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Table B Number of persons aged 10 to under 16 years convicted and average sentence length (months) given at magistrates courts in the Lancashire                                          
police force area by type of indictable offences 1985-1992<1>                                                                                                                             
Offence/disposal                 |1985            |1986            |1987            |1988            |1989            |1990            |1991            |1992<1>                          
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Convictions                                                                                                                                                                               
Indictable offences                                                                                                                                                                       
Violence against the person      |99              |68              |64              |67              |46              |51              |39              |41                               
Sexual Offences                  |14              |7               |9               |8               |8               |9               |4               |4                                
Burglary                         |419             |321             |311             |190             |146             |134             |89              |103                              
Robbery                          |7               |6               |3               |3               |7               |8               |2               |11                               
Theft and handling stolen goods  |694             |549             |470             |294             |161             |221             |149             |156                              
Fraud and forgery                |14              |9               |6               |5               |3               |6               |3               |5                                
Criminal damage                  |37              |26              |31              |26              |18              |13              |7               |10                               
Drug offences                    |-               |5               |1               |1               |3               |3               |3               |2                                
Other (excluding motoring)       |8               |9               |11              |5               |10              |6               |10              |6                                
Motoring offences                |22              |30              |37              |24              |1               |1               |1               |1                                
                                 |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---                              
Total                            |1,314           |1,030           |943             |623             |403             |452             |307             |339                              
                                                                                                                                                                                          
Average sentence length (months)                                                                                                                                                          
Indictable offences                                                                                                                                                                       
Violence against the person      |1.7             |1.3             |2.9             |3.5             |3.0             |1.7             |-               |2.0                              
Sexual Offences                  |2.5             |-               |-               |-               |1.4             |-               |-               |-                                
Burglary                         |2.9             |2.5             |3.3             |2.8             |3.2             |2.6             |3.5             |3.8                              
Robbery                          |6.0             |-               |4.0             |-               |3.0             |-               |-               |4.0                              
Theft and handling stolen goods  |2.3             |2.8             |2.2             |3.5             |2.3             |0.7             |2.2             |3.0                              
Fraud and forgery                |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Criminal damage                  |2.0             |4.0             |3.0             |1.6             |6.0             |-               |-               |6.0                              
Drug offences                    |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Other (excluding motoring)       |-               |6.0             |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.9                              
Motoring offences                |0.9             |1.0             |3.0             |2.0             |2.0             |-               |-               |-                                
                                 |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---                              
Total                            |2.6             |2.5             |3.0             |2.9             |3.1             |2.3             |3.0             |3.6                              
<1> Provisional.                                                                                                                                                                          

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Table C Number of persons aged 10 to under 16 years convicted and average sentence length (months) given at Crown courts in the Lancashire police force area by type of indictable        
offences 1985-1992<1>                                                                                                                                                                     
Offence/disposal                 |1985            |1986            |1987            |1988            |1989            |1990            |1991            |1992<1>                          
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Convictions                                                                                                                                                                               
Indictable offences                                                                                                                                                                       
Violence against the person      |1               |-               |-               |2               |2               |2               |3               |3                                
Sexual Offences                  |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Burglary                         |1               |12              |7               |8               |6               |5               |-               |3                                
Robbery                          |-               |-               |-               |-               |1               |2               |-               |-                                
Theft and handling stolen goods  |3               |1               |2               |-               |-               |-               |-               |3                                
Fraud and forgery                |-               |1               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Criminal damage                  |1               |1               |2               |1               |2               |2               |1               |1                                
Drug offences                    |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Other (excluding motoring)       |1               |1               |-               |3               |-               |1               |1               |-                                
Motoring offences                |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
                                 |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---                              
Total                            |7               |16              |11              |14              |11              |12              |5               |10                               
                                                                                                                                                                                          
