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Paul Goggins: Information reported to the Home Office shows that just one person was sentenced to immediate custody in England and Wales for the offence of knowing that their child was not attending school and took no reasonable steps to secure their attendance during 2002, the latest year for which figures are available.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure has been incurred by the Home Office to date on payment to solicitors representing claimants alleging prison officer abuse at Wormwood Scrubs between November 1992 to October 2001. 
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquiries have been conducted since November 1992 into allegations of prison officer abuse at Wormwood Scrubs; and how many inquiries are under way. 
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Paul Goggins: Records prior to 1999 are not sufficiently detailed to show how many inquiries into individual allegations of abuse were conducted. Since then, 30 internal inquiries have been conducted into individual allegations of prison officer abuse. The police conducted two major investigations between 1998 and July 2003, into more than 100 allegations of abuse. All of these inquiries have been concluded.
Paul Goggins: Currently there are eight community sentences available for young offenders. Of these, two may involve an element of community servicethe Community Punishment Order and the Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order.
The Community Punishment Order (formerly the Community Service Order) is available for offenders aged 16 and upwards. Average weekly costs are not available nationally as courts set a total number of hours for community service and the young offender has 12 months to complete them.
The Youth Justice Board is conducting an activity analysis in order to refine the unit costs of juvenile disposals. This is due to be completed by the end of May 2004 and I will write to my right hon. Friend at that time with the definitive figures.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the re-offending rates for young offenders who have been detained in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure units were in the last period for which figures are available. 
Paul Goggins: Information on reconvictions of young male offenders sent to young offender institutions up to 1999 was published in Tables 9.6 and 9.7 of Prison Statistics, England and Wales 2002 (Cmnd 5996).
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the numeracy and literacy levels of juvenile offenders detained in local authority secure units (a) at the start and (b) at the end of their period of detainment. 
Paul Goggins [holding answer 18 March 2004]: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales commissions and purchases accommodation for juvenile offenders, including some places in local authority children's homes.
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A YJB audit in those establishments in 2001 found that when they entered custody over half averaged six years behind the normal literacy of their age group and over a third were 10 years behind on numeracy. The YJB is currently collecting information on the educational attainments of young people while in those establishments. This will be published in the board's next Annual Statistical Bulletin, due in the autumn.
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month from June 2003 to the most recent month for which figures are available; and what the planned number of officers was in each month. 
Paul Goggins: Staffing requirements are collated centrally every three months. The following table shows the number of staff and planned prison officer posts at each establishment with a major role as a young offenders' institution on a quarterly basis from June 2003. Where an establishment holds more than one category of prisoner, it is not possible to differentiate the staffing requirements for each category.
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|Establishment||Staff in post(76)||Planned posts||Staff in post(76)||Planned posts||Staff in post(76)||Planned posts||Staff in post(76)||Planned posts|
(76) Figures relate to prison officers, senior officers and principal officers.
In addition to the overall number of staff in post, officers at young offenders' institutions are currently contracted to work additional hours equivalent to an extra 128.5 officers. Total staffing availability at the end of February 2004 was therefore equivalent to 3,121.5 officers against an operational staffing requirement of 3,184. The shortfall is equivalent to 62.5 officers, or 2.0 per cent. which is an acceptable operating margin. The figures do not include new staff in the recruitment process on 29 February 2004.
Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) certified normal accommodation, (b) operational capacity and (c) population in each Young Offenders' Institution was in each month from June 2003 to the most recent month for which figures are available. 
|Certified normal accommodation|
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