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Mr. Howard : The Government are required to consult the following advisory non-departmental public bodies before legislation proposals :

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Animal Procedures Committee

Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales

Poisons Board

Police Advisory Board

Police Negotiating Board

In addition, the Government's response to advice supplied by the following bodies must be published :

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the advisory bodies he has set up in his Department since the publication of "Public Bodies 1993".

Mr. Howard : The National Board for Crime Prevention.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department that have a statutory basis.

Mr. Howard : The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the Animal Procedures Committee, the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council, the Local Review Committees, the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England, the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales, the Parole Board, the Poisons Board, the Police Advisory Board, the Police Negotiating Board.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which are required to publish their advice to Government.


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Mr. Howard : The information requested is as follows :

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales

Caravans

Mr. John Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of caravans intended for permanent occupation entering the United Kingdom ; and what steps he is taking to stop their entry.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The importation of caravans is not a matter for my Department.

People travelling to the United Kingdom within the common travel area which comprises the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland do not pass through immigration controls. Nationals of countries in the European Economic Area may enter the United Kingdom from outside the common travel area in accordance with Community law and are subject to a passport and identity card check.

Firearms Certificates

Mr. Lidington : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of Ernst and Young on the administration of firearms certification.

Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the report by Ernst and Young on the administration of the firearms licensing system.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Copies of the Ernst and Young report on the cost of the administration of the firearms licensing system will be made available and a copy placed in the Library when an announcement is made about the current reviews of firearms fees.


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Mr. Spellar : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement as to whether Mr. Joseph Cowlam had a firearms licence.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I understand that Mr. Cowlam did not hold a firearm certificate.

Mr. Lidington : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to see that police forces adopt the recommendations of Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary concerning the administration of firearms certification.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The administration of firearms licensing is a matter for individual chief officers of police. I understand, however, that the chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers crime committee sub-group on the administration of firearms licensing has written to chief constables commending the recommendations of the report of Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary to them. In addition, Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary will pay particular attention to this subject in its annual inspections of forces.

Cruelty to Livestock

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for cruelty to livestock were brought in each year since 1985 ; and how many in each case were brought by (a) the Government and (b) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Information held centrally by the Home Department does not identify the individual summoning body. The table shows the number of prosecutions under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 and Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 by type of proceedings from 1985 to 1992. The 1993 data will not be available until the autumn.


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Number of prosecutions under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 (as amended)<1> and Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions)  

Act 1968 by type of                                                                                                         

proceedings 1985-1992                                                                                                       

England and Wales                                                                                                           

                                   Type of                                                                                  

                                   Proceedings                                                                              

Offence/Year                      |Apprehensions    |Summons by Police|Summons other    |Total                              

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Protection of Animals Act 1911<1>                                                                                           

1985                              |53               |372              |564              |989                                

1986                              |71               |316              |638              |1,025                              

1987                              |59               |288              |684              |1,031                              

1988                              |91               |278              |655              |1,024                              

1989                              |117              |264              |669              |1,050                              

1990                              |88               |300              |779              |1,167                              

1991                              |82               |255              |865              |1,202                              

1992                              |83               |276              |795              |1,154                              

                                                                                                                            

Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968-Sections 1, 2 & 6 (relating to welfare of livestock)                        

1985                              |-                |-                |3                |3                                  

1986                              |-                |1                |10               |11                                 

1987                              |-                |3                |8                |11                                 

1988                              |-                |8                |12               |20                                 

1989                              |-                |3                |12               |15                                 

1990                              |1                |2                |10               |13                                 

1991                              |-                |1                |17               |18                                 

1992                              |-                |2                |14               |16                                 

<1>Cannot distinguish between offences involving livestock or other animals.                                                

Note:-The statistics of court proceedings are based on returns made by the police to the Home Office and although these     

include offences where there has been no police involvement, such as those prosecutions instigated by government            

departments, private organisations and individuals, the reporting of these types of offence is known to be incomplete.      

Where proceedings involve more than one offence, the table records the principal offence.                                   


