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Mr. Tyler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2005 to Question 205820, what steps his Department has taken to cease entirely the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for (a) Core Home Office services and (b) the Prison Service; and what steps were taken in the recent renegotiation of contracts for telephone lines at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to cease entirely the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers. 
(a) A review of the use of an 0870 number for the main Home Office public enquiry service is under way and is due to be completed in May 2005. Alternative options being considered include 0845, 0800, and a geographical number.
(b) Her Majesty's Prison Service have changed the 0870 number in use at Her Majesty's Prison Holloway to an 0800 number, but have no plans to discontinue the use of the 0870 number for their public enquiry service.
The renegotiation of the telephony contract for the Immigration and Nationality Enquiry Bureau (INEB) did not include changing the 0870 number. Currently a review of the operation of INEB is being conducted, and will consider whether continued use of the 0870 number is appropriate.
Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take following the broadcasting of inappropriate and offensive language being used by staff at Oakington detention centre. 
Mr. Browne [holding answer 8 March 2005]: As I announced on 8 March 2005, Official Report, column94WS, I have asked the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, Stephen Shaw, to carry out an independent inquiry into the allegations contained in the programme.
Paul Goggins: Before an offender is released from prison on parole licence, the local probation officer prepares a risk management plan to facilitate the resettlement of the offender into the community and to minimise the risk to the public.
The plan may contain conditions to constrain the activities of the offender, relating for example to employment restrictions, residence, treatment for addictions, a curfew, or exclusion from certain places. The probation officer will manage the components of the plan in conjunction with other agencies. If there are curfew or exclusion conditions, these can be electronically monitored by private contractors who will work closely with the probation officer.
In three areas of the country (Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Hampshire), management of the exclusion conditions can be enhanced by satellite tracking using global positioning by satellite (GPS) technology. This will provide the probation officer with evidence of any breach of the exclusion zones. This is a one year pilot which began in September 2004 and is being independently evaluated. A total of 94 offenders have been tracked in the pilot, and two of them have been subject to parole licence.
|National non-domestic rates(63)(5507620064)||Revenue support grant(63)(5507620064)||Total other grants(65)||Capital grants(66)||Total|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the McFarland Report on the performance and structure of the Police Information Technology Organisation. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 24 March 2005]: The Review's report has been completed and is currently being considered by Ministers. A ministerial statement will be made to Parliament in due course. Copies of the final report will then be available in the Library.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there have been in (a) the South Tyneside Area Command and (b) Northumbria in each year since 1997. 
|As at 31 March||South Tyneside(71)||Northumbria|
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