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Fiona Mactaggart: Following public consultation last year we are developing a coordinated strategy for England and Wales on the wide-ranging issues arising from prostitution, which we will publish as soon as possible. This strategy will set out any legislative changes we plan to make as a result of the review and responses to the consultation.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times the powers under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 have been used to prevent an individual from contacting a spouse or partner in each year since the Act came into force; what standard of proof is required before such powers are exercised; and if he will make a statement; 
The available information from the Home Office Court Proceedings database on the number of restraining orders made under section 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 up to 2004 is contained in table one.
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The available information from the Department for Constitutional Affairs County Court Statistics Module Database on the estimated number of injunctions granted under section 3 of the Act, 1998 to 2005, is contained in table two. (The number is estimated because there is no specific reference to section three of the Act within the dataset.) It is not possible to identify those orders or injunctions that were intended to prevent contact with a partner or spouse, as information about the purpose of such orders and injunctions is not centrally collected. Both restraining orders made under section 5 of the Act and civil injunctions granted under section three are civil orders.
Both orders are preventative rather than punitive and are intended to give protection to victims. In determining whether a restraining order is necessary, the criminal court will apply a civil standard of proof. If a civil court is satisfied on a balance of probabilities that harassment has taken place or is anticipated, then it may grant an injunction.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in his Department (a) were relocated in 200405 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 200506 as a result of Sir Michael Lyons' independent review of public sector relocation; to which locations they have been relocated; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears [holding answer 7 November 2005]: During 200405, the Home Office announced that a corporate shared services centre for the Prison Service would be established in Newport (Monmouthshire) by March 2008. That would create 500 posts in South Wales and reduce the number of comparable posts, in London and the South East, by around 620 as well as reducing administration support posts in prison establishments across the country.
By the end of 200405, a further 320 posts had been created in Sheffield (70 posts) and the regions more widely (250 posts), avoiding post creation in London and the South East in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. During 200506, the Home Office will continue to review scope to relocate posts away from London and the South East in support of the Government's policy following Sir Michael Lyon's review.
The range of accredited sex offender treatment programmes delivered by the Prison Service have been increased this year. These sex offender treatment programmes are designed to address different
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levels of risk and need. Resources are concentrated on those who are in prison long enough to benefit from a full programme. Some who do not attend a programme in prison may do so while on licence in the community.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on the operation of detention policy for (a) terrorist suspects and (b) those suspected of aiding terrorists. 
Hazel Blears: In the debate in the House of Commons on 2 November, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, suggested that over the weekend Members of Parliament discuss the counter-terrorism issues with their constituents, and highlighted the importance of professional advice from local police.
On 3 November, he suggested to ACPO that Chief Constables write to MPs in their police authority area, making themselves or relevant senior officers available to MPs, of all parties, who wanted to know their local police attitude to these issues. He naturally made clear that this should not be on a party political basis. Chief Constables responded to this in a number of different ways ranging from taking no action to setting out their views. The Government believe that it is entirely proper for the Police Servicewho are tasked with protecting our securityto make the case for new powers which they have sought and which they feel are necessary to protect the nation, as they did over a period of time with this proposal.
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