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Worker Registration Scheme

Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1280W, on the Worker Registration Scheme, how many workers from EU accession countries are legally working in the UK, without being registered under the Worker Registration Scheme. [75813]

Mr. Byrne: Nationals of the EU accession countries (other than Cyprus and Malta) are not working legally in the UK unless they are registered under the Worker Registration Scheme or are exempt from the requirement to do so. They are exempt if, for example, they have been working legally in the UK for 12 months or if they are working in a self-employed capacity, or are working for less than 30 days.


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Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many workers from EU accession countries have (a) applied and (b) been accepted under the Worker's Registration Scheme since 1 May 2004. [77602]

Mr. Byrne: The latest published Accession Monitoring Report covers the period May 2004 to March 2006 and sets out the number of citizens from the EU Accession countries (A8 nationals) who have applied to register with the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) during this period. This report is available on the Home Office website at:

World Cup Tickets

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in relation to the touting of tickets to England World Cup 2006 matches (a) in England and Wales and (b) via internet sites based in England and Wales; how many of these have resulted in convictions; and if he will make a statement. [84971]

Mr. Coaker: This information is not available centrally. Arrest data for ticket-touting offences during 2005-06 football season are currently being collated and will be published later this year. Measures within the Violent Crime Reduction Bill will extend coverage of ticket touting offences to the internet when the unauthorised sale of tickets for a regulated football match takes place within England or Wales.

Young Offenders

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many young people aged 15 to 18 years are in young offender institutions because of breach of an antisocial behaviour order, broken down by institution; [76021]

(2) how many 15 to 18-year-olds are in each young offender institution as a result of breaching an antisocial behaviour order. [81627]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Information is not available in the form requested.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2006, Official Report, column 1066W, on young offenders, what mechanisms he uses to assess the progress of arrangements within young offender institutions designed to promote family contact. [84672]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Key policy requirements in relation to maintaining family contact through social visits, correspondence and by telephone are subject to review through local and national audit processes. In addition, establishments are, on occasion, subject to thorough inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. Independent monitoring boards are also able to highlight good practice or areas of concern in their annual reports to the Secretary of State. Units accommodating under 18-year-olds are subject to monitoring by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.


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Detailed information on the arrangements made by individual young offender institutions to promote and evaluate family contact is not held centrally.

Youth Offending Initiatives (Funding)

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much of the £500,000 allocated in June 2005 to fund individual support orders has been spent; [78400]

(2) how many youth offending teams have submitted plans to the Youth Justice Board for 2006-07 which include provision for individual support orders in the budget; and what guidance he plans to issue to the Youth Justice Board on plans which do not include such provision. [78404]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 21 June 2006]: The £500,000 allocated in June 2005 was available to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) until 31 March 2006 to fund individual support orders (ISOs) delivered by local youth offending teams (YOTs) to support juveniles with antisocial behaviour orders. 31 applications for funding in respect of ISOs have been received by the YJB for a total of £62,000 to 31 March 2006.

As part of their plans for using the £45 million prevention budget for the period to March 2008, seven YOTs have included specific schemes for ISO interventions. All YOTs, however, are required to support interventions in support of ISOs whether or not there is a specific scheme. Such support may be delivered through another
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programme being funded through an allocation from this budget, such as a youth inclusion programme or a youth inclusion and support panel, or it may be provided through an existing programme. The use of ISOs is being actively promoted by the YJB and the Home Office, as an aid to helping YOTs fulfil their role in tackling antisocial behaviour, and action is in hand to ensure a better uptake.

Youth Rehabilitation Programmes

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department’s budget is for rehabilitation programmes for youth offenders in 2006-07. [84889]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In 2006-07 the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) will receive a total of £96 million from the Home Office to be directed towards rehabilitation programmes. This sum comprises £34 million for intensive supervision and surveillance programmes (ISSP) and intensive fostering, £19.5 million for substance misuse programmes, £8.5 million for community education programmes and approximately £34 million for education programmes across the whole of the custodial estate.

Youth offending teams (YOTs) are primarily funded locally by their statutory partners as well as by the YJB and a proportion of that local funding will also be directed to rehabilitation programmes.


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