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Performance Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the PSA target for completions of accredited offender behaviour programmes in prison will be met; [47224]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The relevant public service agreements (PSA) performance target is that the Prison Service should increase the number of completions of accredited offending behaviour programmes from 3,000 to 6,000 by the end of 2001–02, including an increase from 680 to 1,100 in those completing sex offender treatment programmes.

The Service also has a key performance target (KPT) of ensuring 5,000 entrants per year to drug treatment programmes by March 2002.

Final outturns will be known by the end of April 2002.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible; and if the target was met. [49631]

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Angela Eagle: Details of performance and efficiency targets agreed between executive non-departmental public bodies and their sponsor departments, and performance against these targets are available in each individual body's annual report. All annual reports are presented to Parliament and copies placed in the Library. The majority of bodies have also posted recent annual reports on their websites.

Drugs

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been made available to the Metropolitan police force to combat the use and supply of illegal drugs in each of the last three years. [48680]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Within the police force grant, there is not a ring-fenced allocation for combating the misuse of drugs.

The Metropolitan Police Service has received the following drugs funding, which is in additional to their mainstream budget, specifically used to tackle the supply and misuse of illegal drugs: for arrest referral workers and for treatment for the financial years 2000–01 to 2001–02, £869,214 for workers and £708,480 for treatment in 2000–01, and £869,214 for workers and £708,480 for treatment in 2001–02.

In 2001–02, £7.5 million was made available to London boroughs from the Communities Against Drugs (CAD) fund, at the start of a new three-year funding programme, a share of which goes to the police. Prior to this, the Metropolitan police was awarded £3.5 million after a successful bid for funding for drugs-related schemes from Targeted Police Initiatives, which was a three-year programme that ended at the start of April 2002.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the use and supply of crack cocaine in the Greater London area. [48684]

Mr. Denham: The use of crack cocaine in London is of major concern to both the Government and the police. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and the Commissioner (Sir John Stevens) have discussed it at their periodic meeting. Additionally officials from this Department have met regularly with the Metropolitan police to discuss this and other issues, especially in connection with the Metropolitan police's current review of its operations and policy.

My right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham) and I have also met Commander Brown of the Metropolitan police who heads Operation Trident.

Relocation

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to relocate executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies under the remit of his Department to Scotland. [47979]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 April 2002]: A number of Home Office executive agencies and non- departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have offices in Scotland. These include the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the Forensic Science Service and the United Kingdom Passport Service.

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NDPBs and agencies are free to decide their location in the light of their business needs, but I am not aware of plans for any Home Office agency or non-departmental public body (NDPB) to relocate to Scotland.

Robbery Reduction Initiative

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the Communities Against Drugs Initiative will be used to finance the Robbery Reduction Initiative; and if he will make a statement. [46664]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Communities Against Drugs (CAD) funding is provided to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships to tackle the impact that drugs has on particular communities. Partnerships will want to consider how CAD and the Robbery Initiative might support each other.

Television Licences

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) number and (b) total cost of television licences paid for by his Department. [48356]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The number and total cost of television licences for the Home Department are as follows:


Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the private finance initiative contract for Fazakerley (Altcourse) prison by comparison with a non-private finance initiative alternative; [49656]

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Beverley Hughes: Public sector savings under the private finance initiative are calculated by comparing the net present value (NPV) of the project against a public sector comparator (PSC), as shown in the table.

The overall value of the Quantum contract, which took effect from July 2000, as estimated in the final business case, is approximately £200 million. However, this excludes the value of future business change developments. Against estimated internal prison costs, the estimated cost saving in cash terms is £190 million over the 12 year life of the contract. The net present value of this saving, discounted at 6 per cent. discount value, is £128 million.

£ million

ContractPublic sector comparatorNet present valueSavings
Altcourse (Fazakerley)2482471
Ashfield (Pucklechurch)14112219
Dovegate (Marchington)29224151
Forest Bank (Agecroft)234.5204.530
Lowdham Grange15712730
Parc (Bridgend)31926653
Rye Hill (Onley)20915455
Heat Energy Services(19)29254

(19) Tranche 1


Departmental Report

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the 2002 Departmental report will be published. [49576]

Angela Eagle: As my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Andrew Smith) said in his answer on 15 April, the 2002 Departmental Report for the Home Office will be published in spring 2002. The exact date will be announced shortly.

Sunset Clauses

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses. [49622]

Angela Eagle: The following Bills introduced by the Home Office in the last five years contained sunset clauses:






My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State (Mr. Blunkett) will consider whether a sunset clause is appropriate in the context of any future Bill.

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