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Post Office

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services to the public which are provided by his Department are available from the Post Office. [51198]

Andy Burnham: Post Office Ltd. provide a passport application check and send service and hold passport applications packs at 2,513 branches on behalf of the UK Passport Service.

Prisons

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) free and (b) payphone telephones are available for remand prisoners in each prison holding remand prisoners in England and Wales. [55078]

Fiona Mactaggart: No free telephones are routinely available to prisoners. However, prisoners are permitted, at the discretion of local managers, to make a private call on an official telephone, for example, when a close family member is ill and cannot visit the prisoner. The following table details the location of all telephones within the prison estate provided by British Telecommunications plc under the terms of the prisoner pinphone contract. It is not possible to differentiate those telephones used exclusively by remand prisoners.
Number of prisoner telephones by establishment in England and Wales

Name of prisonNumber of phones
Acklington36
Albany24
Altcourse42
Ashwell19
Askham Grange6
Aylesbury18
Bedford25
Belmarsh64
Birmingham82
Blakenhurst52
Blantyre House4
Blundeston22
Brinsford28
Bristol26
Brixton47
Brockhill8
Bronzefield30
Buckley Hall22
Bullingdon58
Bullwood Hall16
Camphill28
Canterbury15
Cardiff30
Castington16
Channings Wood21
Chelmsford34
Coldingley22
Cookham Wood11
Dartmoor26
Deerbolt20
Doncaster42
Dorchester10
Downview21
Drakehall16
Durham43
Edmunds Hill23
Erlestoke17
East Sutton Park4
Eastwood Park16
Elmley60
Everthorpe30
Exeter32
Featherstone21
Feltham33
Ford35
Forest Bank40
Foston Hall14
Frankland35
Full Sutton30
Garth23
Gartree18
Glen Parva36
Gloucester16
Grendon7
Guys Marsh22
Haverigg Camp24
Hewell Grange6
High Down39
Highpoint South37
Hindley28
Hollesley Bay12
Holloway31
Holme House37
Hull64
Huntercombe16
Kingston8
Kirkham31
Kirklevington11
Lancaster Castle8
Lancaster Farms26
Latchmere House7
Leeds39
Leicester16
Lewes24
Leyhill21
Lincoln30
Lindholme48
Littlehey25
Liverpool67
Long Lartin33
Low Newton18
Maidstone25
Manchester48
Moorland34
Moorland Open8
Morton Hall19
The Mount27
New Hall26
North Sea Camp12
Northallerton7
Norwich42
Nottingham37
Onley28
Parc58
Parkhurst21
Pentonville82
Peterborough54
Portland18
Prescoed7
Preston45
Ranby41
Reading15
Risley42
Rochester23
Rye Hill42
Send13
Shepton Mallet12
Shrewsbury14
Springhill18
Stafford28
Stamford Hill21
Stocken24
Stoke Heath20
Styal28
Sudbury30
Swaleside49
Swansea16
Swinfen Hall37
Thorn Cross11
USK7
Verne15
Wakefield26
Wandsworth60
Warren Hill14
Wayland27
Wealstun53
Wearne
Wellingborough29
Werrington9
Wetherby14
Whatton13
Whitemoor34
Winchester22
Wolds29
Woodhill41
Wormwood Scrubs51
Wymott34
Total3,776

 
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Probation Service

Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the planned changes to the structure and role of the Probation Service. [54582]

Fiona Mactaggart: A consultation on proposals outlined in the paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending was held between 20 October and 20 December. A summary of responses and the Government's reply to these will be published in the near future. In addition to the responses submitted to the consultation, Ministers have met and corresponded with a number of key stakeholders.

Public Services (Voluntary Organisations)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obstacles he has identified to voluntary organisations providing a larger share of public services; what steps he proposes to take to reduce such obstacles; and what his timetable is for this. [52639]

Paul Goggins: Obstacles have been identified in Government and other reports. These include:


 
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Because of the nature of the voluntary and community sector, these factors can put them at a disadvantage when competing with others for public service contracts. It is the Government's intention to promote a level playing field on which such disadvantages are removed and public services have the opportunity to benefit from the reservoir of experience and skill in the sector.