Average sentence length (months)                                                                                                                                                          
Indictable offences                                                                                                                                                                       
Violence against the person      |-               |-               |-               |7.5             |11.0            |8.0             |-               |4.0                              
Sexual Offences                  |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Burglary                         |-               |6.8             |6.0             |5.4             |5.7             |6.0             |-               |-                                
Robbery                          |-               |-               |-               |-               |12.0            |12.0            |-               |-                                
Theft and handling stolen goods  |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |6.0                              
Fraud and forgery                |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Criminal damage                  |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |12.0            |-               |-                                
Drug offences                    |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Other (excluding motoring)       |-               |-               |-               |5.0             |-               |-               |-               |-                                
Motoring offences                |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                
                                 |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---             |---                              
Total                            |-               |6.8             |6.0             |5.8             |8.5             |9.5             |-               |5.0                              
<1> Provisional.                                                                                                                                                                          

Illegal Immigrants

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list by police force, and by year for the last five years, the number of United Kingdom people arrested helping illegal immigrants into this country ; how many were subsequently found guilty in the courts ; and what sentence they received.


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Mr. Maclean : Information on arrests is not collected centrally. Neither is the nationality of an offender recorded. The tables show the number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates courts and tried at the Crown court for the offence of

"knowingly facilitating or assisting the entry of an illegal entrant"

under section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 by police force area and result for the years 1988 to 1992.


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Table A  Defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for knowingly facilitating or assisting the entry of an illegal entrant<1>                                                                                                                       
by police force area and result 1988-1992<3>                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Year and police      |Prosecutions        |Committed for trial |Total found guilty  |Total sentenced     |Absolute or         |Fine                |Community sentence  |Fully suspended     |Immediate custody   |Otherwise dealt with                     
force area                                                                                               |conditional                                                   |sentence                                                                           
                                                                                                         |discharge                                                                                                                                         
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1988                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Essex                |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                 |12                  |11                  |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Lancashire           |1                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  District<2>        |7                   |4                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Suffolk              |4                   |4                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Sussex               |2                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Mercia          |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands        |6                   |6                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                     |-------                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
England and Wales    |34                  |23                  |4                   |4                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1989                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Derbyshire           |5                   |5                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Greater Manchester   |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                 |6                   |5                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Lancashire           |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  District<2>        |9                   |3                   |3                   |3                   |-                   |2                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Sussex               |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands        |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
South Wales          |3                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                     |-------                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
England and Wales    |28                  |20                  |4                   |4                   |-                   |3                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Essex                |5                   |-                   |4                   |4                   |-                   |3                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Greater Manchester   |6                   |3                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Hampshire            |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                 |21                  |17                  |3                   |2                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
District<2>          |5                   |4                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Northumbria          |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Suffolk              |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Sussex               |4                   |2                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands        |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                     |-------                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
England and Wales    |46                  |29                  |11                  |10                  |-                   |8                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1991                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Avon and Somerset    |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Bedfordshire         |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Durham               |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Essex                |5                   |1                   |3                   |3                   |-                   |3                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Greater Manchester   |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Hampshire            |3                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                 |15                  |9                   |5                   |5                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |2                   |2                   |-                                        
Lancashire           |1                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                                        
Metropolitan Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  District<2>        |21                  |12                  |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Norfolk              |2                   |-                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Northumbria          |1                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
South Yorkshire      |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Suffolk              |3                   |3                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Sussex               |6                   |4                   |2                   |2                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands        |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Yorkshire       |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Dyfed-Powys          |5                   |4                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
North Wales          |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                     |-------                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
England and Wales    |73                  |41                  |15                  |15                  |1                   |9                   |-                   |2                   |2                   |1                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1992<3>                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Bedfordshire         |1                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Devon and Cornwall   |2                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Essex                |12                  |4                   |8                   |8                   |-                   |5                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Greater Manchester   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Humberside           |1                   |-                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                 |18                  |8                   |9                   |9                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |6                   |-                                        
Leicestershire       |4                   |4                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Lincolnshire         |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  District<2>        |11                  |6                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Sussex               |9                   |5                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Thames Valley        |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands        |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                     |-------                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
England and Wales    |63                  |33                  |23                  |23                  |1                   |9                   |3                   |2                   |8                   |-                                        
<1>Offences under section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971.                                                                                                                                                                                                
<2>Includes the City of London.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
<3>Provisional data.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Table B  Defendants proceeded against at Crown court for knowingly facilitating or assisting the entry of an illegal entrant<1> by police force area and result 1988-1992<3>                                                                      
Year and police                 |Total for trial     |Total found guilty  |Total sentenced     |Absolute or         |Fine                |Community sentence  |Fully suspended     |Immediate custody   |Otherwise dealt with                     
force area                                                                                     |conditional                                                   |sentence                                                                           
                                                                                               |discharge                                                                                                                                         
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1988                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Bedfordshire                    |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Derbyshire                      |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Essex                           |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Kent                            |21                  |17                  |17                  |-                   |-                   |1                   |13                  |13                  |-                                        
Suffolk                         |2                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |-                                        
West Midlands                   |7                   |7                   |7                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |3                   |4                   |-                                        
                                 -------                                                                                                                                                                                                          
England and Wales               |33                  |29                  |29                  |-                   |-                   |1                   |7                   |21                  |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
1989                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Derbyshire                      |4                   |4                   |4                   |4                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Greater Manchester              |2                   |2                   |2                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Kent                            |-                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police District<2> |7                   |4                   |4                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |3                   |-                                        
Sussex                          |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
West Midlands                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
South Wales                     |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
                                 -------                                                                                                                                                                                                          
England and Wales               |19                  |14                  |14                  |5                   |-                   |-                   |3                   |6                   |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Kent                            |15                  |15                  |15                  |-                   |2                   |1                   |5                   |7                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police District<2> |9                   |5                   |5                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |3                   |-                                        
Northumbria                     |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
                                 -------                                                                                                                                                                                                          
England and Wales               |25                  |21                  |21                  |-                   |4                   |1                   |7                   |10                  |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
1991                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Essex                           |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Hampshire                       |2                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                            |13                  |10                  |10                  |-                   |2                   |1                   |1                   |6                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police District<2> |13                  |12                  |12                  |2                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |9                   |-                                        
Suffolk                         |3                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |-                                        
Sussex                          |3                   |3                   |3                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |1                   |-                                        
West Midlands                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
West Yorkshire                  |2                   |2                   |2                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |-                                        
                                 -------                                                                                                                                                                                                          
England and Wales               |38                  |32                  |32                  |2                   |2                   |2                   |6                   |20                  |-                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
1992-3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Bedfordshire                    |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Devon and Cornwall              |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                                        
Essex                           |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Kent                            |14                  |12                  |12                  |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |10                  |1                                        
Leicestershire                  |3                   |3                   |3                   |-                   |-                   |2                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
Metropolitan Police District<2> |11                  |10                  |10                  |2                   |1                   |-                   |5                   |2                   |-                                        
Suffolk                         |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Sussex                          |4                   |3                   |3                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |3                   |-                   |-                                        
West Midlands                   |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                                        
Dyfed and Powys                 |1                   |1                   |1                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |1                   |-                                        
                                 -------                                                                                                                                                                                                          
England and Wales               |38                  |33                  |33                  |2                   |2                   |3                   |10                  |15                  |1                                        
<1>Offences under section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971.                                                                                                                                                                                      
<2>Includes the City of London.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
<3>Provisional data.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Prison Overcrowding

