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Population in Prison Service establishments by type of prisoner and nationality as at 30 September 1993      

                          Type of prisoner                                                                   

                          Male                                Female                                         

Nationality              |Remand     |Sentenced  |All        |Remand     |Sentenced  |All                    

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Angola                   |-          |5          |5          |-          |-          |-                      

Benin                    |-          |-          |-          |-          |1          |1                      

Central African Republic |4          |2          |6          |-          |-          |-                      

Ivory Coast              |1          |1          |2          |-          |-          |-                      

Ethiopia                 |1          |2          |3          |-          |-          |-                      

Ghana                    |16         |41         |57         |5          |18         |23                     

Gambia                   |-          |4          |4          |-          |-          |-                      

Kenya                    |2          |25         |27         |1          |-          |1                      

Liberia                  |1          |2          |3          |-          |-          |-                      

Libya                    |1          |7          |8          |-          |-          |-                      

Morocco                  |6          |18         |249        |-          |1          |1                      

Mauritania               |-          |2          |2          |-          |1          |1                      

Mauritius                |1          |8          |9          |-          |-          |-                      

Malawi                   |-          |3          |3          |-          |1          |1                      

Nigeria                  |37         |134        |171        |14         |48         |62                     

Seychelles               |1          |4          |5          |-          |-          |-                      

Sudan                    |-          |1          |1          |-          |1          |1                      

St. Helena               |-          |1          |1          |-          |-          |-                      

Sierra Leone             |2          |7          |9          |-          |-          |-                      

Somalia                  |9          |9          |18         |-          |-          |-                      

Tunisia                  |-          |6          |6          |-          |-          |-                      

Tanzania                 |4          |5          |9          |1          |-          |1                      

Uganda                   |4          |15         |19         |-          |-          |-                      

South Africa             |3          |17         |20         |-          |2          |2                      

Zambia                   |4          |3          |7          |-          |1          |1                      

Zaire                    |2          |6          |8          |-          |-          |-                      

Zimbabwe                 |2          |9          |11         |-          |-          |-                      

                         |--         |--         |--         |--         |--         |--                     

Total                    |101        |337        |438        |21         |74         |95                     

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the foreign language documents available in prisons in England and Wales to be given to people serving sentences who do not speak English ; in what languages the documents are available ; and what information each contains.

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. Tom Cox, dated 21 January 1994 :


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The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about foreign language documents available to be given to prisoners in England and Wales who do not speak English.

The foreign language documents issued centrally by the Prison Service are listed below, along with details of the languages into which they have been translated and an outline of their content. Further foreign language documents may also have been produced locally by establishments or by other agencies, but details are not kept centrally.

Prisoners Information Pack.

Languages : Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, French, Gujerati, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Content : useful organisations ; starting your sentence ; visits, letters and phone calls ; requests and complaints ; race relations ; social security and discharge grants ; health and hygiene ; welfare and religion ; prison discipline ; unconvicted and civil prisoners ; women prisoners ; young offenders ; release ; and visiting prisoners.


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Foreign Prisoners Resource Pack

Languages : staff section--English only ; prisoner section--English, Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Content : the criminal justice system ; immigration ; customs and excise ; embassies and consulates.

The Race Relations Policy Statement

Languages : Arabic, Bengali, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Welsh.

Content : Statement of Prison Service race relations policies. "Custody, Care and Justice : The way ahead for the Prison Service in England and Wales"

Languages : Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu.

Content : details of the Government White Paper "Custody, Care, and Justice."

How to make a request or a complaint

Languages : Bengali, Dutch, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, and Spanish. Content : information on request and complaint procedure in establishments.

Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984

Languages : Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Content : information for foreign prisoners about the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984.

Assisted Prison Visits Scheme

Mr. Hanson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to allow homosexual partners to benefit from the assisted prison visits scheme on similar terms to other partners.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The current assisted prison visits scheme is designed to help prisoners maintain their family ties by paying towards the costs of visits made by their close relatives on low incomes. Under the scheme, close relatives are defined as spouses, children, siblings and partners of prisoners. A partner is defined as a person of the opposite sex who was living with the prisoner for at least


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four months before imprisonment, or who has a child from the relationship. Consequently, homosexual partners of prisoners do not qualify for assisted visits, although consideration is being given to whether the scheme should be extended.

Murder

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names of all the people imprisoned for murder since 1967 who have subsequently (a) had their conviction overturned on appeal and (b) been released by the Home Secretary due to unsound convictions ; and what are the total numbers in each category.

