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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The total cost of running Immigration and Nationality Directorate operations in 1999-2000, including the cost of administering the asylum control, was £260 million. The current costs of administering asylum control are currently not distinguished separately from overall operational costs.
What is the maximum distance that asylum seekers are expected to be located from the nearest "one-stop-shop" support service; and which "cluster areas" are further than this distance from the nearest one.[HL436]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Home Office provides grant funding to a number of key voluntary organisations to develop a network of one-stop-services in the cluster regions. The following list indicates where such services are being provided within the regions and by which voluntary sector organisation. The voluntary sector one-stop services
|Newcastle||North of England Refugee Service (NERS)|
|Sunderland||North of England Refugee Service (NERS)|
|Middlesbrough||North of England Refugee Service (NERS)|
|Glasgow||Scottish Refugee Council|
|Edinburgh||Scottish Refugee Council|
|Cardiff||Welsh Refugee Council|
|Swansea||Welsh Refugee Council|
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The requested information is contained within a monthly table provided as deposited papers that are placed in the Library on a monthly basis. The most recent table shows the number of detainees as at 31 December 2000. A copy of this table is provided aside for ease of reference.
These figures include all those persons detained in prisons exclusively under Immigration Act powers, not just asylum seekers. No-one is detained solely because they have made an application for asylum. These figures are not recorded in such a way as to identify those who are held pending deportation or those serving a sentence following criminal conviction, who may have applied for asylum at some point.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The power to detain in designated places of detention, including prisons, are contained in the Immigration Act. Detention criteria are set out in the White Paper Fairer, faster, firmer. Where the decision to detain an individual has been made, he is allocated a detention space. No one is detained solely because he has made an application for asylum.
The Government accept that there will always be the need to use prisons for Immigration Act detainees. This is for reasons of security, control, geographical constraints and availability of space. Prisons will also be used for those prisoners subject to deportation at the end of a prison sentence and those Immigration Act detainees who may need the particular healthcare facilities at a prison.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Information is only available on the ethnicity of persons arrested for these offences. Such information was published on 18 January 2001 in the annual Home Office publication Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System. Copies are available in the Library.
Lord Bassam of Brighton. There is no official estimate of the number of immigrants unlawfully present in the United Kingdom. However, we are considering commissioning research into this area and expect to let the contract for a feasibility study of possible survey methods shortly.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The final report of the Quinquennial Review of the Parole Board and the associated Comprehensive Review of the wider parole processes for determinate and life sentenced prisoners will be completed shortly. The Home Secretary has already accepted an earlier recommendation from the Quinquennial Review that the Parole Board should continue in its capacity as a Non-Departmental Public Body. Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons already monitors the procedures in prison establishments in England and Wales by which prisoners receive parole decisions. This function includes the examination of the timeliness of those procedures and sampling the quality of parole reports.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Although the Home Office is responsible for scrutinising proposals for new offences in both public and private legislation no comprehensive records are kept centrally of all new offences created in public legislation. The following information about public legislation therefore relates only to Home Office measures which have been enacted during the 1999-2000 parliamentary Session. The information about local and private legislation covers all private measures during the period in question. Public Legislation The Terrorism Act 2000 created 38 new offences. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 created four new criminal offences. The Football Disorder Act 2000 created two new criminal offences. The Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000 created one new criminal offence. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 created three new criminal offences. The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 created 69 new criminal offences. These are listed at Schedule 20 to the 2000 Act. The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 created three new criminal offences. The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 created two new criminal offences. Local and Private Legislation The Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway) Order Confirmation Act 2000 created three new criminal offences. The London Local Authorities Act 2000 created 14 new criminal offences.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Work is continuing to determine the bureau's costs. Fees will be set to recover the costs of the bureau. An announcement about the level of charges will be made as soon as possible.
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