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Neighbourhood Watch

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions have been given to police forces in England and Wales regarding the National Neighbourhood Watch Association. [186194]

Ms Blears: Officials wrote to all Chief Constables on 25 May 2004 to set out the Home Office's position in relation to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association. This letter encouraged Chief Constables to continue to support Neighbourhood Watch in their force areas. No instructions were given.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on agreements for commercial sponsorship of the National Neighbourhood Watch Association. [186195]

Ms Blears: The commercial sponsorship agreements of the National Neighbourhood Watch Association are a matter for the association and any sponsors.

The Home Office generally has no interest in the commercial sponsorship deals of voluntary organisations. The only exception would be when the proposed deal involved the use of a public asset, for example the Neighbourhood Watch logo. In such a case the Home Office would act to ensure that the asset was used properly and that it continued to be publicly available.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence his Department provided to the Direct Line Insurance Company in 2002 that it (a) had designed and (b) owned the artwork for the Neighbourhood Watch logo. [186196]

Ms Blears: The Neighbourhood Watch logo was designed by the Central Office of Information in 1985 on behalf of the Home Office, it is therefore Crown Copyright.

The Home Office is unaware of providing evidence that this was the case to the Direct Line insurance company in 2002.
 
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department will provide a loan to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association. [186198]

Ms Blears: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I have decided not to give further funding to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association on the basis of a financial audit which was undertaken earlier this year. Under these circumstances it would be inappropriate for us to provide them with a loan.

Nuclear Terrorism

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the time commitment entered into by participating members of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre is devoted to nuclear terrorism threats. [184402]

Ms Blears: It is not possible to give a precise figure. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) analytical effort devoted specifically to nuclear threats is variable, proportionate to the number and credibility of such threats.

Obscene Publications Acts

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964. [185434]

Mr. Browne [holding answer 20 July 2004]: We are concerned about the availability of obscene material, particularly on the internet. We are currently considering whether the law governing obscene publications should be strengthened. This issue was debated in the Adjournment debate on 18 May, which was obtained by my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Lepper).

Obscene Websites

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are for meetings to be held between Ministers, credit card companies and collection agents to discuss ways of limiting access to obscene websites. [184460]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 19 July 2004]: The Home Office has been working closely with the Association for Payment Clearing Services, (APACS) who have a clear policy that acquiring banks routinely monitor the transaction activity of their internet merchants, and that they will not knowingly do business with sites that sell content inciting, advocating or perpetuating violence against persons, including scenes of sexual assault. APACS have also been developing a range of work with the Internet Watch Foundation to assist in tracking and identifying illegal sites.

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to encourage international co-operation and an international unified policy on obscene publications on the internet. [184461]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 19 July 2004]: International co-operation is essential if we are to have any impact on the availability of any particular kind of material on the internet. We have raised this matter in
 
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the United States, and are considering what scope there is for a wider initiative to influence other countries, and for specifically targeting those questions at the G8.

Offender Behaviour Programmes

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the accredited offender behaviour programmes available in each prison; [183996]

(2) how many places were available on each accredited offender behaviour programme in each prison in the last year for which figures are available. [183997]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 19 July 2004]: A table has been placed in the Library which gives information on the programmes available in each prison in the public and contracted sectors in 2003–04. We are not able to provide information in terms of the number of places, but have provided the number of accredited offending
 
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behaviour programmes completed by prisoners and the numbers of accredited drug programme starts in that year.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new offender behaviour programmes are being considered; who is developing them; and when each is expected to become accredited. [184689]

Paul Goggins: Since 2000 the National Probation Directorate and Her Majesty's Prison Service have successfully designed and gained accreditation for 15 probation and 10 prison offender behaviour programmes covering a comprehensive range of offender needs.

Programmes for further work in connection with women's offending, domestic violence, drugs and sex offending will be submitted for accreditation at the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel in line with the schedule in the table.
Offending behaviour programmes currently in development or awaiting accreditation

Programme StatusExpected accreditation
date
Lead responsibility
for development
A booster module for the accredited violence programmesDesigned by the Canadian Technica Software Corporation. Implementation of this programme has been delayed due to resource limitations. A review of resources for the financial year 2005–06 will determine whether this is to be rolled out. If so, a submission to CSAP will be made.2005–06 (see note, left)NPS
The second Domestic Violence programme (CDVP)Designed by the Correctional Services Canada and is also accredited for use by HMPS for those offenders in custody. It is currently being piloted in NPS areas.March 2005NPSNPS
A community version of the prison adapted sex offender treatment programmeDevelopment of this programme will be subject to resources.Provisionally October 2005NPS
A sex offender one to one internet offenders programmeDeveloped by NPS it has been piloted.Provisionally October 2005NPS
Healthy sexual functioningTo complement an existing sex offender programme. Currently being piloted. A community version of HMPS Healthy Sexual Functioning (HSF) will be adapted when resources permit.October 2004HMPS/NPS
JETSJuvenile Enhanced Thinking SkillsOctober 2004HMPS
Programme for violent psychopathic offendersA complex intervention, across a number of modules, which aims to reduce recidivism in high risk, violent offenders who have high levels of psychopathy. The programme emphasises the need for staff training and support, integration of treatment across the wider regime and progression and resettlement. Currently being piloted in the DSPD units at HMP Frankland and Rampton High Security Hospital.February 2005HMPS
C.A.R.E a multi-modal intervention for women in custodyChoices, Actions, Relationships and Emotions. In development, to be piloted later in 2004. The programme is being developed by Offending Behaviour Programmes Unit in partnership with the Women's Team. It targets medium to high risk women with multiple needs and who have been convicted for violent or substance-related offences. At this stage it is only likely to be available for women in custody.2005HMPS/NPS
FORFocus on Resettlement—short pre-release motivational programme2005HMPS/NPS
Short duration programme for substance abusersThe programme is being developed by the Prison Service Drug Strategy Unit (DSU)November 2004HMPS
Prisons-Addressing Substance Related Offending PASRO/Action on DrugsThe newly formed Women's Team has responsibility to develop intensive drug treatment programmes for women in custody. The team intends to modify and develop two programmes, which are already accredited for men and are currently being piloted in women's prisons—PASRO and "Action on Drugs".P-ASRO (For Women) March 2006HMPS

 
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