Mr. Grocott: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the number of press officers currently employed by his Department who are normally based (a) in the Department in London, (b) in the House and (c) at each other location.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will list each public opinion survey commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies since 1 October 1992, showing for each the subject, objectives, total cost, the period in which it was conducted and the organisation from which it was commissioned.
Ms Lynne: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee how much money was spent with foreign companies on refurbishment within the Palace of Westminster in the current financial year; and how much was spent in the same period with British firms.
Mr. Ray Powell: No contracts have been let to foreign firms by the Parliamentary Works Directorate in the current financial year for refurbishment work. However, contractors have normal commercial freedom to subcontract and purchase supplies, provided that they comply with specifications set by the Director of Works or other relevant authorities of the Palace of Westminster. Within these constraints contractors may choose occasionally to use foreign suppliers where they are competitive in quality or service. Some £10 million is forecast to be spent in the current financial year on maintaining the Palace of Westminster.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each public opinion survey commissioned by (a) his Departments and (b) his agencies since 1 October 1993, showing for each, the subject, objectives, total cost, the period in which it was conducted and the organisation from which it was commissioned.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: The surveys listed, commissioned by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer's departments or agencies since 1 October 1992, included questions to individuals about their opinions:
Department or Agency |Title |Objective |Timing |Contractor ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HM Treasury |BT3 Share Sale |Market Research |May-July 1993 |MORI HM Treasury |Electricity Generators |Market Research |July 1994 |BMRB | Share Sale Customs and Excise |Travellers Charter |Monitor quality of |July-August 1993 |NOP (Consumer |Survey 1993 |service provided |Market Research) |staff to travellers Department of National Savings |Advertising |Monitor effect of |continuous |Millwood Brown |Tracking Study |National Savings |advertising Department of National Savings |Product Features Study |Determine trade off |November 1992 |Public Attitude |between savings |Surveys Ltd. |product features Department of National Savings |Investment Guide |Evaluate the launch |March-May 1994 |Taylor-Nelson |Research |of a new product booklet Inland Revenue |Shipley Accounts |Ascertain customers' |January 1993O |Line Telephone |Office Customer |views on service |Surveys |Survey |provided Inland Revenue |Pensioners and their |Assess difficulties in |September 1993 |CCC Research Ltd |tax returns |completing returns Inland Revenue |Pensioners customer |Ascertain customers' |December 1993 |BMRB International |survey |views on service |provided Royal Mint |Royal Mint Coinage |Consider present |September 1994 |RSGB Omnibus via |Survey |United Kingdom |Central Office of |coinage and options |Information |for change The fees paid to contractors are matters of commercial confidentiality.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Forecasting levels of illicit activity is by its nature always difficult. A broad estimate derived from amounts seized has been made of £35 million on revenue loss from all smuggling of excise goods. Work is continuing to improve estimation in this field.
Dr. Marek: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the average monthly revenue value of seizures made by HM Customs and Excise during 1993 94 for (a) all tobacco goods, (b) all alcohol beverages, (c) hand-rolled tobacco and (d) beer; and what is the estimated monthly revenue value of seizures for the same products for the six months to September 1994.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: The average monthly revenue value of seizures made by HM Customs and Excise in the financial year ending 31 March 1994 were (a) £98,514 for all tobacco products, (b) £64,892 for all alcoholic beverages, (c) £77,205 for hand-rolled tobacco and (d) £41,091 for beer.
Details of seizures for the month of September 1994 are not currently available. The average monthly revenue value of seizure for the same products for the five months to August 1994 were (a) £287,467, (b) £93,060, (c) £243,949 and (d) £60,280 respectively.
Mr. Donald Anderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many negotiators are now employed in Departments and agencies following the Government's decision to delegate pay and grading; what was the equivalent number of officials employed at the treasury when pay was settled nationally; and what has been the cost of training these additional officials and the overall additional cost of pay negotiations in the revised form.
