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Summer Splash Programme

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of crime of the summer 2002 Splash programme; and what plans he has to develop the programme further. [114207]

Paul Goggins: In summer 2002, around 370 Splash and Splash Extra schemes were run in high crime areas, enabling over 90,000 young people to take part in a wide range of activities. The schemes contributed to an overall reduction in local crime rates of 5.2 per cent. between July and September 2002, with reductions of up to 31 per cent. in street crime and robbery in some areas.

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Building on the success of these schemes, the Government will this year be launching a new single programme of positive activities for young people to provide year round out of school activities for eight to 19-year-olds. The new programme will absorb the Splash and Splash Extra schemes, and will deliver activities to more young people, providing support for those most at risk. The new programme will mean less bureaucracy for local areas, allowing them to focus on delivering good quality programmes to young people at risk of crime and social exclusion.

Terrorist Attacks

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made since 1996 in investigating the bombing of (a) the Israeli embassy and (b) Balfour House in July 1994, with particular reference to (i) matching and identifying fingerprints, (ii) where the car bombs were manufactured, (iii) the identity of the author of the claims letters and (iv) the identity of the drivers of the car used in the bombing; and if he will make a statement. [113295]

Mr. Blunkett: All identified fingerprints were disclosed prior to the trial of Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami, who were convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions. Letters claiming responsibility for the bombings were received from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Jaffa Group. It was never established where the car bombs were assembled or who drove the cars. I have arranged for my officials to place copies of such transcripts of the original trial as are available in the Library. This should provide further information on the points raised.

Terrorist Detainees

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been to public funds of detaining indefinitely suspected terrorists under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001. [113599]

Paul Goggins: The cost to the Prison Service of holding the prisoners detained under the Anti-terrorism Crime and Security (ATCS) Act 2001, from the first detentions in December 2001 up to the end of April 2003, is estimated at £424,000. This figure is calculated from the average cost per prisoner over the period at the holding establishments and the number of ATCS detainee months over that period. Indirect costs, in the Prison Service and other agencies associated with the decisions to detain, have not been assessed.

United States Anti-drugs Campaign

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on the effectiveness of the Just Say No anti-drugs campaign in reducing overall drugs misuse in the USA; what plans he has to introduce this style of anti-drugs campaigning to the UK; and if he will make a statement. [114404]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: An evaluation of the "Just say No" campaign was undertaken in 2000 and is documented in the Home Office publication "Let's Get Real", which describes the evidence base for Communicating with the Public about drugs. This evaluation indicates that

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campaigns which focus on behaviour change are unlikely to succeed and that simplistic "say no" messages will be ineffective.

There are no current plans to introduce this style for anti-drugs campaigning in the UK. The form of each UK anti-drugs campaign is determined on the basis of research and market testing with target audiences.

Young Offenders

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles were held at (a) HMYOI Feltham, (b) HMYOI Warrington,

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(c) HMYOI Northallerton, (d) HMYOI Thorn Cross, (e) HMYOI Onley and (f) HMYOI Glen Parva in each of the last 12 months, broken down by ethnic group. [113431]

Paul Goggins: The numbers of prisoners aged under 18 who were held at (a) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Feltham, (b) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Werrington, (c) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Northallerton, (d) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Thorn Cross, (e) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Onley and (f) Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Glen Parva in each of the last 12 months, broken down by ethnic group, are given in the tables.

WhiteBlackSouth AsianChinese and otherUnrecordedTotal
April 2002
Feltham 1021018120223
Thorn Cross39130043
Glen Parva000000
May 2002
Thorn Cross25132031
Glen Parva000000
June 2002
Thorn Cross21132027
Glen Parva000000
July 2002
Thorn Cross26130030
Glen Parva000000
August 2002
Thorn Cross14210017
Glen Parva000000
September 2002
Thorn Cross22211026
Glen Parva100001
October 2002
Thorn Cross29210032
Glen Parva100001
November 2002
Thorn Cross19221024
Glen Parva100001
December 2002
Thorn Cross19111022
Glen Parva100001
January 2003
Thorn Cross18121022
Glen Parva000000
February 2003
Thorn Cross14222020
Glen Parva000000
March 2003
Thorn Cross21131026
Glen Parva000000

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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles have been sentenced to detention for life under (a) section 53 of the Children and Young Offenders Act 1933 and (b) section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 in each of the last 10 years. [113433]

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Paul Goggins: The information requested is contained in the table.

Statistics for 2002 will be available in the autumn.

Juveniles sentenced to life under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and Sections 90–92 of the Prowers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000(15)
England and Wales

Number of Juveniles
Type of sentence1992199319941995199619971998199920002001
Section 53(1)/Section 90/92—HMP (Life for murder)11241610262610242027
Section 53(2)/Section 91/92—HMP (Life for other serious offences)1431112512
Total sentenced to life12281911272712292129

(15) Sections 53 (1) and (2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 were repealed on 25 August 2000 and their provisions were transferred to Sections 90/92 and 91/92 respectively of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of young offenders have no recognised qualifications. [115114]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 22 May 2003]: The information is not available in this precise form but the Youth Justice Board's last general education audit, published in November 2001, showed that of juveniles who went into custody at least 71 per cent. had left school without any significant literacy or numeracy qualifications.

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