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Immigrants: Fiscal Contribution

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: These figures are taken from the recently published Home Office study Migration: An economic and social analysis. They represent an initial estimate of the fiscal contribution that migrants make to the economy--that is the value of the taxes they pay over and above what they consume in benefits and other public services. However, as noted in the Home Office study, there are a wide range of possible assumptions that affect estimates of the contributions of both migrants and the United Kingdom-born population. Work is under way to refine these assumptions and it is the intention to publish the findings from this analysis, which will include details of the methodology used and the calculations.

Boards of Visitors and Justices of the Peace

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Appointments and resignations on boards of visitors are a frequent occurrence and the composition of any board can therefore change daily. However, as at 19 February 2001 the boards listed below did not have at least two

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Justices of the Peace on their Board and did not therefore meet the requirements of Section 6(2) of the Prison Act 1952.


    Drake Hall

    East Sutton Park








    Rye Hill

    Shepton Mallet

    Standford Hill

Remanded and Sentenced Under-16s: Education

Lord Northbourne asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many young people under the age of 16 have completed their sentence in a Secure Training Centre; how many of that number have now returned to full-time education in schools; and how many are receiving educational provision outside schools. [HL745]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Since 1 April 2000, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has assumed responsibility for the commissioning and purchasing of secure accommodation for remanded and sentenced young people. They have provided the following information There are currently three Secure Training Centres (STCs) in operation as detailed in the table below:

Medway Rainsbrook Hassockfield
Date of opening April 1998 July 1999 Sept 1999
Total number of under-16s who have completed their sentence (as at 15.2.01)359 (133 since February 2000)169135
Number who returned to full time education in schools9 (since February 2000)169
Number who received educational provision outside schools68 (since February 2000)9017

This information is not held centrally and in the time available it has not been possible to check more than the last year's files at Medway. I will write to the noble Lord with the full figures relating to Medway Secure Training Centres when they become available.

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Blood Donors: Information Leaflet

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the advice given to potential blood donors in the document Do Not Give Blood Without Reading This Leaflet still reflects the considered views of the National Health Service; and, if not whether, and, if so for what reasons, the leaflet has been withdrawn. [HL748]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The National Blood Service continues to issue this leaflet to potential blood donors every day. The guidance on eligibility to donate blood is drawn up by the United Kingdom blood services standing advisory committee on the care and selection of donors, which reviews the criteria on a regular basis.

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Squatter's Rights

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have any plans to reform the law on squatters' rights. [HL650]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): In relation to registered land, the Law Commission and HM Land Registry published a consultative document Land Registration for the Twenty-First Century (Law Commission No. 254) in 1998. The document included proposals to reform the law of adverse possession. They intend to publish their recommendations in a report in early summer. The Government will consider the report and will introduce legislation to implement those recommendations it accepts when parliamentary time allows. There are no plans to reform the law of adverse possession in relation to unregistered land.

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