Charity Commissioners: Inquiries
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many inquiries under Section 6 of the Charities Act were held by the Charity Commissioners in each of the years 1977, 1978 and 1979.
A letter is being sent to the noble Lord.
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many charities were registered with the Charity Commissioners in each of the years 1977, 1978 and 1979.
The figures of the total number of charities registered with the Charity Commission at 31st December of each of these years and the number of charities registered in the course of each year are published in the relevant annual reports of the Charity Commissioners. (House of Commons papers: 1977 Report HC 494 of 1978–79 Session, 1978 Report HC 94 of 1979–80 Session, 1979 Report HC 608 of 1979–80 Session).
The Yellowlees Report
asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have yet received the report of Sir Henry Yellowlees on the role of the Port Medical Officers in relation to immigration control and the use of medical techniques for that purpose; when they expect to announce the conclusions of that review, and whether they have yet reached a decision on whether the report will be published.
My right honourable friend has received the report and its contents are being studied. An announcement of the conclusions of the review will be made in due course.
asked Her Majesty's Government:What they mean by "primary immigration".
By "primary immigration" we understand, in general, the immigration of persons other than dependants with the object of working and settling.
Naturalisation Applications: Refusals
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many persons who applied for naturalisation as citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies were refused in each of the years from 1975 to 1979 inclusive, and in each of those years, how many of those refused were advised they should not re-apply for at least two years.
The figures are as follows:
|Number of persons refused naturalisation||477||450||343||222||556|
Uk Passport Holders: "British Nationality Law"
asked Her Majesty's Government:What United Kingdom passport holders, other than those from East Africa, are referred to in paragraph 27 of the White Paper
British Nationality Law, Cmnd. 7987.
The term "certain United Kingdom passport holders mainly from East Africa" in paragraph 27 of Cmnd. 7987 was intended to cover those applying for special vouchers in certain countries in Africa where United Kingdom passport holders have been under pressure to leave and those applying from elsewhere having previously had some connection with East Africa.
The Case Of Mr Rind
asked Her Majesty's Government:When they expect to reach a decision in the case of Mr. Ghullum Akbar Rind, ref. A.225069, who originally applied for refugee status on 21st July, 1976 and whether there are any refugee applications outstanding for longer than this.
Mr. Rind's application was refused more than three years ago. Enforcement of that decision has been deferred because of appeal proceedings by Mr. Rind, which were finally dismissed in March 1980, and latterly because of further representations on his behalf to the effect that circumstances in Pakistan have changed so that his claim to asylum is stronger.
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many persons were removed as illegal entrants in July, August and September 1980.
The information is not yet available. It will be published in the Quarterly Statistical Bulletin which is expected to be available in eary Dlecember.
Entry Refusals At Heathrow And Ports
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many persons were refused admission at (
a) Heathrow airport and ( b) all ports of entry in each month from January 1980 to the latest available date.
The available information is given in the table below:
|Refusals of leave to enter the United Kingdom January-August 1980|
|Number of persons|
Detentions At Heathrow
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many persons were detained (
a) in Queen's Building and ( b) at Harmondsworth Detention Centre in each month from January 1980 to the latest available date.
The numbers of persons detained at the Queen's Building (Heathrow Airport) and at Harmondsworth during the period 1st January 1980 to 30th September are as follows:
|Month||Numbers detained in Queen's Building||Numbers detained at Harmonds-worth||Totals|
Children: Detention At Harmondsworth
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many children were detained in Harmondsworth Detention Centre in the first six months of 1980.
Seventy-eight people aged under 17 were detained in Harmondsworth Detention Centre between January and June 1980. Of these the great majority were detained because their parents were detained.
Applications For Entry Clearance
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many applications for entry clearance as visitors were made in Bangladesh, Cyprus, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Trinidad in 1979; and what proportion in each case was refused.
In 1979 about 1,650 applications were made in Bangladesh for entry clearance as visitors and about 3,950 in Pakistan. In the same year 50 visit applications were refused in Bangladesh and about 550 in Pakistan, respectively about one in 30 and one in 7 of the applications dealt with in 1979. Similar information for the other countries listed is not available centrally.
Immigration Act 1971: Non-Criminal Prisoners
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many non-criminal prisoners were received into custody under the Immigration Act 1971 in the first six months of 1980, and what was the average daily population of such prisoners over the same period.
