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Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions for rape there have been in (a) Dudley, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in the last 12 months. [73973]

Mr. Coaker: Court statistics for 2005 will be available in Autumn 2006. Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of convictions for rape in 2004 in (a) Dudley is 0, in (b) West Midlands is 58, and in (c) England is 707.

Rehabilitation of Offenders

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have gained employment having completed a (a) custodial sentence and (b) community service sentence in the last five years. [74740]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

(a) Information on the numbers of prisoners leaving custody and entering employment, training or education is only available for the last four years, and is given in the table.

Outcomes for 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 include those who attended FRESHSTART appointments at Jobcentre Plus, whereby prisoners who do not have a job or training place to go to on release are linked into employment, training and benefits advice and support immediately after release. Employment, training and education (ETE) outcomes for prisoners released before April 2005 can be separated only at disproportionate cost.

(b) Information on the numbers of offenders under the supervision of the National Probation Service (NFS) entering employment was not centrally collected prior to April 2005. In 2005-06 8,978 offenders under the supervision of the NPS gained employment or vocational training lasting four weeks or more. Only aggregate figures are available.

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Employment Outcomes


UK Veto (EU)

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his Department's policy that the UK should retain a veto in EU police and judicial matters. [69831]

Joan Ryan [holding answer 11 May 2006]: On 10 May 2006, the European Commission published a Communication entitled “A Citizens’ Agenda: Delivering Results for Europe”. The Commission indicated that it would present an initiative on the basis of Article 42 of the Treaty on European Union to change decision making arrangements in police and judicial matters.

Under the current EU treaty framework, co-operation on police and judicial matters is agreed by unanimity. That could only change to qualified majority voting if all Member States, including the UK, agree.

At present there is no formal proposal. Police and judicial co-operation include sensitive areas of national responsibility and we would have to consider very carefully the potential risks and benefits and the overall impact of such a move.

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Vandalism (Cemeteries)

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of vandalism were recorded in cemeteries in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) the Tees Valley in each year since 1997. [73664]

Mr. McNulty: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime it is not possible to identify incidents of vandalism in cemeteries.

YOI Feltham

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on juvenile restraint training at HM YOI Feltham. [74032]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The prison service has developed new restraint techniques for use on juveniles that are currently being piloted at Feltham and Cookham Wood young offender institutions. All staff involved in the pilot have been trained in the new techniques. The techniques have been well received by staff and managers at both establishments and all involved are fully supportive of the pilot.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent adjudication procedures at HM YOI Feltham are carried out by staff who have not gained accreditation as prison governors; and if he will make a statement. [74033]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There are 19 managers at Feltham who have been trained and are qualified to conduct adjudications. Of these, three are non-operational managers.

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