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Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of which of the projected prison population scenarios outlined in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 is most likely to occur; and if he will make a statement. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Figures for 10 scenarios can be found in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 Updated and Revised Prison Population Projections, 20052011, England and Wales". Of the 10 published scenarios, scenario one has been the closest to the observed total prison population over the 11 months since the projections were made. NOMS and HMPS continually monitor the prison population against the projections. In the longer term, it is more difficult to predict which scenarios may be closer to actual prison populations.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) mental and (b) physical health of prisoners of too few hours of purposeful activity and too many hours of incarceration in cells. 
The Prison Service makes every effort to ensure that as much purposeful activity as possible is available to prisoners and the additional
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workshops that are coming on stream in establishments are one example of increasing levels of activity hours available to prisoners.
Purposeful activity in prisons consists broadly of education, work and resettlement activity. Specific activities include basic skills and vocational education, workshop activity, tackling substance abuse, offending behaviour programmes and pre release training. These activities reflect the work that is taking place in establishments to rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for release.
There is currently little information about the impact of imprisonment on people with mental health problems. The National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme is currently funding a research project on factors mediating the effect of prison on mental health. This is due for completion in summer 2008. Further details are available on the programme's website at http://www.nfmhp.org.uk.
On physical health, the National Audit Office (NAO) report Serving Time: Prisoner Diet and exercise (HC939) found that prisons met their statutory obligations to provide opportunities for exercise, and that prisoners' average level of physical exercise is close to the number of hours recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. A copy of the report is available in the Library, and on the NAO website at http://www.nao.org. uk/publications/nao_reports/0506/0506939.pdf.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) running costs of each establishment in the Prison Service and (b) average number of people held at that establishment (i) was in 200506 and (ii) is expected to be in 200607. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The average population and respective provisional resource costs for prisons in England and Wales in 200506 is shown in the following table. Final figures will be included in the Prison Service annual report and accounts which will be published in July 2006. The Prison Service is unable to give an indication of costs for 200607 at this stage. Costs for contracted prisons are commercial in confidence and therefore not included.
|Average prison population by establishment|
England and Wales1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006
|Provisional resource costs for 200506|
|East Sutton Park||95||2,349,408|
|North Sea Camp||275||5,858,898|
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) availability and (b) take-up of correspondence courses in prisons in the last 12 months. 
This information is not collected centrally. However, the existing prison service and the new Learning and Skills Council development regions do fund distance
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learning as part of the existing funding arrangements and the learning journey" for offendersas appropriate to individuals' needs.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of prisoners' time in prison was spent on education and training in the last period for which figures are available; 
Fiona Mactaggart: Data in the specific format requested are not available. The proportion of prisoner time undertaking education and training compared with overall purposeful activity is therefore given. According to provisional data for 200506, prisoners spent 25.2 hours per prisoner per week undertaking purposeful activity. Time spent in education and training was 5.1 hours per prisoner per week representing 20.1 per cent. of the total purposeful hours.
Data relating to purposeful activity is reported on a weekly basis. The weekly purposeful hours figure is based on the total hours prisoners have spent undertaking each of the 30 activities listed as purposeful divided by the average prisoner population and converting to a weekly average. Education and training hours are calculated in the same way based on five education and training activities.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to public funds was of anger management courses offered to prisoners in the prison service in the last 12 months; and what recent assessment has been made of the efficacy of such courses; and if he will make a statement. 
There has been one evaluation in England and several evaluations internationally examining the efficacy of anger management programmes for offenders. International and UK evidence shows promising but inconclusive results (due to the limited quality of research design) in terms of reducing recidivism.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which thePrison Inspectorate judged as good overall in the provision of education in the last 12 months. 
Of the 14 prisons that have been inspected since April 2005, and who have had an inspection report published by the Adult Learning Inspectorate, one prison, HMP and YOI Usk and Prescoed, has been given an overall effectiveness grade of 'good' for its education provision.
The national call rates for British Telecommunications and Global Communications and Consultancy Ltd are identical at 11 pence per minute. Tables detailing international call rates have been placed in the House Library.
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