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Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of each suicide at Doncaster prison in 1994, what was (a) the time the suicide occurred, (b) the prison wing, (c) the number of prisoners on that wing and (d) the number of staff on that wing.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 19 January 1995:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about Doncaster prison.
The only official verdict of suicide at Doncaster has been that of Ian Buck. He was discovered in his cell at 8.02am on 16 September on Unit B of houseblock 2. The number of prisoners unlocked on the unit that morning was 44 and there were 11 staff on duty.
Mr. Gunnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the numbers of staff and number of inmates at Doncaster prison, including those on home leave, on 1 January 1995; how many deaths of inmates held in the prison have taken place since 20 June 1994; and how many prisoners have required immediate hospital admission since 20 June 1994.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 10 January 1995]: 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 Mr. John Gunnell, dated 19 January 1995:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about Doncaster prison.
There were 410 full time and 34 part time staff employed at Doncaster on 1 January 1995. The total inmate population at
Column 678midnight on 1 January was 723. There were no prisoners on home leave at that time.
Two inmates have died within the prison and one has died in St James' hospital, Leeds. Since 20 January 1994, twelve prisoners have required immediate hospital admission needing an overnight stay. The reasons for admission include acts of deliberate self-harm, drug-related incidents and assaults by other prisoners, as well as sudden illness.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which of the requests for disclosure received by the Home Secretary from representatives of the four men convicted of killing Carl Bridgewater, following the High Court judgment of 28 November, he has yet to respond; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean: The expert reports and records of interviews with police witnesses, which the divisional court said specifically should be disclosed, have been made available to the representatives of the convicted men. We are considering what further disclosure is now required in this case in accordance with the court's judgment.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum applicants have been removed to (a) Italy, (b) the Netherlands, (c) Belgium, (d) Germany and (e) France, following refusal of their application on safe third country grounds, since the implementation of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act on 26 July 1993; and how many of those so removed have been returned to the United Kingdom by the authorities of the country concerned; (2) how many asylum applicants, excluding dependants were removed from the United Kingdom following refusal of their application on safe third country grounds in 1993; and if he will provide a breakdown of those so removed, by nationality grounds and by country to which they were removed.
Information on the destination of persons removed after having their application for asylum refused on safe third country grounds and the number of those who were returned by the country removed to could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Number of asylum seekers whose applications were refused on safe third country grounds and who were removed, excluding dependants, by nationality, 1993 Country |Number ----------------------------------------- Afghanistan |7 Albania |1 Algeria |14 Angola |21 Bangladesh |1 Brazil |3 Bulgaria |4 China |4 Colombia |6 Ethiopia |10 Former Soviet Union |6 Former Yugoslavia |12 Ghana |27 Hungary |3 India |12 Iran |2 Iraq |6 Ivory Coast |7 Jordan |1 Kuwait |2 Lebanon |16 Liberia |6 Libya |2 Morocco |2 Niger |2 Nigeria |11 Pakistan |12 Palestine |4 Poland |18 Romania |34 Saudi Arabia |1 Sierra Leone |10 Somalia |33 Sri Lanka |64 Sudan |6 Togo |1 Tunisia |1 Turkey |59 Uganda |4 United States of America |1 Zaire |25 Nationality doubtful |6 Total |467
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provide a breakdown of current costs to his Department associated with removing from the United Kingdom persons refused asylum on safe third country grounds;
(2) what was the total cost to his Department in the financial year 1993 94 of removing from the United Kingdom persons refused asylum on safe third country grounds.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Staff costs relating to removing people refused asylum on safe third country grounds are not recorded separately, and details of escort, detention and removal costs relating to such cases are not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the available information suggests that in the majority of cases in which people were removed to safe third countries in the financial year 1993 94, the directions for removal would have been given to the
Column 680inward carrier, who would have been responsible for the costs of escort and detention and for the removal itself.
My right hon. and learned Friend received a letter on 29 September from the chief constable of Merseyside, Mr. Sharples, on the subject of the new police funding formula for 1995 96. Mr. Sharples was a member of the delegation from Merseyside which met my right hon. and learned Friend on 14 December 1994 to discuss the proposals, announced on 1 December 1994, for the funding to be available for policing on Merseyside in 1995 96.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amounts have been requested by way of section 11 spending in 1995 96 by each local education authority; and what has been the total amount requested in England.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Most existing projects which will still be running in 1995 96 relate to education. It is hoped to notify local authorities shortly of their grant allocations for 1995 96 expenditure in relation to those projects. In addition, the authorities listed in the table have requested for 1995 96 the amounts of grant shown in respect of new education projects.
