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Doncaster Prison

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the disturbances that have occurred since Doncaster prison was opened; and if he will make a statement.     [40955]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 2 November 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of disturbances that have occurred since Doncaster prison was opened.

Doncaster prison was opened on 20 June 1994 and from that date until 30 September 1995, a total of 48 incidents of concerted indiscipline were reported to Prison Service headquarters.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who or what organisation initiated the litigation about the tariff scheme for criminal injuries compensation; and to what extent this litigation was funded out of public funds.     [40705]

Mr. Maclean: The applicants in the application for judicial review were the Fire Brigades Union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Women Teachers, Unison, GMB, the Royal College of Nursing, the Transport and General Workers Union, the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, the Prison Officers Association, the Civil and Public Services Association and the Trades Union Congress. After the House of Lords judgment, the applicants were awarded costs; these costs and the costs incurred by Government were met from public funds.


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Mr. Thurnham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the police and medical authorities are co-operating sufficiently with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board concerning cases of the constituents of the hon. Member for Bolton, North- East.     [40496]

Mr. Maclean: Under the terms of the criminal injuries compensation scheme the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is exclusively responsible for the handling and determination of individual applications. The CICB reviews on an on-going basis the responses of the police and medical authorities to requests for reports. It advises that there are no significant problems in the Bolton, North-East area.

Gambling

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions on the commercial promotion of gambling are currently in place; and what have been the changes in the last five years.     [40750]

Mr. Kirkhope: Section 42 of the Gaming Act 1968 prohibits, with certain exceptions, advertisements which inform the public of premises on which gaming takes place or which invites them to participate in such gaming. The main exceptions are:

advertisements relating to incidental activities at non-commercial entertainments; to amusement centres and arcades; and to travelling showman's pleasure fairs;

print advertisements relating to bingo which do not contain inducements;

signs displayed on bingo premises giving information on prizes; signs outside casinos indicating that gaming takes place on premises.

Section 10 of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 provides a general prohibition on advertisements relating to particular betting shops. There are exceptions for advertisements which are published inside betting shops and those which can be seen from outside the premises, provided that they comply with certain restrictions which are prescribed in regulations.

The Broadcasting Act 1990 makes the Independent Television Commission and the Radio Authority responsible for drawing up and enforcing codes governing standards and practice for advertising and programme sponsorship on television and radio respectively. There is a general prohibition on advertising of betting and gaming in the advertising codes. This prohibition does not apply to advertisements relating to lotteries permitted under National Lottery etc. Act 1993 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, or the football pools. In addition, the ITC and Radio Authority programme sponsorship codes prohibit betting and gaming companies from sponsoring television and radio programmes about certain activities related to the same form of betting or gaming as that in which the company deals.


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Changes introduced in the last five years include:

the Bingo Act 1992, which introduced a partial relaxation of restrictions on print advertising of bingo;

the Licensed Betting Offices (Amendment) Regulations 1995, which gave betting shops greater freedom to advertise in their windows; changes to the ITC and Radio Authority advertising codes in December 1993 and April this year, respectively, to allow broadcast advertising of the national lottery;

changes to the ITC and Radio Authority programme sponsorship codes in January and December 1994, respectively, to allow betting and gaming companies to sponsor certain types of programmes; changes, in April this year, to the ITC and Radio Authority advertising codes to allow broadcast advertising of the football pools.

Prison Education

Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate for spending on prison education for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 following the Woodcock and Learmont reports.     [40461]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 2 November 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the estimate for spending on prison education for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 following the Woodcock and Learmont reports.

Budgets for education services are devolved to governors who base their spending plans on local needs taking into account the number of teacher contact hours which can be purchased from their education provider at the agreed contract price.

The estimate for spending on prison education in 1995 96, including Public Library Authority library provision but excluding Vocational Training and Construction Industry Training spending, is £37,093,000.

Estimates of expenditure for 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be determined as part of the strategic planning cycle on which negotiations are currently taking place. Final decisions will not be taken until shortly before the start of the next financial year.

Prison Service Performance Indicators

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make changes to the Prison Service's key performance indicators; and if he will make a statement.     [40454]


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Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Mr. Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 2 November 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about proposed changes to the Prison Service's Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

The Prison Service has achieved its existing targets on visits and trebling. The remaining indicators do not now fully reflect the impact of new work that the Service has taken on (for example, the mandatory drug testing programme). The Service is therefore committed to developing new indicators to reflect its performance across the range of its work.

We are now considering what changes are necessary in the light of Sir John Learmont's recommendation on performance indicators. The Prison Service Framework Document requires changes to the KPIs to be approved by Home Office, Treasury and Office of Public Service Ministers.

