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Anti-drugs Strategy

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards the 10-year anti-drugs strategy targets of (a) halving the number of young people using Class A drugs, (b) halving the availability of Class A drugs, (c) doubling the number of drug misusers in treatment and (d) halving the levels of re-offending by drug-misusing offenders. [149865]

Caroline Flint: The Updated Drug Strategy published in December 2002 sets out revised targets aimed at reducing the harm caused by drug misuse to society communities, individuals and their families.

The current Drug Strategy targets are as follows:







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Information on progress against these targets is available as follows:





Asylum Seekers

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged under 18 have been returned to their families in their countries of origin in each of the last three years. [144992]

Beverley Hughes: Information on the ages of those people removed from the United Kingdom is not collated centrally and would only be available by examination of individual case-files at disproportionate cost.

Although statistics of the removal of failed asylum seekers include unaccompanied minors; they are not separately identified. However, as a matter of policy, unaccompanied children are not removed under Immigration Act powers unless we are satisfied that suitable arrangements have been made for their reception and care in the destination country.

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much benefit was paid to asylum seekers living in the United Kingdom in 2003. [148953]

Beverley Hughes: The budget for asylum support costs for 2002–03 is £1,067 million. The actual outturn will be published in the audited resource accounts for the Home Office.

Young Offender Institutions

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times control and restraint have been used on children in (a) Stoke Heath, (b) Huntercombe and (b) Castington Young Offender Institutions in each of the last 12 months. [144355]

Paul Goggins: Information on the use of control and restraint was not recorded centrally until the beginning of last year. The data for the period 1 January 2003 to 31 November 2003, in Stoke Heath, Huntercombe and Castington Young Offender Institutions is set out in the table.

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Stoke HeathHuntercombeCastington
January162824
February11327
March43318
April142615
May71222
June91827
July112632
August83118
September93834
October72317
November42714

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were held on the basic level of incentives and earned privileges scheme in (a) Stoke Heath, (b) Huntercombe and (b) Castington Young Offender Institutions in September. [144356]

Paul Goggins: Data on the number of children held at each level under the rewards and sanctions scheme (formerly known as incentives and earned privileges scheme), including those on basic, for September 2003, is set out in the table.

EstablishmentBasicStandardEnhanced
Stoke Heath1213327
Huntercombe1321095
Castington1317541

Cleveland Coroner

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests were outstanding in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner in (a) July, (b) August, (c) September and (d) October 2003. [147649]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 13 January 2003]: The number of inquests in the jursidiction of the Cleveland coroner which were outstanding at the end of July, August, September and October 2003 respectively is shown in the table.

Inquests outstanding at date
31 July 2003273
31 August 2003268
30 September 2003261
31 October 2003245
30 November 2003238

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner were heard in (a) August, (b) September and (c) October 2003 by the (i) coroner, (ii) deputy coroner and (iii) assistant deputy coroner. [147650]

Paul Goggins: The number of inquests heard by the Cleveland coroner and his deputies in the months of August, September, October and November 2003 respectively is shown in the table.

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Inquests heard by:
CoronerDeputy coronerAssistant Deputy Coroner
August 20032023
September 20032316
October 20032276
November 200319113

The figures include all inquests concluded in the relevant months (i.e. a verdict was delivered, or the coroner (or deputies) declared that the inquest was not to be resumed after a Secton 16 adjournment).

Community Justice Centre

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for the establishment of the pilot community justice centre announced on 10th September. [143407]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office, Department for Constitutional Affairs and Crown Prosecution Service are working together to develop the first pilot Community Justice Centre in the United Kingdom, which is to be located in Liverpool. Our current timetable is for the Centre to be operational by the end of 2004. This will be conditional on a number of factors, including the identification of an appropriate site to accommodate the Centre and ensure it is fit for purpose. We also want to develop the Centre with the full engagement of the local community. From early 2004 a local community needs assessment will be undertaken which will feed into the design of the Centre and into community sentence planning and community work. From April 2004 these community projects which will be run in conjunction with the Centre.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where in Liverpool the pilot community justice centre will be located. [146311]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office, Department for Constitutional Affairs and Crown Prosecution Service are working together to develop the first pilot Community Justice Centre in the United Kingdom, which is to be located in Liverpool. The area of the city that the Community Justice Centre will be located is in the Liverpool north. This part of the city has experienced the problems that the Justice Centre will aim to tackle, such as anti-social behaviour and low-level criminal activity, but maintains a strong sense of community spirit and pride that the Justice Centre can build on and enhance.

Agents, with experience of developing court buildings, are working with Liverpool City Council to locate suitable sites for the Justice Centre in this part of the city. The site will accommodate a building housing a multi-jurisdictional court room as well as criminal justice and other agencies to provide on-site services for offenders, victims and the wider community. The exact location of the Liverpool Community Justice Centre is due to be announced later this year to ensure that the Justice Centre can commence operations at the end of 2004.

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