England Authority |Amount requested £ ------------------------------------------------------------- Avon |536,190 Barking and Dagenham |265,750 Barnet |160,000 Bedfordshire |87,500 Berkshire |19,500 Bexley |20,644 Birmingham |319,143 Bolton |79,500 Bradford |3,692,728 Brent |370,000 Bromley |28,800 Buckinghamshire |1,138,021 Bury |18,700 Cambridgeshire |118,000 Camden |1,403,561 Cleveland |92,464 Coventry |165,355 Croydon |427,174 Derbyshire |227,940 Devon |83,000 Doncaster |12,088 Dorset |45,700 Dudley |770,000 Ealing |1,149,762 East Sussex |67,000 Enfield |456,597 Essex |64,511 Gateshead |27,000 Gloucestershire |17,071 Greenwich |1,011,000 Hammersmith and Fulham |413,000 Hampshire |66,750 Haringey |250,000 Harrow |26,989 Havering |35,484 Hereford and Worcester |175,500 Hertfordshire |29,000 Hillingdon |126,828 Hounslow |412,000 Islington |1,201,5000 Kent |90,000 Kingston upon Thames |53,064 Kirklees |2,000,000 Lambeth |1,587,940 Lancashire |909,079 Leeds |369,924 Leicestershire |49,000 Lewisham |1,459,424 Lincolnshire |18,437 Liverpool |154,871 Manchester |101,500 Merton |79,120 Newham |140,320 Norfolk |217,051 North Tyneside |28,493 Northamptonshire |211,277 Nottinghamshire |404,467 Oldham |121,000 Oxfordshire |119,500 Redbridge |149,000 Richmond |25,200 Rochdale |97,000 Rotherham |333,767 Salford |99,110 Sandwell |316,753 Sefton |24,165 Sheffield |313,500 Shropshire |89,072 Somerset |34,273 South Tyneside |160,073 Southwark |839,528 St. Helens |20,064 Staffordshire |310,744 Suffolk |27,500 Sunderland |52,920 Surrey |47,985 Sutton |108,425 Tameside |26,900 Tower Hamlets |949,484 Trafford |48,645 Wakefield |222,500 Walsall |1,320,500 Waltham Forest |143,757 Wandsworth |158,931 Warwickshire |863,500 Westminster |136,250 Wigan |80,000 Wiltshire |54,300 Wolverhampton |1,323,600 Total |32,103,663
Wales Authority |Amount requested £ --------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |139,968 Gwent |184,000 South Glamorgan |24,000 West Glamorgan |245,884 Total |593,852
(2) how many known illegal immigrants there are in the United Kingdom; and what measures he is taking to apprehend them.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: When a person is known to be here unlawfully, firm action is taken by the immigration service in cooperation with the police and other agencies. It is not possible to give the total number of immigrants who are here unlawfully. The available information relates to those who have been detected and served with a notice of illegal entry or a notice of intention to deport. In 1994, 7,240 illegal entrants were detected. In the same period, 3,670 were removed, or departed voluntarily, from the United Kingdom. In addition, 4,750 persons were issued with a notice of intention to deport because of a breach of conditions of leave to enter or remain, and 1,080 such persons were removed, or departed voluntarily, from the United Kingdom in 1994.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) at what date in October 1994 he received a copy of the letter from the Chief Inspector of Prisons to the Director General of the Prison Service concerning security at Her Majesty's prison, Parkhurst; and if he will place a copy of the letter in the Library; (2) what action he took following receipt of the copy of the Chief Inspector of Prisons' letter to the Director General of the Prison Service concerning security of Her Majesty's prison, Parkhurst; on how many occasions he wrote to the director general concerning security at Her Majesty's prison Parkhurst and on what dates; and what steps he instructed the director general to take.
Mr. Howard [holding answer 10 January 1995]: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, Judge Stephen Tumim, wrote to the Director General of the Prison Service, Derek Lewis, on 7 October 1994. His letter set out some concerns about security at Parkhurst expressed by an inspection team. As I announced in my statement of 10 January 1995, Official Report, columns 31 46, I have placed a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.
A copy of the letter was received in my office on Friday 7 October 1994. I spoke to the director general on the same day and again that weekend and asked for a full report. I received that report on 11 October 1994. On the basis of advice from the governor of Parkhurst, the director general advised me that all Judge Tumim's
recommendations had been implemented.
My office wrote to the director general on 14 October 1994 to ask for further details on the use of the X-ray machine in the prison's gatelodge and on plans to search
Column 683all staff coming on duty. The director general replied to my office on 21 October 1994, again informing me that procedures had been changed to address Judge Tumim's criticism.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 18 January 1995]: 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 Mr. Paul Flynn, dated 19 January 1995: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about satellite television in Prison Service establishments. Two establishments in England and Wales have the capacity for prisoners to watch satellite television in cells and 105 establishments have the capacity for prisoners to watch satellite television in communal areas.