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the figures for each key performance indicator for each prison for the year 1994 95.     [40453]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 2 November 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about figures for key performance indicators (KPIs) for the year 1994 95.

The figures are set out in the attached tables, copies of which will be placed in the Library of the House. Establishments are grouped by type to make it easier to compare performance between establishments of a similar kind.

The tables do not include data on KPIs 3, 4 or 7. The target for KPI 3 was to ensure that the average number of prisoners held three to a cell intended for one was fewer than in 1993 94. The outcome was that there was no trebling in any establishment. On KPI 4, the target was to provide 24 hour access to sanitation in at least 3,500 more cells, thus ensuring that at least 95% of prisoners have access to sanitation at all times. This target is managed nationally, not locally, and the outcome was that 4,191 more cells were provided with 24 hour access to sanitation. On KPI 7, the target was to ensure that all prisons had the opportunity to exceed the minimum visiting entitlement throughout the year. This was achieved in full at all establishments.


Performance against key targets: 1994-95-Dispersals                                                                                                     

                   |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                   |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                         |percentage of                                                                                 

                   |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Frankland          |418               |0                 |12.2              |20.0              |10                |32,662                               

Full Sutton        |543               |0                 |13.4              |25.1              |10.5              |31,509                               

Long Lartin        |355               |0                 |9.3               |22.3              |11                |29,437                               

Parkhurst          |226               |3                 |16.8              |17.6              |11.3              |32,947                               

Wakefield          |696               |0                 |4.9               |20.1              |11.6              |23,731                               

Whitemoor          |474               |6                 |23.4              |21.4              |10.3              |32,397                               

Average                                                                                                                                                 

                   |452               |1.5               |13.3              |21.1              |10.8              |29,944                               


Category B                                                                                                                                                             

                                  |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                                  |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                                        |percentage of                                                                                 

                                  |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Albany                            |415               |0                 |6.5               |25.3              |11                |19,725                               

Blundeston                        |381               |0                 |10.5              |23.3              |12                |18,873                               

Dartmoor                          |532               |3                 |7                 |23.7              |10                |16,384                               

Garth                             |505               |0                 |5                 |20.0              |9.1               |18,750                               

Gartree                           |275               |0                 |3.6               |28.3              |12.3              |21,751                               

Grendon (see also Spring Hill)<1> |185               |0                 |1.3               |28.6              |13                |19,121                               

Kingston                          |135               |0                 |2.2               |26.8              |12.5              |23,226                               

Maidstone                         |459               |0                 |6.3               |22.3              |11.7              |18,051                               

Nottingham                        |207               |1                 |5.3               |25.8              |12                |24,775                               

Swaleside                         |502               |1                 |11.8              |22.8              |10.5              |18,359                               

                                                                                                                                                                       

Average                           |360               |0.5               |6                 |24.7              |11.4              |19,092                               

<1> Some establishments consist of a `parent' establishment and one or more satellite establishments with different functions. Figures are shown separately except for 

combined figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 which are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                                   


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Open Prisons (Male)                                                                                                                                               

                             |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                             |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                                   |percentage of                                                                                 

                             |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Ford                         |440               |0                 |1.1               |37.3              |13.3              |10,357                               

Hewell Grange                |164               |0                 |1.2               |42.8              |24                |15,152                               

Hollesley Bay (see also                                                                                                                                           

  Warren Hill)<1>            |162               |0                 |12.5              |38.1              |24                |22,124                               

Kirkham                      |521               |0                 |0.2               |48.7              |13.5              |10,870                               

Leyhill                      |387               |0                 |0                 |40.0              |24                |14,634                               

Morton Hall                  |161               |0                 |1.2               |46.0              |24                |14,286                               

North Sea Camp               |204               |0                 |0                 |62.7              |16.5              |15,423                               

Rudgate                      |261               |0                 |0.4               |47.2              |14                |13,937                               

Spring Hill (see also parent                                                                                                                                      

  establishment Grendon)<2>  |205               |0                 |-                 |39.4              |24                |-                                    

Stanford Hill                |361               |0                 |0.8               |41.8              |14.5              |15,104                               

Sudbury Foston               |422               |0                 |0.2               |46.8              |14.5              |12,308                               

                                                                                                                                                                  

Average                      |299               |0                 |0.6               |44.6              |18.8              |14,847                               

<1> Some establishments consist of a `parent' establishment and one or more satellite establishments with different functions. Figures are shown separately       

except for combined figures for KPI 2 and KIP 8 which are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                   