Mr. Aitken: In 1993 94, there were 242 staff in the Treasury directorate which looks after civil service management and pay. It is for those who have received pay and grading delegation to decide how to conduct their negotiations and the size and composition of their negotiating teams, and to ensure that their delegated arrangements represent value for money.
Mr. Nelson: The Securities and Investments Board, the chief investment regulator, has today issued a statement determining how compensation is to be delivered for people who have personal pensions instead of being in an occupational pension scheme and who now face financial loss as a result of bad investment advice. I have today placed copies of the statement in the Libraries of both Houses. Today's statement follows the initiative announced by SIB last December, when it published evidence that many sales of personal pensions appeared not to have been made in full compliance with the regulation under the Financial Services Act. Since then, with the help of experts for the life and pensions industry, the SIB has mounted an exercise to assess the problem and to prevent it recurring.
The Government are also taking action to make sure that the arrangements for redress are brought into effect as efficiently as possible. The public service pension schemes are setting other occupational schemes a good example. There is also clarification of the tax treatment of compensation payments.
It is now clear that some sales of personal pensions in the past took place on the basis of bad advice, not given in accordance with the regulatory rules then in force. SIB's statement today implements the assurance I gave in the House to the hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham and my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. T. Smith) on 8 December 1993, Official Report column 233-34 . Anyone with a personal pension who is found to face financial damage as a result of mis-selling will be entitled to redress. The aim will be to provide this compensation by putting people in a financial position equivalent to that in which they would have been had the mis-selling not taken place.
There is at present no way of knowing the eventual total cost but there will inevitably be a substantial call on the financial services industry. Investors can be reassured that the industry as a whole can and will pay. In cases where the firm responsible has ceased trading, this will entail calling on the industry's compensation schemes. The SIB statement sets out in detail how firms responsible for sales of personal pensions should review their cases; how they can identify mis-selling and damage to investors caused by it; and, where mis-selling leading to financial damage has occurred, how appropriate redress should be provided. The details of the review process and the formula for redress have been drawn up with the assistance of experts in the life and pensions industry and in the legal and actuarial professions. The regulators will now ensure that firms responsible for past pensions business take the necessary steps to review their casebooks. The Personal Investment Authority is setting
Column 511up a pensions unit to examine cases sold by firms which are no longer in business.
The review process will be supervised by the regulators. Many people will be contacted by the firm which sold their pension, or the pensions unit, and asked for information to help decide whether further investigation is required. SIB is distributing widely an explanatory leaflet, the Investor's Guide. It will also be generally available from libraries and citizens advice bureaux.
It will take at least two years to carry out the reviews in an appropriately thorough and systematic way as the interests of both personal pension holders and other policyholders require. The cases to be reviewed first will be those where financial damage caused by mis-selling is judged most likely to have occurred and where the effect of mis-selling could have the most immediate impact. These priority groups include the cases of investors who have died or retired. In addition, any personal pension investor who seeks it will have his or her case reviewed.
These reviews will no doubt show that many people who transferred to or opted for a personal pension were given good advice. Where redress is required, its form will depend on the circumstances of the investor. In many cases, and where it is possible, it will be desirable to reinstate people in their occupational schemes. If this cannot be done, the personal pension will usually be topped up. Sometimes additional benefits may need to be provided, for example through insurance policies. Those already retired may get top-up annuities.
With these forms of redress in mind, I very much hope that occupational schemes in the private sector will follow the example of public service schemes such as those for the teachers and nurses. These schemes are allowing current employees not only to rejoin for future service but also to buy back pension rights for previous service at reasonable cost.
All these remedies are designed to put the investor in a financial position equivalent to what would have been the case if the mis-selling had not occurred. The Chancellor intends to introduce legislation in due course to ensure that an investor in that position will have the same tax bill as would have been the case had there been no payment of compensation for mis- selling of the personal pension or buyout contract.
