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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 14 July 1992

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Small Businesses

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the achievements of his Department and his policies in helping small businesses over the last 12 months relative to the previous 12 months ; and if he will publish the performance indicators by which his Department monitors those achievements and the statistical results of such monitoring.

The Attorney-General : The Government continue to place a high priority on helping small businesses, through improvements to the business climate, through deregulation and through specific programmes of support and assistance. My Department, however, does not operate any speciffic programmes in this area.

Public Appointments

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Attorney-General if he will list any public appointments by his Department since 1987 which have involved people from organisations criticised in published reports by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors.

The Attorney-General : No such public appointments have been made.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Steen : To ask the Attorney-General how many staff his Department currently employs ; what are the total personnel costs ; and what were the staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970.

The Attorney-General : The current numbers of civil servants and total personnel costs are :


                               |Number     |Cost                   

                                           |(£ million)            

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Legal Secretariat to the Law                                       

   Officers                    |24.0       |0.90                   

Treasury Solicitors Department |464.5      |15.70                  

Crown Prosecution Service      |5,978.0    |<1>122.59              

Serious Fraud Office           |<2>135.0   |4.10                   

<1> 1991-92.                                                       

<2> In addition 59 temporary staff are currently employed. The     

number varies with operational requirements.                       

Details of staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense.

Departmental Advisers

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Attorney-General if he will list any advisers retained by his Department since 1987 who have been criticised in published reports by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors.


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The Attorney-General : No such advisers have been retained.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

European Year of the Elderly

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has for his Department to celebrate in 1993, the European Year of the Elderly ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John M. Taylor : I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 13 July 1992 at columns 430-31.

Crown Courts (Witnesses)

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in what percentage of Crown court centres an information point for witnesses has been established.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The information in the form requested is not available. All Crown court centres have arrangements which enable court users to make inquiries when they attend court. This duty is undertaken by a particular official in some courts and in others, particularly the larger courts, by way of a separate reception desk at the entrance to the building. The design guide for courts includes specifications to ensure that counters at which enquiries can be made are easily visible and accessible to people when they enter a court building. In line with the citizens charter, we will continue to look for means of improving the ways in which necessary information can be supplied to all those who use the courts.

Public Appointments

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list any public appointments by his Department since 1987 which have involved people from organisations criticised in published reports by DTI inspectors.

Mr. John M. Taylor : Information on the background of individual public appointments is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor takes all relevant factors into account when considering appointments and he knows of no person appointed by him who has been criticised in published reports of DTI inspectors.

Departmental Advisers

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list any advisers retained by his Department since 1987 who have been criticised in published reports by DTI inspectors.

Mr. John M. Taylor : Information on the background of individual advisers retained by the LCD since 1987 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor knows of no person retained by his Department who has been criticised in published reports of DTI inspectors.


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Departmental Staff

Mr. Steen : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff his Department currently employs ; what are the total personnel costs ; and what were the staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The number of staff employed in the Lord Chancellor's Department on the 1 July 1992 was 11,670 and the total personnel costs for the current financial year are £216 million. 1970 pre-dates the creation of the Department, but those areas for which the Lord Chancellor was then directly responsible employed 7,416 staff and the personnel costs were at that time£12.6 million.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Recycling

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to give a tax advantage to recycled products and a tax penalty upon the landfill of waste which could be recycled.

Sir John Cope : My right hon. Friend the Chancellor has no current plans to do so.

Physiotherapy

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances physiotherapy is excluded from the scope of tax relief on premiums for health care insurance for the elderly ; and what other exclusions are made.

Mr. Dorrell : Premiums on private medical insurance contracts for the over-60s may qualify for tax relief provided they offer only some or all of the treatments and medical services specified in Treasury regulations. Physiotherapy is one of the services the cost of which can be indemnified. At present it must be associated either with hospital treatment or with surgical procedures performed by a general practitioner. Regulations laid before the House of Commons on 7 July will allow insurers to include physiotherapy in an eligible contract where it is associated with other forms of general practitioner treatment, including diagnosis.

Correspondence

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the Inland Revenue's published standards for replying to taxpayers' letters in 1991-92 ; and to what extend these standards were met in practice.