Mr. Maclean : The available information is for those originally sentenced to life for murder and whose sentences were subsequently reduced, or lifted on appeal whilst serving their sentences in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales. There were 127 cases between 1967 and 1992, of which 19 followed references to the Court of Appeal by the Home Secretary under section 17 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968. Details of individual cases cannot be given.

Consultancies

Ms Abbott : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) accountancy firms and (b) merchant banks to which his Department awarded private consultancy work in 1992 and 1993, together with a list of the consultancies concerned and the amount paid.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Information on accountancy and non-accountancy contracts awarded to all known accountancy firms and merchant banks is not recorded centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Details of contracts awarded during the last two years to the main accountancy firms and merchant banks are set out in the table.


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                                                                     |1992                                                                |1993                                                                |Total value                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |£                                                                                                                                        

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Merchant banks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Lazards                                                                                                                                   |Report on attracting private firms for                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                          |facilities management for secure training centres.                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Accountancy firms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Touche Ross                                                          |Asset survey for ED5                                                |Spectrum sizing study amendment.                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                          |Police information system strategy study.                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                          |Team assurance co-ordinator message handling system-EP Division.                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                          |Radio spectrum sizing study.                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                          |Project advisor to PSRCP.                                           |228,795                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Ernst and Young                                                      |Firearms licensing costs.                                           |PNCO security review.                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                     |Police roles and responsibilities.                                  |Feasibility study of artificial intelligence study.                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                     |ICL Domain review.                                                  |Feasibility of market testing Hendon Data centre                    |376,892                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

KPMG Peat Marwick                                                    |Review of organisation of PNCO.                                     |Scoping study for Design and illustration branch.                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                          |Privatisation of D/Tels.                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                          |Radio spectrum study.                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                          |Public safety radio communication project.                          |302,000                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Price Waterhouse                                                                                                                          |Development database demo facility.                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                          |SSADN analyst work on AFIS project.                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                          |ED1 in-house bid consultation support.                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                          |Assisting In-house bid for the provision of security at Lunar House.                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          |Privatisation of D/Tels Principal advisor.                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                          |In-house bid support, recruitment of immigration officers.          |409,495                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Cooper and Lybrand                                                   |Market Testing review.                                              |VFM audit of action support.                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                     |Triple CJS report on criminal justice initiatives.                  |Senior management workshop.                                         |192,000                                                                                                                                  

Crime, Durham

Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were in Durham in each of the last 14 years for (a) house burglary,


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(b) theft from vehicles and (c) robbery ; and if he will give the total number of convictions for these offences in Durham during this period as a proportion.

Mr. Maclean : Information for 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1992 is given in the table. Data for other years would involve disproportionate cost.


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Number and percentage of offenders convicted for certain indictable offences in   

the Durham police force area and England and Wales                                

1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992                                 

TITRE]                                                                            

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1979                                                                              

Durham            |279    |6      |175    |4      |24     |0      |4,837          

England and Wales |19,310 |5      |7,368  |2      |3,188  |1      |412,346        

1980                                                                              

Durham            |353    |6      |223    |4      |25     |0      |5,477          

England and Wales |22,808 |5      |8,559  |2      |3,470  |1      |455,425        

1982                                                                              

Durham            |373    |6      |263    |4      |32     |1      |5,964          

England and Wales |24,827 |5      |2,918  |3      |4,375  |1      |475,131        

1984                                                                              

Durham            |316    |5      |222    |4      |28     |0      |5,917          

England and Wales |25,842 |6      |10,970 |2      |4,282  |1      |449,449        

1986                                                                              

Durham            |328    |7      |156    |3      |27     |1      |4,774          

England and Wales |20,527 |5      |9,145  |2      |4,196  |1      |384,209        

1988                                                                              

Durham            |345    |7      |89     |2      |35     |1      |4,623          

England and Wales |19,468 |5      |8,406  |2      |4,311  |1      |386,236        

1990                                                                              

Durham            |265    |7      |212    |6      |36     |1      |3,825          

England and Wales |18,386 |5      |7,622  |2      |4,806  |1      |342,759        

1992                                                                              

Durham            |254    |7      |177    |5      |39     |1      |3,641          

England and Wales |18,637 |6      |6,257  |2      |5,082  |2      |324,910        

<1>Also includes "aggravated" burglary in a dwelling.                             

