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Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff there are in each civil service grade in the immigration and nationality directorate who have been recruited since 1 January (a) 2006 and (b) 2005; and if he will make a statement. (75161)

The immigration and nationality directorate does not hold this information in the format requested, which could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between officials of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Jobcentre Plus regarding the allocation of national insurance numbers. (76196)

Officials at a variety of levels in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been in regular contact with their counterparts in Jobcentre Plus about the procedures for allocating national insurance numbers. No central record is kept of the detail of these discussions. However, they have covered a wide variety of legislative, policy and procedural matters relating to the recently announced changes to these procedures. These changes introduced from July 2006 a “right to work” condition for employment related applications for national insurance numbers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations (a) his Department and (b) the police are conducting into allegations that (i) permanent residency visas and (ii) changes in residency status are being bought from immigration officials; and if he will make a statement. (84146)

The Department takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously. Any such allegation will be thoroughly investigated and any necessary action taken in accordance with departmental procedures.

To provide details about the investigations that are under way at the moment would risk compromising their successful outcome.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been lost while being held by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate pending an immigration decision in each of the last five years. (85402)

The only information on passports relates to applications made under managed migration routes for variation of leave, work permits and citizenship. Management information for all of these work streams is only available for the last three years. This indicates that the number lost in 2003-04 was 588, in 2004-05 was 452 and in 2005-06 was 288.