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present level of prison overcrowding as a percentage for each prison in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Keith Vaz, dated 30 November 1993 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about overcrowding in each prison in the United Kingdom.

The table shows those prisons in England and Wales that were overcrowded on 24 November. The percentage overcrowding is calculated from the extent to which population exceeds the certified normal accommodation (CNA) available for use.


Local prisons                                                           
Establishment   |CNA          |Population   |Percentage                 
                                            |overcrowding               
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bedford         |170          |256          |151                        
Birmingham      |618          |731          |118                        
Bristol         |363          |408          |112                        
Brixton         |518          |605          |117                        
Canterbury      |128          |193          |151                        
Cardiff         |243          |331          |136                        
Chelmsford      |217          |342          |158                        
Dorchester      |116          |179          |154                        
Durham          |344          |525          |153                        
Exeter          |265          |316          |119                        
Gloucester      |207          |229          |111                        
Hull            |269          |446          |166                        
Leeds           |700          |1,124        |161                        
Leicester       |194          |335          |173                        
Lewes           |267          |351          |131                        
Lincoln         |444          |603          |136                        
Liverpool       |931          |1,335        |143                        
Manchester      |291          |323          |111                        
Norwich         |274          |308          |112                        
Pentonville     |559          |631          |113                        
Preston         |324          |514          |159                        
Shrewsbury      |168          |296          |176                        
Swansea         |156          |203          |130                        
Winchester      |298          |327          |110                        
Wormwood Scrubs |472          |647          |137                        

