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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which police forces administrative staff working for police forces receive the same pay entitlement with regard to working on public holidays as police officers. 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list properties and assets that are (a) owned and (b) used by (i) HM Prison Service and (ii) the probation service; and what value is attributed to each asset. 
Paul Goggins: Details of prison and probation service properties and assets and their valuations could only be provided at disproportionate costs. The prison estate is valued in excess of £5 billion on a depreciated replacement cost basis and the probation service has property listing values in excess of £132 million.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all appraisals into the options for achieving better quality services at optimal cost for the Prison Service since 1997 have fully complied with Government guidance on Better Quality Services. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what appraisals have been conducted into the options for achieving better quality services at optimal cost for the Prison Service since 1997; when they were commissioned; who carried them out; when they were completed; if he will publish them; and if he will make a statement. 
It is not the intention to publish the reviews, as they were not developed with an external audience in mind and require prior knowledge of both the function concerned and the wider Prison Service. However, the working papers will be available on request.
The formal BQS approach ceased to be mandatory in 2002 following a Cabinet Office Review. However, the Prison Service remains committed to the principles outlined in the BQS approach is taking forward a comprehensive programme of value for money initiatives.
Paul Goggins: On 9 September 2004 the Prison Service had spent £1,034,741 since 1997 on equal pay tribunal cases. In view of the unresolved and continuing nature of most of these cases, it is not possible to provide an accurate breakdown for each year without incurring disproportionate cost.
[holding answer 14 December 2004]: Three prisoners escaped from Stafford prison at approximately 16:00 hrs on 8 December 2004. The prisoners had gained access to a workshop roof from where they were able to escape. The prisoners were
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spotted in the vicinity of the prison by an off duty prison officer. A full roll check confirmed their absence and the incident was immediately reported to the police.
One of the prisoners was recaptured by police on 9 December and a second on 10 December. One remains unlawfully at large. The two prisoners who have been recaptured are each serving seven years for robbery.
|Remand||Immediate custodial sentence||Fine defaulters||Civil prisoners||Total population|
|Violence against the person||2,672||14,424|||||||
|Theft and Handling||1,327||4,337|||||||
|Fraud and Forgery||325||1,169|||||||
|Offence not recorded||1,084||742|||||||
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average distance in miles between (a) female and (b) male prison location and the registered home address of the inmate was in the last period for which figures are available. 
Paul Goggins: A prisoner's home area is defined as their home address on their reception into prison. For prisoners with no address, the address of the relevant committal court is used as the home address.
As at September 2004 (the latest period for which figures are available), the average distance female prisoners were held from their home or committal court address was 62 miles. Male prisoners were held an average of 51 miles from their home or committal court address.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of babies born in prison remained with their mothers up to the age of nine months in the last year for which figures are available. 
Paul Goggins: Information in the form requested is not available centrally. All pregnant prisoners who give birth to a baby while serving a prison sentence do so in a local hospital. Whether the mother then keeps the child with her in prison is partly a matter for her choice and partly a matter for social services. The Prison Service provides places on mother and baby units and those mothers who wish to keep their child with them and are considered suitable may do so up to about the age of 18 months depending on what is in the best interests of the child. At 13 December 2004 there were 51 mothers in those units and their children's ages ranged from a few weeks to 16 months.
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