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Mr. Douglas Alexander: On 19 June my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, Central (Hilary Benn), the former Secretary of State for International Development, announced a contribution of £1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for immediate humanitarian needs in Gaza and the West Bank. ICRC has delivered medical supplies, repatriated bodies, evacuated medical cases and helped the Palestinian Red Crescent to deliver blood supplies in Gaza. It has also helped the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to deliver food aid.
UNRWA provides food aid to 850,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza, along with other essential services. With ICRC, UNRWA is assisting the 250 people trapped at the Erez crossing. DFID has provided £15.6 million through UNRWA this year for its operations in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Through the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM), the European Union is providing fuel to ensure the continued operation of electricity, water and sanitation services in Gaza, supporting front line health services and providing allowances for Government workers, pensioners and other needy Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. DFID has provided £15 million through the TIM so far.
The European Community (EC) is providing €9.8 million through the World Health Organisation, €6 million for UNRWAs food programme, and €9 million through the World Food Programme for the West Bank and Gaza. This is in addition to the European Communitys contribution to UNRWAs core fund of €66 million this year. The UK contributes about 17 per cent. of EC assistance.
The key humanitarian issue in Gaza at this time is access. 104 containers of UNRWA supplies await transit to Gaza through the Kami crossing. Without regular and reliable access for aid supplies and privately traded goods it will not be possible for Gazas 1.3 million people to meet their basic needs.
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the maximum penalty is that the Information Commissioner can impose on a direct mailing company that is in breach of section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998; and if she will make a statement; 
Vera Baird: The Information Commissioner does not have the power to impose a penalty on a direct mailing company for breach of section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Section 11 of the Act gives a right for an individual to give notice in writing for an organisation to cease processing their personal data for the purpose of marketing. If the organisation concerned fails to comply, the individual can seek enforcement at court. An individual can ask the Commissioners Office to make an assessment of processing, but this does not result in punitive action. Failure to comply with an enforcement order is a criminal offence and could result in prosecution.
|Ministerial visits to prisons in Wales since 1 May 1997|
|(1) Contracted prison.|
Vera Baird: The Unified Contract for civil work was issued to 200 solicitors offices in Wales. 196 contracts have been returned signed. 29 contracts were issued to not-for-profit organisations in Wales and all have been returned signed.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what procedures have been put in place to undertake risk assessments in respect of those prisoners released early from HMP Peterborough and the likelihood of their reoffending; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The suitability of each prisoner for release under End of Custody Licence (ECL) will be assessed according to set criteria rather than individual risk assessment. All prisoners who are potentially eligible will be screened against these criteria. We will not release:
Registered sex offenders, whether or not they are currently serving a sentence for a sexual offence;
Prisoners serving sentences for serious violence;
Prisoners who have previously escaped from custody;
Prisoners who have previously breached temporary release conditions during the current sentence, have offended during a period under temporary release at any time, or prisoners currently serving a sentence for failing to return from temporary release;
Prisoners with no accommodation arranged;
Foreign national prisoners who will be subject to deportation at the end of their sentence;
Prisoners who are subject to extradition proceedings;
Sentenced prisoners who have been remanded into custody on further charges or who are awaiting sentence;
Prisoners who, within the period of their current sentence, had been recalled either from HDC or from normal licence;
Prisoners required to undertake a treatment programme as a condition of the normal (end of sentence) supervision licence that could not be arranged during the period of THL;
Prisoners who are under 18 years of age.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the statement of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1241, on prison population, how many prisoners will be released from prisons in (a) Wales and (b) England where the prisoners last known address was in Wales. 
Mr. Hanson: Prisoners who are subject to supervision on release (all prisoners serving 12 months or more and prisoners under 22 years of age) will be required to meet their probation officer after release on the end of custody licence (ECL) and to have regular contact after that in line with their supervision programme.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many foreign national prisoners were imprisoned at the latest available date, broken down by (a) European Union nationals, (b) non-European Union nationals and (c) other nationals; and what percentage of all prisoners are foreign nationals. 
|Population in prison by nationality: England and Wales: 30 April 2007|
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figure may not be accurate to that level.
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