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Trams

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for public investment in the (a) Sheffield Supertram, (b) Tyne and Wear Metro, (c) Manchester Metrolink and (e) West Midlands Metro. [39209]


 
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Derek Twigg: The Department has received a bid from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive for approval of Government funding for two proposed extensions to Sheffield Supertram. We are currently considering their proposals.

In July 2005, Nexus Passenger Transport Executive submitted their 20-year strategy for capital reinvestment
 
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in the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Department is considering requests by Nexus for a contribution to development costs for the strategy.

In regard to Manchester Metrolink, I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for Transport's Statement to the House of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 152WSJ.

In 2000, the Department provisionally approved proposals promoted by Centre, the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive, for two extensions to Midland Metro. In early 2006 the Department expects to receive an updated business case from the promoters for the scheme.

In reaching decisions on these schemes we will also be taking into account advice from the English regions as part of the regional funding allocation prioritisation process.

Transport Security

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) the Metropolitan Police Authority, (b) the Metropolitan police, (c) the Greater London authority and (d) the Mayor of London, with regard to (i) his Department's review of policing at airports and (ii) his Department's review of the British Transport police; and what plans he has to consult interested parties on these representations before taking final decisions on each review. [46382]

Ms Buck: The review of policing at airports is an independent review led by Stephen Boys Smith, jointly supported by the Department for Transport and the Home Office. The review team has written to all interested parties inviting submissions. In some cases, meetings will be held between the review team and the interested party.

Following the Secretary of State's announcement of the BTP review, the Department's review team received representations from a number of organisations, including the Metropolitan Police Service and the London assembly. No representations were received from the Metropolitan Police Authority or the Mayor of London.

The Secretary of State is now considering the initial findings of the review and the appropriate next steps.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Asylum Project (Peterborough)

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide further funding for the work undertaken in Peterborough under the auspices of the Invest to Save Asylum and Migration Project once the initial allocation has been spent; and if he will make a statement. [46259]

Mr. McNulty: The Peterborough Asylum and Migration project is funded by the Treasury Invest to Save Budget, which provides initial financial backing to projects that demonstrate the capacity to achieve sustainability. The grant is limited for three years and no further allocation is
 
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planned after it expires. The Home Office works closely with the Asylum and Migration project to ensure that services currently delivered under the programme can in future be delivered by mainstream service providers as well the voluntary and community sector.

Bereket Yohannes

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the arrangements are for the investigation into the apparent suicide of Bereket Yohannes. [47094]

Mr. McNulty: As Mr. Yohannes died while in immigration detention, Stephen Shaw, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, has been asked to investigate the incident and this is ongoing.

The police are carrying out their own investigation and this is also ongoing.

Mr. Yohannes' death will also be subject to an inquest and the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will co-operate fully with the Coroner's Office over this.

Channings Wood Prison

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners there areat HMP Channings Wood; how many of these are awaiting deportation; how long those awaiting deportation have been waiting; and to which country they are to be deported. [46417]

Fiona Mactaggart: As at 26 January there were 30 foreign national prisoners at Channings Wood prison. One prisoner is awaiting deportation to Jamaica, who would otherwise have expected to be released from prison custody on 24 December 2005. The prisoner in question is awaiting relevant travel documents.

Consultants

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in his Department; what sanctions are available to penalise consultants who run unsuccessful projects; how many projects conducted by consultants were assessed as unsuccessful in each year since 2000; and what sanctions were imposed in each case. [29054]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office has published comprehensive internal guidance on actively managing contracts for the engagement of professional services. The guidance details that all Home Office contracts contain clear and explicit terms of reference for consultancies. It emphasises that trained and experienced contract managers are put in place to effect delivery by consultants of a cost effective service that meets contracted time scales, within budget and to laid down specifications. It requires a contract assessment report so that any important lessons and useful information about the performance of the contractor or individuals who provided the service are gained.

Home Office standard contract terms provide that no payments are made until the Department is satisfied with outputs and there is additionally opportunity to take corrective action. If the Department remains dissatisfied,
 
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payment of received invoices can be withheld and if necessary the contract terminated. Additionally terms provide that the Department has sole entitlement to terminate the contract. The Department may also require the replacement, at no extra cost, of non-performing of consultants.

The Department operates the Office of Government Commerce's Gateway review process to provide assurance at critical stages of a project's lifecycle, whether led by departmental staff or consultants. Additionally best practice governance and quality assurance procedures are applied to ensure delivery of all projects to defined costs, outputs and time scales.

No records are held centrally of sanctions applied to consultants engaged on projects, and the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Crime Prevention

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned on the effects on recidivism of the use of cautions for crimes of robbery. [46824]

Fiona Mactaggart: No research has been commissioned which directly addresses this issue.

Crime Statistics

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of (A) murder and (B) manslaughter in England and Wales in 2004. [39715]

Fiona Mactaggart: The available information from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of males and females proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for murder and manslaughter is contained in the table.

Court statistics for 2005 will be available in the autumn 2006.
Males and females proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences of murder and manslaughter(9), England and Wales 2004

Number
Murder
Manslaughter2, 3
Proceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guilty
Males685343427544
Females74184146


(9) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(10) Includes: manslaughter, child destruction, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, diminished responsibility and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs.
(11) Found guilty figures may include those prosecutions for murder that were reduced to manslaughter.


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