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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of expenditure on physical education in prisons was spent on (a) inmates and (b) staff in the last period for which figures are available. [61506]

Fiona Mactaggart: In 2004–05, £60 million was spent on physical education (PE). It is not possible to separate the expenditure on PE between prisoners or staff as staff costs relate directly to the provision of PE to prisoners. 50 per cent. of expenditure was on staff costs. This information is not collected centrally for prisons managed by contracted prisons and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Reconviction Rates

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of reconviction were after (a) home detention curfew and (b) imprisonment in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [58231]

Fiona Mactaggart: Offenders are monitored while on the home detention curfew scheme but information on reconviction after home detention curfew has ended is not routinely collected. Information on reconviction rates following imprisonment are published on an annual basis by the Home Office. The most recent data were published in Appendix A (in particular, table A5) of Reoffending by adults: results from the 2002 cohort" (HO Online Report 25/05) an online copy of which can be found at:

Sex Offenders

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders recalled to prison prior to their sentence expiry date were (a) under and (b) not under additional supervision in each of the past five years. [45638]

Fiona Mactaggart: The table gives details of offenders recalled before the licence expiry date, broken down by those who were not, and those who were, subject to additional supervision in the form of an extended sentence.
Number of prisoners released on parole who were subsequently recalled by year of release on parole

All sexual offences1822232719
Of which serving an extended sentence32232

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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the co-operation between Islamic terrorist groupings and other terrorist organisations around the world. [57434]

Mr. Charles Clarke: It is the policy of successive Governments not to comment on intelligence assessments.

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the modalities are for hon. Members to submit evidence to Lord Carlisle for his review of the definition of terrorism; and if he will make a statement. [60170]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 20 March 2006]: Submissions can be made to Lord Carlisle at his chambers: 9–12 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR. We encourage any contribution to the debate of this important matter.

Voice Verification

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of voice verification for the tracking of offenders. [61501]

Fiona Mactaggart: Voice verification is used to monitor compliance with requirements to attend a specified programme or to be present at a particular address at specified times. The offender is prompted to telephone a monitoring centre at random intervals, and voice recognition technology is used to confirm his or her identity. At the end of February 2006, a total of 123 people were subject to voice verification at various stages of the criminal justice process.

Women's Refuges

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of refuge places available for women in South Wales in (a) each year from 1995 to 2005 and (b) the next five years; and if he will make a statement. [60054]

Mr. Hain: I have been asked to reply.

The responsibility in this instance rests with the Welsh Assembly Government. They do not maintain central records of the number of refuge places.

The Assembly Government are committed to tackling the problems faced by women in society, in particular domestic abuse. In March 2005, in partnership with a number of agencies and organisations, they published Tackling Domestic Abuse: The All Wales National Strategy" which sets out their approach to tackling domestic abuse, including the provision of refuges.


E-enabled Public Services

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which public services are not 'e-enabled'. [60161]

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Mr. Jim Murphy: 96 per cent. of all services are e-enabled.

Departments have informed the Cabinet Office that the public services listed have not yet been e-enabled.


Child Protection

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what categories of information were included in the file on Paul Reeve read by the Minister in reaching his decision on the list 99 determination. [47276]

Ruth Kelly: The Department is unable to comment on individual cases. Where to do so would involve a breach of data protection principles concerning sensitive personal data, which state that personal data should be handled fairly and lawfully, and should not be disclosed unless certain specified conditions are met.

In general, decisions on whether to include an individual on list 99 are taken following consideration of information from a number of sources. These may include the police, the individual, social services, local education authorities, schools and medical experts. This list is not exhaustive and representations may be sought from other sources appropriate to the circumstances.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether anyone listed on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 is employed by the Government or any Government agency in working with children in (i) social services and (ii) social care. [47437]

Ruth Kelly: The Department does not hold the information requested.

It is a criminal offence for a person who is disqualified from working with children under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 to apply for, offer to do, accept, or do any of the work with children set out in the Act. It is also an offence for an employer knowingly to offer, or fail to remove, a disqualified individual from such a position.

People who are included on List 99 on the grounds of being unsuitable to work with children, and those who are included permanently on the Protection of Children Act List, are automatically disqualified from working with children under the 2000 Act.
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There is a duty on child care organisations (ie organisations concerned with the provision of social or health care services to children) to check that any prospective employees who they intend to employ in child care position are not included on the Protection of Children Act List or List 99. If they are, the organisation must not offer employment to that person.

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