The action announced by SIB today relates to people who bought personal pensions in preference to an occupational scheme. There are many others who would otherwise have been contributing to the state earnings related pension scheme. The SIB is also investigating, with the help of DSS, whether there has been mis-selling to people in this position. SIB intends to publish its findings in this further review next year. If a problem is revealed, SIB will prescribe appropriate redress.
Personal pensions remain a flexible and entirely suitable way of saving to provide a secure income in retirement for a great many people. They can make it possible to combine a mobile and varied career with a good pension. These advantages will no doubt ensure that personal pensions continue to appeal to many people. I also have no doubt that they will have a significant role to play in future pension provision.
But for people to choose personal pensions with confidence, they must be able to rely on high standards
Column 512of professionalism from those responsible for selling them. They must be able to trust advisers and sales staff to recommend suitable products. That is why in March the SIB defined new tougher standards for future sales of personal pensions.
As a result, investors choosing between occupational and personal pensions now get a "reason why" letter to explain each personal pension sale, backed by sophisticated analysis of their own personal circumstances. The regulators are following this up with more intensive supervision of sales. The Department of Social Security has also issued guidance to employers about the advice they may give to any of their employees considering a personal pension. These new standards are backed up by more demanding training and competence requirements. Financial services firms are already implementing the new standards. So people making decisions about whether to buy a personal pension instead of belonging to an occupational scheme can have confidence in the quality of the advice they get.
The problems addressed in SIB's statement today demonstrate how important it is that authorised firms operating in the financial services sector take these responsibilities to their customers seriously. Investors must be able to reply on their investment advisers to comply with the regulatory standards.
There can be no doubt that SIB's action to compensate investors is a success for the regulatory system. SIB has acted with commendable thoroughness and independence. I have no hesitation in concluding that the system of regulation, in which SIB takes the prime role, and which benefits from major practitioner input, is sound and working effectively to protect investors. The reforms instituted by the SIB review last year are beginning to bear fruit.
The financial services industry plays an important and growing role in a sophisticated modern economy such as ours. Increasing affluence means that people will more often have resources available for investment. They must be able to invest with confidence. A clean, well regulated market is in the interest of consumers and financial services firms alike.
Italy, and to a lesser extent Spain and Greece, faced disallowance due to their failure to fine farmers who had exceeded EC milk quotas over the period 1989 93. Italy and Spain claimed that this was unfair, as their national quotas had been set too low to begin with. In 1992, it was agreed at a Council of Agriculture Ministers to increase Italian and Spanish milk quotas for 1993 94. Subsequently, in the course of clearing the EAGGF accounts for 1989 and 1990, the Commission decided to disallow only the amounts which would have been payable by Italy and Spain if they had had in those years the extra milk quota which had been awarded them for 1993 94. It indicated that it intended to do the same for
Column 5131991, 1992 and 1993. This would have resulted in Italy and Spain paying roughly half the amount for which they were liable at the outset.
The United Kingdom objected to this and brought proceedings before the European Court of Justice on the grounds that the Commission had exceeded its competence by backdating quota, a power which could be exercised only by the Council of Ministers. Italy and Spain also began ECJ proceedings on the grounds that the disallowance decisions were still excessively harsh and claimed that they should make no further repayments at all.
Even had we ultimately won on all aspects of our ECJ cases, on which judgment was still two years distant, the level of the fine would have been a matter for the Council to determine on the basis of a proposal from the Commission. There is no reason to believe that the Commission would then have produced any different proposal from the one that it had originally made. Therefore Italy and Spain would only have paid roughly half of the penalties for which they were theoretically liable even if we had won our cases in the ECJ on all points.
I therefore negotiated a settlement which resulted in Italy and Spain agreeing to repay much higher sums to the Community budget than they would have paid if we have not brought our action in the European Court or if we had allowed our action before the Court to take its course to a possibly successful conclusion over the next two years.
