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Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the expansion of the prison estate. [96935]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Home Office and Treasury Ministers have frequent discussions on a wide range of issues.

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons employ co-ordinating chaplains; on which pay band each is employed; when each was appointed; and if he will make a statement. [98538]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 31 October 2006]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, column 1813. Subject to the usual pattern of staff turnover, all prisons will employ a chaplain who undertakes the co-ordinating role. The position is broadly similar in contracted-out prisons although titles, pay scales and roles may differ slightly. There is no central record of when each co-ordinating chaplain was appointed to the role. Of those currently in the role in public sector prisons, 101 are in chaplain pay band one, three in chaplain pay band two, and 12 remain in the former grade of chaplain. A small number of co-ordinating chaplain roles will be vacant, or filled on a temporary basis, and some operating with multiple sites. Whilst this information is derived from the payroll and personnel databases, it is liable to the usual inaccuracies expected in any large-scale reporting system.

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the average time taken to complete a prison cell searching risk assessment; and if he will make a statement. [99495]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There is no prison cell searching risk assessment. Cell searching is carried out in accordance with prison rules, national Prison Service policy and prisons’ local security strategies.

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects police cells in West Yorkshire to be used to house prisoners to relieve prison overcrowding. [99911]

Mr. McNulty: There are currently no police cells being used for Operation Safeguard in West Yorkshire.


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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths there were in each prison in the Metropolitan police district area in each year since 2000. [100339]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many escapes occurred from each prison in the Metropolitan Police District area in each year since 2000. [100348]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Category D prisoners over the age of 70 are not being considered for parole because of the severity of their original offence; what the average period of imprisonment is which they have served; and what assessment has been made in each case of the likely danger to the public if they were to be released on licence. [100428]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Category D prisoners over the age of 70 are serving sentences in jails in England and Wales. [100442]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits were made by foreign police services to British prisons in each year since 2001. [99325]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There are no records available centrally of the number of such visits and they could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Safer Schools Scheme

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of safer schools partnerships in reducing crime in schools. [100066]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there have been as a result of the introduction of the safer schools scheme. [100067]


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Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer hours were allocated to the safer schools scheme in each of the last three years. [100068]

Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Safety Cameras

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions there have been for speeding in cases where (a) the driver has not been identified and (b) the number plate of the car has been identified by a speed camera in each of the years since 1992. [96139]

Mr. Coaker: A successful prosecution for speeding is not possible if the driver at the time of the offence is not identified.

Data on proceedings and findings of guilt for speed limit offences detected by camera are given in the following table, from 1997-2004 (latest available). Data from 1992-96 are not available.

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Estimated( 1) number of proceedings( 2) at magistrates’ courts and findings of guilt for speed limit offences( 3) detected by camera( 4) , England and Wales, 1997 to 2004
Number of offences
Total proceedings( 2) Findings of guilt

1997

48,100

43,800

1998

65,100

59,100

1999

75,800

68,300

2000

109,200

96,700

2001

137,100

121,800

2002

100,100

86,500

2003

127,400

106,100

2004

127,100

102,000

(1 )Estimated from combining data from OCJR’s Court Proceedings Database and separate data from the police.
(2 )Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.
(3 )Offences under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.
(4 )Automatic cameras until 1998, all camera types from 1999.
Notes:
1. Data from 1992-96 are not available.
2. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete.
3. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.

Sexual Offences Act

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been successfully prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for underage sex. [100260]


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Mr. Coaker: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Sharad Ladva

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that no individual whose case was handled by Sharad Ladva will be returned to the Philippines until a full investigation of their claim has been made. [100176]

John Reid: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Shoplifting

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted for shoplifting in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997; and how many in each year received (a) custodial sentences, (b) fixed penalty notices (c) community orders and (d) police cautions for shoplifting in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997. [99975]

Mr. McNulty: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Special Educational Needs

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to provide access to free legal advice and support for appeals to the special educational needs and disability tribunal for all parents of children with special educational needs. [99032]

Vera Baird: I have been asked to reply.

Any individual who qualifies for legal aid under the standard means and merits criteria can obtain legal advice and information on a variety of matters under the Legal Help scheme, including for preparatory work for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Advocacy before the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal is outside the scope of civil legal aid, because the Tribunal is relatively informal and is non-adversarial. Funding can, however, be granted in exceptional circumstances, subject to strict criteria.

Terrorism

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been detained as terrorism suspects since 2000. [97843]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been convicted of terrorist crimes since 2000; and how many of those individuals were subsequently proved to have connections to known terrorist organisations. [97850]


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Mr. McNulty: The Home Office does not collate information on convictions for the time period requested.

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personnel in his Department work primarily on combating cyber-terrorism. [97851]

Mr. McNulty: Because the measures that protect the UK's electronic infrastructure against criminal attack also protect it against terrorist attack it would be difficult to quantify how many staff work primarily on combating cyber-terrorism. The National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre's core staff numbers around 70 personnel.

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a report on the lessons learned from the aborted airline plot of August 2006. [98409]

Mr. McNulty: There are currently no plans to publish such a report.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; and what recent representations he has received about the operation of that Act. [95126]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held for terrorism offences at HMP Belmarsh. [99324]

Mr. McNulty: On 2 November 2006, the number of prisoners being held at Belmarsh prison in respect of offences under terrorism legislation, or for other criminal offences that are considered to be related to terrorism, was 52.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made by his Department of the impact of British military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on the terrorist threat to the United Kingdom. [92697]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Unaccompanied Children

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process the Government will use to assess risk of trafficking in developing their returns programme for unaccompanied children who have been refused asylum; and if he will consult non-governmental organisations in the UK in developing this programme. [100252]

Mr. Byrne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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Violent Crime

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of violent crimes in the London borough of Havering. [99520]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.


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