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Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time was spent unlocked in (a) male local prisons, (b) male closed training prisons, (c) male young offender institutions, (d) female prisons and (e) female young offender institutions in (i) 199697, (ii) 19992000 and (iii) 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The average time out of cell per weekday in male local prisons, male closed training prisons, male young offender institutions, female prisons and female young offender institutions for the years 19992000 and 200001 are listed in the table. Comparable data for 199697 are not available. Establishments are categorised by their main role only. Female young offender institutions are included in the relevant part of the female estate.
|Male closed young offender||9.3||8.4|
|Male open young offender||12.7||12.9|
|Male remand centre||8.1||6.9|
(11) Average time out of cell (weekdays)
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were (a) employed in industrial workshops and (b) employed in agriculture and horticulture, in (i) 199697, (ii) 19992000 and (iii) 200001; how many prisoners were employed as a percentage of the prison population in each of these periods; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The tables set out the number of prisoners employed in industrial workshops and in agriculture and horticulture, expressed as a percentage of the average prison population for the year from 1996 to the most recently available data.
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|Year||Number of prisoners||As a percentage of average annual prison population|
(12) Figures shown for 200001 are calculated from April 2000 and March 2001 figures. Workshop figures for 200001 include craft and charity workshops which were excluded from the figures for previous years
|Year||Number of prisoners||As a percentage of annual prison population|
(13) The figures provided are not entirely comparable because the figures for 199697 exclude amenity maintenance, included in later years
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of hours of educational study was in (a) male local prisons, (b) male open prisons, (c) male closed training prisons, (d) male young offender institutions, (e) female prisons and (f) female young offender institutions in (i) 199697, (ii) 19992000 and (iii) 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The total number of hours of educational study for male local prisons, male open prisons, male closed training prisons, male young offender institutions and female prisons in 199697, 19992000 and 200001 is listed in the table.
Establishments are categorised by their main role only. Female young offender institutions are included in the relevant part of the female estate.
|Male closed YOI||2,846,087||3,147,571||3,446,699|
|Male open YOI||368,838||358,905||325,660|
|Male remand centre||67,699||104,159||117,943|
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners have asked for a review of their cases on the basis of re-examination of evidential material for DNA proof; what the response to those requests has been; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Keith Bradley: This kind of information is not readily available from the Criminal Cases Review Commission's current management information system, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been sentenced to imprisonment for murder by courts in England and Wales during the last 12 months. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: 12 women were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in England and Wales in 1999, the latest year for which figures are available. In addition,
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three were sentenced to detention under section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and one to custody for life.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been sentenced to imprisonment by courts in England and Wales during the last 12 months for abuse of children. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: Those who abuse children can be charged with a number of offences. Some of these offences, such as assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault do not identify the age of the victim and it is not possible to provide details of all crimes where children are victims from Home Office statistics. The table shows the statistics for those offences where it is possible to identify a child victim of whatever age.
|Indictable offences||Sentenced to a young offender institution||Sentenced to an unsuspended sentence of imprisonment||Total sentenced to immediate custody|
|Violence against the person|
|Murder of infant under one year of age||||1||1|
|Cruelty to, or neglect of children||3||42||45|
|Indecent assault on male person under 16 years||||4||4|
|Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(14)||1||||1|
|Indecent assault on a female under 16||1||5||6|
|Other indictable offences|
|Take or make indecent photographs, or pseudo-photographs, of children||||1||1|
(14) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956, section 1, as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 142
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison population was in each year from 1989 to 2000 inclusive; what the expected totals are for 2001 to 2005; and what percentage in all years drug offenders represent. 
Beverley Hughes: The average prison population in England and Wales from 1989 to 2000, and the percentage of these totals that were sentenced drug offenders, is shown in the table.
The average prison population for 2001 to 2005 will depend on factors prevailing during those years. 'Projections of Long Term Trends in Prison Population to 2008', available in the Library, hypothesises time scenarios. The projected figures from the middle scenarios have been included in the table. However, the percentages that are expected to be drug offences are not available.
|Year||Prison population on 30 June||Percentage of total serving sentences for drug offences(15)|
(15) Rounded to two decimal places
(16) Projected figures
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK prison population is expressed as a number per 100,000 population; and what the latest figures are for other Council of Europe member states. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 9 July 2001]: Provisional information based on the average population in England and Wales in 2000, and the average population
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in prisons in England and Wales in 2000, shows there were 113 people in a prison establishment per 100,000 of the general population.
Provisional information is available for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately. It is shown in the table along with rates for those countries in Europe for which data are available.
|Country||Rate(18) per 100,000 population in 2000|
|EU member states average|
|England and Wales(19)||124|
(17) At 1 September: number of prisoners including pre-trial detainees
(18) Based on estimates of national population
(19) At 31 August
(20) Annual daily population
(21) Annual averages
(22) In 1999
(23) At 31 December
(24) At 31 January
(25) Metropolitan and overseas departments
(26) At 1 September
(27) At 30 September
(28) Annual average by financial year (1 April-31 March)
(29) At 30 June
n/a = not available
Statistical contacts in each country
18 June 2001
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