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Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many case files have been lost by the Immigration and Nationality Department (a) temporarily and (b) permanently in each of the past five years. (63967)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are at the Immigration and Nationality Department. (73621)

There are currently 427 (2.4 per cent.) posts in the Immigration and Nationality Department that are vacant, according to the figures reported on the computerised resource reporting system called Adelphi.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will lead the inquiry into the allegations made in The Observer on 21 May regarding malpractice in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; when the inquiry will report; if the report will be published; what the terms of reference are; from whom the inquiry will take evidence; and if he will make a statement. (73687)

An internal disciplinary investigation has taken place, as a result of which a member of IND staff has been dismissed. A criminal investigation continues.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate compiled an action plan to take forward the recommendations made by Mr. Gbedemah; and if he will place a copy in the Library. (73688)

I am advised that an action plan was initiated immediately upon the publication of Mr. Gbedemah's report. The action plan is an internal working document and as such it would not be appropriate to place it in the public domain.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary action he has taken against officials in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate following Mr. Gbedemah’s report. (73689)

I am advised that 13 separate disciplinary investigations were commissioned following Mr. Gbedemah’s report. Disciplinary action has been completed in respect of seven members of staff and is ongoing in respect of the remaining six.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people referred to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate by the Department for Work and Pensions for having suspect immigration documents in (a) the last six months, (b) the last 12 months and (c) each of the last five years have been (i) investigated and (ii) prosecuted. (75704)

This information could be obtained only by individually searching IND databases for the outcome of each referral received, which would have significant resource implications.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department plans to reduce the charges for leave to remain applications once the deficit identified by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate associated with the processing of chargeable applications during 2003-04 and 2004-05 has been recovered. (76924)

The fees for leave to remain are set to recover the full costs of the leave to remain service. These include not only the recovery of past deficits but also the direct and indirect costs associated with processing the application, including overheads and appeal costs. Our fees are set at a level appropriate for the costs of managing the service in an area of fluctuating volumes and we will continue to review this in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what point he expects the deficit identified by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate which occurred in processing chargeable applications for leave to remain during 2003-04 and 2004-05 to have been recovered as a result of increases to leave to remain fees from 1 April 2005. (76925)

Deficits identified by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are being recovered through the fee for leave to remain in 2005-06. The accounts for the financial year 2005-06 are still being finalised and are yet to be audited by the National Audit Office. Until these accounts have been finalised I am unable to state whether the deficits referred to have been recovered.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total running costs were of the Department that handles further leave to remain charges within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each year since their introduction. (76926)

The published resource accounts for the fiscal year 2003-04 show that full costs of service provision for leave to remain applications totalled £44.985 million.

The published resource accounts for the fiscal year 2004-05 show that full costs of service provision for leave to remain applications totalled £74.588 million.

The resource accounts for the financial year 2005-06 are still being finalised and are yet to be audited by the National Audit Office.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised through further leave to remain charges in each year since their introduction. (76927)

The resource accounts for the fiscal year 2003-04 show that £44.157 million were received as income from leave to remain charges.

The resource accounts for the fiscal year 2004-05 show income of £60.927 million in respect of fee income from leave to remain charges.

The resource accounts for the financial year 2005-06 are still being finalised and are yet to be audited by the National Audit Office.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which projects external consultants were hired for work for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in the last financial year; who the consultants were in each case; and how much was paid in each case. (77071)

Detailed information in the format requested is not available centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. In 2005-06 a total of £20.1 million (subject to audit) was spent by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on all external professional services, including consultancy support for projects.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid to external consultants for work for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each year since 1997. (77072)

I am advised that IND's expenditure on all external professional services comprising payments made to management, IT and accommodation consultants in the last three years was as follows:

£ million

Payments to external consultants

2005-061

20.1

2004-05

17.7

2003-04

32.7

1 Provisional figures, subject to audit.

Figures for earlier years are not available on a comparable basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance he has issued to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Security and Anti-Corruption Unit on developing a more proactive strategy for combating fraud and corruption. (73709)

One of the recommendations in Tim Gbedemah's report on the investigation into the Public Enquiry Office (PEO) in Croydon was that the IND should consider giving its Security and Anti- Corruption Unit (SACU) sole responsibility for investigating allegations of corruption across the whole of IND and tasking the unit with developing a more proactive strategy for combating fraud and corruption. Ministers accepted all of the recommendations in the report.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Security and Anti-Corruption Unit is responsible for investigating allegations of corruption across the whole of the IND; and when it was given this role. (73710)

IND's Security and Anti-Corruption Unit was given sole responsibility for investigating allegations of corruption made against all IND staff on 1 April 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed in the Immigration and Nationality Directive at (a) senior management and (b) junior management level. (77403)

I am advised that IND records show the number of people employed by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in senior, middle and junior management grades are shown in the following table:

FTE

Headcount

Junior Manager

Immigration Officer

3,439

3,562

Executive Officer

2,683

2,831

Higher Executive Officer

1,542

1,606

Chief Immigration Officer

813

847

Total

8,477

8,846

Middle Manager

Senior Executive Officer

616

641

Grade 7

374

387

Grade 6

98

99

Immigration Inspector

212

Total

1,300

1,347

Senior Manager

Senior Civil Servant

45

45

Total

45

45

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees from an ethnic minority the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has, broken down by category of staff. (77397)

The information requested is presented in the following table. The collection of diversity data is intended to enable IND to monitor the effectiveness of its HR policies and processes. The provision of such data by employees is voluntary and information is held currently for just under 60 per cent. of our staff. Specific activities are under way to increase this figure to help ensure robust monitoring.

Ethnic minority staff employed in IND by grade—number and percentage

Number

Percentage

SCS

0

0

G6/G7

27

8.08

SEO

69

15.40

HEO

234

22.12

EO

624

33.58

HMI

16

10.74

CIO

68

12.78

IO

453

23.72

AO

717

36.60

AIO

147

41.18

AA

278

39.15

Other

96

33.90

Total ethnic minority staff employed in IND—number and percentage

Total number of ethnic minority staff

2,729

Total as percentage of IND staff

28.25

Notes:

1. The figures are based on a 59.79 per cent. data set. We are taking active steps to improve these data; one Directorate specific manual exercise has been undertaken recently, these data returns will be reflected in the June 2006 figures and a small self-service electronic pilot exercise will be completed by September 2006 for inclusion in that quarter's figures.

2. The category “other” includes research officers and librarians.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration officers employed by his Department were born outside the UK, broken down by country of origin. (77398)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.