Ecofin on Friday agreed to increase total disallowance from the Commission proposal of 2.1 billion ECU or 1.6 billion to 3.2 billion ECU or £2.5 billion--an increase of 1.1 billion ECU or £860 million on the level of disallowance fixed by the Commission. This is the largest agricultural fine even levied in the history of the European Community. Payment will start in 1995.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of press officers currently employed by his Department who are normally based (a) in the Department in London and (b) at each other location.
Mr. Howard: The Home Office has 14 press officers in post, including the director and deputy director of information who deal with all media. There are two vacancies. All are based in London. There are a number of agencies accountable to the Department which employ Government information service press officers who are not included in these figures.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out by police authority (a) the standard spending assessment and (b) the estimated or actual budget for the latest year for which figures are available.
Mr. Howard: The following table lists the standard spending assessment and comparable net revenue budget information for each police authority in England for 1994 95. For Wales, provision for the police is included in the overall assessment made for Welsh county councils and no separate figures are available.
1994/95 £ million Police Authority |SSA |Budget Outturn ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Avon and Somerset |69.274 |70.738 Bedfordshire |27.790 |25.229 Cambridgeshire |28.702 |29.276 Cheshire |43.087 |44.475 Cleveland |33.706 |34.092 Cumbria |26.638 |26.262 Derbyshire |41.516 |40.038 Devon and Cornwall |65.707 |70.500 Dorset |29.218 |35.611 Durham |31.171 |31.257 Essex |71.273 |73.194 Gloucestershire |26.570 |26.404 Hampshire |79.134 |81.076 Hertfordshire |42.413 |40.908 Humberside |45.645 |45.190 Kent |76.389 |76.475 Lancashire |72.462 |74.179 Leicestershire |41.583 |38.760 Lincolnshire |27.064 |32.503 Norfolk |32.450 |34.969 Northamptonshire |26.705 |29.557 North Yorkshire |31.821 |31.373 Nottinghamshire |52.894 |52.781 Staffordshire |49.707 |51.588 Suffolk |27.670 |28.260 Surrey |42.834 |43.870 Sussex |67.155 |66.757 Thames Valley |95.202 |96.501 Warwickshire |23.384 |23.681 West Mercia |46.071 |48.452 Wiltshire |28.927 |29.132 Greater Manchester |156.167 |158.053 Merseyside |105.608 |104.793 Northumbria |80.833 |81.557 South Yorkshire |68.019 |68.278 West Midlands |154.888 |151.096 West Yorkshire |118.825 |119.765 City of London |29.690 |35.838 Metropolitan |791.008 |788.515
Mr. Howard: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment announced today that the county of Humberside would be replaced by four unitary authorities, with the area around Goole, in the present district of Boothferry, transferring to North Yorkshire.
Column 515In the light of this announcement I shall need to consider whether to retain a separate Humberside police force, based on the four unitary authorities. Goole will be policed by the North Yorkshire force from the date of the local government reorganisation, in accordance with the provisions of section 39 of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994.
My preference is to retain a separate Humberside force but before reaching a final decision I shall wish to consult the forces, police authorities and local authorities which would be affected by the decision. I shall also ask Her Majesty's chief inspector of constabulary to report on the viability of a police force based on the boundaries of the four unitary authorities.
The consultation will begin immediately and I shall announce my final decision as soon as possible.
Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of British passports reported as lost or stolen in 1992; how many were in foreign countries; and what were the figures for each of the preceding five years.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Precise figures for the number of United Kingdom passports lost or stolen are not kept but it is estimated that about 70,000 are reported each year, of which about 20,000 are in foreign countries. A significant number of these passports are expired while a smaller percentage will subsequently be found having been originally misplaced.
Passport issuing within the United Kingdom is now computerised and the system allows the recording of machine-readable passports that have been reported lost or stolen. Arrangements are being considered which would provide the United Kingdom Passport Agency with statistics from the computerised records to monitor the problem.
Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which countries, other than the United Kingdom, the largest number of British passports were recorded as lost or stolen in 1992 93.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Figures provided by British Consulates indicate that Australia with 1,161, the United States with 1,055 and France with 1,025 recorded the highest number of United Kingdom passports reported to them as lost or stolen during 1993.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in England and Wales were prosecuted for dropping litter in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Number of defendants prosecuted for dropping litter<1> 1989-1993* England and Wales |1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 |1993* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Prosecutions |2,409 |2,543 |1,673 |1,639 |1,170 <1> An offence under section 1 (3) of the Litter Act 1983 repealed by Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. * Provisional
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis his Department has made of the implications for policing on wheelclamping of the outcome of Total Car Park Management v . Dr. Colin Spink in the Oxford county court on 13 July.
Mr. Maclean: The judgment referred to related to a civil dispute and has no direct implications for the police. We are, of course, taking all relevant judgments into account while formulating policy on wheelclamping on private land.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the research being undertaken by or on behalf of his Department into the use of closed-circuit television, including the subject matter of such research; who is undertaking the work; and when a report on each study is due to be provided to his Department.
Mr. Maclean: The Home Office police research group is currently carrying out a study of closed-circuit television systems in town centres with the aim of identifying the characteristics of schemes which make an effective contribution to the control of crime and operational policing generally. A report will be available by Easter 1995.
The Home Office police scientific development branch is carrying out a study of the technical and operational aspects of CCTV systems aimed at setting appropriate performance standards for CCTV systems and assisting crime prevention officers. The final report will be available in July 1995.
PSDB has also commissioned a study of a number of town centre control rooms looking at the human factors associated with the monitoring of CCTV images. This is being carried out by CCD Design and Ergonomics Ltd and a report is expected before the end of the year.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the burglaries recorded in each borough by the Metropolitan police in the year ended June were in a dwelling; and how many were in another building;
(2) how many incidents of theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and of theft from a motor vehicle were recorded by the Metropolitan police in each borough in the year ended June.
Notifiable offences of burglary recorded by local authority borough or district Metropolitan police district: July 1993 to June 1994 |Burglary in a |Burglary in a |building other |Total Borough/district |dwelling |than a dwelling |burglary ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barking |1,675 |1,730 |3,405 Barnet |3,478 |1,566 |5,044 Bexley |1,780 |1,046 |2,826 Brent |4,033 |1,614 |5,647 Bromley |3,454 |1,946 |5,400 Camden |4,332 |2,872 |7,204 Croydon |3,871 |2,061 |5,932 Ealing |3,000 |1,238 |4,238 Enfield |2,209 |1,634 |3,843 Greenwich |4,292 |1,875 |6,167 Hackney |4,879 |2,088 |6,967 Hammersmith |2,613 |1,288 |3,901 Haringey |3,251 |1,300 |4,551 Harrow |2,284 |1,099 |3,383 Havering |1,918 |1,595 |3,513 Hillingdon* |2,134 |1,381 |3,515 Hounslow* |2,560 |1,536 |4,096 Islington |3,026 |1,695 |4,721 