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Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women at New Hall Prison have been represented by a solicitor at an adjudication hearing in each case; and how many women awarded additional days in each of the last five years. 
Fiona Mactaggart: There is no national definition, as the Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) strategy was designed to allow local areas to tackle those offenders who are causing the most harm to their communities and have been identified locally through intelligence from the police and their partners.
In July 2004, we issued guidance to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships on the criteria which should be used in selecting prolific and other priority offenders. This recommended that selection should be based upon the nature and volume of the crimes an individual is committing; the nature and volume of other harm they are causing (e.g. as a result of their gang
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leadership or antisocial behaviour); and other local criteria, based on the impact of the individuals concerned on their local communities.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there have been of police officers from Essex being convicted of offences, where all the proceedings have been completed, in each year since 2000. 
|Officers convicted of a criminal offence|
The effectiveness of the Police Standards Unit (PSU) is subject to the same performance scrutiny regime as every other Unit of the Home Office. The Unit will shortly be publishing its annual report which will set out its accomplishments over the period 200405.
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Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many defendants in magistrates' courts in Greater London have been remanded (a) in custody and (b) on bail for pre-sentence reports in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available; how many of those have returned to court with no report prepared on the due date; and if he will make a statement. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the prison population had previously served a period in prison as a convicted prisoner (a) in the latest year for which figures are available and (b) 10 years earlier. 
The table gives the percentage of the sentenced prison population with at least one previous sentence of imprisonment. The latest year for which figures are available is 2002. We do not have data readily available on previous sentences of imprisonment
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for those in prison 10 years earlier. The data for 1996 are shown as the earliest year for which these data are available.
|No previous sentence of imprisonment||38||46|
|At least one previous sentence of imprisonment||53||45|
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of persons arrested for a trigger offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have tested positive for drugs in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Paul Goggins: The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced provisions for testing (for specified class A drugs) young people aged 1417 years following charge for trigger offences. Adults may be tested at charge under provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.
At present, neither adults nor young people are tested at the point of arrest, although provisions for testing of adults following arrest for trigger offences were introduced in the Drugs Act 2005. There are no current plans to introduce testing on arrest for young people.
Testing on charge for young people is operational in 10 areas on a pilot basis. Management information collected in the pilot areas indicate that approximately 5 per cent. of those tested at charge test positive for specified class A drugs.
Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of children received into (a) prison service custody, (b) secure training centres and (c) local authority secure children's homes in each of the last five years. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The information requested is provided in the table. Information for prison establishments is as recorded on the Prison Service IT system. Annual figures are not available for prison establishments in 2003 as during this time the Prison Service implemented the 2001 Census ethnic categories.
|England and Wales, 200004|
|Black or Black British||||||||916|
|Asian or Asian British||||||||362|
|Chinese or Other||133||171||265||49|
|1991 census codes||||||||3|
|England and Wales, 200004|
|Asian or Asian British||23||42||26||19||36|
|Black or Black British||106||137||158||177||148|
|Chinese or Other||7||3||14||25||20|
|Total||Untried||Convicted unsentenced||Immediate custodial sentence|
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