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At present, prisoners found in possession of mobile telephones are subject to internal disciplinary procedures. It is the Governments intention to extend to Northern Ireland provisions in the Offender Management, Sentences and Procedures Bill that will make it a criminal offence to take a mobile telephone into or out of a prison establishment.
The different collation methods upon which Table 1 and Table 2 are based should be borne in mind, the former being crime/victim-based while the latter is offender-based. It is not possible therefore to relate the two tables.
|Table 1: Number of offences of rape (including attempts) cleared by way of charge/summons and caution, 1996-97 to 2005-06|
|Offences cleared by:|
|(1) For the years 1996-97 to 1999-2000, caution includes official adult caution and juvenile advice and warning.|
Central Statistics Unit, PSNI.
|Table 2: Number prosecuted and convicted for rape (including attempts) 1994 to 2003|
Statistics and Research Branch, NIO.
Mr. Hanson: I shall shortly be consulting on a reform of sexual offences legislation and shall include a proposal to amend the law to give a statutory definition of capacity in rape cases. This bears on the law on consent and can be an important aspect of a court's consideration of an allegation of rape. In addition the Public Prosecution Service has trained all its prosecutors in the use of special measure provisions which are designed to assist victims and vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give best evidence. Further training is planned in relation to sexual offence cases. The sexual violence strategy currently being developed for consultation will also make an important contribution to the effectiveness of the immediate support available from the health authorities and the police to victims of rape and sexual assault.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions for sex offences there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; what the average length of prison sentence received was in each year; and what the (a) longest and (b) shortest sentences given were in each year. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table provides the number convicted of sexual offences, the number sentenced to immediate custody, the average sentence length passed and the minimum and maximum sentence length given in each year.
|Number of convictions for sexual offences, the number sentenced to immediate custody and average, minimum and maximum sentence length given in months 1999-2003|
|Number convicted( 1)||Number sentenced to immediate custody( 2)||Average sentence length (months)||Minimum sentence length (months)||Maximum sentence length (months)|
|(1) Figures include convictions for the offences of rape, attempted rape, buggery, gross indecency, unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent assault, indecent exposure, incest, distributing, taking, copying indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.|
(2) Offences for which offenders were given immediate custody include rape, attempted rape, buggery, gross indecency, unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent assault, indecent exposure, incest, distributing, taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.
Figures include persons sentenced to prison, YOC and custody probation.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing in Northern Ireland an assault, rape, counselling, health centre similar to ones in other parts of the UK. 
Paul Goggins: A sexual violence strategy is currently being developed for Northern Ireland. In developing the strategy the option of establishing a sexual assault referral centre (SARC) for Northern Ireland is being explored.
Paul Goggins: The development of a regional strategy to address sexual violence in Northern Ireland is being taken forward jointly by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Northern Ireland Office, in conjunction with other Departments and agencies whose responsibilities also have a bearing on matters relating to sexual violence. It is proposed to publish a consultation document by the end of summer 2006. Implementation plans will be agreed with each Department and agency following the consultation process and prior to the strategy being finalised. The implementation plans will be published with the strategy.
Paul Goggins: The development of a regional strategy to address sexual violence in Northern Ireland is being taken forward jointly by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Northern Ireland Office, in conjunction with other Departments and agencies whose responsibilities also have a bearing on matters relating to sexual violence. It is proposed to publish the final strategy in April 2007.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on overnight accommodation for special advisers in the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last five years. 
The information requested by the hon. Member is not readily available for all of the five years.
Prior to financial year 2005-06, payments in respect of special advisers in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) were not separated out from civil servants. The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2005-06, the NIO restructured the ministerial expenditure codes in order to separately identify Ministers', ministerial support staff and special advisor costs.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Travellers camps there are in Northern Ireland; what the location is of each; and how many caravans can be accommodated at each camp. 
|Site location||Number of pitches|
In addition a number of transit sites are being provided to cater for the needs of transient Traveller families. These will be situated in Strabane, Belfast, Londonderry, Craigavon and Newry and will provide, in total, approximately 40 pitches.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what controls are in place in Northern Ireland to monitor waste intended for recycling to ensure that it is not re-routed to a landfill site. 
David Cairns: There are two specific sets of controls and a general duty of care which applies to waste producers, carriers and those who treat or dispose of waste. The controls in question are Transfrontier Shipment of Waste and licences/permits, which, once authorised, are also audited by the Department.
The recycling of controlled waste arising in Northern Ireland is undertaken at facilities that are licensed by the Department. The permits for these approved facilities provide for the recording of the processing of material. District councils make quarterly returns on their recycled material.
The Transfrontier Shipment of Wastes Regulations govern the movement of material from Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland by a system of prior authorisation using consignment notes. This system will approve the material, which is directed towards a suitable, authorised facility.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures his Department is taking to increase the percentage of domestic waste being recycled by councils in Northern Ireland. 
David Cairns: The Department has continued to build on the successful Wake up to Waste programme, launched in 2000, by supporting district councils on the design, promotion and delivery of local awareness campaigns. The Northern Ireland Landfill Allowances Scheme, introduced on 1 April 2005, sets annual allowances for the amount of waste that can be landfilled by councils and acts as a driver for increased recycling of waste.
The recently published Waste Management Strategy sets new and challenging targets for councils for the recycling and recovery of household waste. The Department is committed to the development of viable end markets for recycled materials, and is working to ensure the timely procurement and establishment of the required facilities, and the introduction of legislation making provision for incentive schemes to encourage the reduction, re-use and recycling of waste.
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