Television viewing equipment--including satellite television--is not paid for by taxpayers' money but from an establishment's general purpose fund which is largely derived from prisoners' own contributions.
A list of these establishments which use satellite television in cells or communal areas is attached. A copy of this list has been placed in the Library of the House.
Establishments which use satellite television in cells or communal areas Area |In communal area|In cell -------------------------------------------------------------------- Central |Ashwell |Brinsford |Featherstone |Glen Parva |Leicester |Long Lartin |Stafford The Chilterns |Coldingley |Finnamore Wood |Onley |Reading East Anglia |Hollesley Bay |Norwich |Wayland |Highpoint East Midlands |Doncaster |Stocken |Lincoln |Lindholme |Moorland |Morton Hall |North Sea Camp |Nottingham |Ranby |Whatton Kent |Aldington |Blantyre House |Canterbury |Cookham Wood |Dover |Maidstone |Rochester |Stanford Hill |Swaleside London North |Bedford |Grendon |Littlehey |Pentonville |Spring Hill |Wellingborough |Whitemoor |Woodhill |Wormwood Scrubs London South |Albany |Belmarsh |Brixton |Camp Hill |Parkhurst |Wandsworth |Feltham Mercia |Brockhill |Foston Hall |Hewell Grange |Stoke Heath |Sudbury |Swinfen Hall |Werrington North east |Acklington |Castington |Frankland |Full Sutton |Holme House |Kirklevington |Low Newton North west |Haverigg |Garth |Hindley |Kirkham |Lancaster Castle |Lancaster Farms |Preston |Thorn Cross South coast |Downview |Ford |Haslar |Highdown |Kingston |Lewes |Send Trans pennine |Leeds |Liverpool |New Hall |Risley Wales and west |Bristol |Cardiff |Erlestoke |Gloucester |Leyhill |Pucklechurch |Swansea |Usk Wessex |Channings Wood |Dartmoor |Dorchester |Exeter |Portland |Shepton Mallet Yorkshire |Askham Grange |Deerbolt |Everthorpe |Hatfield |Hull |Northallerton |Rudgate |Thorp Arch |Wetherby |The Wolds
Mr. Freeman: On present plans, the Procurement Executive will relocate to north Bristol between autumn 1995 and autumn 1996. We expect between 500 and 600 local public service jobs to be created over this period.
|Current holding of Site |used reactor cores --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BNFL Sellafield |38.5 Devonport Royal Dockyard |3.0 Rosyth Royal Dockyard |2.5 Naval Reactor Test Establishment, Dounreay |1.0
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what files his Department currently holds regarding (i) brokerage fees, (ii) agency fees and (iii) commissions with regard to procurement and maintenance contracts.
Column 686needs. The information requested is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Freeman: The naval procurement programme includes the continuation of the Trident programmes, a helicopter carrier, EH101 Merlin ASW helicopters, further type 23 frigates, Sandown class single role minehunters, and Sea Harrier F/A2s, the upgrading of Lynx mark 3 helicopters to mark 8 standard and the purchase of Spearfish torpedoes. We also remain fully involved in the common new generation frigate programme, Project Horizon. In addition, we have issued invitations to tender for replacement LPDs, batch 2 Trafalgar class submarines, an oceanographic survey vessel and another batch of type 23 frigates.
Mr. Freeman: The total cost to the end of December 1994 to my Department, including post-acceptance rectification work, is £131.130 million and £159.460 million (actual prices) for AOR 01 and AOR 02 respectively. Final costs for both vessels have still to be agreed. An independent assessment of Harland and Wolff's bid for AOR 01 concluded that the bid contained no element of subsidy. Neither was there any element of subsidy in Swan Hunter's bid for AOR 02. The Northern Ireland Department of Economic Development made payments of £53 million to Harland and Wolff as part of the yard's privatisation. These payments were tied to progress in completing AOR 01.
Sir Nicholas Bonsor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what military needs three rough terrain wheeled tractors are required as set out in the future purchase No. EM and D1A/152; what consideration has been given to leasing the equipment; what information he has as to the availability of such equipment on the civil market; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman: The three rough terrain wheeled tractors in future purchase No. EM and D1A/152 will be deployed in the Falkland Islands and used for the handling and movement of International Standards Organisation containers on semi-trailers. Vehicles that meet the military specification for this requirement are not currently available for leasing or immediate purchase on the civil market.
