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Beverley Hughes: Prisoners are permitted to be held more than two to a cell when the accommodation has been certified by the area manager, in accordance with the 1952 Prison Act and the Prison/Young Offender Institution Rules, as being suitable for holding more than two prisoners.
Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases involving women were heard at (a) magistrates courts and (b) crown courts in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of these cases resulted in a sentence of immediate imprisonment. 
|Month||Women proceeded against(29)||Sentenced(30)||Given immediate custody||Percentage given immediate custody(32)|
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|Month||Women tried(31)||Sentenced(31)||Given immediate custody||Percentage given immediate custody(32)|
(29) Includes only prosecutions against women completed in magistrates courts including those committed for sentence to the Crown Court.
(30) Includes those sentenced in the magistrates courts and committed for sentence in the Crown Court.
(31) Excludes women committed for sentence.
(32) Expressed as a percentage of those sentenced.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people who have been convicted of (a) violent crime, (b) sex abuse and (c) domestic violence since 1997 were subject to any of these offences as children. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: The information requested is not available centrally, as the Home Office Court Proceedings Database contains no information on the circumstances of individual cases nor the histories of those appearing before the courts.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals who have been convicted of sex abuse have refused to attend sex offenders treatment programmes in each year since 1997. 
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Beverley Hughes: There are no figures kept centrally about the number of prisoners convicted of sex abuse who have refused to take part in the sex offenders treatment programme and this information could be collected only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Blunkett: I have laid before Parliament today a Special Grant Report which sets out the arrangements for reimbursing local authorities in England for the costs of supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) as a result of their duties under the Children Act 1989.
As I outlined in the White Paper we will continue to offer appropriate levels of care to UASC and the Home Office leads the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children's Stakeholder Group. One key element of this is to ensure that we can sift out adults posing as children and deter those seeking to abuse the system. Home Office staff are already taking steps to challenge older applicants and divert them to the adult asylum process.
We are exploring opportunities for better sharing of costs across the country and in particular the joint commissioning of accommodation for unaccompanied minors who are 16 or 17 on arrival. We are already doing more to support local authorities by improving information exchange and UASC will be included as part of the asylum audit. It is important that financial support to local authorities provides fairly for essential needs and encourages good value for money.
Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department into which languages the information leaflets for asylum seekers in induction centres are translated; and if he will place a copy of the English language leaflet, and the document asylum seekers are required to sign, in the Library. 
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of race-related crimes have been reported involving asylum seekers since the introduction of the Government's dispersal policy; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: Detailed statistics are not collected centrally on race-related crimes involving asylum seekers. The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) records the numbers of allegations of racial harassment made by asylum seekers and their dependants in receipt of NASS support. Between May 2000 to December 2001 NASS investigations team recorded 1,159 allegations of racial harassment.
When NASS first learns of such incidents it always ensures that they have been reported to the relevant local police, who have prime responsibility for investigating the allegation. If, following police advice, it is decided that safety or wellbeing of an asylum seeker, who is receiving NASS support, is in any doubt NASS would arrange to move that person to alternative accommodation while the case is under investigation.
If an asylum seeker does not wish to report allegations of harassment to the police, they can do so through their solicitor who can make a report on their behalf, or an asylum seeker can report the incident to their landlord. Alternatively, there are voluntary organisations with whom an asylum seeker can report and discuss their concerns. The voluntary organisation would then liaise with NASS as regards further action.
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Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 302W, if he will place in the Library the two recent letters received from Merseyside police in relation to the use of Landmark and Inn on the Park to house asylum seekers. 
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