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Mr. Woodward: The total number of vehicles allocated to District Command Units is listed as follows. For operational security reasons it is not possible to disclose the types and number of motor vehicles within each DCU. A breakdown of bicycles by DCU has been provided on a separate table.
|Type of vehicle||Total number|
|DCU||Quantity of bicycles||Station|
|Newry and Mourne||2||Ardmore|
|North Belfast||4||Antrim Road|
|South Belfast||2||Musgrave Street|
|Total bicycles on issue||69|
Mr. Peter Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners were released on temporary licence in the last year for which figures are available; on how many occasions; for what purpose;
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and on how many of these occasions the prisoner (a) failed to return and (b) otherwise breached the conditions of the licence. 
Mr. Woodward: 3127 periods of temporary release were granted from prisons, including the young offenders centre, during the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005. Of this number of releases, four prisoners are currently unlawfully at large. The level of abuse of Prison Service schemes is small and to restrict temporary release would have a serious detrimental effect on the resettlement of prisoners, the great majority of whom abide by the temporary release conditions.
The full information requested is not available due to disproportionate cost, including those cases where a prisoner has been granted multiple releases and the number of prisoners who breach the conditions of their temporary releases other than those unlawfully at large.
Purpose of Temporary Release
|Total Release||Unlawfully at Large (UAL)|
|Compassionate Temporary Release(25)||49||6|
|Compassionate Temporary Release(26)||11||0|
|Home Leave at Christmas||102||3|
|Total number of releases under Rule 27||3,127||(27)46|
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of prison sentences in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004 were for (i) six months or less and (ii) three months or less. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the numbers of persons sentenced to immediate custody for six months or less, and for three months or less, and also presents these figures as a proportion of all persons sentenced to immediate custody in each of the calendar years 2001 to 2003.
|Number||Proportion (percentage)||Number||Proportion (percentage)||Number||Proportion (percentage)|
|Three months or less||574||34||594||32||607||28|
|Six months or less||1,222||72||1,283||70||1,394||65|
|Total number sentenced to immediate custody||1,706||||1,828||||2,155|||
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions people have been caught smuggling narcotics into prisons in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many people have been charged. 
Mr. Woodward: Detailed recording of monthly drugs monitoring statistics was introduced in March 2003 with information now being recorded on where drugs are found within each prison establishment. Since then records show that a total of 445 visitors have been caught attempting to smuggle unauthorised drugs into prison establishments.
|Number of people found in possession of unauthorised drugs|
Mr. Woodward: Detailed recording of monthly drugs monitoring statistics was introduced in March 2003 including information on where drugs are found within each prison establishment. Since then records show that a total of 693 prisoners were found to be in possession of unauthorised drugs and pharmaceuticals, including those which were not prescribed for that individual.
|Number of prisoners found in possession of unauthorised drugs|
|2005 to date||124|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what occasions since 1997 Ministers from his Department have (a) authorised parliamentary counsel to assist in preparing amendments to private Members' Bills on behalf of other private Members and (b) authorised officials to instruct parliamentary counsel to prepare amendments which were subsequently passed to private Members. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the pupil/teacher ratio was in Northern Ireland's (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) grammar schools in each of the past four years. 
|Primary schools||Grammar preparatory departments||Secondary schools||Grammar schools|
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