Mr. Dorrell : 1991-92 was a transitional year. The previous system for targeting post for tax and collection offices was expressed in terms of post worked and based on post over 14 days old at the year end. This system was internally focused and provided little useful information on the service being provided to the public. A new system based on turnaround times for correspondence, which is also designed to provide customers with better quality replies to their letters, was trialled in 1991-92. It came fully into operation in 1992-93. The target for tax and collection offices is to respond to all letters within 28 days. In at least 90 per cent. of cases, the aim is to deal with the letter within that time scale. In the remaining cases, the response will tell the customer when the letter will be dealt with.


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Redundancy

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the average loss to the Exchequer in income tax, employee's national insurance contributions and reduced VAT payments and excise duties resulting from a redundant Ministry of Defence worker being unemployed for 12 months.

Mr. Dorrell : The effect on the Exchequer would depend on the income and expenditure of the particular workers concerned. It is not possible to provide a meaningful average.

Insurance

Mr. Burns : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it remains the Government's policy that Departments and non-departmental public bodies should not normally insure commercially ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Dorrell : The Government have reviewed the question whether Departments and non-departmental public bodies should insure commercially. They have decided to retain the existing general rule that decisions whether to insure with commercial insurance companies should normally be decided on value-for-money grounds. Across the Government as a whole, the cost of paying premiums could be expected to exceed the value of claims met by insurance companies. Use of commercial insurance companies is, therefore, likely to be confined to cases where there are special reasons ; for example where insurance in respect of equipment such as boilers is part of an inspection/maintenance services agreement, where large volumes of claims handling work are involved, where evidence of insurance may be needed to obtain prompt medical treatment for employees abroad and, in the case of NDPBs, where there is a legal requirement to insure.

Inheritance Tax (Exemptions)

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the procedure by which his Department informs the public of works of art where inheritance tax exemptions have been agreed for granting of public access ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 3 July 1992] : Public access to works of art granted exemption from inheritance tax may be provided in a number of ways. The publicity arrangements will differ depending on the way chosen.

The owner may arrange to exhibit the object in a house or room which is open to the public for an agreed number of days each year ; appropriate publicity for the opening of the house would be required. The owner may lend the object to a public collection for display on a long-term basis : publicity would then be the responsibility of the curator of this collection.

Alternatively, the owner may arrange viewing by appointment provided he is also willing to lend the object on request to a public collection. All objects which can be viewed by appointment are publicised by means of an entry in the register of conditionally exempt property held by the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Copies of this register are also available for consultation in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, the National museum of Wales in


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Cardiff and the Ulster museum in Belfast. The Inland Revenue is currently carrying out a review, with the Department of National Heritage, of ways in which improvements can be made to the publicity given to this register as well as improvements to the quality of the entries and accessibility to the register. The conclusions of this review will be announced before the end of this year.

Customs Searches

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics are kept on the (a) numbers, (b) sex and (c) racial origin of persons stripped by customs officers at Heathrow airport ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir John Cope [holding answer 9 July 1992] : Statistics on personal searches carried out each year by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise are published in the annual report of the commissioners. Information is collated on the type of search--rub-down, strip or intimate--goods found at the time, appeals against search, and complaints but not on the sex or racial origin of persons searched.

Trust Law

Mr. Don Foster : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he has received from the Securities and Investments Board about conflicts between the Financial Services Act 1986 and trust law.

Mr. Nelson : I have looked into the recent allegations that the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation warned the Government that it could not do its job properly because of problems over the relationship between the Financial Services Act regime and trust law. Neither the Securities and Investments Board nor I have found any evidence to substantiate these allegations. IMRO and the SIB made representations to the DTI over a number of years about the legal uncertainty they believed was created by the interaction of the Financial Services Act and trust law. However, there was no suggestion that this uncertainty posed a threat to investor protection. The SIB's conclusion is that neither legal uncertainties created by the relationship between the Financial Services Act and trust law nor the existence of IMRO's special occupational pensions scheme regime made any material difference to IMRO's regulation of the Maxwell pension fund companies.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Steen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff his Department currently employs ; what are the total personnel costs ; and what were the staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970.

Mr. Nelson : The average staff in post in 1991-92, the latest full year for which figures are available, was 3,192. Total pay cost were £63.1 million. In 1970 HM Treasury employed 720 full-time staff. The figure for pay costs are not available as they were not recorded separately at that time. The staff figures for 1970 and 1991-92 are not comparable due to machinery of government and other changes.