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Community Care

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were imprisoned in each year since 1990 for non-payment of the community charge in each district council area in Wales and for Wales as a whole.

Mr. Maclean : The information requested is not available. The available information on where prisoners


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originate is for the county of the sentencing court. The table shows the number of receptions recorded centrally for non- payment of community charge by county in Wales.


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Receptions into Prison Service establishments sentenced by a Welsh Court for non-payment of community charge,   

1990-1994                                                                                                       

                 Number received                                                                                

                 for non-payment of                                                                             

                 community charge                                                                               

County of Welsh |1990           |1991           |1992           |1993<1>        |1994<1><2>                     

court                                                                                                           

sentencing                                                                                                      

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Clwyd           |-              |-              |-              |-              |1                              

Dyfed           |-              |-              |1              |-              |-                              

Gwent           |-              |-              |-              |1              |-                              

Gwynedd         |-              |-              |-              |-              |-                              

Mid Glamorgan   |-              |2              |1              |-              |1                              

South Glamorgan |-              |-              |-              |-              |-                              

West Glamorgan  |-              |4              |1              |2              |3                              

Powys           |-              |-              |-              |-              |-                              

All Wales       |-              |6              |3              |3              |5                              

<1> Provisional figures.                                                                                        

<2> January to May only.                                                                                        

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Mr. Hutton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for compensation were made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board by police officers in each year since 1988 ; what was the average compensation in each year expressed in constant 1994 prices ; and what proportion of total claims in each year were made by police officers.

Mr. Maclean : I regret that the available records do not separately identify applications from, or payments made to, the police or other occupational groups.

Private Prisons

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the heads of agreement between the Home Secretary and Group 4 in respect of The Wolds prison ;

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the heads of agreement between the Home Secretary and Premier Prison Services Ltd. in respect of Doncaster prison ;

(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of the heads of agreement between the Home Secretary and United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. in respect of Blakenhurst prison.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for these matters 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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about the placing in the Library of a copy of the Heads of Agreement between the Home Secretary and Group 4, Premier Prison Services Limited, and United Kingdom Detention Services for Wolds, Doncaster and Blakenhurst prisons respectively.


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Copies of the Heads of Agreement for Wolds and Blakenhurst will be placed in the Library. No Heads of Agreement were signed in relation to Doncaster prison, because Premier Prison Services Limited did not require them.

Police (Standard Spending Assessments)

Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide tables showing (a) the standard spending assessment, (b) the figure his Department estimated as its contribution to spending at standard spending assessment level and (c) the actual figure paid out in respect of each police force in England and Wales for 1993-94 and for each of the previous three financial years.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The following table lists the standard spending assessment for each police force in England between 1990-91 and 1993-94. For Wales, provision for the police is included in the overall assessment made for Welsh county councils. Details of the initial estimate of grant and actual grant paid by the Home Office to all forces in England and Wales during the same period are also shown. The outturn figures for 1993-94 are provisional.


1990-91                                                                                 

£ thousands                                                                             

                    |SSA             |Initial estimate|Actual specific                  

                                     |of              |grant paid                       

                                     |specific grant                                    

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Avon and Somerset   |50,802          |49,157          |52,199                           

