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Women's Prisons

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the estimated outstanding repair and maintenance bill of each women's prison for each year since 1985; and what was the actual spending on maintenance and repair at each prison in each of those years. [11493]

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 Ms Tessa Jowell, dated 31 January 1996:


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Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were admitted to prison in each year since 1979; and what was (a) the total budget for women's prisons in each of those years and (b) the actual amount spent per prisoner. [11496]

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 Alan Walker to Ms Tessa Jowell, dated 31 January 1996:


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Domestic Violence

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total amount spent by police force area on awareness campaigns on domestic violence for each year since 1990. [11495]

Mr. Maclean: This information is not collated centrally. Spending on domestic violence issues is an operational matter for chief officers of police.

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of reported incidents of domestic violence by police force area for each year since 1990; and how many resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction. [11497]

Mr. Maclean: Information is not available on the number of domestic violence incidents resulting in prosecution or conviction. Available statistics on the number of domestic violence incidents by police force area relate to the calendar year 1993 and the financial year 1994-95 and were provided in a reply I gave to the hon. Member for York (Mr. Bayley) on 7 November 1995, columns 823-24. Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary is in the process of collecting more reliable data.

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Prisons (Running Costs)

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the recent report by LEK consultants, comparing the costs of running private prisons with public sector prisons. [12765]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 30 January 1996]: 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 31 January 1996:



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