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The numbers of people held in police cells on a daily basis is available for use as management Notion only. Prison portion figures are population was 79,537, including 57 held in Police Cells as part of operation safeguard.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were housed in police cells during the recent activation of Operation Safeguard; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Between 12 October and 22 December 2006, Operation Safeguard was used on 4,617 occasions. This does not correspond precisely to the number of prisoners: one occasion means one prisoner night in a police cell.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been held in accommodation provided by each police authority in England and Wales under Operation Safeguard since June 2006; how many such nights' accommodation was provided by each police authority; and what the average cost of providing accommodation was per prisoner per night in each police authority. 
Between 12 October and 22 December 2006 Operation Safeguard was used on 4,617 occasions. This does not correspond precisely to the number of prisoners: one occasion means one prisoner night in a police cell.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were held in police cells in the West Midlands police force area over the last six months for which figures are available; and in which police stations. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the prison ship accommodation will be available for use; where such accommodation will be located; how many prisoners, and of what category, such accommodation will hold; and what the total cost of purchasing and fitting out each of the ships is. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Home Office is currently engaged with bidders on a shortlist to assess their proposals for ships including when each proposed ship might be available for use and, the capacity, costs and potential use for each ship.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to question 115499, on what dates he discussed the level of funding for learning and skills courses for offenders (a) in custody and (b) in the community with the Department for Education and Skills. 
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what circumstances a Prison Service manager would qualify for receipt of required hours addition allowance; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Under the Prison Service phase 1 managerial pay structure introduced in 2000, governors can pay a required hours addition (RHA) to managerial jobs in paybands E, F or G where the role requires unpredictable and unsocial working hours and meets the policy criteria.
The Prison Service is currently carrying out a review of all posts that may attract payment of RHA. The review will consider whether a post meets the established criteria and therefore continues to attract this allowance in line with the aforementioned criteria.
The information requested is not available centrally. However, a project undertaken by the Dyslexia Institute looked at evidence of the incidence of dyslexia and related learning disabilities among the prison population. The findings suggested that 20 per cent. of the prison population have some form of unseen (hidden) disability which will affect and undermine their performance in both education and work settings. A further 32 per cent. of the sample who were given an in-depth assessment had literacy difficulties but did not show positive evidence of the characteristics of dyslexia, dyspraxia or other unseen disabilities.
On Friday 2 February the total prison population was 79,705 and the operational capacity of the prison estate was 80,734, including up to 400 places available under Operation Safeguard. On Friday 9 February 2007 the total prison population was 79,686 and the operational capacity of the prison estate was 80,769, including up to 400 places available under Operation Safeguard.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he is making in the new prison building programme for the needs of disabled and elderly prisoners with particular reference to wheelchair access to cells. 
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fines have been served on the companies operating private prisons since their opening; for what reasons; and whether any fines served on companies operating private prisons have been waived. 
The deductions were made in respect of poor performance as measured in terms of the contractual performance management system. Escapes and doubling of cell occupation in excess of the permitted level are penalised separately.
There are two instances of deductions being waived, either partially or in full. Altcourse prison incurred penalty points of £715,646 for Q 2 and 3 1998, but this was reduced to £195,000 as part of contractual refinancing in November 1999, when it was agreed the Prisons Service was owed £1,000,000 due to increased termination liabilities, less the total penalty due to be deducted (£715,646).
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