Bedfordshire        |18,039          |16,836          |18,155                           

Cambridgeshire      |19,824          |19,575          |21,606                           

Cheshire            |30,911          |29,685          |31,809                           

Cleveland           |24,640          |24,100          |26,296                           

Cumbria             |19,129          |19,475          |20,380                           

Derbyshire          |29,670          |30,038          |31,243                           

Devon and Cornwall  |47,096          |50,267          |53,887                           

Dorset              |20,801          |22,725          |25,002                           

Durham              |22,753          |21,336          |22,932                           

Essex               |49,255          |47,233          |53,399                           

Gloucestershire     |19,262          |18,191          |20,520                           

Hampshire           |54,289          |52,067          |56,688                           

Hertfordshire       |29,917          |28,650          |29,959                           

Humberside          |32,963          |33,610          |35,545                           

Kent                |51,544          |49,767          |55,597                           

Lancashire          |52,506          |52,802          |55,149                           

Leicestershire      |29,124          |30,615          |31,250                           

Lincolnshire        |19,576          |20,641          |21,214                           

Norfolk             |22,538          |22,496          |24,539                           

Northamptonshire    |18,550          |20,159          |20,443                           

North Yorkshire     |22,886          |23,721          |24,172                           

Nottinghamshire     |38,358          |35,589          |38,612                           

Staffordshire       |36,207          |35,203          |37,879                           

Suffolk             |19,626          |20,646          |21,934                           

Surrey              |30,103          |27,313          |29,134                           

Sussex              |50,825          |44,907          |47,425                           

Thames Valley       |63,248          |62,976          |68,397                           

Warwickshire        |16,415          |16,727          |18,402                           

West Mercia         |32,946          |33,311          |35,041                           

Wiltshire           |17,954          |19,033          |20,851                           

                                                                                        

Greater Manchester  |115,636         |112,319         |116,561                          

Merseyside          |77,791          |79,681          |81,955                           

Northumbria         |58,132          |49,076          |61,896                           

South Yorkshire     |49,279          |47,157          |48,337                           

West Midlands       |113,021         |109,358         |116,921                          

West Yorkshire      |87,025          |91,679          |92,405                           

                                                                                        

Metropolitan Police |613,875         |624,636         |622,941                          

City of London      |17,983          |18,965          |18,908                           

                                                                                        

Dyfed-Powys         |-               |15,555          |15,748                           

Gwent               |-               |16,150          |16,976                           

North Wales         |-               |21,837          |22,810                           

South Wales         |-               |50,376          |54,191                           


1991-92                                                                                 

£ thousands                                                                             

                    |SSA             |Initial estimate|Actual specific                  

                                     |of              |grant paid                       

                                     |specific grant                                    

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Avon and Somerset   |55,443          |57,543          |56,870                           

Bedfordshire        |20,238          |19,198          |19,965                           

Cambridgeshire      |21,691          |22,218          |24,029                           

Cheshire            |33,986          |33,843          |34,150                           

Cleveland           |27,037          |25,940          |28,487                           

Cumbria             |21,151          |21,825          |22,991                           

Derbyshire          |32,276          |34,993          |33,684                           

Devon and Cornwall  |51,536          |58,579          |59,892                           

Dorset              |22,879          |26,450          |26,523                           

Durham              |24,751          |24,344          |24,780                           

Essex               |54,851          |56,662          |58,925                           

Gloucestershire     |20,953          |21,168          |22,752                           

Hampshire           |59,904          |60,706          |63,735                           

Hertfordshire       |32,973          |33,238          |32,063                           

Humberside          |36,128          |38,749          |39,472                           

Kent                |57,435          |59,156          |65,654                           

Lancashire          |57,873          |58,383          |62,230                           

Leicestershire      |32,636          |34,943          |34,270                           

Lincolnshire        |21,547          |22,838          |24,090                           

Norfolk             |25,345          |26,127          |27,591                           

Northamptonshire    |20,539          |22,408          |23,204                           

North Yorkshire     |25,345          |26,077          |26,356                           

Nottinghamshire     |42,194          |41,071          |42,141                           

Staffordshire       |39,638          |38,839          |41,903                           

Suffolk             |21,673          |23,384          |24,515                           

Surrey              |33,255          |30,409          |32,344                           

Sussex              |56,093          |49,722          |54,151                           

Thames Valley       |70,893          |70,881          |76,201                           

Warwickshire        |18,451          |19,341          |20,319                           

West Mercia         |36,415          |38,589          |39,387                           

Wiltshire           |21,115          |21,423          |23,570                           

                                                                                        

Greater Manchester  |126,349         |124,535         |126,895                          

Merseyside          |84,622          |89,383          |91,231                           

Northumbria         |63,939          |65,099          |67,741                           

South Yorkshire     |53,967          |53,406          |52,615                           

West Midlands       |124,080         |120,723         |127,915                          

West Yorkshire      |95,027          |102,676         |100,585                          

                                                                                        

