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Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted criminals were returned to prison for breaking home detention curfews in the last three years for which figures are available. 
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There are 28 places available in Wales under Operation Safeguard, which are used when there is a shortage of prison places. The use of Operation Safeguard in individual police force areas is held for use as management information only.
The maximum number of prisoners that an establishment can hold is the Operational Capacity. This is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by senior operational managers on the basis of operational judgement and experience.
(3) what arrangements have been made for (a) drug assessments and (b) drug treatment and detoxification for prisoners housed in (i) police cells and (ii) court cells; and what the (A) total cost and (B) average cost per prisoner has been of providing these services since January 2006; 
(4) what arrangements have been put in place to ensure that prisoners housed in (a) police cells and (b) court cells are (i) subject to necessary mental health and other medical assessments upon entry, (ii) adequately supervised throughout custody in such cells in accordance with the needs of any medical condition and (iii) provided with any necessary medical treatment; and what the cost has been of such arrangements since January 2006; 
(5) what arrangements have been made to ensure that prisoners housed in (a) police cells and (b) court cells have adequate access to showers and other necessary hygiene facilities; and what has been the (i) total cost and (ii) average cost per prisoner per night of providing these services in such cells since January 2006. 
Mr. Hanson: All efforts are being made to avoid vulnerable prisoners being held in police or court cells. Prisoners previously held in prison accommodation will have been assessed on their reception for drugs treatment, detox and wider health needs. Invoices, including medical and food expenses are submitted in arrears. The total cost of food and average cost per prisoner per meal is not centrally available. Estimated costs, on average, are around £385 per place per night to hold a prisoner in a police cell, and around £300 for every place in a court cell.
Prisoners have access to sanitary facilities within the custody area. Forces that provide cells under Operation Safeguard arrangements have shower facilities which are available for use. Every effort is made to ensure that prisoners are not held for more than one or two nights in succession.
All prisoners held in court cells, whether or not previously held in custody, have a prisoner escort record (PER) form, on which issues giving rise to concern are noted. Contractor staff and the on-site constables are able to take management action as appropriate, up to and including a hospital bed watch (where a minimum of two officers are to be present throughout the hospital stay). At each court a clinic is held each night by a qualified health care professional to identify and help address any health issues.
Prisoners have access to sanitary facilities within the custody area. Showers are not generally available, but other than in wholly exceptional circumstances prisoners are only held in court cells for one night.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1727W, on prisoners: transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners are not detained in prisoner transport vehicles when awaiting or following court hearings. 
Mr. Straw: The contractors responsible for the escort of prisoners are fully aware that vehicles are not to be used to hold prisoners either before or after their court appearance. The National Offender Management Service have to date received no reports of prisoners being held on vehicles because cells are not available in courts.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, Official Report, column 2129W, on prisoners: young offender
institutions, what the average (a) male and (b) female population was in young offender institutions in England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
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Bridget Prentice: We have established the Family Mediation helpline and supporting website; sponsored a public awareness campaign; and are facilitating judicial awareness seminars and supporting in-court referral schemes.
Provisions of the Children and Adoption Act 2006 will enable the court to direct parties in child contact disputes to attend a meeting about mediation. Referrals will also be encouraged through changes to court rules and court forms, particularly in relation to disputes over children.
Finally, the Legal Services Commissions revised Family Fee scheme will remove the financial disincentives for solicitors to make referrals to mediation. Under the scheme, it will be in the interests of the solicitor to make a referral to mediation and to do so, at an earlier stage.
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 29 June 2007]: There is a range of controls in the Firearms Act 1968 and related statutes controlling the possession and use of airguns. For example, a person must be aged 17 or over before they can buy an airgun or receive one as a gift. Anyone under 17 must normally be supervised by an adult when in possession of an airgun. It is an offence to carry an airgun in public without reasonable excuse. Other offences include possession with intent to injure, possession with intent to cause fear of violence and trespass with an airgun. Persons sentenced to three years imprisonment or longer for any offence are prohibited for life from possessing an airgun, and those sentenced to three months or more are prohibited for five years. High powered airguns are subject to certification and some are prohibited.
The Government are further strengthening the controls on airguns through measures contained in the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. It will soon become an offence for businesses to sell airguns unless they register with the police as firearms dealers. To guard against under-age sales, transactions by dealers will have to be completed in person. The Act will also increase to 18, the age limit for buying and possessing an airgun and will make it an offence for anyone of any age to fire an airgun beyond the boundary of premises.
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