<2> Figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                                         


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Female establishments                                                                                                                                       

                       |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                       |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                             |percentage of                                                                                 

                       |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Local                  |503               |5                 |37                |19.5              |9.8               |29,595                               

Holloway               |64                |0                 |75                |18.0              |11                |48,214                               

Pucklechurch           |284               |2.5               |56                |18.8              |10.4              |38,904                               

Average                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                            

Closed                                                                                                                                                      

Bullwood Hall          |121               |1                 |16.5              |30.4              |12                |29,365                               

Cookham Wood           |129               |1                 |16.3              |29.3              |10.5              |24,167                               

New Hall               |178               |3                 |32                |29.4              |12                |26,633                               

Styal                  |235               |1                 |14.5              |34.8              |13.3              |29,167                               

Average                |166               |1.5               |19.8              |31.0              |12                |27,333                               

                                                                                                                                                            

Open                                                                                                                                                        

Askham Grange          |114               |0                 |1.8               |45.4              |24                |17,647                               

Drake Hall             |224               |0                 |1.8               |36.9              |24                |14,902                               

East Sutton Park       |89                |0                 |0                 |36.8              |24                |19,149                               

Average                |142               |0                 |1.2               |39.7              |24                |17,233                               

                                                                                                                                                            

Average for all female                                                                                                                                      

  establishments       |184               |1.2               |21.6              |31.2              |15.6              |25,713                               


Young Offender Institutions                                                                                                                                            

                                  |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                                  |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                                        |percentage of                                                                                 

                                  |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Closed                                                                                                                                                                 

Aylesbury                         |219               |0                 |45.2              |26.6              |9.3               |24,399                               

Castington                        |275               |0                 |24.7              |25.2              |9.3               |17,667                               

Deerbolt                          |387               |5                 |17.6              |24.8              |10.8              |16,630                               

Dover                             |272               |0                 |12.9              |23.6              |9.3               |18,354                               

Glen Parva                        |769               |2                 |23.7              |21.9              |9                 |14.769                               

Guys Marsh                        |196               |0                 |8.7               |41.6              |13.4              |16,667                               

Warren Hill (see also parent                                                                                                                                           

  establishment Hollesley Bay)<1> |159               |0                                    |27.9              |8                                                       

Huntercombe (see also                                                                                                                                                  

  Finnamore Wood)<2>              |197               |0                 |21.2              |24.9              |11                |17,009                               

Onley                             |476               |2                 |33.8              |23.4              |12                |14,038                               

Portland                          |369               |0                 |10.6              |29.6              |10.7              |14,098                               

Stoke Heath                       |263               |1                 |28.5              |28.6              |12.5              |16,667                               

Swinfen Hall                      |182               |0                 |8.2               |29.7              |10.1              |24,176                               

Werrington                        |107               |9                 |69.2              |42.1              |13.5              |21,239                               

Wetherby                          |137               |8                 |21.9              |38.2              |12                |18,878                               

                                                                                                                                                                       

Average                           |286               |1.9               |24.2              |29.2              |10.8              |17,344                               

<1> Figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                                              

<2> Some establishments consist of a 'parent' establishment and one or more satellite establishments with different functions. Figures are shown separately except for 

combined figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 which are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                                   


Young offender remand centres                                                                                                                                        

                                |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                                |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                                      |percentage of                                                                                 

                                |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Open YOI                                                                                                                                                             

Finnamore Wood (see also parent                                                                                                                                      

  establishment Huntercombe)<1> |25                |0                                    |38.0              |-                                                       

Hatfield                        |161               |0                 |8.7               |38.4              |13.3              |21,111                               

Prescoed (see also parent                                                                                                                                            

  establishment USK)<1>         |49                |0                                    |42.5              |18.8                                                    

Thorn Cross                     |167               |0                 |13.2              |46.5              |12.5              |13,333                               

                                                                                                                                                                     

Average                         |101               |0                 |11                |41.4              |12.9              |17,222                               

                                                                                                                                                                     

Remand Centres                                                                                                                                                       

Brinsford                       |458               |3                 |27.3              |23.7              |9.1               |20,253                               

Feltham                         |805               |0                 |29.7              |30.4              |10                |18,472                               

Hindley                         |268               |1                 |29.1              |22.7              |8.8               |23,220                               

Lancaster Farms                 |344               |0                 |22.4              |23.5              |12                |22,281                               

Low Newton                      |248               |0                 |22.2              |23.1              |9                 |25,253                               

Moorland                        |485               |0                 |29.3              |24.9              |11.5              |17,433                               

