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Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were sentenced for public protection in each of the last five years; and how many have been released. 
The numbers(1) of male prisoners received into prisons in England and Wales under indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) were 670 in 2005-06 and 1,670 in 2006-07. The numbers(1) of female prisoners were 30 in 2005-06 and 40 in 2006-07. There have been three male and two female prisoners released from IPP sentences up to April 2007. The reliability of the data on the numbers received and released under the extended sentence for public protection (EPP) is not sufficiently robust for publication. It is not possible to distinguish sentences made on the basis of public protection before this date.
(1) Rounded to nearest 10.
Figures on the numbers of prisoners received into prisons in England and Wales under indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) by each month since their introduction can be found in the following table.
|Number of IPP receptions into prison by month since their introduction( 1)|
|(1 )Figures rounded to nearest 10.|
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether legislation in respect of the prevention of terrorism constitutes criminal justice legislation and falls within his Department. 
Mr. McNulty: All counter-terrorism legislation will remain the responsibility of the Home Office. However, the Department will continue to work closely on all aspects of counter terrorism legislation with other Government Departments, including the Ministry of Justice.
Mr. Coaker: There has been no recent increase to the changes prescribed by statute to be paid by the owners of vehicles removed by the police under their powers to remove any vehicle that is illegally, obstructively or dangerously parked, or broken down or abandoned. This includes vehicles abandoned after being stolen. The charges help meet the cost of the removal and subsequent storage.
Joan Ryan [ h olding answer 16 May 2007]: Since the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) launched its Disclosure service in March 2002, 412,902 Disclosures have been issued to applicants under the age of 18.
Mr. McNulty: Police authorities now operate a separate pensions account into which are paid officers contributions and an employers contribution (currently 24.6 per cent. of pensionable pay) and out of which pension payments are made. Wiltshire police authority has recently provided the Home Office with its unaudited accounts for 2006-07 which show a £3,066,000 deficit in their pensions account. In November 2006, Wiltshire police authority estimated a deficit of £3,296,000 in their pensions account for the 2007-08 financial year. Under the new system of funding for police pensions, any deficit in an authoritys pensions account is reimbursed with a grant from central Government each year; any surplus is recouped.
Hilary Armstrong: My membership of Cabinet Committees reflects the full range of my responsibilities. I refer the hon. Member to the Prime Ministers written ministerial statements on Cabinet Committees 14 December 2006, Official Report, columns 37-40WS and 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 102WS.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the proposed trials of new evidence-based assessment tools for use by midwives and health visitors mentioned in her progress report on social exclusion will take place; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McFadden: Evidence-based assessment by midwives and health visitors is part of the Health Led Parenting Pilots which went live in 10 sites across England in April 2007. The Government have commissioned a report by Professor Sir David Hall on risk factors as part of these pilots which is due to be published shortly. Findings from Professor Halls study have informed the different eligibility criteria and pathways onto the programme being trialled and evaluated as part of the Health Led Parenting Pilot Project.
Mr. McFadden: Following a public consultation, on 2 April 2007 the Government announced the introduction of a new Impact Assessment (IA) to replace the previous Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) process.
A revised template aimed at improving clarity and transparency of IAs. This includes new requirements to more clearly summarise the rationale for government intervention and the evidence supporting the proposals.
A strengthened ministerial declaration that will bolster the quality of the analysis in IAs and help embed this earlier in the policy making process.
An increased emphasis on post-implementation reviewthe need for this existing requirement is featured on the front page of the new IA template.
Improved analysis of the impact on businesses and the third sector, with an indication of the estimated annual cost per organisation of the policy option for micro, small, medium and large organizations, and requiring policy makers to consider whether micro and small businesses should be exempted from the regulation.
Mr. McFadden: The Local Better Regulation Office's (LBRO) key role will be to reduce burdens on business without compromising regulatory outcomes and working in partnership with local authorities, national regulators and departments to drive up the quality of local authority regulatory services. As a result of LBROs activities the Government expect to see compliant businesses benefiting from a regulatory regime that is less burdensome, more consistent, more coordinated and better targeted.
The Treasury has allocated the Cabinet Office £2.7 million for 2007-08; and provisionally £5.3 million for 2008-09; £4.4 million for 2009-10 and £4.4 million for 2010-11 to set up and fund the Local Better Regulation Office. The budget for 2011-12 has not yet been established.
The Local Better Regulation Offices (LBRO) key role will be to reduce burdens on business without compromising regulatory outcomes and working in partnership with local authorities, national regulators and departments to drive up the quality of local authority regulatory services. As a result of LBROs activities the Government expect to see compliant businesses benefiting from a regulatory
regime that is less burdensome, more consistent, more coordinated and better targeted.
It is anticipated that at some point in the future the LBROs work will be complete. The Government proposals regarding the circumstances under which the LBRO might be dissolved is included in a consultation document for the Draft Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill the Government published on 15 May 2007.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, (1) what steps her Department is taking to assist the Local Better Regulation Office in improving the performance of local authority regulatory services; 
Mr. McFadden: The role of the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) is to reduce burdens on business without compromising regulatory outcomes and working in partnership with local authorities, national regulators and departments to drive up the quality of local authority regulatory services.
The Cabinet Office has played a key role in the development of the LBRO including the recruitment of the Board and Chief Executive and securing the office space. My Department provide LBRO with access to a breadth of better regulation experience and expertise. They will continue to provide such advice and assistance but, as the LBRO Board formally take up their appointments, LBRO will take on responsibility for the development of their own organisational structure and policies.
In addition, on 15 May 2007 the Government published a consultation document which set out in detail its proposals regarding the role of the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) including its role in helping to improve the performance of local authority regulatory services and making regulation simpler.
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