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Inspectorates Merger

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the possible merits of a merger between the inspectorates of constabulary, prisons and probation. [194908]

Paul Goggins: The Government will consult early in the new year on more coherent arrangements for the end to end inspection of the criminal justice system. There is recognition of the need for inspection to better reflect the way services are delivered and to ensure a user perspective is properly built into the process.

Juvenile Offenders

Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles held in custody are receiving education and training. [191368]

Paul Goggins: The Youth Justice Board commission and purchase custodial places for juveniles. The numbers receiving education are not collected centrally. However the board do require establishments to provide education, training and personal development for all trainees and they monitor compliance under the relevant contracts and service level agreement.


Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the identification of Kashmiris as a separate group from Pakistanis in publications, information and statistics issued by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [192626]

Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 19 October 2004]: I wrote to the Kashmir National Identity Campaign on 24 May explaining that the Home Office follows Cabinet Office guidance and uses the Census categories
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for monitoring purposes and when using statistics in our publications. I advised them that the Office for National Statistics has responsibility for Census categories.

Licence Conditions (Non-compliance)

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been returned to custody for non-compliance with licence conditions (a) in each of the last 24 months and (b) in each year since 1992. [190144]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is provided in the table.

Information on recall of Automatic Conditional Release and Non-Parole prisoners was not recorded centrally on the prison establishment IT system until 1999. Information on the reasons why life licensees have had their life licences revoked is only available from October 2002.
Offenders returned to custody on account of non-compliance with licence conditions, by type of licence England and Wales, 1992–2004

Automatic conditionalDiscretionary
conditional release
releaseParoledNot paroledLife licence
September 20024743569
October 200256838921
November 200244339831
December 20024382879
January 200354437951
February 20035424291
March 200355645852
April 200349935941
May 20035624191
June 200356552106
July 200359853972
August 20035273994
September 200350051741
October 2003619471003
November 200348753825
December 2003536551001
January 200461261911
February 20046704576
March 2004627581181
April 20045095776
May 20045185673
June 2004583731052
July 200457873901
August 200450356812


Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to improve literacy and numeracy among offenders; and if he will make a statement. [196698]

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Paul Goggins: Since April 2001 over 130,000 nationally accredited literacy, numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications from entry level to level 2 have been achieved by offenders in custody in England—a major contribution to the Government's targets for improving basic skills. We have appointed Heads of Learning and Skills in all prisons to drive up standards for improving literacy and numeracy.

We are working closely with key partners to develop a new model for delivering a better and more integrated service for offenders, both in prison and in the community. The new service will be informed by development work in the north east, north west and south west regions, which will try out new models. To support this we are providing substantial additional investment to improve the quality and quantity of offender learning.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 333W, what final figure for the cost of lockouts is in 2003–04, and what the (a) total cost and (b) number of lockouts was in each area in each of the last five years. [190060]

Paul Goggins: As explained in my answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 333W, to question 172412, there were 791 lockouts in 2003–04.

The total expenditure on lockouts in 2003–04 was £188,353. This includes a proportion of lockout costs incurred in previous years.

Details of the number of lockouts and total costs for the financial years 1998–99 to 2002–03 are set out in the tables.
Total lockouts 2003–04

1 April 20031 May 20031 June 20031 July 2003
Area 1S. Wales and West93225
Area 2South and South East2205
Area 3Met.Police district6300
Area 4East Anglia42211323
Area 5West Midlands and Mid Wales0015
Area 6Merseyside and North Wales1571912
Area 7East Midlands and Humberside24202851
Area 8The North13132030

1 August 20031 September 20031 October 20031 November 2003
Area 1S. Wales and West4051
Area 2South and South East2001
Area 3Met.Police district0000
Area 4East Anglia4641
Area 5West Midlands and Mid Wales0600
Area 6Merseyside and North Wales1653
Area 7East Midlands and Humberside91733
Area 8The North510811

1 December 20031 January 20041 February 20041 March 2004Total
Area 1S. Wales and West000251
Area 2South and South East000012
Area 3Met.Police district010010
Area 4East Anglia015159153
Area 5West Midlands and Mid Wales01320045
Area 6Merseyside and North Wales107473
Area 7East Midlands and Humberside6206616263
Area 8The North16634184

Money Payment Supervision Orders

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many money payment supervision orders were made in each of the last 10 years. [192727]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 27 October 2004]: The numbers of persons starting supervision by the probation service under a Money Payment Supervision Order in England and Wales are given in the table. The figures are for the last available 10 years.

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