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Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget was allocated to the (a) Correctional Services Board, (b) National Offender Management Service, (c) Anti-Social Behaviour Action Group, (d) National Victims Advisory Panel, (e) Police Leadership Development Board, (f) National Asylum Support Forum, (g) Action Against Crime Business Group and (h) Sentencing Guidelines Council in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year. 
(a) The Correctional Services Board ceased to exist following the creation of the National Offender Management Service on 1 June 2004. It did not have a dedicated full-time staff, the secretariat function being met by Correctional Services staff. The Board's budget of £70,000 in the financial year 200304 was for the expenses of its non-executive members.
(b) The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) came into existence on 1 June 2004. The total budget for the elements that make up NOMS was £3.29 billion resource and £0.31 billion capital in April 2004. As the structure of NOMS has not been finalised it is not yet possible to give the number of staff employed.
(d) There was no formal budget allocation for the National Victims Advisory Panel in the financial year 200304, but £10,000 of its non-pay running costs was found from Home Office funds. There was a budget of £20,000 for 200405. The Panel does not have a dedicated secretariat. Four Home Office staff oversee the administration and running of the Panel, although this is only part of their work.
(e) The Police Leadership Development Board (PLDB) was established in 2001 and is chaired by HM Inspector of Constabulary. It oversees a programme of work to promote and develop effective leadership across the police service, which is delivered by the Home Office, the police service and its training and development providers. It has no budget or staff. Programme costs are met by the Home Office.
(f) The National Asylum Support Forum is a regular meeting at which representatives from key stakeholder groups discuss current and future issues in Asylum Support. Costs to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) of contributing to not been finalised it is not yet possible to give the number of staff employed.
(h) The Sentencing Guidelines Council was appointed in March 2004, and shares a secretariat with the Sentencing Advisory Panel. The budget for the Council and Panel in the financial year 200304 was £0.546 million and during that time the Secretariat increased from three staff to the current level of 14 staff to support the new body. The budget allocated to the Council and Panel in 200405 is £0.909 million.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans have been developed for qualifications, training and career development for the National Offender Management Service. 
Paul Goggins: Planning has begun on the creation of a learning and development strategy for National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Working closely with Skills for Justice (the Sector Skills Council for the justice sector) and regional probation training consortia, this strategy will identify new learning programmes and qualifications needed to support the development of NOMS.
The Prison Service and the National Probation Service are also developing proposals for an integrated approach to leadership and management development for managers across NOMS. An early output will be the creation of a development programme for the 10 Regional Offender Managers.
We are at present considering the benefits and impacts of the possible introduction of fingerprint and/or iris biometrics. Unlike the facial biometrics, inclusion of either or both of these biometrics will require the personal attendance of all passport applicants. I have announced that adults applying for a passport for the first time will have to apply in person from the last quarter of 2006. However to require all applicants to apply in person and to record and store their additional biometrics would have a significant impact on UKPS operations and processes and a decision will not be taken on this until later in 2005.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and accounts were undertaken by the police per day on average in the last period for which figures are available. 
Ms Blears: There is no data currently held centrally on Stop and Account procedures. The requirement to record all stops in line with recommendation 61 of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry becomes effective on April 1 2005.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the guidance set out in HM Treasury Green Book was followed in regard to the decision to reintroduce market testing to the Prison Service. 
The guidance set out in Her Majesty's Treasury Green Book is to ensure that no programme is adopted without prior consideration of whether there are better ways of achieving the end result and better
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uses for the resources involved. In his report "Managing Offenders, Reducing Crime" published in December 2003 Lord Carter of Coles recommended that market testing should be reintroduced on the basis that contestability demonstrates value for money in the delivery of cost effective correctional services. The Government accepted this recommendation in its response published in January 2004 "Reducing CrimeChanging Lives". Value for money in respect of a prisons market test is demonstrated through the evaluation of bids submitted by the private and public sectors.
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employees of the Prison Service have been disciplined for improper use of official cars since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison cells were available for use at each prison establishment on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many prisoners could be housed in those cells. 
Paul Goggins: The total number of prison cells and other accommodation is not recorded centrally. The standard unit of prison accommodation is the prison place, which includes cells, cubicles, dormitories, rooms or wards. When totalled, it represents the uncrowded capacity of a prison, or Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA).
The total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold in its accommodation is the prison's operational capacity. It is determined by area managers on the basis of operational judgement and experience, taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime.
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