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Truancy Parental Imprisonment

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been sentenced to prison for allowing their children to play truant in each of the last 12 months. [163334]

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.

Statistics for 2003 will be published in the autumn.

Wormwood Scrubs

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. [162634]

Paul Goggins: As of 18 March 2004, £579,243 has been paid to solicitors representing prisoners who allege to have been abused by prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs.

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. [162663]

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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.

Young Offenders

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent estimate is of the cost to public funds of a week of community service served by a young offender. [159512]

Paul Goggins: Currently there are eight community sentences available for young offenders. Of these, two may involve an element of community service—the 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 Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order also includes community service. It can last between 12 months and three years. Average weekly costs are not available.

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. [162313]

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. [162378]

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.

Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers were employed at each young offenders' institution in each

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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. [163209]

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.

30 June 200330 September 200331 December 200329 February 2004
EstablishmentStaff in post(76)Planned postsStaff in post(76)Planned postsStaff in post(76)Planned postsStaff in post(76)Planned posts
Aylesbury169.5175.5163158.5156.5171.5160174
Brinsford229235.5224.5237.5228.5238230.5240
Castington208218207.5217200.5215205.5215
Deerbolt178178179180175.5182180.5183
Feltham413.5447425.5442436493447495
Glen Parva254.5272251.5270257278254274
Hindley246.5293.5253.5268254.5271255.5271
Lancaster Farms209.5242218.5242220.5244221.5244
Northallerton6766676764646666
Onley222.5234223.5234221.5231212.5229
Portland167173.5164.5171.5172179.5167.5177.5
Reading116119.5109119.5109119.5112119.5
Rochester141151.5134149129151.5124.5143
Stoke Heath229.5233237.5233231.5233238.5233
Swinfen Hall116118119118117119117.5120
Total2,967.53,1572,9783,1072,9733,1902,9933,184

(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. [163210]

Paul Goggins: The certified normal accommodation, operational capacity and population of each single function Young Offender Institution in each month from June 2003 is given in the table.

Where an establishment has multiple functions, such as an adult training prison and a Young Offenders' Institution on a single site, population statistics are also provided.

CNA, operational capacity and population of YOIs by establishment

20032004
JuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary
Certified normal accommodation
Aylesbury351351351351351345345345
Deerbolt513513513513513513513513
Hindley539539539539539539539539
Northallerton4545153153153153153153
Onley580580580580580580580580
Portland429429429429429429429460
Rochester180180180180180180269269
Stoke Heath572572572572572572572572
Swinfen Hall311311311311311311311311
Thorn Cross316316316316316316316316
Warren Hill214214214222222222222222
Werrington146146146146146146146146
Wetherby360360360300300300300300
Operational capacity
Aylesbury355355355355355350350350
Deerbolt518518518518518518518518
Hindley559559559559559539539539
Northallerton254254254254254254254254
Onley580580580580580580580580
Portland456456456456456456456487
Rochester180180180180180180269269
Stoke Heath688688688688688688688688
Swinfen Hall320320320320320320320320
Thorn Cross316316316316316316316316
Warren Hill220220220222222222222222
Werrington148148148148148148148148
Wetherby360360360300300300300300
Population
Ashfield226214209199187177168188
Aylesbury346343338346346345341339
Brinsford224246222246242224235238
Brockhill1420221915232023
Bullwood Hall129118122130119122108112
Castington135135146143146149134108
Chelmsford7754555734434924
Cookham2823182521231624
Deerbolt426459458433449482445454
Drake Hall3240333334302727
East Sutton33223333
Eastwood Park2822223325262825
Elmley714111416955
Feltham336273234250267269276221
Forest Bank1451301177379828477
Glen Parva574574507519561539529569
Guys Marsh131140132134131138128138
Highdown83212713
Hindley494472451494453457476435
Hollesley Bay2227251118182321
Holloway924151514142116
Huntercombe265325321317327332315334
Lancaster284292263308306304320326
Low Newton11110000
Moorland398390390399412425415392
Moorland Open11310910210289916353
New Hall75100788279806975
Northallerton209204196202248202172198
Norwich119116123107123124128123
Onley496497473468472462378357
Parc209252247219217197177159
Portland433446441446453444440439
Reading1612171918201215
Rochester164167157170176198215261
Stoke Heath581603576586579592549554
Styal2624161815181513
Swinfen Hall312319316314314317310307
Thorn Cross182182201201215232185223
Usk/Prescoed1012689643
Warren Hill190178158175176181182174
Werrington113125128120125112120133
Wetherby269261272221221214215214

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