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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 17 April 2002]: During March 2002 the number of prisoners eligible for consideration under the Home Detention Curfew scheme (HDC) was 5,033, of whom 1,433 were released under the scheme. Therefore, 3,600 remained in custody. There are a number of reasons why those prisoners were not released on curfew:
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Beverley Hughes: In total, 598 prison officers started the prison officer entry-level training course during 200102. This figure includes the 363 new entrants to the Prison Service during 200102, some new entrants recruited before 1 April 2001, and some existing staff, mainly from the operational support grade, who were regraded as officers.
Beverley Hughes: The Prison Service is working with Bush Housing Association Limited to identify what resources can be used to help staff in areas with high housing costs. It is also considering ways in which it can work with other public services to achieve this.
In January 2002 the Prison Service increased the rates of local pay allowance for staff working in London and the home counties. Staff at inner London prisons now receive £3,500 and those at Belmarsh and Latchmere House prisons receive £2,300.
Beverley Hughes: The information is contained in the table. Only staff who were in post for more than 12 months have been included. The figures include all prison officer gradesofficers, senior officers and principal officers.
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Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) governing governors and (b) governor grades of prison establishments in England and Wales are from an ethnic minority group; 
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Beverley Hughes: As at 31 March 2002 in publicly managed prison establishments, one governing governor and 21 out of 920 senior operational managers, formerly known as governor grades, were recorded as being from minority ethnic groups. 58 staff have declined to state their ethnicity and data are unavailable on a further three. In privately managed prison establishments no directors, and two out of 85 senior operational staff, were recorded as being from minority ethnic groups.
Race Equality Employment Target is one of the Prison Service's key performance indicators and targets for 200102. The target proportion of staff from a minority ethnic group to be achieved in publicly managed prison establishments by April 2002 is 4.1 per cent. The service is updating its personnel records with the introduction of the 2001 census of new ethnicity classifications. Provisional figures at the end of March 2002 suggest that the proportion of staff from a minority ethnic group is 4.9 per cent. In privately managed prison establishments the proportion of staff from a minority ethnic group is 2.8 per cent.
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 17 April 2002]: Life sentence prisoners are required to serve a minimum period in custody to satisfy the requirements of retribution and deterrence; this is known as the tariff. After the tariff period has been served a life sentence prisoner may be considered for release on life licence but release will only be allowed if the prisoner is judged no longer to be a risk to the public. Prisoners released on life licence are liable to be recalled for the rest of their lives.
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 17 April 2002]: I would not expect any prisoner serving a life sentence to be denied access to education facilities or the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge because they maintain their innocence.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what statistics are kept on the number of life prisoners yet to be released who are claiming they are innocent of the crime for which they have been imprisoned; 
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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 17 April 2002]: This information is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost. New guidance for prison and probation staff on how to handle the cases of life sentence prisoners who deny their guilt was recently issued in a revised version of Chapter 7 of the "Lifer Manual (Prison Service Order 4700)". I have arranged for a copy of this to be placed in the Library.
Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a summary of responses to the consultations, and a regulatory impact assessment, in relation to the measures announced in the Budget to tackle oil fraud. 
Mr. Boateng: The Government have today published a paper summarising responses to the consultations and setting out the regulatory impact assessment in relation to these measures. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses, alongside copies of responses to the consultations.
Mr. Boateng: I am today launching the second round of the Green Fuel Challenge pilot project exercise, inviting bids for pilots involving practical alternative transport fuels. I have arranged for the detailed criteria and guidance to be placed in the Library of the House.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average number of stop checks made, per day, by Her Majesty's Customs officers, to search for illegal imports at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Luton airports was in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many kilograms of illegal meat products have been found as a result of stop checks by Her Majesty's Customs officers at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Luton airports in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
(10) In 2001 in addition to the weights shown there were also a total of 60 seizures (Heathrow 49, Gatwick 17, Stansted two, Luton one) where the quantity was not recorded by weight.
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is done with illegal meat products once they have been confiscated by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise officers; and if he will make a statement. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average number of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise officers working, per day, at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Luton airports was in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to place amnesty bins at airport departure and arrivals halls to give passengers an opportunity to dump illegal meat products prior to going through the Customs check point; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: The question of amnesty bins at airport departure and arrival halls raises issues of security, health and safety. My officials are working with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), who lead the overall programme on illegal meat imports, on measures to deal with illicit meat inadvertently imported by passengers.
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