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|April 2005 to March 2006||3|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether doctors with existing leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will require work permits under the new arrangements. 
Andy Burnham: Those with leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme are permitted to take employment or self-employment in the UK without requiring a work permit. Therefore doctors with existing leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will not require work permits for the duration of this leave. However, they will need to meet other requirements such as registration with the GMC and those employing doctors on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme need to follow Department of Health recruitment policies.
Fiona Mactaggart: The Offender Assessment System, OASys, has been implemented in all public sector prisons and all 42 areas of the national probation service. Full connectivity between the Prison Service and national probation service OASys systems was achieved in March 2006. Full access to OASys has recently been given to the contracted out prisons although not all have started using it yet.
Fiona Mactaggart: In the public sector Prison Service, approximately 13 per cent. of all prisoners are employed in a prison industries workshop on a daily basis. This represents about one in five of all work places.
Data in the specific format requested in the question are not collected centrally. However, the number of prisoners undertaking each type of prisoner activity is provided as a proxy. Prisoners that
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take part more than one type of activity may be counted more than once. Therefore, the following number cannot be used to calculate a proportion.
Fiona Mactaggart: Telecom services within the Prison Service are provided by British Telecommunications (BT) and Global Communications and Consultancy Ltd. (GCC). These companies provide telephone services throughout the prison estate with the exception of Ashfield and Lowdham Grange prisons. Telecommunication services for Ashfield are provided by Thus telecommunications and Lowdham Grange's service providers are Voice Products Ltd. and Your Communications.
The Government's plans for ensuring continuity of provision of learning and skills for released prisoners were set out in the Green Paper 'Reducing Re-Offending Through Skills and Employment', published in December 2005.
No separate estimate has been made of the costs of bridging the gap between education inside and outside prisons. The new providers being appointed by the Learning and Skills Council are required contractually to deliver the requirements of the Offender's Learning Journey, the document that specifies the service to the offender. That document includes a requirement on the provider to join up learning commenced in custody with that available in the community. The costs of bridging that gap are straightforwardly part of the contract price.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the letter of 23 June 1994 designating Sycamore Lodge, Langley, Oldbury West Midlands as an approved probation and bail hostel. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vulnerable witnesses in
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each of the pilot schemes have successfully used intermediaries provided for in the special measures for vulnerable witnesses of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
Intermediary scheme start date
|Number of witnesses assisted by an intermediary as at 21 April 2006(8)|
|Merseyside||23 February 2004||27|
|West Midlands||13 September 2004 (Wolverhampton area)||36|
|1 November 2004 (all courts in West Midlands)|
|Thames Valley||2 October 2004||85|
|South Wales(9)||1 February 20056 February 2006||5|
|Norfolk||1 February 2005||31|
|Devon and Cornwall(10)||20 June 2005||11|
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