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R and D

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to whom his Department distributes expenditure on research and development; how many staff are employed as a result; and how many research establishments (a) the Department and (b) its agencies have in England and Wales. [154361]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office funds research by the department's Research Development and Statistics Directorate, which undertakes a wide range of research supporting the development of policy. There are also a number of directorates who conduct physical science research including the Police Scientific Development Branch. Scientific and social research is also commissioned by the Home Office policy directorates and its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

The total number of Home Office staff involved in research and development in England and Wales is 1,135. A breakdown of these organisations, the staff numbers and the location of the organisation follows.

The regions listed in the table correspond to the boundaries of the Government Offices:

Home Office Directorate/AgencyNumber of staff
London
Research Development Statistics436
Communications
Crime Reduction2
Correctional Services10
Immigration Nationality Directorate21
Forensic Science Service1
Criminal Records Bureau5
Security Service
Police Scientific Development Branch
Youth Justice Board2
Police Information Technology Organisation386
Prison Service12
Science Policy Unit8
Dangerous and severe personality disorder programme2
Total885
South East
Research Development Statistics3
Police Scientific Development Branch41
Total44
South West
Research Development Statistics3
Total3
West Midlands
Research Development Statistics3
Forensic Science Service30
Total33
East Midlands
Research Development Statistics3
Prison Service6
Total9
North West
Research Development Statistics3
Criminal Records Bureau
Total3
North East
Research Development Statistics4
Total4
Yorkshire and Humberside
Research Development Statistics4
Total4
East
Research Development Statistics3
Police Scientific Development Branch143
Total146
Wales
Research Development Statistics4
Total4

Note:

The numbers of staff given are only those connected with research.


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Re-offending

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offenders serving (a) a custodial sentence and (b) a community service sentence in each year since 1997 reoffended within (i) one year, (ii) two years, (iii) three years, (iv) four years and (v) five years of their release; [147361]

Paul Goggins: The hon. Member will find the information she is requesting in 'Prison Statistics—England and Wales 2000, 2001, 2002'. One-year and two-year reconviction rates are given. Reconviction rates for three, four and five years for each year since 1997 are not yet available.

Reconviction rates for offenders serving a community sentence have also been published in the Home Office On Line Report 16/02.

Reconviction rates for community penalties for the first quarter of 2000 are available in Probation Statistics 2002 published on 21 January 2004. Reconviction rates for three, four and five years for each year since 1997 are not yet available.

The publications referred to can all be found in the Library.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results of his Department's review of sexual assault referral centres will be made public. [153331]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 6 February 2004]: I refer my hon. and learned Friend to the answer I gave her on 26 January 2004, Official Report, columns 234–36W.

Somalia

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a warrant for the arrest of Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf, the ruler of Puntland, Somalia. [154134]

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Caroline Flint: There is no warrant for the arrest of Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf in the UK.

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a warrant for the arrest of General Mohammed Hersei Morgan of Somalia, the former Governor of Hargeisa. [154136]

Caroline Flint: There is no warrant for the arrest of General Mohammed Hersei Morgan in the UK.

Vehicle Theft

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were reported stolen in the year for which recent figures are available in the (a) Lancashire Police Authority, (b) Greater London Police Authority and (c) Warwickshire Police Authority areas. [153618]

Ms Blears: The numbers of 'Theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle' offences recorded by the police in 2002–03, are given in the table.

Police force areaOffences recorded(29) , (30)
Lancashire5,585
London Region(31)58,739
Warwickshire2,282

(29) Includes aggravated vehicle taking offences, and attempted theft of vehicles.

(30) The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was introduced across England and Wales in April 2002. Some police forces adopted the standard prior to this date. The Metropolitan Police and City of London introduced the standard in April 2002, Warwickshire in April 2001, and Lancashire in August 2000. Broadly, the NCRS had the effect of increasing the number of crimes recorded by the police. Therefore, following the introduction of the standard, numbers of recorded crimes are not comparable with previous years.

(31) The London region comprises the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.


Video Links

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to provide video links to prisons for the use of the (a) police, (b) probation service and (c) other services in interviewing prisoners. [154479]

Paul Goggins: Police, probation and other services can make local arrangements with prisons to use video link facilities in courts to interview prisoners, providing the technology is not being used for pre-trial hearings at that time.

Records on the use of video links for purposes other than pre-trial hearings are not held centrally. However, prisons are encouraged to make full use of any spare capacity within the video links system, and to liaise with police, probation and other services to ensure its effective use.

The Prison Service Video Links Enhancement Project has been set up with the aim of maximising the use of existing video link facilities, and to consider activities where the use of this technology will either improve performance or reduce costs.

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Young Offenders

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations govern the use of special cells for young offenders; and if he will make a statement. [154201]

Paul Goggins: Prison Service Order 1600 sets out the regulations that govern the use of special accommodation for all offenders.

The definition of special accommodation is:



Special accommodation may be used for the temporary confinement of a violent or refractory prisoner, but only if its use:



A prisoner must not be confined in special accommodation as a punishment and, as soon as the original justification for the use of the special accommodation has ceased, the prisoner must be moved from that accommodation. If a prisoner refuses to move from special accommodation and his/her behaviour is such as to require the continued use of special accommodation, then special accommodation may continue to be used.

There are no specific rules governing the use of special accommodation for young offenders generally. Rule 51 of the YOI Rules allows temporary confinement in a special cell to be used for juveniles (under 18s).

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders have been kept in solitary confinement for over (a) a day, (b) two days, (c) three days, (d) four days, (e) five days, (f) six days and (g) a week in each of the last five years. [154202]

Paul Goggins: The Prison Service does not restrain prisoners in 'Solitary Confinement'. Prisoners and Young Offenders can either be subject to segregation procedures, or they can be held in 'Special Accommodation' (special cells or unfurnished cells).

The Prison Service does not centrally monitor the use of segregation.

The forms used to authorise the use of Special Accommodation are in the process of being reviewed, along with a general review of the policy on Use of Force. Unfortunately, the current forms require very little detail about individual incidents, and therefore there are no data for how long prisoners and young offenders have been held in special accommodation. However, very few prisoners are held in special accommodation for periods exceeding 24 hours.

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The following table therefore shows the total number of young offenders who have been held in special accommodation for the years for which figures are currently available.

Number of young offenders restrained in Special Accommodation 1997–2002

MalesFemalesTotalAll types of establishments
1997194312252,836
199827042742,557
1999317293462,223
200044784552,215
2001372434152,778
2002264172812,245

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest period of time that a young offender has been in solitary confinement is since 1997. [154203]

Paul Goggins: The Prison Service does not restrain prisoners in 'Solitary Confinement'. Prisoners and young offenders can either be subject to segregation procedures, or they can be held in 'Special Accommodation' (special cells or unfurnished cells).

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The length of time that young offenders are held in special accommodation is not collated centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders from Wales were placed in special cells at youth prisons in each of the last five years. [154204]

Paul Goggins: Information on the origin of young offenders who are placed in special cells could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


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