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DTI Inspections

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list any public appointments by his Department since 1987 which have involved people from organisations criticised in published reports by DTI inspectors ;

(2) if he will list any advisers retained by his Department since 1987 who have been criticised in published reports by DTI inspectors.

Mr. Nelson : The information is not held centrally in the form requested. My Department takes all relevant factors into account when considering such appointments.

Bankers (Code of Practice)

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to monitor the implementation of the British Bankers Association--BBA--code of practice.

Mr. Nelson : It is for the review committee that was established under the independent chairmanship of Sir George Blunden to monitor the implementation of the banks and building societies code of banking practice. The committee reported to the BBA in May that all major retail United Kingdom banks had agreed to adhere to the code but it was concerned that a number of smaller, mainly overseas, banks which may be conducting retail business had not adopted the code. My officials are kept informed on these and other matters through regular informal contacts with the British Bankers Association.

Bank of Credit and Commerce International

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 9 July, how much money has so far been paid to ex-depositors of BCCI under the deposit protection scheme.

Mr. Nelson : I understand that up to close of business on 10 July 1992 payments have been made by the Deposit Protection Board to some 4,000 depositors of BCCI, involving total protection payments of some £22 million.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Green Minister

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will outline the priorities for future action of the green Minister in his Department (a) over the next year and (b) over this Parliament ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert Jackson : Over the next and subsequent years as green Minister for the Office of Public Service and Science, OPSS, I will have responsibility for seeing that environmental concerns are taken into account where appropriate in the policies and work of the Department. I will also be responsible for publicising environmental initiatives. The OPSS is committed to reducing its direct and indirect consumption of non- renewable resources by, for example, improving energy efficiency wherever practicable ; considering the purchase of environmentally friendly products where available ; minimising pollution ; and adopting environmental performance as an integral part of internal audits.


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Small Businesses

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the achievements of his Department and his policies in helping small businesses over the last 12 months relative to the previous 12 months ; and if he will publish the performance indicators by which his Department monitors those achievements and the statistical results of such monitoring.

Mr. Waldegrave : The Government continue to place a high priority on helping small businesses, through improvements to the business climate, through deregulation and through specific programmes of support and assistance. My Department is responsible for ensuring that the principles of the citizens charter and other public service reform initiatives are implemented. These are designed to improve the standards of service that Government Departments and other public sector organisations provide to their customers, including the owners of small businesses.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Steen : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff his Department currently employs ; what are the total personnel costs ; and what were the staffing levels and personnel costs in 1970.

Mr. Jackson : The number of staff currently in my Department, excluding the agencies, is 542. The annual estimated total staff costs are £14.5 million. As my Department did not exist in its present form in 1970, it is not possible to provide any comparative staffing levels and staff costs.

Departmental Advisers

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list any advisers retained by his Department or its predecessor offices since 1987 who have been criticised in published reports by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors.

Mr. Waldegrave : None.

Public Appointments

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list any public appointments by his Department or its predecessor offices since 1987 which have involved people from organisations criticised in published reports by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors.

Mr. Waldegrave : The information is not held centrally in the form requested. My Department takes all relevant factors into account when considering such appointments.

Asteroid Survey

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the work of the Anglo-Australian near-Earth survey on asteroids.

Mr. Robert Jackson : I am replying as the Anglo-Australian near- Earth survey on asteroids is a civil, rather than a defence, research project.

The aim of the survey, which is being carried out at the Anglo-Australian observatory at Siding Spring, Australia,


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is to identify any asteroids which could possibly strike the Earth. The survey is supported by Australian Research Council funds and uses photographs from the United Kingdom Schmidt telescope there. In the two years that the project has been under way, no asteroids posing any significant threat have been discovered.

HOME DEPARTMENT

European Year of the Elderly

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for his Department to celebrate in 1993 the European Year of the Elderly ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 13 July at column 430.

Carl Bridgewater Murder Convictions

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he intends to pursue regarding the completed Merseyside police report into the Carl Bridgewater murder convictions.

Mr. Jack : The report from the Merseyside police is still awaited. Once it has been received my right hon. and learned Friend will decide as soon as possible whether any action on his part is appropriate in this case.

