HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc297-8W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were queuing at the public caller unit of Lunar House at 8 am on(a) 6 January, (b) 7 January and (c) 8 January; and how many people were turned away on each day without having their applications dealt with. [90718]

Driving licence endorsements and disqualifications imposed at the
magistrates courts and the Crown Court by offences subject to obligatory disqualification orders
England and Wales 2000 Number of offences
Magistrates courts
Offence type Total sentenced Endorsements without disqualification1 Total disqualifications imposed Results not reported on2
Causing death or bodily harm:
Causing death by dangerous driving 0 0 0 0
Causing death by careless driving under influence of drink or drugs 0 0 0 0
Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking 3 0 3 0
Dangerous driving 3,108 150 2,847 111
Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs:
Unfit to drive through drink or drugs (impairment) 1,729 148 1,535 46
Driving with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit 70,619 1,047 68,923 649
Unauthorised taking or theft of vehicle:
Aggravated vehicle taking: 6,527 429 5,336 762
Driving dangerously, causing injury or damage
Total 81,986 1,774 78,644 1,568

Beverley Hughes

There are two public offices at Croydon, the first being that of the Public Enquiry Office (PEO), which enters through the main entrance at the front of Lunar House.

There are no records kept of the numbers of those who are initially queuing for the PEO when it opens at 8 am but the covered waiting area can hold between 500 and 600 people at any one time. However, between 6 and 8 January 2003 respectively there were 1,146, 1,153 and 827 people who attended PEO, of which 63, 80 and 72 people on each respective day could not have their cases dealt with immediately.

The other queue is that of the Asylum Screening Unit (ASU), which currently enters through a temporary entrance at the rear of the building. According to figures initially compiled for ASU management, at 8 am on 6 and 7 January there were respectively 120 and 300 people waiting in the ASU queue. On 8 January, the date of the introduction of new asylum support arrangements, 80 applicants were waiting in the queue at 8 am. Around 75 applicants (most with addresses) were asked to return the following day.