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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average salary of (a) a newly-trained police constable and (b) a community support officer was in each police force on the most recent date for which figures are available. 
(a) The table shows the salary of a police constable on completion of initial training and the relevant regional allowance. The pay scales for police constables range from £20,397 for a newly recruited officer, rising to £32,025 for an officer with 10 year's service. Additionally, a constable who has served at the top of the pay scale for one year has access to a competence-related threshold payment of £1,062 per year.
(b) Salary and other terms and conditions for police community support officers (PCSOs) are determined by the respective police authority. We do not routinely maintain data on PCSO salaries. The most recent data we have on PCSO salary costs and allowances is contained in a report by Accenture on terms and conditions for PCSOs, which was published on three February. The report provides a range of data on basic pay rates and allowances paid to PCSOs and an analysis of the variations between forces. The report found that the typical average salary for PCSOs was £17,269 and the average total cash reward (basic salary plus allowances and overtime) was £20,526. The report is available on the Home Office website:
|Forces||Basic pay(£)||Allowances (£)|
|Avon and Somerset||22,770|||
|City of London||24,765||4,338|
|Devon and Cornwall||22,770|||
Fiona Mactaggart: Prison doctors were advised in 1995 that they should make condoms available to individual prisoners, on application, if in their clinical judgement, there is a risk of transmission of HIV infection during sexual activity. The Prison Service is planning to issue, in the early part of 2006, revised guidance and instructions which aim to clarify the policy on condoms so that it can be applied more evenly across the prison estate.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the shortest amount of time served by a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment before being released on licence was in each year between 1987 and 1999. 
|Year of release||Shortest time served (years)(30)|
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Department's policy is on the transport of pregnant prisoners and what guidelines have been issued to the prison service on the matter. 
Fiona Mactaggart: NOMS aims to transport pregnant prisoners in non-cellular vehicles, whenever possible. This follows an assessment of their medical and personal needs by prison operational managers and health care professionals. The contractor should be advised of this requirement in advance of the journey. Where this has not happened, and the prisoner declares herself to be pregnant, the contractor must seek the advice of a healthcare professional as to whether a non-cellular vehicle should be used for the transfer.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who have converted to Islam whilst in prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Statistics on the religious affiliation of prisoners in 1994 to 2004 is published in Table 8.5 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004. Copies of this publication are available in the House of Commons Library. Information is not held centrally on the number of prisoners converting to different religions whilst in prison.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons breached a prison licence due to (a) a further offence, (b) inappropriate behaviour and (c) breaching supervision conditions in each of the last eight years. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Information on the number of offenders released on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) or sentenced to four years or more who were recalled to prison as a result of a breach of post custody licence can be found in tables 10.7,10.8 and 10.9 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004. Information on the number of offenders sentenced to less than four years who were recalled to prison in 200405 is provided at paragraph 10.12 of the same publication. Copies of this publication are available in the House of Commons Library.
Specific information on the reasons for the recall in each of the last eight years of those released on parole is provided in the following table. Data held centrally on non-parole cases recalled by specific reason for recall are not sufficiently complete or reliable for publication.
|Reason for recall||199798||199899||19992000||200001||200102||200203||200304||200405|
|Being out of touch||48||57||74||85||76||108||177||199|
|Hostel: failure to reside/comply||29||34||32||41||28||37||48||70|
|Total number recalled||190||233||250||267||329||420||601||712|
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