Information on receptions into prison department establishments in England and Wales of persons held under the Immigration Act 1971 and the average daily population of such persons is published annually in Prison statistics, England and Wales (Table 1.1 of the issue for 1979, Cmnd. 7978). Figures for receptions in the first half of 1980 are not available. The provisional figure for the average daily population during the period 1st January—30th June 1980 is 192.
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many non-criminal prisoners were detained under the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the following categories on 30th September 1980: (
a) alleged illegal entrants; ( b) people recommended for deportation by the courts without custodial sentence; ( c) people recommended for deportation and custodial sentence discharged; ( d) people detained under Section 3(5)( a) of the Immigration Act 1971; and ( e) people detained under Section 3(5)( b) of the Immigration Act 1971.
I regret that the information for 30th September is no longer available, since the records are maintained on a day-to-day basis for operational purposes. The information on 13th October for prison department establishments in England and Wales was as follows:
Exclusion Orders Under Prevention Of Terrorism Acts
asked Her Majesty's Government:How many exclusion orders have been made under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Acts 1974 and 1976 to the latest convenient date; how many of these orders have been reviewed, as announced in the Home Secretary's Written Answer of 18th June 1979; and whether they will now publish an analysis of the results of these reviews.
The information requested was published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/80 (paras. 6 and 7) which relates to the period up to 30th June 1980; a copy of this Bulletin has been placed in the Library of the House. Information for the period up to 30th September 1980 will be published shortly.
The Employment Medical Advisory Service
asked Her Majesty's Government:
(a) the following figures indicate expenditure on the Employment Medical Advisory Service and the number of staff employed as at March of each of the years since its information, and for 1980–81 the budgeted expenditure and the number of staff employed as at 30th September.
|Staff Employed||Expenditure £(000)s|
b) About three quarters of the staff of the Employment Medical Advisory Service consists of its regional field service, which is not affected by dispersal. A substantial part of the Health and Safety Executive's headquarters organisation is to be dispersed to Merseyside but final decisions on the posts to be dispersed, including any in the Employment Medical Advisory
Service, have yet to be taken. The timing of the Health and Safety Executive's dispersal to Merseyside depends greatly on the availability of suitable office accommodation, and the latest estimate suggests that no dispersal would be possible until the latter part of 1982. An attitude survey of HSE staff is currently being undertaken to ascertain attitudes and degrees of willingness to disperse to Merseyside, but the results of this Survey are not yet available.
Northern Ireland Emergency Legislation
asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations they have received this year concerning the Northern Irish Emergency laws; and what plans they have for amending this legislation, when it falls due for renewal, with a view to returning wherever possible to traditional rights and to the normal process of justice.
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has received a small number of representations concerning the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978, notably from the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights, the peace people and some political parties. As he said in another place in July this year, it was with reluctance that he asked the House of Commons to renew powers which are not normal in a democracy; but he stressed that they remain necessary to bring to justice terrorists who pay no heed to democracy. It is an indication of the Government's desire to return wherever possible to traditional rights and to the normal process of justice, that Section 12 of the Act (which, together with Schedule 1, gave the Secretary of State power to detain indefinitely and without trial persons suspected of being terrorists) was not renewed in July this year. The whole of the Act remains constantly under review and Her Majesty's Government will only seek to renew those sections which it considers to be essential to the elimination of terrorism in Northern Ireland,
Liquid Fuel: Services' Consumption
asked Her Majesty's Government:What tonnages of petrol and petroleum products were used respectively by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force during the financial year 1979–80; and what sum of money they paid for these supplies.
During 1979–80, the Royal Navy used 922,000 tonnes, the Army 433,000 tonnes and the Royal Air Force 1,251,000 tonnes of liquid fuel. Expenditure on liquid fuel was about £127 million, £72 million and £187 million respectively.
Criminal Trial Case Papers
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What are the rules applied in determining whether or not to destroy case papers relating to criminal trials, and whether they will amend those rules so as to provide that papers relating to any case in which a person is sentenced to life imprisonment shall be retained for the life time of that person, bearing in mind that matters dealt with in those papers could affect decisions to release the person from prison on licence, or to recall him or her under that licence.
At present, there is no special rule requiring the preservation of any particular class of case papers relating to criminal trials by reference to the sentence imposed. I ant however reviewing the question of whether it is necessary to preserve for later reference the papers relating to a case in, which a life sentence is imposed.House adjourned at four minutes before nine o'clock.