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Hazel Blears: At the Association of Chief Police Officers on 19 May, the Home Secretary made it clear that he did not believe that the current structure of 43 forces was the most effective and efficient arrangement for organising policing in England and Wales. He also made it clear that he had no blueprint for amalgamations, but that the initiative for such amalgamations should be driven locally. To inform the way forward, the Home Secretary has commissioned Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to examine the issue of force structures. As well as looking at the case for structural changes, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary will also be examining the case for greater collaboration and co-operation between forces.
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Hazel Blears: The Gender Recognition Act 2004 enables transsexual people who have taken decisive steps to live fully and permanently in their acquired gender to apply for legal recognition of that gender.
Police recruitment and other employment monitoring data is recorded and monitored in terms of male or female gender. We have no plans to monitor the recruitment and retention of transsexual police officers.
The latest prison population projections are published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 01/05 Prison Population Projections, 20052011, England and Wales". Figures for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 for 10 scenarios can be found in this document. The scenarios range from 'High' to 'Low'. Projected total prison population figures
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(corresponding to end of June) for High and Low scenarios for the relevant years are presented in the table.
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|Clinical Services||(18)53,903 treatments|
|CARATs(19)||59,025 initial assessments|
|Drug Rehabilitation Programmes||7,609 entrants|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to help those released from women's prisons to find accommodation and employment when they have no family or friendship support in the location where the prison is situated; and what research on the subject he has commissioned. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The Prison Service's strategy for the resettlement of prisoners is set out in Prison Service Order 2300. It involves collaboration with other agencies, voluntary and statutory, at a local and national level. Housing advice projects of various kinds are under way in all women's prisons; and steps are being taken to strengthen further the housing advice and support in those establishments.
While all resettlement work is expected to address, where appropriate, the issue of employment, and Jobcentre plus advisers are in place at all women's prisons, the Prison Service is working with a number of voluntary agencies on specific projects aimed at supporting into work those women at risk of re-offending, which may include women who lack family and friendship support. The Prison Service undertook a resettlement survey in 200304 and the results have supported the development of policy and practice across the whole prisons estate.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials met with the new Jamaican high commissioner on 26 April 2005 where the subject of Prisoner Transfer Agreement
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(PTA) was raised. Agreeing a PTA with Jamaica remains an objective for the Government and we shall continue to raise the matter with the Jamaicans as and when appropriate.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Elmet (Colin Burgon) of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1005, on new prisons, if he will list the sites which (a) are and (b) have been in the last three years under consideration for new prisons; for what type of prison in each case; and what stage consideration has reached in each case. 
Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 11 July 2005]: Although a number of sites have recently been identified as potentially suitable for new prisons, no decision to buy a site has been made. If a site is under consideration for acquisition details could not be disclosed for commercial reasons. Any Member in whose constituency where we have decided to buy a site or where we are planning to build a new prison will be kept up to date on developments by the Home Office
We have opened two new prisons: HMP Bronzefield in June 2004, a 450-place women's prison near Heathrow; and HMP Peterborough in March 2005, a 840-place prison which includes places for up to 360 women in modern accommodation.
NOMS also owns land on the Isle of Wight and at HMP Full Sutton. Consideration was given three years ago to developing these sites to provide additional accommodation. There are no immediate plans to develop these sites.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what size data files are being used to store individuals' entry and biometric records for use with the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Project Iris. 
Mr. McNulty: The specification of the system states that it must perform to requirements with a database of two million enrolees and there must be no architectural limitations to expansion. The size of individual data files has not been specified within the system, however the iris code itself is 512b.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) successfully prosecuted for (i) kerb-crawling, (ii) prostitution and (iii) running a brothel in each London borough in each of the last five years. 
The information requested on arrests is not available centrally. Information on arrests collected centrally is based on persons arrested for notifiable" offences by main offence group (i.e. sexual offences, violence against the person and burglary etc)
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and at police force area only and therefore does not identify individual offences nor constituency areas or local authorities.
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