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Powers of Attorney

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the levels of abuse by donees of powers given to them under enduring powers of attorney. [142393]

Vera Baird: There has been no formal assessment of levels of abuse of enduring powers of attorney (EPAs). It is particularly difficult to make judgments in this area because of the potentially high numbers of unregistered EPAs in existence. The Public Guardianship Office and Court of Protection have no knowledge of unregistered powers and only become aware of their existence if and when third parties raise direct concerns.

Under the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, EPAs will be replaced by new lasting powers of attorney (LPA). Because of concerns around the potential for abuse of such powers, the Act introduces a number of additional safeguards that will provide greater protection for people making them in the future:

Prisons

Mr. Vara: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, columns 292-3W, on prisons, how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides, (c) self-harm incidents and (d) prisoner-on-prisoner assaults there were in HM Prisons in 2006. [142414]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The number requested at (a) in relation to self-inflicted deaths in prison in 2006 is 67.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 671-72W, to question number 103622 for the information requested at (b) of his question.

The recorded number requested at (c) in relation to self-harm incidents in prison in 2006 is 23,389 incidents, the vast majority of which did not constitute life threatening incidents. The recorded number
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requested at (d) in relation to prisoner on prisoner assault in 2006 is 11,427. These figures should not be taken as absolute.

Prisons: Construction

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which prisons have made planning applications related to expansion of capacity; and what steps (a) HM Prison Service and (b) her Department is taking to consult local residents at each stage of the process in each case. [141810]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The following schedule details those planning applications which have been submitted so far to local planning authorities.

Officials from the Ministry of Justice meet with planning officers from the appropriate local planning authorities in the early stages of the consideration of any proposal for the expansion of an existing prison
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establishment or for a new prison development. This is to ensure that they are aware of the proposal; that we can take on board wherever possible comments that they may have about the nature of the project and that there is agreement on the timing and content of any public consultation.

Public consultation forms part of the planning process normally conducted by the local planning authority. However, in addition the Ministry of Justice undertakes public consultation in respect of significant prison proposals including new prisons. Such public consultation will invariably involve presentations to councillors (including parish councils) and the holding of a public exhibition (usually over a two to three day period) close to the site in question where officials are present to explain proposals and to answer questions. This is preceded by a leaflet drop in the surrounding area advertising the exhibition and explaining the proposals.


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8000 Capacity Programme
Number of additional places Type of accommodation Status of planning application Comments

A. Expansion of existing prisons

Featherstone

64

RBRU

Approved

Under construction

The Mount

44

RBRU

Approved

Under construction

Onley

64

RBRU

Rejected

Initial application rejected on traffic analysis. To be re-submitted.

Brinsford

64

RBRU

Approved

Under construction

Stocken

64

RBRU

Application submitted

Determination Expected in July 07

Coldingley

124

2 x RBRU

Approved

Send

64

RBRU

Approved

Portland

64

RBRU

See comments

Initial application rejected on ground conditions and car parking. Has been re-submitted.

Haverigg

64

RBRU

Approved

Under construction

Acklington

62 to 70

RBRU

Application submitted

Whatton

60

TCM

Permitted development

Certificate of lawfulness approved by Local Authority. Under construction

Hindley

60

TCM

Permitted development

Certificate of lawfulness approved by Local Authority. Under construction

Channings Wood

64

TCM

Permitted development

Certificate of lawfulness approved by Local Authority. Under construction

Stoke Heath

60

TCM

Permitted development

Certificate of lawfulness approved by Local Authority. Under construction

Lindholme

60

TCM

Permitted development

Certificate of lawfulness approved by Local Authority. Under construction

Blantyre House

60

RBRU/TCM

See comments

Initial application rejected New application to be submitted

Wayland

300

TCP

Approved

Under construction Public exhibition has been held.

Rochester

300

TCP

Application submitted

Determination expected in mid-July - Public Exhibition has been held.

Highdown

180

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Lewes

176

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Bullingdon

120

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Swaleside

180

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Long Lartin

180

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Stocken

120

Houseblock

Approved

Under construction

Styal (New site)

258

6 x RBRU

Approved

Original scheme approved but new application to be submitted as significant changes have taken place

Frankland

120

Houseblock

Approved

Dovegate

260

Houseblock

Approved

Private Sector prison

Lowdham Grange

256

Houseblock

Approved

Private Sector prison

Bronzefield

77

RBRU

Approved

Private Sector prison

Forest Bank

464

Houseblocks

Application submitted

Private Sector prison

Pare

360

Houseblocks

Application submitted

Private Sector prison


Establishment Number of additional places Type of accommodation Status of planning application Comments

B. New prisons

Belmarsh East

480

Co-located prison

Application submitted

Public Exhibition held.

Ashworth

600

Prison

Approved

New site at Maghull, Merseyside. Public exhibition held.

Ken net

350

Prison

Approved

Conversion of a former hospital at Maghull, Merseyside Public exhibition held

Note: RBRU = Ready Built Residential Unit—small accommodation block to category C standard. TCM = Temporary Custodial Module—small accommodation block to category C standard. TCP = Temporary Custodial Facility—small prison to category C standard houseblock = Standard accommodation block to category B standard. Co-located prison = new prison adjacent to or within existing prison; including houseblocks to category B standard.


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