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Written Answers

Thursday 9 January 2014

Asylum Seekers

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 28 November (WA 288–9), how many former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were in the United Kingdom under discretionary leave remained in the country after reaching the age of 18 (1) on an extension of discretionary leave, (2) by gaining citizenship, and (3) through non-removal, with end of line or appeal rights exhausted status. [HL4106]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Taylor of Holbeach) (Con): Data in response to your request can be found in the table below:

Outcomes of former UASCs* for the period Jan 2010 to Jun 20132010201120122013

Granted Discretionary Leave

34

142

72

9

Granted LOTR**

14

13

1

3

Granted Citizenship

42

26

0

0

Refused, not removed and appeal rights exhausted

70

49

34

4

Total

160

230

107

16

*

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

**

Leave Outside the Rules

Caste Discrimination

Question

Asked by Lord Avebury

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in drafting the questions for the public consultation on the prospective legislation on caste.[HL4139]

Baroness Northover (LD): The Government timetable for the introduction of caste legislation was published in July 2013 in both Houses. The research currently

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being carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission will help inform the contents of the consultation document.

Government Departments: Concordats

Question

Asked by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often they review concordats between Whitehall government departments and the Welsh Government.[HL4227]

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Con): We review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Supplementary Agreements which set out the principles underlying the relationship between the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations annually and make changes where necessary.

For example, at the 16 October 2013 Plenary meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee, UK Government Ministers and Devolved Ministers formally agreed to amend the EU Concordat, in relation to attendance and representation at Councils of the European Union.

In addition to this, many Whitehall departments have developed their own concordats with the Welsh Government. These concordats are bilateral agreements, and are reviewed and updated as necessary.

A copy of the revised Memorandum of Understanding, of which the EU Concordat is a part, will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Prisons: SP Inquiry

Question

Asked by Baroness Stern

To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report from the first stage of the SP Inquiry will be made public; and when the second stage of the investigation will commence.[HL4173]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con): The report from the first stage of the SP investigation will be published, alongside the second stage report, following the conclusion of the second stage of the investigation. The second stage of the investigation, which will include a public element, was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice on 22 March 2013 and is ongoing.