Northallerton                   |170               |0                 |25.9              |23.5              |10.3              |32,432                               

Reading                         |177               |0                 |25.4              |27.1              |10.5              |29,121                               

Rochester                       |257               |2                 |26.8              |25.1              |11.5              |19,487                               

                                                                                                                                                                     

Average                         |357               |0.7               |26.4              |24.9              |10.3              |23,106                               

                                                                                                                                                                     

Average for all YOI remand                                                                                                                                           

  establishments                |283               |1.2               |23.9              |29.5              |10.8              |20,944                               

<1> Figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                                            


Category C                                                                                                                                                      

                           |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                           |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                                 |percentage of                                                                                 

                           |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Acklington                 |613               |2                 |4.1               |26.6              |12.1              |13,757                               

Aldington                  |118               |4                 |0.8               |31.4              |12                |17,293                               

Ashwell                    |384               |4                 |2.9               |35.3              |15.5              |13,861                               

Blantyre House             |94                |2                 |0                 |33.2              |15.3              |22,105                               

Brockhill                  |117               |1                 |1.7               |34.4              |12.3              |20,497                               

Camp Hill                  |389               |1                 |4.6               |28.0              |12                |17,271                               

Channings Wood             |568               |6                 |2.1               |29.3              |11.3              |13,805                               

Coldingley                 |283               |2                 |7.1               |25.4              |13.5              |20,890                               

Downview                   |277               |4                 |2.9               |32.3              |11.5              |20,906                               

Erlestoke                  |250               |3                 |3.2               |30.5              |12.8              |20,000                               

Everthorpe                 |217               |2                 |7.8               |29.7              |11.3              |18,447                               

Featherstone               |574               |12                |3.8               |28.5              |10.4              |14,858                               

Haverigg                   |344               |5                 |1.5               |36.6              |12.5              |18,136                               

Highpoint                  |602               |3                 |6                 |27.9              |13                |15,169                               

Kirklevington              |76                |0                 |0                 |47.3              |24                |23,457                               

Lancaster                  |243               |3                 |4.9               |26.9              |12                |16,016                               

Latchmere House            |139               |0                 |0                 |55.9              |24                |14,765                               

Lindholme                  |545               |6                 |2.4               |29.1              |15.3              |15,722                               

Littlehey                  |555               |4                 |5                 |32.3              |10.8              |14,334                               

The Mount                  |476               |3                 |5.9               |26.9              |12.1              |14,876                               

Oxford<2>                  |77                |0                 |0                 |41.5              |17                |19,303                               

Ranby                      |335               |13                |3.9               |31.7              |13.3              |17,579                               

Risley                     |725               |3                 |13.1              |28.5              |10.5              |18,117                               

Send                       |119               |1                 |1.7               |34.9              |12.7              |22,124                               

Shepton Mallet             |189               |0                 |5.8               |27.5              |12                |24,684                               

Stafford                   |516               |1                 |11                |25.3              |9.2               |19,291                               

Stocken                    |392               |0                 |5.1               |34.0              |12.5              |16,414                               

Thorpe Arch                |164               |8                 |0.6               |34.8              |11.7              |22,289                               

USK (see also Prescoed)<1> |179               |0                 |0                 |32.3              |18.8              |20,661                               

The Verne                  |533               |4                 |1.5               |31.5              |14.5              |14,855                               

Wayland                    |542               |1                 |3.9               |26.6              |12                |13,793                               

Wellingborough             |306               |4                 |3.3               |29.6              |12                |16,667                               

Whatton                    |213               |0                 |6.6               |31.1              |12.8              |17,593                               

Wymott                     |389               |0                 |3.6               |36.6              |13.3              |10,907                               

                                                                                                                                                                

Average                    |330               |2.9               |3.7               |32.2              |13.5              |16,330                               

<1> Some establishments consist of a `parent' establishment and one or more satellite establishments with different functions. Figures are shown separately     

expect for combined figures for KPI 2 and KPI 8 which are shown under the parent establishment.                                                                 

<2> Re-opened April 1994. Cost per place figure includes Bullingdon.                                                                                            


Local prisons adult remands                                                                                                                             

                   |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                   |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                         |percentage of                                                                                 

                   |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Bedford            |296               |2                 |9.5               |22.9              |10.5              |24,422                               

Belmarsh           |724               |0                 |14.2              |15.7              |11.2              |26,397                               

Birmingham         |778               |1                 |12.2              |20.5              |6.9               |21,816                               

Bristol            |456               |0                 |7.2               |23.1              |11.8              |23,896                               

Brixton            |605               |1                 |14.9              |18.3              |8.6               |31,366                               

