office in a town and where:


    (a) the distance to the nearest Crown Post Office is more than three miles; or

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    (b) the cost of a return journey by public transport to the nearest Crown Post Office is more than 50 pence.[HL2934]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Vouchers are distributed by Branch Post Offices operated by Post Office Counters Limited. While the £10 weekly cash voucher is redeemable only at the Post Office, Buy-Pass retail vouchers are redeemable in a network of over 18,000 retail outlets nationwide.

Over 600 post offices are currently in use to distribute vouchers. Others are being brought on stream as required, taking account of a range of factors, including cost and availability of public transport, numbers of asylum seekers likely to use proposed post offices, and possible future availability of further accommodation for asylum seekers in the area.

Asylum Seekers: New Accommodation Contract

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What additions and changes have been made in the list of contracts that have been entered into between the National Asylum Support Agency and the providers of accommodation since 15 May.[HL2933]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Since 15 May, the National Asylum Support Service has signed a contract with the North East Local Authority Consortium and Leena Corporation Limited.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Home Office.[HL2842]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Details of the cars in the directly managed Home Office Car Fleet are set out in the table. The information does not include vehicles provided for the use of Ministers by the Government Car Service.

Type
MakeModelSaloonEstateFuel
FordEscort75Petrol
7--Diesel
Mondeo71Petrol
3738Diesel
Galaxy16--Petrol
6--Diesel
Sierra*2--Petrol
----Diesel
Focus1--Petrol
3--Diesel
Fiesta----Petrol
5--Diesel
VauxhallAstra84Petrol
174Diesel
Vectra114Petrol
42Diesel
Vauxhall (cont.)Cavalier*3--Petrol
4--Diesel
10--Petrol
Omega6--Diesel
----Petrol
Frontera2--Diesel
2--Petrol
Zafira----Diesel
1--Petrol
Carlton*----Diesel
1--Petrol
Nova*----Diesel
Peugeot106----Petrol
2--Diesel
205*----Petrol
1--Diesel
206----Petrol
4--Diesel
30613--Petrol
14--Diesel
309*----Petrol
--11Diesel
405*41Petrol
2569Diesel
40617--Petrol
513Diesel
806----Petrol
3--Diesel
Renault21*----Petrol
1--Diesel
Laguna4--Petrol
5--Diesel
Cleo2--Petrol
----Diesel
Megane1--Petrol
5--Diesel
Espace----Petrol
5--Diesel
Rover751--Petrol
1--Diesel
214*5--Petrol
----Diesel
216*1--Petrol
----Diesel
416*2--Petrol
----Diesel
420*4--Petrol
2--Diesel
620*2--Petrol
2--Diesel
820*2--Petrol
----Diesel
825*----Petrol
2--Diesel
25----Petrol
1--Diesel
200*1--Petrol
----Diesel
Montego*----Petrol
--2Diesel
CitroenZX1--Petrol
----Diesel
Xsara----Petrol
144Diesel
Xantia3--Petrol
1611Diesel
Synergie1--Petrol
1--Diesel
FiatBrava1--Petrol
1--Diesel
HondaAccord1--Petrol
----Diesel
MitsubishiGalant1--Petrol
----Diesel
NissanPrimera71Petrol
--1Diesel
ProtonPersona1--Petrol
1--Diesel
ToyotaAvensis6--Petrol
1--Diesel
Volvo850*--1Petrol
----Diesel
S4011Petrol
2--Diesel
S901--Petrol
----Diesel
V70--3Petrol
----Diesel
----Petrol
----Diesel
VolkswagenGolf1--Petrol
4--Diesel
Passat1--Petrol
8--Diesel
Sharan----Petrol
1--Diesel
AudiA4----Petrol
2--Diesel
SEATToledo1--Petrol
1--Diesel
SkodaOctavia1--Petrol
----Diesel
ChryslerNeon1--Petrol
----Diesel

* These vehicles are discontinued models.

These figures do not include fleet figures for the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) or the Emergency Fire Service (EFS), which are no longer managed by this unit.


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