Column 687consideration was given to leasing the equipment; what information he has as to the availability of such equipment on the civil market; why the tender has been cancelled; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman: Rough terrain container handlers are used to handle International Standards Organisation containers on operations and during major exercises in the field. Vehicles that meet the military specification of this requirement are not currently available for leasing or immediate purchase on the civil market. The tender has been delayed to modify the specification and broaden the scope of potential bidders; it will be reissued.
Mr. Soames [holding answer 17 January 1995]: The average rents for Service married quarters owned by my Department are given below. These figures are based on furnished accommodation in England and represent the most commonly occupied quarters.
Married quarters charge for last five years |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|1994-95 |£ |£ |£ |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------ Officers |32.65 |37.17 |40.67 |41.30 |43.12 Other ranks |20.91 |23.87 |26.04 |26.46 |27.74
Additionally, most personnel pay a contribution in lieu of council tax.
Mr. Soames: As at 16 January 1995 there were 647 lone parents in married quarter accommodation owned by my Department. Lone parents are defined as widows or widowers, divorced, separated or unmarried personnel who have parental responsibility for a child or children within the terms of the Children Act 1989.
Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the number of his Department's houses and their estimated total value in each of the districts and boroughs of Wales and in Wales as a whole.
|Former married |Former civilian |Service married|MOD civilian |quarters in the|houses in the |quarters |houses |process of sale|process of sale|Total ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |292 |0 |0 |0 |292 Dyfed |451 |25 |26 |1 |503 Gwent |175 |0 |15 |0 |190 Gwynedd |391 |0 |0 |0 |391 Mid Glamorgan |6 |0 |0 |0 |6 Powys |205 |0 |0 |0 |205 South Glamorgan |965 |0 |0 |0 |965 West Glamorgan |16 |0 |1 |0 |17 Total |2,501 |25 |42 |1 |2,569
The married quarter returns are reported by service unit based on the unit's location, and some of the properties may therefore be located in a neighbouring county. The information requested on valuations is not available.
|Former |married |Service |MOD |quarters in |married |civilian |the process |quarters |houses |of sale |Total ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |81 |0 |0 |81 Dyfed |56 |8 |26 |90 Gwent |107 |0 |15 |122 Gwynedd |16 |0 |0 |16 Mid Glamorgan |0 |0 |0 |0 Powys |20 |0 |0 |20 South Glamorgan |33 |0 |0 |33 West Glamorgan |4 |0 |1 |5 Total |317 |8 |42 |367
The married quarter returns are reported by service unit based on the unit's location, and some of the properties may therefore be located in a neighbouring county.
A large number of the vacant service married quarters were undergoing or awaiting major maintenance, held for future deployments or formed part of the management margin needed to ensure that accommodation is available for entitled service families.
Mr. Soames: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 17 November 1994, Official Report, column 1, to my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Mr. Shaw). My Department's plans for improving the quality and management of our married quarter estates include our properties in Wales.
Mr. Soames: The problems surrounding the Housing Trust, as originally conceived, related to its classification as a private sector body. As my right hon. and learned Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence, announced on 17 November 1994, Official Report, column 1, we are proceeding instead with the creation of a Defence Housing Executive, thus building on the efforts and resources invested in the trust proposal.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total cost to date for management consultants and merchant bankers who have advised on his Department's plans for the future of the married quarters estate.
Mr. Soames: The total value of invoices presented to date by management and other consultants and merchant banks assisting in developing the Department's plans for the future of the married quarters estate is some £3,300,000 exclusive of VAT. The work undertaken in developing the Housing Trust proposals will form the basis for the creation of the Defence Housing Executive as announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 17 November 1994, Official Report, column 1.
Royal Artillery Regimental Museum, Woolwich
Royal Signals Museum, Blandford
Royal Logistics Corps Museum, Deepcut
Royal Army Medical Corps Museum, Mytchett
Royal Army Dental Corps Museum, Aldershot
Column 690Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Museum,
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Museum,
Corps of Royal Military Police Museum, Chichester
Intelligence corps Museum, Ashford
Household Cavalry Museum, Windsor
The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Glasgow
The Black Watch Museum, Perth
The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen
The Royal Anglian Regimental Museum (Suffolk Regiment), Bury St. Edmunds
The Staffordshire Regiment, Lichfield
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire Fusiliers)
The Regiments of Gloucestershire Museum, Gloucester
The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment Museum, Salisbury
The South Wales Borderers and Monmouthshire Regimental
Museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/21st Foot), Brecon
The Devon and Dorset Regiment Museum, Dorchester
The Green Howards Museum, Richmond
The list comprise those museums in receipt of public funding, but does not include military museums which are privately funded or run by regimental associations.