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Prostitution

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prostitutes were given custodial sentences for soliciting in 2005. [44838]

Fiona Mactaggart: A custodial sentence is not available for the offence of soliciting.

Public Order

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) individual support orders, (c) enforced parenting orders and (d) voluntary parenting contracts have been issued in west Lancashire since each was established. [45157]

Hazel Blears: The available information, as notified to the Home Office, on the numbers of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued and the number of individual support orders and parenting orders issued in tandem is given in the table.

The Youth Justice Board collect data on parenting contracts related to crime and antisocial behaviour from youth offending teams (YOTs). These data are collected at YOT area level only.
 
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The number of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued, where prohibitions have been imposed in the west Lancashire district council local government authority area, and individual support orders (ISOs) and parenting orders (POs) issued in tandem, as notified to the Home Office, from 1 June 2000(73) to 30 June 2005 (latest available)

Number
ASBOs issued13
ISOs issued(74)
POs issued(75)


(73) From 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 data were collected on aggregate numbers only by police force area. During this period five ASBOs were issued within Lancashire.
(74) ISOs, available since 1 May 2004, can be given to persons aged 10 to 17 years being issued with an ASBO at civil proceedings. Two of the 13 people were eligible.
(75) Parenting orders can be given where the offender is under 18 years of age. Six of the 13 people were eligible.

Regional Offender Managers

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protections are in place for regional offender managers should they be unable to meet their legal obligations because the number of prison places required exceeds those commissioned. [45180]

Fiona Mactaggart: The development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has moved responsibility for providing prison places from the Prison Service to the NOMS commissioners, although ultimately that responsibility remains the Secretary of State's. Commissioning decisions will be based upon projections of the future size of the prison population and provision made using the expertise established over many years for procuring sites and building prisons. The Government is keeping the need for any further increase in capacity under review, but will ensure that places are available for those prisoners committed by the courts.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether offices have been (a) rented and (b) purchased by Regional Offender Managers; where each of these offices is located; and what the annual cost is for each. [44942]

Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 23 January 2006]: Seven Regional Offender Managers (ROMs) have been allocated temporary serviced" office accommodation, let on a licence for a period of 12 months. The Licence enables the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to take further space in line with planned expansion but only pay for space actually taken. These seven offices are:

The ROM for the North-east is located in a Government building in Newcastle under a three year Memorandum Of Terms of Occupation (MOTO) with a break clause at 18 months.
 
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The ROM for the West Midlands is currently in temporary Government accommodation in Birmingham and will be moved in to Government Office for the West Midlands in April 2006 on a three year MOTO, with breaks.

The ROM for the East of England remains within leased accommodation in Peterborough (former Area Manager for the East of England) where he is likely to remain. The lease is a short-term lease (three years) subject to 12 months notice.

The annual costs for this accommodation (inclusive of VAT) is as follows:
£
Licences
South-west92,448
Wales98,982
North-west83,748
East Midlands87,984
Yorkshire and Humberside64,578
London135,000
South-east110,064
MOTOs
North-east30,000
West MidlandsApprox (76)90,000
Lease
East of England79,000


(76) Yet to be agreed.

Remand Prisoners

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reason for the change in the number of (a) women and (b) men remanded into custody in the last three years. [45211]

Fiona Mactaggart: Information on the size of the remand population, as recorded on the Prison Service IT system, is provided in the table. Changes in the make-up of the remand population are described in the Population in Custody Quarterly Brief available on the Home Office website.
Males and females in the prison population on remand,as at 30 June

MalesFemalesTotal
200312,0011,07213,073
200411,54495112,495
200511,8631,00112,864

Reoffending

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on determining the risk that an offender presents (a) to the public and (b) of reoffending; and if he will make a statement. [44381]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Probation Service assesses risk of harm and likelihood of reconviction using the Offender Assessment System (OASys). The principal
 
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source of guidance for staff is the OASys Manual. In addition to the Manual there are various pieces of practice guidance.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce reoffending. [45210]

Fiona Mactaggart: Building on the National Action Plan launched in 2004, in November 2005 we launched the National Reducing Reoffending Delivery Plan, the cornerstones of which are: partnership working at national, regional and local levels; end-to end-offender management under the National Offender Management Service (NOMS); and public protection. The Delivery Plan sets out the key actions the Government intends to take over the next 18 months towards the delivery of our target of reducing re-offending by 10 per cent. by the end of the decade. It also charts the real progress NOMS and its partners have made over the last 18 months in delivering services to offenders that address the reasons for their re-offending. For example, 87 per cent. of prisoners on whom information is recorded now have accommodation to go to on release, the number of educational awards offenders have achieved has risen by 40 per cent. and the number completing a drug treatment course in prison or a drug testing order in the community is up by a third. (Copies of the Delivery Plan were placed in the Library at the time of publication.)

Alongside the Delivery Plan, we announced three important new reducing re-offending alliances. The first of these will build on links with employers at national, regional and local levels to explore how businesses can work with NOMS to improve the employability and training of offenders. The second, the civic society alliance, will involve working with local authorities and other local partners to support the resettlement and reintegration of offenders. The final alliance is with faith groups and the voluntary sector and will address the needs of offenders through the innovative work by faith and voluntary sector groups already under way.

Complementing the alliances, NOMS has published an Action Plan to improve effective engagement and partnership with the voluntary and community sector. Also, as part of the cross-Government Together We Can" Action Plan, NOMS and the Youth Justice Board have developed a joint approach to working with communities and civil renewal. This has the twin aims of reducing re-offending and increasing public confidence, with a focus on four priorities: public protection; unpaid and reparative work; victims and restorative justice; and community integration.

In December we published, jointly with colleagues in the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions, a Green Paper, 'Reducing Re-offending Through Skills and Employment'. We have been developing proposals for embedding skills and employment for offenders as key tenets of the broader national delivery plan for reducing re-offending. We hope that this will start a constructive dialogue with our partners about how we can most effectively equip offenders for employment and with the basic skills needed for law-abiding adult life, including engaging employers in the design and delivery of programmes for offenders and drive improvement in the quality of the programmes offered to offenders.
 
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Beyond this, NOMS is about to publish a five year strategy. This will set out the wider vision for how NOMS will work with its many partners to reduce re-offending and cut crime.


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