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Volume 718: debated on Monday 29 March 2010


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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of suspended private colleges on the UK Border Agency website to inform prospective foreign students seeking visas for the United Kingdom. [HL2870]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in which United Kingdom diplomatic missions corruption involving (a) United Kingdom personnel, and (b) locally employed staff, has been detected in the issuing of visas for travel or entry to the United Kingdom in each of the past three years; and what steps they are taking to prevent and detect such corruption. [HL2956]

The UK Border Agency expects the highest levels of integrity from its staff.

The majority of staff carry out their roles with professionalism and integrity. Any allegations of corruption are thoroughly investigated and the agency takes swift action where it finds members of staff have broken the law. The agency has a dedicated unit of accredited counter-fraud investigators who work in close co-operation with the police and other bodies to deter, to detect and to investigate internal fraud and corruption.

With regard to overseas missions in which corruption has been detected and the steps taken to prevent and detect such corruption, I will write to the noble Lord separately, due to the risk of prejudicing steps taken to detect and prevent corruption.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 18 March (WA 234), whether they will ensure that the cost of processing a confirmation of acceptance for studies form to a prospective foreign student seeking a United Kingdom visa is in future covered by the fee charged. [HL3065]

The fee for a tier 4 certificate of acceptance of studies will be reviewed during 2010 as part of the Government review of immigration fees that is done on an annual basis.

We will make appropriate changes as necessary in line with our overall objective to set fees to ensure we maintain the UK as an attractive destination for migrants who come to work, study and visit.