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Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned on the variation in the rate of successful completion of drug treatment and testing orders between participants maintained on (a) methadone and (b) buprenorphine in (i) Somerset and (ii) England. [222527]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 17 March 2005]: Unfortunately, this information cannot be provided as there are no records held centrally relating to this research.

However, in April 2005 The National Treatment Agency (NTA) will publish detailed information on clients in structured drug treatment during 2003–04. Although, not relating specifically to Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO) this research will give an accurate overview of the completion rates of individuals who have been engaged in different types of drug treatment and will include those on DTTOs.

Drugs Crime (Leeds)

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment how many drug dealers have been prosecuted in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West in the last 12 months; and how many of these were part of Operation Crackdown. [222238]

Caroline Flint: Data on drug offenders are collected at police force area only and are therefore not available in the format requested. The most recent Drug Offenders statistics, relating to 2003, were published on 1 March 2005 and are available on the Home Office website.

Operation Crackdown was launched on 10 January 2005 and in this limited timeframe few of the people arrested and charged as a result of the operation will have completed their passage through the criminal justice system. Information on prosecutions following Operation Crackdown is therefore not available.

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug dealers from (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West have been jailed in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of drug; and if he will make a statement. [222246]

Caroline Flint: Information on the number of offenders receiving custodial sentences for dealing offences is only available for England and Wales as a whole and not for individual constituencies. Data on trends in the number of drug dealers in England and Wales being imprisoned between 1994 and 2003 are provided in the table.
Number of persons imprisoned for specified drug dealing offences in England and Wales, 1994 to 2003

Unlawful supplyPossession with intent to supply

Supplementary Tables of Drug Offenders in England and Wales 2003.

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Escaped Prisoners

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who absconded from Kirkham open prison in 2004 remain unlawfully at large. [205628]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 20 December 2004]: 158 prisoners absconded from Kirkham open prison in 2004. Of these, 17 remain unlawfully at large.

HMP The Weare

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of HMP The Weare. [219709]

Paul Goggins: The decision about the future of HMP The Weare was announced on 9 March.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of carrying out the maintenance and repairs to HM Prison Weare which would ensure it received its next certificate of seaworthiness. [222535]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 17 March 2005]: Work to refit and repaint HMP The Weare was in the existing maintenance programme and was scheduled to begin later this year. This work had been estimated to cost around £1.1 million and was due to be completed in time for the next inspection for the certificate of seaworthiness in May 2006. This work is now on hold as a result of the announcement to close HMP The Weare.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maintenance costs for HM Prison Weare were in each year since 1997. [222536]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 17 March 2005]: The maintenance costs for The Weare prison since 1997 are comprised of three discrete elements; the vessel-specific facilities management contract, local maintenance allocation and other major maintenance costs. The first two can be broken down as follows:

Facilities managementLocal maintenance(4)

(4)Has been increased in certain years through allocation from Prison Service area funding.
(5)Actual figures estimated as not readily available.

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There have also been other major maintenance requirements at The Weare since 1997. These include re-painting, preservation work, a link span modification and the refit for the previous sea-worthiness certificate. In total these maintenance costs were in the order of £1 million over this period.

Adolescent Rehabilitation

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sources of Government funding other than National Offender Management Services regional funding are available for (a) the Centre for Adolescent Rehabilitation and (b) other organisations undertaking similar work in support of Government objectives. [220525]

Paul Goggins: The Centre for Adolescent Rehabilitation (C-FAR) has had central grant funding of £720,000 committed by the Home Office.

In 2001 £20,000 was provided towards the cost of evaluation. In 2002 and 2003 £150,000 was provided in grant each year and in 2004 a grant of £400,000 was agreed, with £250,000 to be paid in 2004–05 and, a further £150,000 in 2005–06. C-FAR has also received funding from Supporting People, which is a central Government fund administered through the Devon county council and from housing benefit. C-FAR has also applied for or planned to apply for funding from the Learning and Skills Council (Department for Education and Skills and Jobcentre Plus (Department for Work and Pensions), the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has a grant programmes for organisations working in rural areas.

Other organisations undertaking similar work in support of Government objectives working on a regional basis would be eligible to apply for funding from most of the above sources. The exception would be NOMS central funding as organisations working at a regional or local level would normally be expected toapply for funding from the prison or probation service regionally or locally.

Persistent Offenders

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to target persistent offenders. [222552]

Paul Goggins: The Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPO) Strategy is at the heart of the Government's efforts to reduce crime and disorder.

This strategy, which was launched by the Prime Minister in March last year, looks to target not only existing prolific offenders but also those young people who are on the cusp of a prolific offending lifestyle. The strategy has three strands:

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This multi-agency approach to offender management built on, and replaced, the previous persistent offender scheme. Since September 2004 PRO schemes have been established across all parts of England and Wales. These schemes allow local partners, like the police, prisons and probation to concentrate their joint efforts on monitoring and rehabilitating the relatively small number of people who have been identified locally as causing most harm to their communities and to themselves.

Over 9,000 existing prolific offenders have been identified by schemes across England and Wales. In addition, around 5,000 young people have been identified as suitable for support as part of the prevent and deter strand.

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