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Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are in prison for (a) drug offences, (b) drug trafficking offences and (c) supply offences; and of these groups of women, what percentage (i) have dependent children, (ii) are UK nationals and (iii) are non-UK nationals giving countries of nationality. 
Previous Home Office research (Caddie & Crisp, Imprisoned women and mothers, 1994, Home Office Research Study 162), found that 61 per cent. of women in prison were mothers of children aged under 18 and/or were pregnant. 28 per cent. of sentenced mothers in this study were in prison for drugs offences.
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|Nationality||Number||Unlawful import/export||Drugs supply||Other drugs offences|
|St Christopher and Nevis||1||1|||||
|St Kitts and Nevis||2||2|||||
|Trinidad and Tobago||3||3|||||
|United States of America||9||9|||||
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|Offence Group||Number of female prisoners|
|Violence against the person||695|
|Theft and handling||726|
|Fraud and forgery||133|
|Offence not recorded||108|
|Violence against the person||1,126||1,182||1,318|
|Theft and handling||4,135||4,156||4,587|
|Fraud and forgery||673||619||678|
|Offence not recorded||958||891||997|
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Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department will take following the High Court decision that the Children Act 1989 applies to children held in prison; what assessment his Department has made of the (a) additional training required of prison officers and (b) additional costs to the Prison Service; what time schedule his Department is working towards to implement the High Court ruling in prisons and young offender institutions across England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn: The Court upheld and endorsed the Prison Service's policy in relation to juveniles in custody. One sentence in its policy, which was to be changed regardless of the outcome of the judgment, has been found to be wrong. This will now be changed in the context of the judgment. There is undoubtedly a need for more consistency in the provision for young people across the prison estate and work is under way to ensure that this happens. There has been considerable investment across the juvenile estate and resources have been put into all establishments; however, these funds must be allocated according to specific needs and priorities.
The Prison Service has already in place a Child Protection Protocol through which Governors have been required to introduce arrangements to protect children from significant harm, in line with its wish to reflect the principles of the Children Act 1989 and safeguard the welfare of those in its custody. The Court's judgment has found that it is for local authorities to co-operate with the Prison Service in carrying out their duties, subject to the necessary requirements of imprisonment.
Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been held in segregation cells in each of the prisons in the juvenile estate since April 2000; and of those, how many have been held for (a) longer than seven and (b) 28 days. 
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Mr. Galloway: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the remuneration and expenses paid to each of the members of the Bain Inquiry into the firefighters; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: Sir George Bain does not wish to be remunerated for his role as chairman of the independent review of the fire service. Sir Anthony Young is being remunerated at a rate equivalent to the daily rate for members of the Central Arbitration Committee. The employers of Sir Michael Lyons are being reimbursed at his usual rate for his time spent working on the review. All three members have their reasonable expenses reimbursed in accordance with the arrangements which normally apply for such inquiries and reviews.
Mr. Raynsford: The Fire Cover Review Task Group agreed the text of its final report on the pathfinder trials at the end of September, 2002. The Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council will consider the report at a future meeting. If the council endorses the report, it will be published.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish (a) the current value of the liabilities for pensions of the Fire Service in payment and other liabilities in respect of service to date, (b) the amount by which it would increase if firefighters' pay were immediately to increase by 10 per cent. more than the rate of earnings growth allowed for and (c) the annual cost of (b), if that were spread over the expected working lifetime of current firefighters; what financial and demographic assumptions were used to make these estimates; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Firefighters' Pension Scheme is administered locally by or on behalf of fire authorities and the information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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