Kensington and Chelsea |3,348 |892 |4,240 Kingston |1,647 |1,591 |3,238 Lambeth |6,220 |1,719 |7,939 Lewisham |5,613 |2,346 |7,959 Merton |1,774 |1,133 |2,907 Newham |4,053 |2,493 |6,546 Redbridge |2,613 |1,318 |3,931 Richmond |1,799 |969 |2,768 Southwark |4,620 |2,477 |7,097 Sutton |2,382 |1,262 |3,644 Tower Hamlets |2,194 |2,704 |4,898 Wandsworth |4,146 |1,972 |6,118 Waltham Forest |2,317 |1,679 |3,996 Westminster |3,856 |3,780 |7,636 Broxbourne (part) |305 |264 |569 Elmbridge (part) |225 |190 |415 Epping Forest (part) |399 |332 |731 Epsom and Ewell |723 |367 |1,090 Hertsmere |343 |327 |670 Reigate and Banstead |338 |128 |466 Spelthorne |540 |947 |1,487 Welwyn Hatfield (part) |9 |12 |21 Heathrow Airport |4 |28 |32 Thames |- |- |- |------- |------- |------- Total |104,257 |58,494 |162,751 *These figures exclude offences reported in those parts of the borough which fall within the boundary of Heathrow airport
Notifiable offences of vehicle crime recorded by local authority borough or district Metropolitan police district: July 1993 to June 1994 |Theft or |unauthorised |taking of a |Theft from a |Total Borough/district |motor vehicle |motor vehicle |vehicle crime ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barking |1,774 |2,294 |4,068 Barnet |1,859 |4,051 |5,910 Bexley |2,167 |2,731 |4,898 Brent |2,117 |4,083 |6,200 Bromley |2,761 |4,975 |7,736 Camden |2,109 |6,406 |8,515 Croydon |2,863 |5,671 |8,534 Ealing |2,390 |4,527 |6,917 Enfield |1,970 |3,454 |5,424 Greenwich |3,551 |4,622 |8,173 Hackney |2,781 |4,240 |7,021 Hammersmith |1,517 |5,475 |6,992 Haringey |2,370 |3,862 |6,232 Harrow |944 |2,621 |3,565 Havering |2,695 |2,804 |5,499 Hillingdon* |1,877 |4,123 |6,000 Hounslow* |1,824 |3,498 |5,322 Islington |2,131 |4,407 |6,538 Kensington and Chelsea |1,179 |4,642 |5,721 Kingston |724 |2,743 |3,467 Lambeth |3,033 |5,818 |8,851 Lewisham |2,875 |3,923 |6,798 Merton |1,286 |2,786 |4,072 Newham |3,409 |4,065 |7,474 Redbridge |3,239 |2,845 |6,084 Richmond |689 |2,591 |3,280 Southwark |3,480 |6,044 |9,524 Sutton |1,648 |2,455 |4,103 Tower Hamlets |2,341 |4,338 |6,679 Wandsworth |2,617 |5,991 |8,608 Waltham Forest |2,715 |3,026 |5,741 Westminster |1,382 |6,851 |8,233 Broxbourne (part) |391 |919 |1,310 Elmbridge (part) |89 |364 |453 Epping Forest (part) |709 |1,100 |1,809 Epsom and Ewell |349 |964 |1,313 Hertsmere |358 |1,171 |1,529 Reigate and Banstead |208 |550 |768 Spelthorne |445 |1,681 |2,126 Welwyn Hatfield (part) |3 |14 |17 Heathrow Airport |72 |382 |454 Thames |11 |8 |19 |------- |------- |------- Total |72,952 |139,115 |211,977 * These figures exclude offences reported in those parts of the borough which fall within the boundary of Heathrow airport
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public appointments for which he is responsible (a) in the west midlands region and (b) in Shropshire, indicating in each case the duration of the appointment, the date when a new appointment is due, and the salary.
Mr. Michael Forsyth: My right hon. and learned Friend is responsible for appointments to board of visitors to prisons in the West Midlands region and in Shropshire. Appointments to boards of visitors are for a maximum of three years and are renewable. Members do not receive a salary but are entitled to travelling, subsistence and financial loss allowances.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for the last year for which information is available for each Crown court circuit, what has been the average length of sentence for those found guilty of rape after (a) pleading guilty and (b) pleading not guilty, and, for those pleading not guilty but found guilty, what has
Column 520been the percentage sentenced to more than five years imprisonment.
The table gives information for 1993, which is provisional, on the number of males aged 21 and over found guilty and sentenced at the Crown court for rape offences, by circuit.