Race Relations Act 1976

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action he intends to take following the Commission for Racial Equality's second review of the Race Relations Act 1976 ;

(2) when he will respond to the Commission for Racial Equality's second review of the Race Relations Act 1976.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Government are giving careful consideration to the Commission for Racial Equality's recommendations and have discussed the issues raised with them ; we will respond formally as soon as possible.

Immigration

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether and how visitors to the United Kingdom detained for questioning by immigration officials are made aware of their right to complain to the immigration and nationality department complaints unit.


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Mr. Charles Wardle : Passengers who wish to complain are normally invited to speak to a supervising officer ; if they remain dissatisfied they are given the address of the immigration and nationality department complaints unit and advised that they may put their complaint in writing.

Probation

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) probation orders and (b) community service orders successfully ran their course during 1992.

Mr. Maclean : The information published in the 1992 probation statistics for England and Wales, a copy of which is in the Library, shows that 81 per cent. of probation orders terminated successfully in 1992, in the sense that 65 per cent. ran their full course, 3 per cent. were replaced by a conditional discharge and 13 per cent. were terminated early by the courts for good progress. In the same year


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72 per cent. of community service orders terminated successfully, in the sense that the specified number of hours was completed without termination of the order for failure to comply with its requirements, conviction of another offence or for other reasons.

Bail Hostels

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it cost to build the three most recently opened probation and bail hostels ; and where they were sited.

Mr. Maclean : The costs of the three most recently opened hostels are :


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Merseyside bail hostel, Merseyside  |934,299              

Bunbury House bail hostel, Cheshire |545,537              

Scunthorpe bail hostel, Humberside  |<1>579,016           

<1> Estimated.                                            

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was, or will be, the projected underspend on the hostel expansion budget for 1992-93 and 1993-94.

Mr. Maclean : In 1992-93 the underspend on the approved hostel expansion programme was £3.26 million. The current projected underspend for 1993-94 is £1.2 million.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what revision was made following a public expenditure survey to the probation accommodation grant scheme as originally set out in the three -year plan for the probation service 1994-97.

Mr. Maclean : Planned provision for the probation accommodation grants scheme as shown in the three-year planning document for the probation service 1994-97 is as follows. The spending plans set out in the 1993-96 planning document published following the 1992 public expenditure survey are shown in parentheses.


            |£ million              

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1994-95     |10.8 (11.9)            

1995-96     |11.7 (13.2)            

1996-97     |12.0                   

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons will be made redundant as a result of the bail hostel closure plans.

Mr. Maclean : It will be for the individual probation committees and hostel managing committees concerned, as employers, to decide how to manage the consequences of closures in terms of staff redeployment or redundancy ; we have not yet received full accounts of their conclusions.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average occupancy level for bail hostels in England and Wales for each of the last 10 quarters.

Mr. Maclean : Occupancy figures for the period April 1991 to March 1992 are not readily available on a quarterly basis. The occupancy figures for the most recent six quarters are as follows :


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                         |Per.cent         

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April to June 1992       |66               

July to September 1992   |61               

October to December 1992 |62               

January to March 1993    |65               

April to June 1993       |64               

July to September 1993   |67               

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were remanded to a probation or bail hostel in England and Wales ; and how many of these were (a) black males and (b) black females, in the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Maclean : This information is not held centrally and is not readily available.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of probation and bail hostels were aged (a) under 17, (b) 17 to 21 and (c) 21 years or over, in the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Maclean : This information is not held centrally and is not readily available.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made as to the number of persons who will be received into custody as a result of the proposed bail hostel closures ; and what will be the estimated annual cost of such custody.

Mr. Maclean : It remains to be seen whether there are any additional custodial remands. These are decisions for the courts, who will continue to have the option of remanding defendants to other under-utilised bail hostels in the same or neighbouring probation areas.

Drugs

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a table showing the average length of custodial sentences in each of the last three years for offences of possession with intent to supply (a) class A, (b) class B and (c) class C substances as defined by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information regarding the average length of custodial sentences for the offence of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply unlawfully, for the last three years for which figures are available, is contained in the table. The available information does not differentiate between the classes of drug involved.


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Table: average length of custodial sentence for       

possession of                                         

a controlled drug with intent to supply unlawfully,   

United Kingdom, 1990 to 1992                          

Year              |Average length of                  

                  |sentence (months)                  

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1990              |21.1                               

1991              |20.9                               

1992              |19.6                               

Crime Statistics

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth (Mr. Michael) of


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26 November, Official Report, columns 237- 38, how many notifiable offences there were for each police force area in each year since June 1983, (a) in total, (b) broken down into each category of offence and (c) what was the clear-up rate in each category.

