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Lord Rooker: As Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, I work closely with my right honourable friend the Home Secretary and my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Europe, Community and Race Equality (Angela Eagle) to ensure effective co-ordination between the Government's policies on asylum and race relations. The Government have frequent contact with a range of representative bodies on the treatment of asylum applicants, and potential community relations implications are always carefully assessed before Immigration Service enforcement activities are carried out.
In addition, the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 has extended the Race Relations Act 1976 to cover the administration of immigration and asylum laws and other law enforcement activities. In managing the asylum system, the Home Office has a statutory duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote good relations between people of different racial groups. The Act provides a right of action for those who allege that the immigration authorities have discriminated against them unlawfully on racial grounds. The Act provides appropriate safeguards for necessary and legitimate activity by immigration staff which is required by law or properly authorised by Ministers.
Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to the Statement I made to the House on 10 July 2001, Official Report, col. 1038, which set out the earlier statement made by my right honourable friend the Home Secretary on the disturbances in Bradford.
Lord Rooker: We are today announcing the publication of the latest research into central government funding of voluntary and community organisations. It reveals that total government funding for the year 1999-2000 was £2.2 billion--a rise in real terms of 5.4 per cent over the last two years. A copy of the report Central Government Funding of Voluntary and Community Organisations 1982-83 to 1999-2000 has been placed in the Library.
|Departments||1998-99 (£)||1999-2000 (£)|
|Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food||346,400||368,265|
|Crown Prosecution Service||5,000||0|
|Department of Culture, Media & Sport||219,286,178||247,449,533|
|Ministry of Defence||15,638,725||15,099,220|
|Department for Education & Employment||96,055,271||167,393,594|
|Department of the Environment, Transport & Regions||950,353,834||1,042,711,540|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||7,707,459||9,645,839|
|Department of Health||59,992,313||60,273,422|
|Department for International Development||181,577,000||195,269,000|
|Lord Chancellor's Department||22,497,467||3,285,565|
|Department of Social Security||14,535,775||13,508,767|
|Department of Trade & Industry||17,328,000||16,106,000|
|Northern Ireland Executive||Not available||Not available|
|National Assembly for Wales||110,107,441||95,104,573|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): We do not believe there should be a specific budget. The department has a large programme of research to meet the information needs of Ministers, the department and its agencies. Priorities are reviewed annually and a programme is devised to assist the department in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy.
Baroness Hollis of Heigham: This is calculated using HMT's policy simulation model. The estimate assumes full take-up of income-related benefits for non-pensioners and is consistent with the estimate that around 5 million families will benefit from the introduction of the Children's Tax Credit and that up to 1.4 million families will benefit from the Working Families' Tax Credit.
Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Latest figures to the end of April 2001 show that just over 299,000 young people have left the New Deal for Young People for work. Of these, around 221,000 were young men and 78,000 were young women.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The foundation has continued its crucial work in building democracy overseas, through a variety of targeted programmes ranging from the fostering of good governance, to the promotion of civil society. The demands have been great, and the foundation has had some notable successes. The highlight was its work in Serbia, where, through a wide-ranging programme of work, it helped the Serbian people to assert their democratic rights. Work elsewhere in the Balkans, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe has also continued to bear fruit. In 2000-01, the foundation received a grant-in-aid of £4,155,000 from the FCO. Copies of the Annual Report have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Baroness Amos: The ninth report in this series, covering the period January-June 2001, was published today and copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. A copy of the report is also available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website (www.fco.gov.uk). The report includes a foreword by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
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