F
Remand centres                                                        
Establishment |CNA          |Population   |Percentage                 
                                          |overcrowding               
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Cardiff       |85           |86           |101                        
Exeter        |52           |56           |108                        
Glen Parva    |320          |437          |136                        
Low Newton    |163          |224          |137                        
Moorland      |486          |508          |105                        
Swansea       |57           |75           |132                        

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Adult male training prisons                                            
Establishment  |CNA          |Population   |Percentage                 
                                           |overcrowding               
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Hewell Grange  |136          |161          |118                        
Lancaster      |186          |249          |134                        
Ranby          |331          |339          |102                        
Shepton Mallet |158          |186          |118                        
Wellingborough |284          |304          |107                        

Protection of Property

Mr. Tredinnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to review the doctrine of minimum force in relation to the actions a home owner may take to protect himself and his property.

Mr. Maclean : On 16 November, the Law Commission published the report of its review of offences against the person--Law Com 218, a copy of which is in the Library. The commission's review of the law in this area covers the issues raised in this question. The Government are presently giving careful consideration to the commission's report.

Girl Prisoners

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 23 November 1993, Official Report, column 29, on what grounds his Department considers that holding girls of 16 and 17 years with adult women prisoners is the best option for holding them, in their own interests.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Twenty girls under 18 years old are held with other female young offenders in establishments which also hold adult women. These arrangements allow them the freedom and choice of activities available in a larger community that would not otherwise be possible. Holding them separately would involve either a national unit for their detention, and consequent dislocation from their home area and a weakening of family ties, or keeping them in very small isolated units. Neither option would serve their best interests.

Mr. Thomas Mason-Rushton

Mr. Corbett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specific steps he will now take to ensure that Mr. Thomas Mason- Rushton, presently held in Her Majesty's prison Whitemoor, is guaranteed immediate access to the medical treatment for his known medical condition.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Robin Corbett, dated 30 November 1993 :


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The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the medical treatment for Mr. Thomas Mason- Rushton who is at Whitemoor prison.

Mr. Mason-Rushton is at present suffering from a chronic infection. A specialist physician with considerable experience of the management of Mr. Mason-Rushton's condition visits the prison at regular intervals. Mr. Mason -Rushton refuses to see this specialist, however, or to become involved in any of the other locally available medical facilities relating to his illness. It would seem that this is because Mr. Mason-Rushton wishes to return to a London prison to visit a particular London hospital. This is despite there being adequate NHS facilities throughout the country for the treatment of his condition.

There is 24 hour nursing cover at Whitemoor and a doctor on call around the clock. In the event of an emergency, Mr. Mason-Rushton would be transferred immediately to the appropriate local NHS hospital.

Immigration Detention Centres

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to cease holding asylum seekers in the Prison Service ;

(2) by how many places he intends to increase immigration detention centres.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The opening of Campsfield House detention centre on 29 November provided 200 additional detention spaces. In addition, we plan to increase the number of places available in immigration detention centres by another 135. However, there will be a continuing need for some detainees held under powers contained in the Immigration Act 1971- -including some asylum applicants--to be accommodated in Prison Service establishments for the foreseeable future.

Blakenhurst Prison

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the capacity of Her Majesty's prison Blakenhurst as specified by contracts ; what is the current number of prisoners at the prison ; how many have been transferred to other prisons in recent weeks ; what current plans there are for transfer to other prisons ; and to which prisons prisoners have been sent.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 30 November 1993 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply directly to your recent Question about the numbers of prisoners at HMP Blakenhurst. The certified normal accommodation of Blakenhurst prison is 649 but the contract provides that the roll should grow at the rate of approximately 100 prisoners per month. The target under the contract is that the prison should reach capacity by the end of the year. In fact, the number of prisoners on 26 November was 625 and the population reached as many as 644 on 23 November. Between 1 and 26 November 98 prisoners were transferred to other prisons.

