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|Table B: Prison population( 1) within England and Wales at 31 December 2006 by nationality and offence group|
|Foreign national prisoners||Not recorded||UK national||Total|
|(1 )Prison population under immediate custodial sentence shown|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff
employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency are undertaking work to prevent (a) drugs trafficking and (b) fraud. 
John Reid: As part of the UK Control Strategy to respond to serious and organised crime, SOCA has developed a number of programmes of work, one of which is led by ACPO and relates to the response required to address illicit activity with respect to firearms. The programme seeks to build knowledge and understanding of firearms related criminality and, where appropriate, SOCA resources are deployed in support of operations to target organised crime enterprises believed to be involved in firearms crime.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of incidence of sexual violence or abuse committed against offenders whether as adults or as children in the context of repeat offending or crimes of violence. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Home Office has not commissioned or evaluated research into the effects of incidence of sexual violence or abuse committed against offenders whether as adults or children in the context of repeat offending or crimes of violence.
Links between the experience of sexual abuse and subsequent offending behaviour, i.e. the victim-offender cycle, are complex and a history of sexual abuse is generally associated with a range of adverse childhood experiences which are difficult to disentangle (Falshaw, 2005; Grubin, 1998 Falshaw, L. 2005).
The link between a history of maltreatment and subsequent offending behaviour: Probation Journal, 52(4), 423-434. Grubin, D. (1998). Sex offending against children: Understanding the risk. Police Research Series. Paper 99. London: Home Office.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of his special advisers have given notice of any other external employment they have undertaken in the past 12 months. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant. 
Mr. Byrne: The full-time equivalent of 2.5 of the Home Offices civil servants are employed in direct support of special advisers in the Department. The salary details of these civil servants may not be disclosed in order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reimburse to Bedford Primary Care Trust the costs of treating detainees at the Yarls Wood asylum detention centre; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 12 March 2007]: Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have an existing obligation for commissioning secondary and tertiary healthcare services for detainees who reside in removal centres within their geographical area. Like other immigration removal centres, Yarls Wood has primary healthcare provision on site that is funded through the contract with the centre operator. Detainees receive any necessary secondary healthcare services from the NHS. NHS services are, however, only used in situations where detainees cannot be treated through the on-site primary care provision and are referred to secondary services or in an emergency situation.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were screened positively for substance misuse in each year since 2002; how many accessed early intervention and treatment services in each such year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Data on the number of young people identified as requiring substance misuse assessment and accessing early intervention and treatment services are collected by the Youth Justice Board from youth offending teams and are set out in the tables.
The Youth Justice Board did not collect these data prior to 2004. The 2004-05 data were collected on young people accessing treatment within 10 days. In 2005-06 data were also collected on those receiving services within 20 days.
These are not Home Office statistics and although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile the figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
|Number of young people YOTs reported as requiring substance misuse assessment|
|Numbers of young people YOTs report accessing early intervention and treatment services|
| Note: Tiers 2, 3 and 4 refer to levels of service required for substance misuse issues of low, medium or high severity|
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1675W, on agriculture: subsidies, if he will break down the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs £305 million claim on the revenue. 
John Healey: The additional cover of £305 million on DEFRAs spring supplementary estimate is based on a prudent assessment at that time of issues raised in relation to progress in making payments and regulatory compliance for potential disallowances at the end of the financial year. Detailed discussions will take place with the Commission over a number of years before a final figure is reached.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the pay gap between (a) women working full-time, (b) women working part-time, (c) women with dependent children, (d) ethnic minorities, (f) workers aged 50 years or over, (g) workers with disabilities and (h) those with the lowest qualifications and the hourly median earnings for men in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question regarding the pay gap between (a) women working full-time, (b) women working part-time, (c) women with dependent children, (d) ethnic minorities, (f) workers aged 50 years or over, (g) workers with disabilities and (h) those with the lowest qualifications and the hourly median earnings for men in each year since 1997. (126513)
Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect information on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
Analyses for women with dependent children, ethnic minorities, workers with disabilities, and by qualification are not available from ASHE. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) does collect this information, but in the form requested it is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The attached table shows median gross hourly earnings excluding overtime and the pay gap, for full-time females, part-time females and all employees aged over 50, compared to the median gross hourly earnings excluding overtime for full-time men.
The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
|Gender pay gap, United Kingdom|
|Median gross hourly earnings excluding overtime( a)|
|Full-time male||Full-time female||Part-time female||Employees aged 50+|
|£||£||Pay gap( b)||£||Pay gap( b)||£||Pay gap( b)|
(a) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(b) The percentage difference between the relevant hourly pay, and that of full-time males.
(c) In 2004, additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for comparison purposes.
Guide to quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value, the higher the quality.
The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CVfor example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220.
All of the figures on this table have a CV of less than 5 per cent.
The median is the value below which 50 per cent. of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings data.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
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