Metropolitan Police |676,931         |981,979         |696,595                          

City of London      |20,639          |21,030          |20,818                           

                                                                                        

Dyfed-Powys         |-               |16,732          |17,927                           

Gwent               |-               |17,756          |18,708                           

North Wales         |-               |25,486          |25,857                           

South Wales         |-               |57,446          |60,454                           


1992-93                                                                                 

£ thousands                                                                             

                    |SSA             |Initial estimate|Actual specific                  

                                     |of              |grant paid                       

                                     |specific grant                                    

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Avon and Somerset   |63,999          |63,097          |63,404                           

Bedfordshire        |25,127          |21,946          |22,547                           

Cambridgeshire      |26,516          |26,116          |25,513                           

Cheshire            |39,805          |38,449          |37,213                           

Cleveland           |31,139          |31,785          |30,499                           

Cumbria             |24,609          |24,635          |25,246                           

Derbyshire          |38,354          |37,766          |38,653                           

Devon and Cornwall  |60,702          |65,137          |65,418                           

Dorset              |26,993          |30,222          |28,378                           

Durham              |28,796          |27,719          |27,145                           

Essex               |64,662          |64,547          |64,175                           

Gloucestershire     |24,546          |24,804          |24,514                           

Hampshire           |71,551          |68,522          |69,071                           

Hertfordshire       |38,803          |36,214          |34,947                           

Humberside          |42,168          |42,966          |42,901                           

Kent                |68,381          |67,204          |70,225                           

Lancashire          |66,943          |66,662          |65,621                           

Leicestershire      |38,416          |37,774          |37,120                           

Lincolnshire        |25,002          |25,643          |26,043                           

Norfolk             |29,978          |29,662          |30,133                           

Northamptonshire    |24,671          |24,711          |25,815                           

North Yorkshire     |29,398          |29,218          |29,806                           

Nottinghamshire     |48,595          |46,673          |45,649                           

Staffordshire       |45,921          |45,787          |44,748                           

Suffolk             |25,562          |26,513          |25,873                           

Surrey              |39,239          |35,216          |36,148                           

Sussex              |60,754          |57,327          |58,708                           

Thames Valley       |85,179          |82,676          |81,861                           

Warwickshire        |21,520          |22,244          |21,669                           

West Mercia         |42,562          |42,356          |42,162                           

Wiltshire           |26,495          |25,205          |26,214                           

                                                                                        

Greater Manchester  |144,376         |140,895         |138,817                          

Merseyside          |97,563          |99,575          |96,533                           

Northumbria         |74,676          |74,818          |69,632                           

South Yorkshire     |62,838          |58,428          |59,947                           

West Midlands       |143,090         |141,330         |144,980                          

West Yorkshire      |109,774         |111,696         |106,449                          

                                                                                        

Metropolitan Police |729,511         |751,921         |756,059                          

City of London      |23,187          |22,855          |22,565                           

                                                                                        

Dyfed-Powys         |-               |18,826          |19,837                           

Gwent               |-               |20,294          |19,872                           

North Wales         |-               |27,268          |28,584                           

South Wales         |-               |64,783          |64,923                           


1993-94                                                                                 

£ thousands                                                                             

                    |SSA             |Initial estimate|Actual specific                  

                                     |of              |grant paid                       

                                     |specific grant                                    

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Avon and Somerset   |66,489          |66,123          |66,215                           