It is, of course, a primary part of the function of a local prison to classify prisoners and to allocate them to trainers and the 98 movements were part of these normal arrangements. There are no special plans to transfer prisoners from Blakenhurst. Prisoners have been transferred from Blakenhurst to Ford, Bullingdon, Stafford, Ashwell, Sudbury, Featherstone, Hewell Grange, Channings Wood and Brockhill.


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Prison Ships

Mr. Hutton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the statutory provisions which authorise the use of prison ships.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Sections 33, 35 and 36 of the Prisons Act 1952--as amended by section 87(8) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991--deal with the Secretary of State's powers to provide prisons.

We are considering this legislation carefully to see whether it would cover the use of marine detention vessels. We would not attempt to hold prisoners in such vessels unless we were satisfied about the legality of such action.

Metropolitan Police

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what stage the market testing of operations undertaken by the Metropolitan police service has reached.

Mr. Charles Wardle : A market-testing programme for the Metropolitan police which covers the period up to August 1995 has been prepared. The estimated annual value of the areas of work involved is £85 million.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a letter to him from the chair of the Association of London Authorities about asylum seekers and refugees dated 9 November 1992 was not responded to until 14 October 1993.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Between October 1992 and November 1993, over 1,500 written representations were received from hon. Members, interested organisations and members of the public about general asylum issues. The small unit dealing with this correspondence was also responsible for supporting the passage of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 which came into force in July this year. The priority which had to be given to the new legislation regrettably resulted in long delays in replying to general correspondence.

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are currently detained in Britain and of those how many are being held with (a) people convicted on criminal charges and (b) people awaiting trial.

Mr. Charles Wardle : On 29 November 1993, 472 people detained under the powers contained in the Immigration Act 1971 had claimed asylum. Information about those held with convicted prisoners and people awaiting trial is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Remand Prisoners

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many remand prisoners were being held in police cells in London on the last day for which figures are available.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.


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Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, dated 30 November 1993 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of prisoners in police cells in London.

No remand prisoners are currently being held in police cells in London and it is many months since such action was necessary.

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost per day of holding a remand prisonerdirector general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, dated 30 November 1993 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the daily costs of holding a remand prisoner in (a) a police cell and (b) prison.

In 1992-93 the average daily cost of holding prisoners was £254 in police cells and £75 in local prisons and remand centres. The costs of remand prisoners are not recorded separately from those of other inmates.

Crime Prevention Board

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how the effectiveness of the National Board for Crime Prevention will be measured ;

(2) what quantifiable targets have been set for the National Board for Crime Prevention.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The National Board for Crime Prevention was set up earlier this year as one element of the Government's crime prevention strategy. It is an ad hoc advisory body whose members serve voluntarily and without remuneration. As the board has no executive powers, it would not be appropriate to set performance targets for it.

The board has identified its initial priorities as retail crime, car crime, and young people and crime. Only when its recommendations and advice are implemented can methods for measuring their effectiveness be devised.

Racial Harassment

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government are promoting in the current Session of Parliament to prevent racial harassment.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Government condemn racial harassment and fully support initiatives of the police and other agencies arising from recommendations of the racial attacks group.

We will be looking closely at the recommendations of the Home Affairs Committee following the investigation of racial attacks, and will be considering whether further Government action would be effective in helping prevent racial harassment.

Domestic Violence

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the zero tolerance campaign against domestic violence being undertaken by the Association of London Authorities ;


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(2) what resources he will allocate to support the Association of London Authorities zero tolerance campaign against domestic violence.

Mr. Maclean : The response to domestic violence involves a number of Government Departments whose work needs to be co-ordinated at ministerial level. Although such central co-ordination is important, the Government believe that effective action against domestic violence requires the commitment and involvement of local agencies, both statutory and voluntary, working in concert to develop local preventive strategies. The zero tolerance publicity campaign against domestic violence being undertaken by the Association of London Authorities is one such example.

Although the Home Office is unable to assist directly with the financing of the proposed publicity campaign, the issue of raising public awareness in this complex area is one which will be given early consideration by the ministerial group on domestic violence.