Mr. Maclean : Statistics on the number of notifiable offences recorded by the police by police force area and offence group are published annually in table 2.5 of the command paper "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales". Figures for clear-ups are published in table 2.9 of the volumes for 1991 and 1992 and in table 2.19 of the 1990 volume.

Figures for clear-ups by selected offence groups are published in table 2.19 of the volumes for 1986 to 1989. Information for earlier years is not available centrally.

Copies of the annual command paper "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" are available in the Library.

Deportees

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total amount paid to private security firms for escorting detainees and their dependants overseas in 1993.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The amount was £257,035, excluding ticketing costs.

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which private security firms are used by carriers required by the immigration service to effect the removal of a passenger refused leave to enter ;

(2) what checks his Department makes on private security firms employed by carriers required by the immigration service to effect the removal of a passenger refused leave to enter.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Where directions are given to carriers under paragraph 8 of schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 to remove people refused leave to enter, the carrier is responsible for all the arrangements necessary to comply with the directions. This includes making arrangements for any escort considered by the carrier to be necessary, the selection of the escorts and ensuring they are able to perform their duties satisfactorily. Where removal is directed at public expense under paragraph 10 of schedule 2 to the Act, any in-flight escort judged necessary is arranged by the immigration service in accordance with its normal policy.

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that medical records of deportees are consulted before drugs are administered.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Where the medical records of a person being deported are available, they are already consulted as necessary before the administration of any medication.

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ban the administration of drugs during deportations.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The administration of medication to a deportee is a matter for a medical practitioner to decide.


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Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which companies manufacture the arm and leg restraints and body belts with handcuffs used during deportations ;

(2) if he will publish his Department's regulations relating to the materials, size and specification of restraints used in deportations.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I understand that the body belt and leg restraints are manufactured to a specification developed by the Metropolitan police and manufactured by its stores department. Hiatt and Company Ltd. supplies the Metropolitan police with handcuffs in accordance with standards evaluated by the Home Office police scientific development branch and approved by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers in consultation with the Police Complaints Authority. The standard handcuff is manufactured from steel with either a chain or hinge link and the Quick-Kuff is made from steel with a nylon grip.

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of in-flight escorts for deportations have been provided by private security firms since August 1993.

Mr. Charles Wardle : In the period from 1 August to 31 December 1993, 93 per cent. of the in-flight escorts for people being removed at public expense--including deportees--were provided by the private sector.

Crime Prevention

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent in each year since 1978-79 on (a) crime prevention and (b) public relations by each police authority in cash and in current prices.

Mr. Charles Wardle : This information is not collected centrally.

Mrs. Joy Gardner

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost to the Exchequer of the attempted deportation of Mrs. Joy Gardner.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The cost of the police officers and the immigration officer directly involved in the attempt to deport Mrs. Gardner on 28 July 1993 was £539.79. The cost of the time of other officials of the immigration and nationality department involved in this case could not be established without disproportionate expense.

Ethnic Communities

Ms Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what projects have been funded in the London borough of Southwark under section 11 funding for ethnic communities ; and what funding those projects will receive from the Home Office in 1994-95 ; (2) how much section 11 funding for ethnic communities there was in 1993-94 ; and what will be the section 11 funding for 1994-95.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Total provision for section 11 grant in 1993-94 is currently £130.8 million. The corresponding figure for 1994-95 amounts to £111.5 million. This includes funding transferred to the new single regeneration budget.


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At present, the following projects in the London borough of Southwark are approved for section 11 grant :

English as a second language and bilingual support project--primary and secondary

Removing barriers to the education achievement of new pupils--primary and secondary

Section 11 support for pupils in special schools

Bilingual and language development support for NCW children under five including those with special needs

Co-ordination and delivery of English for speakers of other languages--ESOL --to adult NCW members/groups in Southwark

Caribbean teachers association teaching and educational project Southwark Muslim womens association

Mental health project

Child protection project

Translation and interpretation service

Bengal community development project.

The level of grant paid to Southwark in 1994-95 will depend upon actual expenditure incurred by the authority. I shall write to the hon. Member setting out in more detail the position for 1994-95 funding in Southwark.


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