Contracting-out Procedures

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the extent and nature of proposed openness in relation to contracting-out procedures in his Department.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : It has been and will continue to be the Home Office's practice to ensure fair and open competition in public procurement. My Department follows the advice given in administrative circulars issued by the central unit on purchasing in Her Majesty's Treasury. These incorporate best practice drawn from existing EC directives which in turn replicate United Kingdom best practice. Procurement practice is however necessarily constrained by issues of commercial and contractual confidentiality.

Firearms

Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory or other definitions of blank ammunition are used by him in discharging his responsibilities for the regulation of firearms.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Blank cartridges of more than one inch in diameter are subject to certificate control under section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968. Blank ammunition is not defined in the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1992, but is generally understood to be ammunition which contains no projectile.

Speed Cameras

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces are currently co-operating with speed cameras.


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Mr. Charles Wardle : A recent survey by the Association of Chief Police Officers' traffic committee indicated that 18 forces in England and Wales were actively considering acquiring speed cameras or traffic light cameras or both and that in addition three police forces expected to be equipped with speed cameras from 1 July.

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average cost of installation for a speed-detecting camera and related computing equipment.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The costs vary with the type of equipment chosen. The cost for a radar speed camera is about £24,600. The related computing equipment for processing the information from the cameras costs about £5,000 to £7,000.

Prisons

Mr. Sproat : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all the prisons in England, giving the number of prisoners they were designed to hold and how many prisoners they currently hold.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The table shows the certified normal accommodation --CNA--and the number of prisoners for each establishment in England on 3 July 1992.


Establishment    |CNA          |Population                 

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Acklington       |676          |600                        

