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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The current benchmarks of 45 minutes for non-EEA nationals and 25 minutes for EEA nationals are the current national standards against which all of our ports and airports can measure performance.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Airspace planning and regulation is the responsibility of the independent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The process for making changes to airspace is governed by the CAA's airspace change process. Under this process it is for airspace change sponsors to develop and consult on proposals. Detailed guidance is given on what impacts are to be taken into account, how they should be measured and who should be consulted. Informed by the consultation, the sponsor submits the proposal to the CAA's Directorate of Airspace Policy for assessment against regulatory requirements. In determining whether to accept or reject a proposal, the CAA's process reflects the Secretary of State's directions and guidance to the CAA on the exercise of its statutory duties and environmental objectives.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The fee for naturalisation is £655 including an £80 ceremony fee. Spouses or civil partners applying jointly pay a combined fee of £735 including £160 ceremony fees.
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The EU flag originated on 25 October 1955 when the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly took the unanimous decision to adopt a flag as its emblem. The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers adopted it as the European flag on 8 December 1955.
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Similarly, the Council of Europe adopted Beethoven's Ode to Joy as its anthem in 1972. It was adopted by the Heads of State or government of the then European Communities as the official anthem in 1985.
The EU flag originated on 25 October 1955 when the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly took the unanimous decision to adopt a flag as its emblem. The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers adopted it as the European flag on 8 December 1955. In 1985, the European flag was adopted as the official emblem of the then European Communities by heads of state and government. EU institutions have been using it since 1986.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 19 February (WA 40), on how many occasions entry clearance officers in Tbilisi, Georgia, have reviewed decisions on appeal without sight of the grounds of appeal and additional evidence an applicant may have submitted. [HL2953]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): This information is not available from visa records at our embassy in Tbilisi. However, I am advised that entry clearance staff at the embassy recall three occasions in the past three years when an entry clearance decision has been reviewed and an explanatory statement despatched to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) without a notice of appeal having been received. The AIT is responsible for ensuring that overseas posts receive appeal documents.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 March (WA 169), on what date were the three entry clearance officers, the deputy head of Mission, the third secretary and the members of United Kingdom support staff originally appointed to the embassy in Tbilisi; and on what date they arrived in post. [HL2956]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 March (WA 169), whether that Answer is consistent with the employment records of the department in relation to the length of contract of entry clearance officers at the British embassy in Georgia. [HL2958]
Lord West of Spithead: I regret that Lord Malloch-Brown's Written Answer of the 4 March (WA1 69) contained a factual error. One of the three entry clearance officers at our embassy in Tbilisi, the third secretary, has in fact been at post for approximately two years not three. Otherwise the information given was correct.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): If two coastal states cannot agree on a boundary between their territorial seas then they may have an option to go to a dispute settlement mechanism, such as the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, or arbitration.
How they intend to respond to the findings of the recent MORI poll commissioned by the BBC to mark the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell's rivers of blood speech that two out of three people polled believe there are too many immigrants in Britain and that race riots are likely to arise if community tensions increase; and [HL3159]
What action they are taking to avert the possibility of race riots; what advice they have received from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on that subject; when the advice was offered; how they have responded to it; and which areas or neighbourhoods have been identified as having a high risk of race riots occurring; and [HL3160]
Whether they have made representations to newspapers, television and radio companies about their coverage of immigration and race relations stories; and whether such coverage reduces racial prejudice and intolerance; and [HL3161]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): In February this year, the Government made a renewed commitment to build community cohesion, as part of our response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion's report. Community cohesion is about much more than preventing violenceit is part of building sustainable active and empowered communities. Central to this is the principle that cohesion must be understood and built locally by local authorities and the local partnerships which they lead. Central government's role is to set the national framework within which local authorities and their partners operate. We are working with EHRC in developing our policies and approach. We are providing both funding and support to do this: £50 million over the next three years and a cohesion delivery framework in the summer.
The findings of the MORI poll of just 1,000 people contrast sharply with those of the citizenship survey of 10,000 people. The citizenship survey found that 81 per cent of people feel that individuals from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area and that 83 per cent of people agree that people in their local area respect ethnic differences, an increase from 79 per cent in 2003. In its final report, published in June 2007, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, also found that cohesion rates only fell below 60 per cent in 10 out of 387 areas in England.
We work routinely with local authorities and the police to assess where local tensions may arise and we encourage local areas to do the same. We will shortly be publishing guidance for local areas on tension monitoring and contingency planning.
The coverage of immigration and race relations stories by the media is a matter for the relevant regulatory bodies or the courts, not the Government. The Government strongly believe that a press free from state intervention is fundamental to democracy.
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