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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): At present the Home Office does not hold information on the total number of asylum seekers who were detained for a period of six months or more between 1 January and 31 December 2004. It would be available only by examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost. Quarterly snapshots are published showing the number of asylum seekers detained under the Immigration Act powers on the last Saturday of each quarter. This information may be found in the Quarterly Asylum Statistics publications on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
What are the tribal affiliations of asylum seekers from Africa, compared with the tribal affiliation of the governments of each country mentioned in the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 30 June. [HL902]
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The ethnic origin or tribal affiliation of asylum seekers is not separately recorded. Nor do governments of particular countries necessarily have any particular tribal affiliations. The information requested is not therefore available.
Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr Jim Knight, on 26 May (HC Deb, 179180W), why it is taking 18 months to analyse the responses to the consultation on the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. [HL693]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): Other priorities have meant that officials have not had the time to take this issue forward as quickly as the department would have liked. A summary of results is, however, expected to be published by 21 July 2005.
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Nevertheless, the creation of Natural England may result in some changes to the internal administration of the current licensing process. Once we have a clearer understanding of its structure and exact responsibilities, we plan to implement any appropriate changes to the badger licensing regime which will also have regard to the consultation exercise.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): We are not aware of any specific research undertaken to evaluate specialist breastfeeding advisers in neonatal units. However, the published reviews of current research found that a multi-faceted approach was most effective in increasing breastfeeding rates. The 2000 Infant Feeding Survey found a 3 per cent increase in breastfeeding rates in England and Wales in the past five years since breastfeeding promotion has increased.
Lord Warner: Primary care trusts, as the local provider of services, determine the best way to use their resources in light of the local circumstances and needs. The Government have no plans to make extra resources available to primary care trusts for the recruitment of specialist breastfeeding advisers in neonatal units. Over the period of three years from 200306 PCTs will receive an average increase of 30.8 per cent revenue allocations and from 200608 it will be 19.5 per cent.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The construction of section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was originally forecast to cost £3.3 billion. LCR's current estimate of the final cost of the CTRL is commercially sensitive because release of its projections could undermine the negotiations with contractors as the project approaches completion.
My previous Answer referred to the anticipated final cost and inflationary pressures. LCR calculates that if these inflationary effects were removed, then the outturn cost of section 2 would be within a few percentage points of the target price. This does not have any bearing on the UK bid for the Olympic Games.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Total central government funding of voluntary and community organisations increased substantially between 19992000 and 200102. At current prices actual total funding was £2,238.4 million in 19992000; £2,755.3 million in 200001; and £3,323.7 million in 200102. Detailed information on central government funding to voluntary and community organisations by government departments has been published only for the financial years 199899, 19992000, 200001 and 200102. The information can be found in table one of Central government funding of voluntary and community organisations 198283 to 19992000 and table eight of Central government funding of voluntary and community organisations 198283 to 200102. Copies of these publications are available in the House of Lord's Library. Data collection for 200203 and 200304 is under way and I will write to my noble friend when the latest information is due to be published.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): Of the 17 open academies, one, Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough, is deemed by Ofsted to require special measures.
HMI has conducted full inspections of two academies, Unity City Academy and the Greig City Academy in Haringey. The latter was judged to be "improving rapidly". HMI has also conducted monitoring inspections in 10 other academies. Of these, four were judged to be making good progress, five to be making satisfactory progress and one to have a mix of strengths and weaknesses.
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