Adult males found guilty and sentenced at the Crown court for rape offences<1> by circuit, average sentence length<2> and proportion sentenced to over five years imprisonment, 1993*. |Proportion sentenced |Number sentenced |Average sentence |to over five years Crown court circuit |Total found guilty |to imprisonment |length<2> (months) |imprisonment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Midland and Oxford |78 |76 |75 |61 North Eastern |48 |48 |72 |56 Northern |41 |39 |69 |49 South Eastern |112 |105 |87 |78 Wales and Chester |38 |36 |76 |61 Western |29 |26 |74 |65 England and Wales |346 |330 |78 |65 <1> Substantive rape-excluding attempts and offences under the Mental Health Act 1959. <2> Excluding "lifers". * Provisional.
Column 519The 1993 information given is expected to be final but has been labelled provisional until publication of the Command Paper "Criminal statistics" on 2 November.
The reply is on the same basis, as information for previous years from Crown court circuits and individual court centres previously provided to the House of Commons Library. A comparison is given in the table. The variation between years for the smaller circuits such as Wales and Chester and Western reflects the small number of persons sentenced per year.
Average sentence length<1> in months for adult males sentenced at the Crown Court for rape offences<2> by circuit, 1990-1993* Crown court circuit |1990 |1991 |1992 |1993* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Midland and Oxford |69 |74 |75 |75 North Eastern |63 |79 |75 |72 Northern |92 |74 |77 |69 South Eastern |78 |79 |86 |87 Wales and Chester |87 |75 |72 |76 Western |71 |66 |74 |74 England and Wales |76 |76 |79 |78 <1> Excluding "lifers". <2> Substantive rape - excluding attempts and offences under the Mental Health Act 1959. *Provisional.
Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated number of remand prisoners who have been awaiting trial (a) for more than three months, (b) for more than six months, (c) for more than 12 months and (d) for more than 18 months, at the latest available date.
Column 520to 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 25 October 1994:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking about the estimated number of remand prisoners who have been awaiting trial (a) for more than three months, (b) for more than six months, (c) for more than 12 months and (d) for more than 18 months, at the latest available date.
The latest available provisional data is for 31 August 1994 and is shown in the attached table.
Inmates recorded as being untried held in custody on 31 August 1994 by time on remand<1> |Numbers ----------------------------------------------------------------- For over 3 months up to and including 6 months |1,890 For over 6 months up to and including 12 months |1,250 For over 12 months up to and including 18 months |240 For over 18 months |200 <1> Not all of these defendants will have been in continuous prison custody since their first remand. This period excludes any time spent in non-Prison Service-Establishments (eg police cells) before reception on remand into a Prison Service establishment; it includes inmates who are waiting trial and those being tried.
Column 521based (a) in the Department in London, (b) in the House and (c) at each other location.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The Cabinet Office--Office of Public Service and Science--employs eight Government information service press officers who are normally based in London. No press officers are based in the House or at locations other than London; a regional press service is provided by the Central Office of Information. Press officers working for agencies directly accountable to the Cabinet Office are not included in this figure.
(a) (b) Agencies |Cabinent |Office<1> |OPSS |HMSO<2> |COI |Agencies |£ |£ |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------ 1990-91 |14,300 |500 |1,200 1991-92 |26,600<3> |4,400 |1,300 1992-93 |25,000 |19,400 |4,600 |59,500 1993-94 |27,700 |22,000 |5,900 |6,100 <1> Figures for the Cabinet Office exclude expenditure by the Office of the Prime Minister, which was the subject of a separate Answer by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. <2> HMSO figures are based on their accounting year 1 January-31 December. Figures for hospitality were not recorded centrally by HMSO before 1993. <3> In addition, £234,100 was borne by the OPSS in 1991-92 on official hospitality in respect of the 1991 economic summit. Expenditure by OPSS agencies in 1992-93 includes some £59,000 relating to Chessington computer centre's launch as an executive agency.