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Fiona Mactaggart: No studies have been commissioned recently by the Home Office about rates of reoffending by prisoners who play team sports in prison. The last relevant research was the evaluation of the Colchester Military Training Centre as briefly used also for young offenders in the mid-1990s (Home Office Research Study 239, 2002).
Fiona Mactaggart: The requested information is not available for the full period required. Data collected prior to 1 April 2003 is unreliable, and is not directly comparable with the more accurate figures collected since that time. The following figures show full time equivalent (FTE) figures for each quarter from 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2005.
Staffing information is collected by probation area, and is not collected in sufficient detail to allow figures for Southend to be presented separately. The staffing figures are provided for the Essex probation area only.
|Essex probation areaFTE in post|
|30 June 2003||385.4|
|30 September 2003||383.7|
|31 December 2003||393.1|
|31 March 2004||399.1|
|30 June 2004||414.7|
|30 September 2004||406.5|
|31 December 2004||432.6|
Fiona Mactaggart: The National Probation Directorate does not hold information on how many members of staff are long-term sick within individual probation areas. The directorate monitors overall sickness across the 42 areas and approximately 45 per cent. of sickness absence is defined as long-term i.e. over 20 working days and absence recorded under the Disability Discrimination Act.
A national working group has been established to review sickness absence across the service and an action plan will be produced in the late summer to reduce absence levels. The National Probation Service has produced what are considered by the HSE to be first class strategies and policies for health and safety and stress. The directorate is currently leading a major project on the development and use of occupational health in the service.
Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what response he will make to the review of the use of restraint in secure training centres; and if he will make a statement; 
Fiona Mactaggart: My noble Friend the Baroness Scotland is considering advice from the Youth Justice Board on the findings of their review. We will write to my hon. Friend once the Government have decided their response.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities and premises are provided by
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his Department in St. Albans for the provision of (a) treatment testing and (b) rehabilitation of offenders; and if he will make a statement. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Drug treatment and testing is provided to offenders in St. Albans in a number of ways. The Drug Interventions Programme (DiP) provides a route out of crime and into treatment for drug misusing offenders, using their contact with the Criminal Justice System as an opportunity to engage then in treatment and support. In particular, the throughcare and aftercare elements of the programme are operating in St.Albans, with an enhanced arrest referral service and SWITCH, which picks up Prolific and Priority Offenders with treatment needs straight from prison.
Offenders sentenced to Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs)/Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) (part of the new community order implemented as part of the Criminal Justice act 2003) is provided by Drugcare which provides treatment interventions, including drug testing, whilst a consultant psychiatrist assess and prescribes and delivers other medical interventions that may be required.
For offenders with drug misuse problems not on a DRR and not assessed as a priority and prolific offender, Hertfordshire Probation Area (HPA) has contracted the provision of assessments and counselling for offenders with drug and or alcohol problems who are subject to community penalties or on licence following imprisonment with Drugcare over a number of years.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours on average were spent per week by prisoners at each young offender institution (a) in and (b) out of cells in the last period for which figures are available. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The Prison Service does not record the time prisoners spend in and out of their cells but does measure the time cells are unlocked. The following table shows the number of hours for which young offenders were unlocked, in young offender institutions across England and Wales in 200405.
|Establishment name||Average hours unlocked on a weekday||Average hours unlocked on a weekend day|
|Thorn Cross (Open)||12.5||12.5|
|Young Offenders Estate Average|
Alun Michael: Since the announcement last month that Acordis was going into administration, the administrators have been working hard in co-operation with the company's management, employees, suppliers and customers to ensure its survival as a going concern.
I understand that the administrators have received a number of expressions of interest in the company which they are currently reviewing. In the meantime, it is continuing to trade and the support of its existing customers has resulted in an increase in orders. My colleagues and I will continue to monitor the situation.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) departmental press releases and (b) parliamentary (i) written and (ii) oral statements during 1999 referred directly to the vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease agreements with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside. 
|Total deceased claims registered in 2004(18)|
Claim receipts are those claims that are fully registered, i.e. exclude pool of claims accepted with minimum data, awaiting further information to permit cross-referencing and duplicate checks prior to full registration.
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A process is in place to establish the correct claimant and/or solicitor in each duplicate claim to ensure that duplicate payments are not made. Claims are put on hold until this process has been completed.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the individual signatories were to the claims handling agreements of 1999 between his Department and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside Ltd. 
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