Bedfordshire        |26,498          |23,289          |24,494                           

Cambridgeshire      |27,457          |27,495          |29,817                           

Cheshire            |41,353          |39,272          |40,800                           

Cleveland           |32,350          |32,216          |32,255                           

Cumbria             |25,566          |25,421          |25,755                           

Derbyshire          |39,846          |39,457          |40,959                           

Devon and Cornwall  |63,064          |70,144          |68,802                           

Dorset              |28,043          |30,072          |30,871                           

Durham              |29,917          |28,362          |28,519                           

Essex               |67,767          |67,815          |68,820                           

Gloucestershire     |25,501          |26,113          |27,045                           

Hampshire           |75,453          |69,198          |72,382                           

Hertfordshire       |40,290          |37,203          |37,582                           

Humberside          |43,809          |45,222          |44,899                           

Kent                |72,419          |72,994          |76,819                           

Lancashire          |69,547          |68,609          |71,298                           

Leicestershire      |39,910          |39,068          |38,182                           

Lincolnshire        |25,975          |25,855          |27,574                           

Norfolk             |31,144          |31,933          |32,064                           

Northamptonshire    |25,630          |27,834          |28,306                           

North Yorkshire     |30,541          |31,346          |32,201                           

Nottinghamshire     |50,485          |48,725          |50,258                           

Staffordshire       |47,707          |46,854          |46,413                           

Suffolk             |26,557          |27,355          |27,078                           

Surrey              |40,503          |38,027          |38,534                           

Sussex              |64,004          |63,511          |62,281                           

Thames Valley       |90,575          |90,407          |91,106                           

Warwickshire        |22,443          |22,477          |24,225                           

West Mercia         |44,218          |45,322          |45,200                           

Wiltshire           |27,763          |26,926          |28,764                           

                                                                                        

Greater Manchester  |149,884         |155,736         |152,486                          

Merseyside          |101,359         |100,931         |102,285                          

Northumbria         |77,581          |79,340          |76,704                           

South Yorkshire     |65,282          |64,488          |63,895                           

West Midlands       |148,656         |152,480         |151,775                          

West Yorkshire      |114,045         |116,843         |118,708                          

                                                                                        

Metropolitan Police |761,712         |793,317         |791,091                          

City of London      |26,570          |25,125          |26,054                           

                                                                                        

Dyfed-Powys         |-               |20,980          |21,493                           

Gwent               |-               |20,330          |20,888                           

North Wales         |-               |29,479          |30,590                           

South Wales         |-               |68,177          |67,091                           

Blakenhurst Prison

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who received the interest on the performance security provided by United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. to his Department under the terms of the contract to manage Blakenhurst prison.

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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about who received the interest on the performance security provided by United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. to his Depatment under the terms of the contract to manage Blakenhurst prison.

Under the terms of the contract to manage Blakenhurst prison the contractor is required to provide the Prison Service with performance security. This was provided by means of a Peformance Bond, and therefore the issue of any interest payments does not arise.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been witheld from United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. for loss, destruction or damage to Blakenhurst prison, listing the circumstances and amount of each separate penalty.


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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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the amount of money witheld from United Kingdom Detention Services Limited for loss, destruction or damage to Blakenhurst prison.

The only occasion on which money was witheld from UKDS is set out in my letter to you of 29 June ( Hansard Col. 627).

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims have been made against the public liability insurance policy held by United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. and his Department in connection with Blakenhurst prison ; what were the circumstances in each case ; what were the amounts claimed ; and how many claims have been successful.

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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of claims made against the public liability insurance policy held by United Kingdom Detention Services Limited and his department in connection with Blakenhurst prison ; the circumstances ; the amounts and the success of the claims. There have been no claims made against the public liability insurance policy held by United Kingdom Detention Services Limited.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contact (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the environmental health office and (c) the fire service has had with Blakenhurst prison ; how many inspections of Blakenhurst prison have been made by each of these bodies ; and what were the findings in each case.

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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about what contact (a) The Health and Safety Executive, (b) the Environmental Health Office and (c) the Fire Service has had with Blakenhurst Prison.

Representatives of the Health and Safety Executive have visited on three occasions. On 19 February 1993 they made seven recommendations, all of which have been actioned. They visited again on the 14 October 1993 when a further seven recommendations were made, including a complaint about cleanliness. Again, all have been actioned. The last visit was on 10 March this year when they expressed general satisfaction in a verbal report.

The local Environmental Health Officer has visited on two occasions. The report of 19 November 1993 contained twenty recommendations. On 22 April this year the Environmental Health Officer assessed progress and found that nineteen of the original recommendations had been actioned satisfactorily. One recommendation is still outstanding.


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Hereford and Worcester Fire Service have visited eleven times for exercises or familiarisation visits.