Bullingdon<1>      |622               |0                 |19.2              |24.2              |11.5              |19,303                               

Canterbury         |259               |0                 |5                 |24.9              |12                |34,783                               

Cardiff            |421               |0                 |13.3              |23.3              |11.9              |28,399                               

Chelmsford         |371               |1                 |10.8              |16.1              |7.2               |33,068                               

Dorchester         |202               |0                 |3                 |21.2              |10.3              |30,714                               

Durham             |612               |4                 |6.5               |19.0              |10.5              |22,446                               

Elmley             |609               |1                 |10.5              |22.5              |10.5              |18,009                               

Exeter             |391               |1                 |9.5               |22.6              |9                 |27,660                               

Gloucester         |248               |1                 |16.1              |23.2              |9.5               |29,858                               

Haslar             |126               |7                 |0                 |31.8              |12.3              |16,327                               

Highdown           |584               |0                 |12.2              |21.0              |11.5              |19,260                               

Holme House        |613               |2                 |8.6               |16.2              |9                 |18,336                               

Hull               |394               |1                 |25.4              |21.0              |12                |34,146                               

Leeds              |1,042             |0                 |14.3              |15.5              |7                 |19,675                               

Leicester          |339               |1                 |14.2              |22.7              |10                |42,784                               

Lewes              |325               |1                 |10.5              |18.6              |8.9               |22,572                               

Lincoln            |609               |2                 |6.7               |19.9              |11.2              |23,210                               

Liverpool          |1,222             |3                 |6.2               |17.5              |7.2               |18,371                               

Manchester         |843               |1                 |8.4               |20.3              |12.8              |20,188                               

Norwich            |362               |2                 |14.4              |23.1              |10.9              |30,584                               

Pentonville        |720               |2                 |12.8              |27.9              |10.5              |19,336                               

Preston            |492               |1                 |12.6              |18.4              |6.8               |28,180                               

Shrewsbury         |276               |1                 |11.2              |21.8              |10                |33,523                               

Swansea            |211               |4                 |16.6              |21.9              |12                |27,273                               

Wandsworth         |907               |1                 |16.3              |23.5              |10                |18,288                               

Winchester         |385               |0                 |9.6               |23.0              |8.8               |24,675                               

Woodhill           |518               |0                 |20.3              |24.0              |12                |24,735                               

Wormwood Scrubs    |804               |0                 |7.5               |15.2              |9.6               |29,132                               

                                                                                                                                                        

Average            |524               |1.2               |12.4              |21.2              |10.4              |23,408                               

<1> Cost per place figure includes Oxford                                                                                                               


Contracted out prisons                                                                                                                                  

                   |Average                              |KPI 2:                               |KPI 6:            |KPI 8:                               

                   |population        |KPI 1:            |Assaults as       |KPI 5:            |Time unlocked     |Cost per place                       

                                                         |percentage of                                                                                 

                   |1994-95           |Escapes           |average population|Regime hours      |(weekdays)        |(£)                                  

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Blakenhurst        |629               |0                 |17.5              |-<1>              |14                |17,874                               

Buckley Hall<2>    |24                |0                 |4.2               |-<1>              |13.5              |86,667                               

Doncaster<3>       |557               |1                 |33.8              |-<1>              |12                |18,040                               

Wolds              |320               |0                 |15.3              |-<1>              |13.8              |20,059                               

                                                                                                                                                        

Average            |382.5             |0.25              |17.7              |-<1>              |13.3              |19,627                               

<1> Regime hours not available in comparative form.                                                                                                     

<2> Opened in December 1994. The KPI 8 figure reflects the general build up of population.                                                              

<3> Opened in June 1994.                                                                                                                                

Public Appointments, South Yorkshire

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible in the county of South Yorkshire, indicating in each case the duration of the appointment, the date when a new appointment is due, and the salary.     [39461]

Mr. Howard: My Department is responsible for the following appointments in South Yorkshire:

one member of the selection panel on appointments of independent members to the South Yorkshire police authority;

the board of visitors at the following prison establishments: Doncaster

Lindholme

Moorland Young Offenders Institution

Hatfield Young Offenders Institution.

The appointment to the selection panel is for two years. A new appointment is due on 8 August 1996. There is no salary but members are entitled to be paid allowances; the rates to be determined at the police authority's discretion. The Home Office recommends the allowances should be consistent with those paid to police authority members, that is £15 per hour up to a maximum of £120 per day and £3, 000 per year.

