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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2004, Official Report, column 820W, what further compensation payments have been made to meet claims arising from HMP Wormwood Scrubs. [190234]

Paul Goggins: A full list of payments is set out in the following table. Figures are not yet available, in all cases, for legal costs. The figures do not include claims for loss of property or accidents.

Date of incidentAmountCosts
13 September 199730,00062,760
221 May 19939,00026,700
315 March 199842,00024,500
44 May 199620,00019,400
58 October 199722,00023,500
616 August 1995 to 18 September 1995100,500
724 February 199720,00034,000
97 August 199524,50029,500
108 November 199728,00015,845
1115 May 199723,250
121 July 199820,00021,873
1314 April 199571,56016,500
1521 May 199820,00021,000
178 April 199425,000
18November 1997 to January 199824,00018,717
1922 November 19948,000
2123 February 199822,500
2315 November 199222,00015,147
2716 September 199722,500
281 February 199620,00040,500
2915 April 199820,0006,000
3227 July 199641,000
348 October 199725,000
3631 July 200220,000
3720 August 199724,000
3818 October 1996 to 1 October 199755,000
394 February 199832,500
4020 November 199517,00013,500
4224 September 199927,000
44July 199620,000
453 to 7 July 199655,000
4620 to 28 January 199413,50017,400
487 January 19985,0004,594
514 June 199633,750
5321 May 199820,0007,313
5512 September 1996 and 13 January 199813,000
563 June 199614,00013,400

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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions prisons have used video-link equipment in each of the last five years; and which prisons have video-link facilities. [191330]

Paul Goggins: Records on the use of video links for court hearings are only available from December 2002. Video links have been used on the following occasions:
December 20021,790
January-December 200332,100
January-September 200428,025

Video links facilities are available in the following 57 prisons:

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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to build new prisons in the next two years. [191686]

Paul Goggins: There are currently a number of projects under way to increase the operational capacity of the prison estate. These include the building of a new prison, Her Majesty's Prison Peterborough, which is due to open in March 2005 as well as new accommodation at existing prisons. The National Offender Management Service has purchased two sites at Ashworth and Belmarsh for which there is outline planning consent for new prisons.

RAF Fairford (Protests)

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has of the number of cudgels taken by protesters to RAF Fairford as described in answer to Oral Questions 59 to 61 of evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 11 September 2003. [190779]

Mr. Blunkett: As I made clear in my answers to the Home Affairs Committee, the powers under the section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 are intended to allow the police to seize offensive weapons where they believe serious violence may take place. I cannot comment further on particular cases, some of which are subject to appeal. I understand however that
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a range of items were seized from protesters using section 60. Contrary to my understanding at the time, I now understand that these did not include cudgels.

Restricted Alcohol Scheme (Romford)

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the restricted alcohol zone in Romford town centre and (b) impact of the restricted zone on surrounding areas. [194730]

Ms Blears: Initial indications indicate a drop in disorder as a result of the Restricted Alcohol Zone in Romford. The effectiveness of the zone is being monitored with the initial six month evaluation due to be completed at the end of November. I am not aware that the restricted alcohol zone has impacted on the surrounding areas.

Road Safety

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for misuse of a mobile phone while driving. [190567]

Paul Goggins: Using a hand-held mobile phone became a specific offence on 1 December 2003. Data by police action (written warnings, fixed penalty notices and court proceedings) for 2003 will not be available until early 2005.

2004 data is expected to be published in autumn 2005.

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