Regional Expenditure

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a table showing for each standard region, with Greater London shown as a separate region, the total expenditure in 1992-93, and the budgeted expenditure in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 in respect of (a) safer cities, (b) section 11 grants, part to be included in single regeneration budget, (c) ethnic minority grant and (d) ethnic minority business initiative.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I will write to the hon. Member.

Police Cells

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether remand prisoners will be held in police cells in London in the coming year ;

(2) what additional resources will be provided to the Metropolitan police service to ensure adequate facilities for and security of prisoners held in police cells in London.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : It is not possible to give any assurance that remand prisoners will not be held in police cells in London in the future. A number of urgent measures are being taken to accommodate the ongoing rise in the prison population without resorting to the use of police cells.

In the event that prisoners have to be held in police cells, the arrangements for reimbursement of expenditure incurred by police forces in providing adequate facilities and security are set out in Home Office circular 36/1993 to clerks to police authorities and chief officers of police, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library.

Prison Escapes

Mr. Hutton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category C prisoners escaped from custody in each year since 1979 ; and how many were subsequently recaptured.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. John Hutton, dated 30 November 1993 :


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The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about how many Category C prisoners escaped from custody in each year since 1979 and how many were subsequently recaptured.

This information is not available in the form you request, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Incidents of escape from custody are recorded according to the security category of the prison from which the prisoner escapes and not by the security category of the prisoner.

Information about escapes has only been recorded centrally since 20 June 1988. During the period 20 June 1988 to 31 October 1993 the number of prisoners who escaped from category C prisons is as follows :


Period                              |Number       
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20 June to 31 October 1988          |45           
 1 November 1988 to 31 October 1989 |98           
 1 November 1989 to 31 October 1990 |124          
 1 November 1990 to 31 October 1991 |185          
 1 November 1991 to 31 October 1992 |138          
 1 November 1992 to 31 October 1993 |102          

Information about the recapture of escaped prisoners by the prisoner's security category could only be obtained at

disproportionate cost. Of the total of 1,917 prisoners of all security categories who escaped from custody during the period 20 June 1988 to 31 October 1992, 1,750 have been recaptured, four died whilst unlawfully at large and 163 remain unlawfully at large.

TRANSPORT

Overseas Visits

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many visits abroad he has made during 1993 ; and what was (a) the cost of each visit to public funds and (b) the purpose of each visit.

Mr. MacGregor : I have made eight visits abroad so far during 1993. The cost of each visit, including some travel costs of accompanying officials, was as follows :


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Destination                                |Date                                      |Cost (£)                                  |Purpose                                                                              
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Brussels                                   |9 January                                 |282                                       |Speaker at Aviation Conference                                                       
Brussels                                   |25 January                                |1,089                                     |Joint EC Transport and Environment                                                   
                                                                                                                                 |  Council                                                                            
Brussels                                   |14-15 March                               |1,553                                     |EC Transport Council                                                                 
Oslo/Gothenburg                            |9-11 May                                  |1,194                                     |Fact-finding tour on congestion charging                                             
                                                                                                                                 |  technology                                                                         
Luxembourg                                 |7-8 June                                  |2,611                                     |EC Transport Council                                                                 
Paris                                      |14 June                                   |484                                       |Paris Air Show                                                                       
Luxembourg                                 |19 June                                   |2,523                                     |Additional EC Transport Council                                                      
USA                                        |12-16 September                           |7,450                                     |To negotiate aviation liberalisation with                                            
                                                                                                                                 |  United States Transportation Secretary                                             
                                                                                                                                 |  and fact-finding tour on highways issues                                           

West Coast Main Line

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the Hambros study into possible joint public/private sector financing initiatives for the west coast main line.

Mr. Freeman : I expect to be able to do so very shortly.

MV Avon

Mr. Viggers : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the report of the inquiry into the incident in which the MV Avon ran ashore off Browndown, Gosport, on 21 July.

Mr. Norris : In accordance with normal practice in circumstances such as this, the report will not be published but a copy of the summary report will be provided to anyone who can show a legitimate interest.

Bomb-proofing

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the cost, by location, of bomb-proofing the Department's premises.

Mr. Norris : It remains the Government's practice not to comment on security matters.