Members are appointed to the boards of visitors for a maximum period of three years to coincide with the triennial review date of that board. Appointments are made for varying periods of up to three years and new appointments are made as and when vacancies arise. Members are unpaid volunteers though they can claim for expenses they have incurred as a result of the performance of their official duties.

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all the non-departmental public bodies to which his Department makes appointments in the county of South Yorkshire, with the total annual budget for each body and the number of appointments made or renewed for each body in each of the last four years.     [39571]

Mr. Howard: The only such bodies in South Yorkshire to which my Department makes appointments are the boards of visitors at the following prison and young offender establishments:

HMP Doncaster;

HMP Lindholme;

HMP and Young Offenders Institution Moorland;

HMYOI Hatfield


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The national boards of visitors budgets for the financial years 1991 92 to 1994 95 were as follows:


£ thousands                   

Year      |Budget<1>          

------------------------------

1991-92   |378,000            

1992-93   |507,000            

1993-94   |734,000            

1994-95   |764,000            

<1> These figures include the 

liaison section, which        

manages the administration of 

boards of visitors, and all   

local board expenses.         

The total number of national appointments to the boards of visitors were as follows:


Year         |Appointments             

---------------------------------------

1991         |346                      

1992         |350                      

1993         |344                      

1994         |243                      

                                       

Total        |1,283                    

The following table illustrates the appointments/reappointments during the last four years--1 January 1991 to 31 December 1994--in the South Yorkshire area.


                                                                 |Total                    

             |1991        |1992        |1993        |1994        |appointments             

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Doncaster    |-           |-           |-           |11          |11                       

Lindholme    |2           |2           |2           |16          |22                       

Moorland     |4           |-           |15          |-           |19                       

Hatfield     |-           |-           |15          |-           |15                       

                                                                                           

Total        |6           |2           |32          |27          |67                       

Ministerial Meetings

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times in each month of the current year he has met personally the heads of the agencies which report to him to discuss the work of those agencies.     [39859]

Mr. Howard: I met the former Director General of the Prison Service 11 times in January, four times in both February and October, 10 times in March, once each in April, August and September, three times in both May and July and five times in June, an average of one meeting a week over the 10-month period. I met the chief


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executive of the Passport Agency once in April. I had no meetings with the chief executives of the Forensic Science Service and the Fire Service College--the other Home Office agencies-- during that period. I receive quarterly reports from the chief executives on the performance of their agencies.

Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he last visited the military corrective training centre at Colchester;     [39515]

(2) on what dates during the last 12 months his Ministers have visited the military corrective training centre at Colchester.     [39514]

Miss Widdecombe: My right hon. and learned Friend last visited the military corrective training centre at Colchester on 3 March this year. The right hon. Member for Stirling (Mr. Forsyth) visited the centre on 3 May.

Fire Services, Wales

Mr. Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is prepared to receive further representations on the re-structuring of the fire services in Wales.     [39579]

Mr. Kirkhope: The consultation period has ended and drafts of the orders containing the schemes which will establish the three combined fire authorities in Wales were laid in Parliament on 24 October. This stage could not have been postponed without putting the timetable for reorganisation at risk. For the future, if representations are made we shall consider them.

Camden Hopscotch Asian Women's Group

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all grants given, and any future grants planned, by his Department to the Camden Hopscotch Asian women's group, indicating the amount and dates.     [38131]

Mr. Kirkhope: From April 1992 to March 1995, the Home Office supported a project entitled training and employment opportunities for Bangladeshi women, which was run by the Hopscotch Asian women's centre. Payments of some £19,000, £32,000 and £38,000 in the three financial years were made under the ethnic minority grant to the Central London training and enterprise council, which acted on behalf of the Home Office in relation to the project.

The Home Office has agreed to pay grant to Kingsway college, under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966, in respect of a project to be run by the college for two years in association with the Hopscotch Asian women's centre. The maximum potential grant cost is £25,000 in 1995 96, and £50,000 in 1996 97.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Meeting Heads of Agencies

Mr. Gordan Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many times in each month of the current year she has met personally the heads of the


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agencies which report to her to discuss the work of those agencies.     [39860]

Mr. Sproat: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met the chief executive of the Royal Parks Agency once, in September. No such formal meetings have been held with the chief executive of the Historic Royal Palaces Agency although one is planned for November.