Resolving the problem of full cost recovery is a shared issue with the Sector and we will be working closely with it to do so. In the period 2004–08, the Government are investing £365 million to support capacity building and public service delivery activity within the voluntary and community sector.

We will publish the details of further plans in due course.

Reconviction Rates

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rate for adult offenders was in (a) the last period for which figures are available and (b) 1997. [54935]

Fiona Mactaggart: The most recent information on the re-offending of adults, covering those starting community sentences and discharged from prison, was published in December 2005 in 'Adult re-offending: results from the 2002 cohort'. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 25/05. The report is available on line at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/hosb2505.pdf and contains information on progress since 1997 at page 11.

Respect Action Plan

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each local authority will receive for activities for young people under the Respect Action Plan in the next three financial years. [52688]

Hazel Blears: The engagement of young people in constructive and purposeful activity that contribute to their communities and divert them away from antisocial behaviour is central to the Respect drive. This was a core theme in the Government's Green Paper, Youth Matters, which set out the commitment to ensure that all young people have access to activities they find interesting.

As part of this the Youth Green Paper contained proposals for a Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Fund. Extra funding was made available for these in the Chancellor's pre-budget report. A total of £115 million will be available to local authorities over the 2006–07, 2007–08 financial years to be spent in ways involving young people on projects to improve local activities and facilities. An average local authority could receive approximately £500,000 over the next two years to make a budget available for projects chosen by young people.

We will also build on the successful Sports Champions programme and will provide a new investment of £1 million over three years to expand the Sports Mentoring scheme into other areas.
 
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Sex Offenders

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners convicted of sexual offences maintained their innocence and refused to participate in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in prison and on probation after their release in each year since 1995; and how many have been convicted of sexual offences after they were released from prison. [53907]

Fiona Mactaggart: This information has not been recorded and cannot be collected in retrospect.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners convicted of sexual offences participated in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in prison and on probation in each year since 1995; and how many have been convicted of sexual offences after they were released from prison. [53908]

Fiona Mactaggart: The information requested is as follows:

Custody

The table shows the number of Sex Offender Treatment Programme completions in custody in each financial year since 1995. The percentage of imprisoned sex offenders completing treatment has been calculated by taking the total number of sentenced sex offenders in prison as of 30 June each year. These figures are only available from 2000 onwards.

Please note that some of the completions refer to second or third treatment programmes. Thus the absolute number of prisoners receiving treatment in a given year is lower than the number of completions.

HO Research Findings 205 reported an evaluation of prisoners attending the Core SOTP between 1992 and 1996. This study found that 2.6 per cent. of treated sex offenders reconvicted for a further sexual offence compared with 2.8 per cent. of untreated sex offenders over a two-year follow up period. However when further sexual and violent reconvictions were included, 4.6 per cent. of treated sex offenders reconvicted compared with 8.1 per cent. of untreated. There have not been any further evaluations to date.

Community

Accredited sex offender treatment programmes were introduced in the Probation Service in 2002–03. Data on offenders starting treatment are available for 2003–04 (1,051 starts) and 2004–05 (981 starts). In 2004–05 there were 4,767 sex offenders under supervision in the community, 21 per cent. of offenders were participating in accredited treatment programmes reflecting assessments that not all were suitable for the treatment programmes or had conditions of treatment as part of their supervision.

A reconviction study is not yet available for sex offenders who have completed treatment in the community, as there has been insufficient time for a meaningful follow-up.

The following table shows the number of Sex Offender Treatment Programme completions in custody in each financial year since 1995. The percentage of imprisoned sex offenders completing treatment has been calculated by taking the total
 
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number of sentenced sex offenders in prison as of 30 June each year. These figures are only available from 2000 onwards.

Please note that some of the completions refer to second or third treatment programmes. Thus the absolute number of prisoners receiving treatment in a given year is lower than the number of completions.
Number of completionsTotal sentenced SOsPercentage
1995–96439
1996–97663
1997–98671
1998–99589
1999–2000585
2000–017865,09015.5
2001–028395,10716.5
2002–038765,30516.5
2003–041,0915,54020
2004–051232577321.5

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is compulsory for individuals convicted of sexual offences who maintain their innocence to participate in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme (a) in prison and (b) on probation. [53909]

Fiona Mactaggart: The information is as follows:


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