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Prison Officers

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in each of the last five years, how many prison officers by grade have had (a) complaints made against their conduct generally and (b) complaints of ill-treatment of prisoners; in each case (i) how many were upheld, (ii) what was the nature of the offences, (iii) what penalties resulted and (iv) how many offences resulted in criminal charges; and if he will make a statement [140559]

Mr. Boateng: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost to the Prison Service.

Young Offender Institutions

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how each young offender institution, including those managed privately, has performed against the key performance indicators in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [140548]

Mr. Boateng: Performance against Key Performance Indications (KPI) for young offender institutions for the financial year 1999-2000 is set out in the table.

Establishments are categorised by their main function only. For establishments with a multiple function, these figures represent the average of all activity in that establishment.

Ashfield young offender institution (operated by the private sector as a result of a Design, Construct, Manage and Finance [DCMF] contract) opened in November 1999 and performance shown is for the part-year only. Sickness data are not collected for private prisons and cost per place data are not comparable with public prisons' data as the cost includes an element of capital repayment.

The overcrowding KPI is formulated in terms of overall Prison Service capacity and population levels and is not applicable to individual prisons. Correspondence data from Thorn Cross young offender institution are not available. KPI results for all establishments were published in the Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts for 1999-2000, a copy of which was placed in the Library.

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EstablishmentEscapesAssault rate (%)Mandatory drug testing rate (%)Purposeful activityOBPs(32)SOTPs(33)Cost per place (£ cash)Staff sicknessCorrespondence (%)
Glen Parva029.814.716.070020,6599.899.3
Guys Marsh06.325.827.919016,07911.878.0
Stoke Heath050.58.922.50017,04314.8100.0
Swinfen Hall015.52.830.21452421,6129.0100.0
Thorn Cross115.822.745.3110020,81512.1n/a

(32) OBPs--Offending Behaviour Programmes

(33) SOTPs--Sex Offender Treatment Programmes

(34) Includes an element of capital repayment

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Detective Inspector John Redgrave

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Police Complaints Authority was advised that the allegation of corruption, made against Detective Inspector John Redgrave had been withdrawn; and if he will make a statement. [140070]

Mr. Charles Clarke: An undated letter was received from the informant by the Police Complaints Authority on 29 January 1997. In that letter the informant made a number of serious new allegations, and asserted that certain allegations which he had previously made were false.

Criminal Records Bureau

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department has commissioned an Impact Assessment Survey on the proposed Criminal Records Bureau charges; and if he will make a statement. [138303]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Corbett) on 20 November 2000, Official Report, column 87W.

Agricultural Shows (Policing)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues to police authorities concerning their policies for charging for policing agricultural shows. [139448]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The decision whether to charge for costs of policing at local events is a matter for the local police authority and the Chief Constable.

Under Section 25 (1) of the Police Act 1996

The rationale behind charging is that the taxpayer at large should not be asked to pay for services provided at private events or events which benefit only a relatively small section of the community. It is for the Chief Officer concerned to determine whether a given service would constitute a special police service. Special police services are not defined in the 1996 Act or elsewhere. I would expect them to be services that meet some or all of the following criteria:

Guidance on the policing of public events is provided by the Association of Chief Police Officers. This recognises the key role of event organisers and local agencies, particularly local authorities, in ensuring public safety at such events. The key role for the police is to ensure that public order is maintained and to deal with any criminal offences, which occur.

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Police Manpower

Mr. Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police authority area in each of the last 20 years; and what the predicted numbers of officers are for the next three years in each case. [140477]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 27 November 2000]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rydale (Mr. Greenway) on 10 November 1999, Official Report, column 590W, for the years 1991 to 1999. I also wrote to the hon. Member for Rydale on 19 January 2000 providing information for the earlier years (1979 to 1990). A copy of the letter and tables were placed in the Library.

For police numbers on 31 March 2000, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary gave to the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 19 July 2000, Official Report, column 178W.

Projecting police numbers is difficult. Apart from special arrangements like the Crime Fighting Fund--where money is provided specifically for additional recruitment--Ministers have no control over local decisions on the mix of officer strength and other resources that police authorities and chief constables may consider best for their police forces. It is even more difficult to attempt projections at the level of individual forces. In addition to the changes that may flow from the decisions of police authorities and chief constables, transfers take place between forces and between forces and the national agencies (NCS and NCIS) and central services).

We have provided funds to ensure that there is a step-change in the number of officers inside the service from, overall, 126,000 in 2000-01, rising to 128,000 in 2001-02 and to 130,000 in 2002-03. There may be some slippage, but the aim is to ensure a significant change in the number.

No projections have been made for 2003-04.

Animal Experiments

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish an independent judicial review into the actions of Imutran and HLS in relation to animal welfare and transplant experiments. [140726]

Mr. Straw: I have no plans to establish such a review.

On 17 July 2000, the House of Lords decided to set up an ad hoc Select Committee on the use of animals in scientific experiments. The House of Lords inquiry will provide an opportunity for the wider issues raised in the context of the Imutran case to be considered.

Although Imutran's licences authorising surgical procedures are no longer in force and this research is not now carried out at HLS, I have asked the Chief Inspector of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate to examine, as part of the Inspectorate's normal statutory inspection and reporting function, the available evidence relating to compliance with the authorities granted to Imutran for its xenotransplantation work between 1995 and 2000. I expect to receive the Chief Inspector's

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findings and advice on these matters in the new year and will make these available, subject to the requirements of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

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