Albany           |309          |291                        

Aldington        |127          |123                        

Ashwell          |404          |394                        

Askham Grange    |129          |107                        

Aylesbury        |241          |236                        

Bedford          |170          |249                        

Belmarsh         |841          |782                        

Birmingham       |567          |963                        

Blantyre House   |95           |94                         

Blundeston       |410          |338                        

Brinsford        |336          |346                        

Bristol          |374          |395                        

Brixton          |621          |779                        

Brockhill        |160          |155                        

Bullingdon       |635          |456                        

Bullwood Hall    |126          |102                        

Camp Hill        |481          |429                        

Canterbury       |207          |161                        

Castington       |300          |273                        

Channings Wood   |594          |589                        

Chelmsford       |244          |365                        

Coldingley       |222          |215                        

Cookham Wood     |120          |118                        

Dartmoor         |599          |527                        

Deerbolt         |422          |406                        

Dorchester       |139          |218                        

Dover            |312          |232                        

Downview         |286          |280                        

Drake Hall       |261          |174                        

Durham           |542          |662                        

East Sutton Park |90           |79                         

Eastwood Park    |134          |101                        

Elmley           |635          |388                        

Erlestoke        |218          |212                        

Everthorpe       |228          |219                        

Exeter           |317          |452                        

Featherstone     |599          |547                        

Feltham          |874          |719                        

Finnamore Wood   |112          |94                         

Ford             |536          |510                        

Frankland        |332          |316                        

Full Sutton      |624          |437                        

Garth            |512          |459                        

Gartree          |245          |237                        

Glen Parva       |854          |711                        

Gloucester       |107          |195                        

Grendon          |226          |194                        

Guys Marsh       |240          |160                        

Haslar           |110          |110                        

Hatfield         |180          |168                        

Haverigg         |315          |313                        

Hewell Grange    |136          |137                        

Highpoint        |747          |719                        

Hindley          |323          |400                        

Hollesley Bay    |569          |304                        

Holloway         |517          |450                        

Holme House      |649          |331                        

Hull             |269          |372                        

Huntercombe      |225          |220                        

Kingston         |96           |94                         

Kirkham          |632          |505                        

Lancaster        |186          |258                        

Latchmere House  |131          |78                         

Leeds            |591          |890                        

Leicester        |200          |345                        

Lewes            |301          |403                        

Leyhill          |410          |404                        

Lincoln          |392          |636                        

Lindholme        |800          |744                        

Littlehey        |543          |536                        

Liverpool        |931          |1,210                      

Long Lartin      |362          |353                        

Low Newton       |199          |312                        

Maidstone        |517          |512                        

Manchester       |350          |346                        

Moorland         |620          |631                        

Morton Hall      |168          |162                        

The Mount        |484          |391                        

New Hall         |122          |135                        

North Sea Camp   |204          |194                        

Northallerton    |148          |195                        

Northeye         |160          |161                        

Norwich          |421          |369                        

Nottingham       |218          |211                        

Onley            |460          |425                        

Oxford           |121          |160                        

Parkhurst        |286          |194                        

Pentonville      |756          |774                        

Portland         |439          |430                        

Preston          |331          |422                        

Pucklechurch     |56           |56                         

Ranby            |347          |340                        

Reading          |184          |91                         

Risley           |417          |400                        

Rochester        |306          |246                        

Rudgate          |300          |292                        

Send             |113          |108                        

Shepton Mallet   |158          |201                        

Shrewsbury       |168          |265                        

Spring Hill      |210          |215                        

Stafford         |657          |718                        

Standford Hill   |384          |367                        

Stocken          |396          |392                        

Stoke Heath      |300          |270                        

Styal            |189          |196                        

Sudbury          |506          |461                        

Swaleside        |504          |487                        

Swinfen Hall     |172          |169                        

Thorn Cross      |300          |192                        

Thorp Arch       |163          |139                        

The Verne        |580          |589                        

Wakefield        |638          |620                        

Wandsworth       |965          |1,200                      

Wayland          |580          |566                        

Wellingborough   |314          |265                        

Werrington House |110          |102                        

Wetherby         |196          |170                        

Whatton          |204          |206                        

Whitemoor        |518          |231                        

Winchester       |458          |454                        

The Wolds        |320          |117                        

Wormwood Scrubs  |472          |714                        

Wymott           |768          |760                        

Mr. Sproat : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what latest estimate he has made of the average cost of building a new prison ; and if he will give the approximate number of prisoners a prison costing this amount is designed to hold.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The cost of building a new prison varies depending on the type of prisoners it is to hold, its location, the ground conditions, the level of security required and other factors. The current estimated average cost of a new local prison for 600 prisoners is about £75 million, but in any particular case the actual cost will depend on the outcome of a competitive tendering exercise.

Wolds Prison

Mr. Gerrard : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the contract struck between Group 4 and the French-owned private medical firm AMI for the provision of health care at Wolds prison.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : No. This is a matter for Group 4.

Mr. Gerrard : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison service charges Group 4 to keep inmates from Wolds prison in custody and to provide them with food when they are delivered to Crown court.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The prison service has responsibility for guarding and feeding prisoners at the Crown court. No question of charging arises.

Mr. Gerrard : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Group 4 will meet the cost of damage caused by inmates as a result of the disturbance at Wolds prison on 27 June.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Yes.

Mr. Gerrard : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to hold an inquiry into the most recent disturbance at Wolds prison ; and when he expects the results to be published.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I refer the hon. Gentleman to my reply to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) on 8 July, at column 199.

Mr. Gerrard : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Group 4 staff delivered two sick prisoners from Wolds prison to Doncaster crown court on 29 June.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Only one prisoner from Wolds was taken ill at Doncaster Crown court on 29 June. He had been seen by medical staff at the prison for treatment to a cut arm before leaving for court. He was prescribed antibiotic tablets and pronounced fit to travel. His illness at court was diagnosed as a reaction to the antibiotic tablets, which he was advised to stop taking.

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used to deal with the disturbance which took place at the Wolds prison between Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June ; and how many of these employees were certified prisoner custody officers.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Twenty-four staff were deployed and all were certified prisoner custody officers.

Bail

Mr. Sproat : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were released on bail in England in (a) 1991, (b) 1981 and (c) 1971.

Mr. Jack : Information is not yet available for 1991, and was not published in 1971. The readily available information relates to England and Wales in 1990 and 1981 and is published in table 8.5 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1990".

Mr. Sproat : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will set out the current advice given to magistrates about releasing on bail someone who has been arrested for a further offence while out on bail on a previous offence ;

(2) if he will set out the current advice given to magistrates on releasing persons on bail ;

(3) what advice is given to magistrates as to the number of times persons should be released on bail when they have already been arrested for previous offences and been released on bail for all of those offences.


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