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Mr. Tyler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each of them. 
|Immigration and Nationality Directorate|
|Main||0870 606 7766|
|Application Forms||0870 241 0645|
|Beckett House recorded information message||0870 240 3781|
|Complaints||0870 241 6523|
|UK Passport Service|
|Main||0870 521 0410|
|Textphone||0870 240 8090|
|High street partners||0870 243 4477|
|Complaints||0870 241 1902|
|Criminal Records Bureau|
|Main||0870 909 0811|
|Registration||0870 909 0822|
|Disclosure applications||0870 909 0844|
|Minicom||0870 909 0344|
|HM Prison Service||0870 000 1397|
|HMP Holloway||0870 000 0575|
|Home Office Public Enquiries||0870 000 1585|
|Home Office Publications (operated by|
Prologue on behalf of the Home Office)
|0870 241 4680|
|TOGETHER (advice to practitioners on|
tackling antisocial behaviour)
|0870 220 2000|
|Crime Reduction (advice on preventing car|
|0870 000 8518|
|Security Industry Authority||0870 243 0100|
The Government believe that the law on road traffic offences involving bad driving needs urgent reform. The announced review of road traffic offences has largely been completed but there are a number of further issues which require careful scrutiny before a consultation paper can be published. We intend to publish the consultation paper shortly.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received in relation to the review of the statutory charges document for vehicle removal, storage and disposal. 
Charges in respect of the removal of vehicles and their subsequent storage and disposal are set by Statutory Instrument in the form of Regulations made under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Many of the operators who undertake such removals are keen to see various alterations to these Regulations. From time to time, they, their representative organisations, or others on their behalf enquire when the level of charges might be changed or whether it is proposed to review and amend the basis and structure of the charges and how they are applied.
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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to review the statutory charges document for vehicle removal, storage and disposal; and if he will make a statement. 
The appropriate level for the charges, the basis on which they are set, their structure, how they are applied in different circumstances and arrangements for their periodic reassessment are matters we have been considering. We will be continuing this work in 2005.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the cross-cutting inter-departmental review on contracts with the voluntary sector. 
Copies of the 2002 Cross Cutting Review of the Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Service Delivery were deposited in the Library on 1 September 2002. Full findings of the Government's recent Voluntary and Community Sector Review will be published shortly through three publications, copies of which will be placed in the Library.
Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to produce regular reports on the progress of the Home Office's Women Offenders Reduction Programme initiative. 
Paul Goggins: The Women's Offending Reduction Programme was published on 11 March 2004 and contains action points agreed by a range of stakeholders, both within and outside the criminal justice system. Progress with these action points is monitored and co-ordinated by the Women's Policy Team who provide me with six monthly reports. Formal reviews of progress will take place at the end of each year of the programme when a report will be produced and made publicly available.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress made towards the Government's 2001 manifesto pledge to improve the standard of custodial accommodation and offending behaviour programmes for 18 to 20-year-old offenders. 
Paul Goggins: The Government have invested heavily in improved regimes for all prisoners, concentrating on activities such as education and vocational training which are particularly valuable for young adults. Funding for offender education and training has risen from £97 million last year to £122 million this year.
Five larger Young Offender Institutions and five local prisons have received an additional £20 million investment over the last four years, improving standards of decency and providing enhanced regimes for over one
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third of young adult offenders held in custody at any one time. Other improvements include the refurbishment of accommodation and facilities at Rochester, Castington and Swinfen Hall.
Two other Young Offender Institutions, Thorn Cross and Deerbolt, have received extra investment to run the High Intensity Training programme which addresses offending behaviour and provides education, vocational training and mentoring to reduce the risk of re-offending.
The National Offender Management Service will improve the way offenders are managed, including young adults. In addition, a project board has been established to develop a strategy for managing young adult offenders, including any special regime requirements for this group.
In its management of the prison population, the National Offender Management Service aims to hold all prisoners (including young adult offenders) in establishments that provide the degree of security they require, are suitable to their gender, age and legal status, provide special facilities appropriate to prisoner needs and are near to their homes or the courts dealing with their cases.
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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance is provided to family members of young offenders detained more than 50 miles from their homes to enable them to make regular visits. 
Paul Goggins [holding answer 13 December 2004]: Assistance is provided through the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme, which is funded and operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. The purpose of the scheme is to provide help with travel costs and accommodation, where necessary, to prisoners' close relatives and partners, who are on a low income as specified in the rules of the scheme. Help may also be available to someone who is the prisoner's only visitor.
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