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Pre-sentence reports (PSR) are informed by the Crown Prosecution Service court papers and there will normally be at least one face-to-face interview with the offender. Where the offender is already known to the probation service, probation files may also be used. Those consulted during the completion of a PSR will vary according to the needs of the case but might include social services, local authorities or other criminal justice agencies.
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Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 14 July 2005]: At 30 June 2005, 5.6 per cent. of staff within public sector prisons, who have declared their ethnicity, were recorded as being from black and other minority ethnic groups.
Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 790W and 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 791W, what the reasons were for the discrepancies in figures for total hospital admissions compared with admissions to hospital for illnesses and non-accidental injuries in Rainsbrook in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and in Hassenfield in 2003 and 2004. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The answer to question 1567 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 790W gave total figures for admissions to hospital. The answer to question 1568 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 791W provided details of young people admitted because of illness and those admitted for treatment of non-accidental injuries. The difference between the figures in the answer to question 1567 and the totalled figures in the answer to question 1568 is accounted for by: (a) the additional category of admissions for the treatment of accidental injuries; and (b) the fact that one of the young people from Rainsbrook who went to hospital because of illness in 2004 was admitted twice. A full breakdown of admissions by establishment is given in the following table:
|Admissions to hospital 2001 to 2005|
|Due to illness|
|Due to non accidental injuries|
|Due to accidental injuries|
Fiona Mactaggart: The final court outcomes for persons proceeded against and remanded in custody at some stage in magistrates courts and the Crown court in each year from 1999 to 2003 is provided in the table. Information relating to the number of offenders committed for sentence to the Crown court from 1999 to 2003 is also provided.
|Final court outcome|
|Remanded in custody(38)||Of which: Immediate custody|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost has been to date of the computer system Xhibit used by the Court Service in Lincoln; whether she plans to introduce the system in other courts; what estimate she has made of the total cost of rolling out such a system in England and Wales; what assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) reliability of such a system; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Harman: XHIBIT (eXchange Hearing Information By Internet Technology) was first used at Lincoln Crown Court on 11 April 2005. The Department is paying a fixed cost for the development and introduction of XHIBIT to all courts in England and Wales, and so is not charged on an individual court basis. XHIBIT will be in use in all 101 Crown court centres across England and Wales by April next year. The total charge to introduce and operate the system will be £20 million.
The decision to introduce nationally was based on pilots in Essex and at Snaresbrook Crown Court. These pilots, along with an assessment of the first 11 courts to receive XHIBIT, is showing that the new system is making Crown courts more effective. For example, it reduces the clerical effort required to capture and distribute hearing information, such as, results, bail orders and imprisonment orders. Previously, such information took days to reach other criminal justice agencies, now they can get it in minutes allowing them to operate better. Local assessment of XHIBIT's effectiveness in Lincoln is scheduled for September 2005. XHIBIT's reliability is currently above that which the supplier is contracted to provide. This is monitored on a daily basis by the XHIBIT National Support Centre.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce legislation to modify the Data Protection Act 1998 so that (a) the enforcement powers of the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 are equivalent to those of most other European Data Protection Commissioners, (b) the definition of personal data is broadened so that it reflects that of the Directive 95/46/EC and the intent of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, (c) the provisions in the Data Protection Act 1998 which pertain to the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area reflect those provisions in most data protection laws enacted by other member states of the European Union, (d) there is a guarantee of the right of access to personal data in the UK, (e) moderately structured manual records about employees are reclassified as accessible
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records so that such records qualify for the protection afforded by the Act and (f) CCTV systems which record the actions of identifiable individuals are subject to data protection; and if she will make a statement. 
We currently have no plans to modify the Data Protection Act 1998, as the Act properly and proportionately implements Directive 95/46/EC. The Act includes the powers available to the Information Commissioner; the definition of personal data (which is already relatively broad, as the directive requires it to be); the provisions relating to transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area; the guarantee of the right of subject access (except where the Act provides legitimate exemptions, as allowed by the directive); and the position of structured manual records (where the directive makes clear that a high degree of structure must be involved). The full provisions of the Act also apply to CCTV systems recording the actions of identifiable individuals, as such information is clearly personal data within the meaning of the legislation.
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