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Home Detention Curfew Scheme

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2000, Official Report, column 611W, if he will (a) list the categories of offence for which the 1,756 people were sentenced and (b) the action taken following the breaches of the conditions of their release. [137993]

Mr. Boateng: An analysis of the index offences of the 1,756 prisoners who were placed on the home detention curfew scheme and who breached the conditions of their licence is contained in the table.

Where a breach is notified to the Prison Service, consideration is given to the most appropriate course of action, in the light of the available legal powers and the circumstances of the individual case. Where an offender breaches his licence conditions, the presumption is that the Prison Service will always revoke the licence unless there are legal considerations which prevent this or make it impracticable, or other exceptional circumstances. Of the 1,756 cases referred to, 1,294 had their licences revoked by the Secretary of State pursuant to

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section 38A(1) or section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. In a further 46 cases, the breach was reported to the police or probation service to consider initiating breach action through the courts under section 38(1) of the Act. In addition, those prisoners who were convicted of committing a further offence during the currency of their licence, and therefore were in breach of their licence conditions, would have been liable, under section 40 of the Act, to an additional sentence of imprisonment.

In 416 cases legal considerations prevented revocation action. The majority of these were cases where the breach of licence was notified to the Prison Service only after the licence had expired; as my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Mr. Hope) of 22 May 2000, Official Report, column 360W, indicated, a significant proportion of cases involving further charges brought against curfewees have not been notified to the Prison Service by the police. Action is currently being taken to improve reporting arrangements.

Breakdown of the original offences of those curfewees who breached the conditions of their licence

28 January 1999 to 30 September 2000Number
Other homicide and attempted homicide6
Attempted murder0
Making threats to kill5
Conspire, aid, incite murder0
Death by reckless driving3
Wounding (inflicting GBH)115
Assault occasioning ABH61
Assault with intent to cause GBH4
Assault with intent to resist arrest4
Other assault34
Obstruct/resist constable0
Assault on police officer8
Cruelty to children4
Other violence against the person14
Cause explosion, place explosive0
Possess firearms with intent8
Possess offensive weapon6
Other violence against the person0
Indecent assault1
Unlawful sexual intercourse0
Taking and driving away27
Other theft149
Handling stolen goods50
Drugs offences192
Possession with intent57
Unlawful import/export14
Other drugs offences0
Criminal damage11
In charge or driving under the influence of drink or drugs55
Reckless driving26
Other motoring offences117
Violent disorder9
perjury/libel/pervert the course of justice18
Threat/disorderly behaviour9
Breach of Court Order67
False imprisonment4
Bail Act offences2
Assisting illegal immigrant1
Minor firearm offences0
Vagrancy Act offences0
Cruelty etc to animals0
Escaping lawful custody0
Making off without payment0
Criminal attempts2
Other indictable offences44
Held under Immigration Act 19711
Other non criminal offences0
Offence not recorded148

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Detention and Training Orders

Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will issue guidelines on mobility programmes for young people serving sentences on a detention and training order. [138436]

Mr. Boateng: The detention and training order was implemented on 1 April 2000. It is the new main custodial sentence for juveniles aged 12-17.

The rules for mobility programmes (which can involve escorted absences or temporary release for training and rehabilitation) vary between types of institutions.

We are looking at the policy and arrangements, with a view to issuing guidance over the next few months.

European Public Prosecutor

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive reply to the question from the hon. Member for Ludlow tabled on 23 October (ref. 134594) relating to the European Public Prosecutor. [138859]

Mrs. Roche: The question to which the hon. Member refers raises a difficult issue which is being considered. I shall provide a substantive reply shortly.

Anti-social Behaviour Orders

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since April 1999 in the boroughs of (a) Middlesbrough, (b) Stockton, (c) Hartlepool and (d) Redcar and Cleveland; and if he will make a statement. [138855]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: A breakdown of the number of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued by borough is not held centrally. However, Cleveland Police inform me that seven ASBOs have been issued so far in Cleveland--two in Middlesbrough, two in Hartlepool and three in Stockton on Tees.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost is of issuing anti-social behaviour orders; [137599]

Mr. Charles Clarke [Pursuant to the reply, 13 November 2000, c. 531W]: At least 10--rather than 30 as previously stated--anti-social behaviour orders issued since the measure was implemented have been made in the Greater London area.

Cleveland Police

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of ethnic minority (a) officers and (b) civilian staff in Cleveland police force in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [138853]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The figures are as follows:


My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has set every police force in England and Wales minority ethnic employment targets which are intended to ensure that forces are representative of the communities which they serve by 2009. Cleveland police's target for minority ethnic officers is 29, and for civilians is 12.



Mr. Laxton: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the last meeting of the Cabinet Office Central IT Unit on e-government took place; and when the next meeting will be. [138740]

Marjorie Mowlam: The Central IT Unit (CITU) has not existed as a separate Division within the Cabinet Office since it was subsumed into the Office of the e-Envoy in July this year. At the same time it was renamed the "e-government group".

The Central Information Technology Unit (CITU) was set up in November 1995. CITU's remit was to advise Ministers on the development of their strategy for the use of IT by Government.

Current activities include taking forward the Information Age Government agenda of the Modernising Government White Paper including the follow up work to "e-government: a strategic framework for public services

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in the Information Age". This work includes advising Departments on the development of their own e-business strategies and monitoring progress on the Prime Minister's target that by 2005 100 per cent. of dealings with Government should be available.

This work now sits within the Office of the e-Envoy, a group comprising approximately 75 people organised in three groups:

The website contains full information about all of their work:

Regulatory Impact Assessments

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the regulatory impact assessments published in the last six months. [139137]

Marjorie Mowlam: The Government are committed to ensuring that regulations are necessary, give effective protection, balance cost and risk, are fair and command public confidence. In accordance with this, we require Departments to produce and publish RIAs for all regulatory proposals likely to have an impact on business.

I have presented to Parliament today a Command Paper listing 107 RIAs published between 1 January and 30 June 2000. Copies of those listed have been placed in the House Libraries. This is the thirteenth such Command Paper.

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