Executive Agencies

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will list by grade the numbers of staff and their cost for (a) the financial year 1994 95 and (b) the estimated figures for the financial year 1995 96, for each executive agency for which she is responsible.     [39466]

Mr. Sproat: I have responsibility for two executive agencies: the Historic Royal Palaces Agency and the Royal Parks Agency. The information in respect of both agencies is as follows:


Historic Royal Palaces Agency                                               

Grade              |(a) Number 1994-95|(b) Number                           

                                      |1995-96<1>                           

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Grade 3            |1                 |1                                    

Grade 5            |6                 |6                                    

Grade 6            |1                 |1                                    

Grade 7            |15                |17                                   

SEO and equivalent |18                |20                                   

HEO and equivalent |26                |30                                   

EO and equivalent  |47                |47                                   

AO and equivalent  |146               |144                                  

AA and equivalent  |209               |138                                  

Industrials        |55                |55                                   

                                                                            

Totals             |524               |459                                  

Notes:                                                                      

<1> Estimate.                                                               

1. Information on the cost of staff by grade is not held.                   

2. In 1994-95, the payroll cost of the staff listed above was £10,400,000 ( 

as recorded HRPA Annual Report).                                            

3. In 1995-96, the estimated payroll cost for the staff listed above is £9, 

047,000 (as recorded in HRPA Sixth Corporate Plan).                         


Royal Parks Agency                                                        

List by grade of number and cost of staff                                 

                         1994-95 Actual      1995-96 Estimate             

                        |Number             |Number                       

                        |of staff |Cost     |of staff |Cost               

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Grade 5                 |1.0      |56,250   |1.0      |60,483             

Grade 7                 |2.1      |95,003   |2.0      |88,493             

SEO                     |4.2      |133,561  |4.0      |139,244            

HEO                     |9.1      |215,834  |9.8      |262,792            

EO                      |14.2     |279,927  |14.9     |292,752            

AO                      |23.8     |347,219  |26.8     |355,803            

AA                      |5.4      |56,775   |2.3      |22,305             

Typist                  |1.4      |21,315   |1.5      |23,339             

Principle Park Manager  |1.0      |50,374   |1.0      |51,348             

Park Superintendent II  |3.0      |113,012  |3.0      |115,253            

Park Superintendent III |8.0      |250,998  |8.0      |254,164            

Park Supervisor         |12.5     |306,345  |12.0     |311,265            

SPTO                    |2.0      |34,078   |2.0      |35,355             

PTO                     |0.5      |12,555   |3.0      |64,436             

HMCO                    |1.0      |26,861   |1.0      |27,606             

BAND 14 (Gamekeeper)    |3.0      |64,009   |3.0      |65,124             

Chief Officer           |1.0      |51,779   |1.0      |81,215             

Deputy Chief Officer    |1.3      |53,129   |1.0      |37,470             

Inspector               |6.8      |243,121  |7.5      |277,080            

Sergeant                |22.8     |735,901  |20.3     |693,144            

Constable               |143.4    |3,830,672|139.4    |3,682,061          

Groom                   |5.6      |48,283   |5.3      |54,380             

                                                                          

Total                   |273      |7,027,001|270      |6,995,112          

ENVIRONMENT

Fair Rents

Mr. Chris Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of tenants with registered fair rents at the end of each of the past five years.     [40687]

Mr. Clappison: The estimates available for tenants in England are as follows:


P

                    |Private rented     |Housing Association                    

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1990                |<1>320,000         |-                                      

1992                |-                  |<4>405,000                             

1993                |<2>220,000         |<4>385,000                             

1994                |<3>170,000         |<4>330,000                             

<1> Summer 1990.                                                                

<2> Average for financial year 1993-94.                                         

<3> Average for financial year 1994-95.                                         

<4> At 31 March.                                                                

The estimates for private renters are from the 1990 private renters survey and, from 1993 94, the survey of English housing. Like all estimates from sample surveys, they are subject to sampling error. The estimates for Housing Association tenants are based on returns to the Housing Corporation.

Living-over-the-shop Grant, Newcastle

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the applications for living-over-the-shop grant support was received for Clayton street and High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne; how many dwellings units are proposed for these projects; and when he expects to make a decision on them.     [40495]

Mr. Clappison: An SRB challenge fund plan to regenerate the Grainger Town area of Newcastle upon Tyne was received in the Government office for the nort-east on 27 October 1995. This plan includes a living-over-the-shop programme to bring city centre disused upper floors back into the use for residential purposes. A decision will be issued by the Government Office for the north-east as soon as possible. Approval of individual projects within the programme is subject to delegated arrangements which do not normally involve Ministers.