The Fire Service do not carry out full surveys or inspections. These are carried out by the Fire Safety Section of the Prison Service and they have visited on three occasions since Blakenhurst Prison opened.

A full fire survey was carried out in June 1993 and Fire Safety Section's recommendations are being actioned.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made by his Department to the services provided by United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. under the contract to manage Blakenhurst prison.

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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the changes made by his Department to the services provided by United Kingdom Detention Service Limited (UKDS) under the contract to manage Blakenhurst Prison.

The only occasion on which changes were made to the services provided by UKDS under the contract to manage Blakenhurst prison is set out in my letter to you of 29 June (Hansard Col. 627).

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been paid by his Department for loss, destruction or damage to Blakenhurst prison, listing the circumstances and amount of each separate payment.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibilty 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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the amount of money paid by his Department for loss, destruction or damage to Blakenhurst prison ; the circumstances and the amount of each separate payment.

No money has been paid to United Kingdom Detention Services Limited for damage repair at Blakenhurst prison.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff and (b) people applying to become staff, at Blakenhurst prison, have been refused Home Office certification as fit to perform such duties ; and, of these, how many have later reapplied and received such certification.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 30 June 1994] : Responsibilty 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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of staff and people applying to become staff at Blakenhurst prison that have been refused Home Office certification ; and how many have later reapplied and become certificated.


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Twenty people who applied to work at Blakenhurst as prison custody officers (PCO) have been refused Home Office certification. Of these one has been reconsidered and subsequently received certification. Non-PCO do not require certification. All people who work at contracted out prisons are, however, subject to routine enquiries similar to those made for applicants for Prison Service employment.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what notification or advice United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. gave the Home Office regarding the buildings, facilities and design at Blakenhurst prison ; and what action has been taken as a result.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 30 June 1994] : 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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking what notification or advice United Kingdom Detention Services Limited (UKDS) gave the Home Office regarding the buildings, facilities and design at Blakenhurst prison ; and what action has been taken as a result.

UKDS had no involvement in the original buildings, facilities and design at Blakenhurst. Since Blakenhurt became operational, UKDS have recommended changes to the existing conditions at Blackenhurst on a number of occasions. These have included fitting electric gates on house blocks ; creating canteens in four house blocks ; modifying the sewage system ; installing television cameras in the walkways ; modifying the holding cells in reception ; providing power outlets and drainage in the industrial workshop ; altering one spur of a house block to create a Vulnerable Prisoner Unit ; changing the majority of spy-holes to polycarbonate ; and installing a new bolt system for cell doors.

All these requests, which have come through the Controller at the prison, have been actioned.

It is common for modifications to be required in new prisons, especially in the first year of operation. UKDS has paid for a number of the alterations and the remainder have been paid for by the Prison Service.

Race Relations

Mr. Quentin Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to respond to the Commission for Racial Equality's second review of the Race Relations Act 1976.

Mr. Howard : I have today written to the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality setting out the Government's formal response. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Computer Contracts

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts his Department has entered into with the computer company EDS-Scion or its predecessor EDS ; when the contracts were entered into ; what is their total value ; and what is the subject matter of each contract.

Mr. Howard [holding answer 1 July 1994] : The Home Office has let three contracts to the specified company amounting to a total value of £80,942.23.

Details of the contracts are given below :

Date Contract let and Subject matter of Contract

12 September 1991

Hardware Maintenance


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10 July 1992

Software licences for London Fire and Civil Defence Authority 8 January 1993

Evaluation of Performance of Classifying Finger Printing Images for Police System Research and Development Group

United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd.

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions money has been withheld from United Kingdom Detention Services Ltd. for giving an unsatisfactory performance or failing to provide the required service ; what were the circumstances on each occasion including dates and the nature of the failure ; and what were the amounts witheld on each occasion.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 30 June 1994] : 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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 4 July 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of occasions money has been withheld from UKDS for giving an unsatisfactory performance or failing to provide the required service ; the circumstances and the amounts withheld. The only occasion on which money was withheld from UKDS is set out in my letter to you of 29 June (Hansard Col. 627).


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