Trans-Pennine Study

Mr. Hendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement as to the outcome of consultations on the Trans-Pennine study strategy report.


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Mr. Key : I have now considered all the replies to the consultation on the Trans-Pennine study strategy report.

The responses to that consultation were divided on the desirable way forward. While there were many who saw the need for improvements to the road network in the Pennine region for economic reasons, there were many who rejected any further major road improvements because of the likely impact on the natural environment.

I have therefore decided to end public uncertainty and proceed with a limited package of measures focused on particular problems. No new schemes will be added to the national roads programme at this stage. Although the A69 was outside the study area it was identified as a significant strategic route in responses and I will consider the need and justification for its specific improvement in the programme review which is currently under way.

We have already recognised the strategic importance of the A66 in our current programme of improvements and I do not intend to propose further schemes for the A66 at this stage. There will be no improvements to routes east of the M65 at Colne.

The M62 will remain the main trans-Pennine route and we will be taking forward improvements to the motorway already in the national programme. Following the recent decision to take the M1-M62 link out of the programme, we shall be investigating the need for increasing the capacity of the relevant lengths of the M1 and M62, to deal with increasing levels of traffic, to improve road safety and help economic growth in the area. Any proposals for further improvements which may emerge from these


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investigations will be considered for entry to the trunk road programme at a later date, and would be subject to the usual consultations and statutory procedures.

We remain committed to our policy that no major development should take place in national parks, save in exceptional circumstances. We stand by our decision at the start of the consultation period that we will not upgrade the A628-A616 to dual carriageway through the Peak district national park. No additional major schemes will be added to the national programme in this corridor, although some minor, limited, schemes may be necessary to relieve environmental problems and improve safety.

Some respondents called for traffic restraint measures to be adopted in the Peak district national park. Whilst such measures would reduce traffic in the park they would also increase the pressure on the routes to the south of the park and so the Department will not be pursuing this option.

A number of responses asked us to look at the scope for transferring passenger traffic from road to rail. A Trans-Pennine rail study, undertaken by a consortium of local authorities and passenger transport authorities, has indicated that any improvements to the rail network would have only a marginal effect on road traffic flows.

London Transport

Mr. Tracey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set financial objectives for London Transport.

Mr. MacGregor : I have today written to the chairman of London Transport in the following terms :

"As of course you know, Section 16 of the London Regional Transport Act 1984 gives me power to determine financial objectives which I consider it reasonable for London Regional Transport, or any of its subsidiaries, to achieve. This letter sets out the financial objectives which I have, with the approval of the Treasury and after consultation with London Transport, determined for London Underground Limited and London Buses Limited for the period up to and including the 1995-96 financial year. A separate letter from Handley Stevens to Alan Watkins sets out the objectives determined with respect to LT's other subsidiaries and activities.

London Underground Limited (LUL)

I do not need to emphasise the view which you and I both share that safety remains LUL's--and indeed LT's--top priority. I have also set objectives, agreed with you and now incorporated in LUL's Customer Charter, for the quality of service on LUL. The financial objectives for LUL complement these measures by seeking to ensure that the costs of operating the Underground system represent value for money and are kept to the minimum consistent with the achievement of your safety and quality of service objectives. In this connection, I greatly welcome the LUL Company Plan and the good progress made so far in implementing the improvements in efficiency and cost reductions that the Plan entails. The objectives set out below are based on achievement of the reductions in operating costs promised in the Company Plan programme in the autumn of 1991, which prompted Government to invest public funds in implementation of the Plan. The objective, I have set for LUL unit costs (defined as operating costs, excluding depreciation and renewals, divided by loaded train miles) is that they should be reduced to no more than £16.20, in 1993-94 prices, for the financial year ending 31 March 1996. I wish to supplement this objective by one in the form of the percentage which revenue represents of operating costs for LUL (for this purpose operating costs include depreciation but exclude renewals). The objective is that this percentage should be at least 105.6 per cent. for the financial year ending 31 March 1996. This figure is consistent with my unit costs objective and with the provision for depreciation for 1995-96 shown in your 1993 Corporate Plan, and the revenue forecast shown in that Plan as amended by your subsequent forecasts.


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