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Ramsar Convention

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list candidate wetlands of international importance in the United Kingdom proposed for listing under the Ramsar convention.     [40753]

Mr. Clappison: The Government are considering the sites listed which have been proposed for Ramsar listing by the statutory conservation agencies.


                 |County or                      |County or                      

Site             |region         |Site           |region                         

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Avon Valley      |Hampshire      |Greenlaw Moor  |Borders                        

                 |Dorset         |and Hule                                       

                                 |Moss                                           

Breydon Water    |Norfolk        |Westwater      |Borders                        

Deben Estuary    |Suffolk        |Lake of        |Central                        

                                 |  Menteith                                     

Duddon Estuary   |Cumbria        |Castle Loch,   |Dumfries and                   

                                 |  Lochmaben    |  Galloway                     

Dungeness-Pett   |Kent, East     |Loch Inch and  |Dumfries and                   

  Levels         |  Sussex       |  Torrs Warren |  Galloway                     

Foulness         |Essex          |Loch of        |Grampian                       

                                 |  Strathbeg                                    

Humber Flats,    |Humberside     |Muir of Dinnet |Grampian                       

  Marshes and    |  Lincs                                                        

  Coast Phase                                                                    

  2                                                                              

Mersey Estuary   |Merseyside     |Ythan Estuary, |Grampian                       

                 |  Chesire      |  Sands of                                     

                                 |  Forvie and                                   

                                 |  Meikle Lochs                                 

Midland Meres    |Chesire        |Loch Ruthven   |Highland                       

  and Mosses     |  Shropshire,                                                  

  Phase 2        |  Staffs and                                                   

                 |  Clwyd                                                        

Morecambe Bay    |Cumbria Lancs  |Moray Basin,   |Highland                       

                                 |  Firths and                                   

                                 |  Bays                                         

Northumberland   |Northumberland |River Spey/Insh|Highland                       

  Coast                          |  Marshes                                      

Pevensey         |East Sussex    |Firth of Forth |Lothian                        

  Levels                                                                         

Poole Harbour    |Dorset         |East Sanday    |Orkney                         

Somerset Levels  |Somerset       |North Roe and  |Shetland                       

                                 |  Tingon                                       

Southampton      |Hampshire, Isle|Inner Clyde    |Strathclyde                    

  Water and      |  of Wight     |  Estuary                                      

  Solent                                                                         

Thames Estuary   |Kent           |Rhinns of Islay|Strathclyde                    

  and Marshes                                                                    

Mr. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of the United Kingdom is designated under the Ramsar convention; and what percentage areas of their territories other EU member status have designated.     [40752]

Mr. Clappison: Approximately 1.3 per cent. of the United Kingdom is listed under the Ramsar convention on wetlands of international importance. Similar information is not readily available for other EU member states.

Mr. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if there is a timetable for the designation of candidate Ramsar wetlands included on the United Kingdom's shadow list.     [40754]

Mr. Clappison: Including three sites in dependent territories, the United Kingdom has already listed 95 wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar


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convention--far more than any other country in the world. A number of additional proposed sites are under consideration, but there is no firm timetable for future listings.

Planning Permission

Mr. Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what powers are available to development corporations in respect of (a) short- cutting or avoiding standard procedures for planning permission and (b) extending their spheres of influence beyond their recognised boundaries.     [40709]

Sir Paul Beresford: Urban development corporations are bound by the planning powers which are set out in sections 148 and 149 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. A corporation cannot use these powers outside its designated area.

Charter Trustees

Mr. Cran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will establish charter trustees to preserve the office of mayor of Beverley and the civic regalia; and if he will set out their duties and the manner of their appointment.     [40595]

Sir Paul Beresford: It is our intention that charter trustees for Beverley will be established on 1 April 1996.

The charter trustees will be the district councillors elected for wards wholly or partly comprised in the area for which charter trustees are established.

As charter trustees, they will be required to hold an annual meeting at which the first business would be to elect one of their number as mayor and another as deputy mayor. They may also exercise powers to appoint local officers of dignity and may acquire and maintain historic or ceremonial property, except land, of the area for which they are established.

Mr. Cran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the appointment of charter trustees to preserve the office of major of Beverley will allow the post to be held as in the past in the absence of the establishment of a town or parish council; and what powers the major will have.     [40596]

Sir Paul Beresford: The charter trustees for Beverley may elect one of their number as town major and another as deputy mayor: it is not necessary for there to be a town or parish council in existence. The mayor presides at the meetings of the charter trustees but has no formal statutory functions. His role is representative or ceremonial.

Local Government Reviews

Mr. Cran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is his intention to direct the Local Government Commission to conduct reviews to establish the case for or against new parishes.     [40597]

Sir Paul Beresford: The Local Government Commission is devoting its attention to the structure reviews of individual districts which we have directed it to carry out. When these have been completed, its next priority must be the periodic electoral reviews that it has


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