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Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides, (c) self-harm incidents and (d) assaults on inmates by other inmates have taken place in HM prisons in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 28 November 2006]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 671-72W, to question number 103622 for the information requested at (a) and (b) of his question.
The information requested at (c) and (d) in the question is provided in the following tables. In December 2002, a new self-harm incident recording form (F213SH) was introduced, which captures more criteria than previously. Consequently there was a 60 per cent. increase in cases recorded. It is not recommended to compare pre-2003 and post-2003 self-harm figures. Improved recording over the years also means that the annual number of prisoner on prisoner assaults before 2000 are not readily comparable with later years.
|Prisoner on prisoner assaults|
|(1) In December 2002, a new self-harm incident recording form (F213SH) was introduced, which captures more criteria than previously. Consequently there was a 60 per cent. increase in cases recorded. This reporting increase has tailed off but a more realistic picture of the levels of self-harm now exists. It is not recommended to compare pre-2003 and post-2003 self-harm figures.|
(2) Due to improved recording over the years the annual number of prisoner on prisoner assaults before 2000 are not readily comparable with later years.
1. The tables show annual numbers of self-harm and assaults incidents in prisons in England and Wales to the nearest thousand.
2. The number of self-harm incidents and assaults reported are derived from the Prison Service Incident Reporting System (IRS). This system processes high volumes of data supplied by prisons and is constantly being updated. The numbers indicated provide a useful indication of the realistic scale of assaults and self-harm incidents, many of which are relatively minor. The numbers should not be interpreted as absolute.
3. The increase in reported numbers of assaults reflects, in part, the increase in prison population.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were received by the Prison Service wrongdoing line in the year ending 31 March 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people detained in prison are diagnosed as psychopathic; and what trends there have been in the number diagnosed over the last 10 years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2005), No. 186, p339 to 345 suggests that between about 4 and 7 per cent. of prisoners would meet the criteria of psychopathy. We have no information about how this percentage might have varied over the past 10 years.
Wymott has a Work Life Balance (WLB) scheme incorporated into its working patterns
and nearly 20 per cent. of unified grades at the prison, up to senior officer level, have WLB arrangements in place. Wymott is currently in the process of reviewing all WLB agreements that are in operation, in accordance with Prison Service Order (PSO) 8010, Equal Opportunities, to ensure that staffing levels meet the establishments needs.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to try to attract businessmen or businesswomen to become members of probation trusts; and what the remuneration will be for members of probation trusts. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In the current recruitment exercise for probation board chairs and members we have sought to attract applicants from across the public, private and not for profit sectors. We have particularly sought to attract individuals with business acumen in whichever sector such skills have been obtained. During the present process we have written directly to the Magistrates Association, and the LGA, as well as to such organisations as Lions and Rotary Clubs, to encourage applicants with diverse experiences. This has been supported by considerable additional activity to encourage applicants from BME and other traditionally under represented groups.
The remuneration for trust chairs and members has not been yet been determined although presently, depending on the size of the area, probation chairs are paid between £15,400 and £27,500 and are asked to commit up to two days a week. Board members are paid at an hourly rate of £15.40 with a commitment of up to five days a month.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for (i) failing to wear a crash helmet and (ii) unlawful pillion riding in each year for which figures are available since 1997, broken down by police force area. 
Mr. Coaker: Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the years 1997 to 2004 (latest available) is given in the table. 2005 data will be available early 2007.
|Proceedings at magistrates courts and the number of fines given for offences of driving or riding on a motor cycle without wearing protective headgear( 1) by police force area, England and Wales 1997-2004|
|Number of offences|
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