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Offshore Financial Regulatory System

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those who have (a) been asked to contribute to his review of the financial regulatory system in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and (b) offered contributions; and if this review will hold public evidence sessions. [47726]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The detailed conduct of the Review is the responsibility of Mr. Andrew Edwards, in consultation with Home Office officials and the authorities in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

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Mr. Edwards has had extensive consultations with the Island authorities, with private sector practitioners and with others in the Islands. In addition, he has consulted widely within the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

I understand that he has no plans to hold sessions open to the general public; but in the early stages of this Review Mr. Edwards issued statements to the media in the Islands inviting anyone who felt they had something to contribute to the Review to write to him at the Home Office. I understand that firms and individuals in the Islands have responded positively to this invitation.

Although this is an internal Review, the Home Secretary announced to the House on 20 January 1998, Official Report, columns 506-08, that a summary of its main conclusions would be published.

Mentally Ill Prisoners

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in prison in Wales are classified as mentally ill. [47845]

Ms Quin: The information is not available in the form requested. However, applying the percentage from the two studies of the prevalence of mental disorder in prisoners undertaken for the Prison Service by the Institute of Psychiatry to the population of the four prisons in Wales would suggest that some 900 people in prisons in Wales could be diagnosed as suffering from some form of mental disorder, including substance dependency or abuse.

Key Cutting

Ms Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 18 June 1998, Official Report, columns 322-23, concerning key cutting, what the terms of reference are for the review process; and on what date the review will take place. [47297]

Mr. Michael: It is anticipated that a review of the Vehicle Key Cutting Code of Practice will take place in September 1998, six months after its launch, involving representatives of the police service and the key cutting industry bodies. This review would consider whether the existing monitoring procedures adopted by local beat

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officers and the industry bodies were working satisfactorily. Depending on the outcome, consideration could be given to extend the Code to other key types.


Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to commission research comparing recidivism rates of prisoners leaving privately and publicly managed prisons. [46241]

Ms Quin: The Home Office Offenders and Corrections Unit monitors reconviction rates for each prison. The latest survey covered prisoners discharged in 1994, and included the privately managed prisons in operation at that time.

The present data are based solely on the prison from which a prisoner is discharged, irrespective of the time they have spent there. In many cases, the bulk of the total sentence will have been spent in establishments other than that from which a prisoner is discharged.

The Prison Service is currently examining ways of constructing more effective forms of measurement to improve our monitoring of recidivism.


UK Areas

Mr. Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress being made in agreeing a new classification of United Kingdom areas for European statistical purposes. [48267]

Mrs. Liddell: Following extensive discussions, the Government Statistical Service has reached agreement with Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, on a revised classification. The Nomenclature of Units of Territorial Statistics (NUTS) provides a breakdown of the European Union's territory for producing regional statistics which are comparable across the Union. It has five hierarchical levels, and is built up from administrative units such as local government areas in the member states. A summary of the newly agreed UK structure is give in the table.

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Proposed structure

Type of areaNumber of areas
LevelEngland Scotland(7) and Wales Northern Ireland
1Government Office Regions Countries Country 12
2Counties (some grouped) Groups of unitary authorities Country 37
3Upper tier authorities (counties) Groups of unitary authorities Groups of unitary authorities Groups of districts 133
4Lower tier authorities (districts) Individual unitary authorities Individual unitary authorities Individual districts 443
5Wards WardsWardsAbout 11,000

(7) In Scotland, Levels 2, 3 and 4 areas are combinations of unitary authorities, LECs or part thereof

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At NUTS level 1, the classification now recognises the areas which will also form the boundaries of the Regional Development Agencies.

At NUTS level 2, the major changes agreed, compared with the current structure, are:

Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total value of Private Finance Initiative contracts signed since 1 May 1997; and if he will place a list of those contracts in the Library. [48268]

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson: Contracts with a total value of £2.085 billion have been signed since May 1997. A list of those contracts, with their respective capital values, is shown in the table which has been placed in the House Library today.

Projects signed as of June 1998

Capital value
Army Personnel IT System£150 million
Defence Fixed Telecoms£70 million
Helicopter Simulator£100 million
Hawk Simulator£10 million
Tidworth Water£6 million
Joint Service College£68 million
Department for Education and Employment (PFI/PPPs)
Clarendon College£16 million
Colfox School£15 million
Falmouth College£3 million
UCL£14 million
Kings/UMDS£142 million
Employment Service IT System£150 million
Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions
Harrow (IT) (LA)£1 million
Isle of Wight waste management (LA)£13 million
Surrey CC residential homes£29 million
Kirklees Waste Management£33 million
LB Westminster£5 million
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2 small vehicle service contracts£3 million
Northern Ireland
Medical equipment£3 million
Belfast Hospital Renal Unit£3 million
Planning Services IT£3 million
Carlisle Hospital£63 million
Dartford and Gravesham Hospital£115 million
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital£214 million
South Bucks Hospital£39 million
North Durham Hospital£96 million
Home Office
2 Passport Agency contracts worth £15 million each
Derbyshire (IIkeston) Police Station£2 million
Inland Revenue
Edinburgh accommodation£9 million
Glasgow accommodation£9 million
Lord Chancellor's Department
ARAMIS IT System£30 million
Baldovie Waste to energy plant£43 million
Bowhouse Prison£32 million
Stirling FE Centre£4 million
Highlands and Islands Inverness Airport£10 million
Hairmyres Hospital£70 million
Department of Social Security
Longbenton estate£120 million
Prime DSS estate£350 million
Serious Fraud Office
Document management IT System£4 million
Chepstow Community Hospital£8 million
Total£2.085 billion

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