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Prison Service: Overtime

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on staff overtime in (a) the Prison Service and (b) the Probation Service in the last five years for which figures are available. [150133]

Mr. Hanson: Expenditure on overtime in HM Prison Service is as follows.

£

2006-07

10,610,045.39

2005-06

11,290,807.25

2004-05

11,845,928.68

2003-04

12,253,706.70

2002-03

12,074,887.73


In addition, the prison service has operated in some establishments a Contracted Supplementary Hours (CSH) scheme to meet specific operational needs, by which it
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pays for agreed volumes of additional hours from individual staff for specific periods at a standardised hourly rate. In some localised circumstances it is also possible for staff to work additional hours, for which they receive time off in lieu of payment. The expenditure on CSH (to nearest thousand pounds) is as follows:

£

2006-07

19,684,000

2005-06

15,226,000

2004-05

17,183,000

2003-04

18,341,000

2002-03

(1)

(1 )Not separately recorded.

Expenditure on overtime in the contracted out prisons is not collected by the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice does not currently collect information on overtime expenditure from the 42 probation boards.

Prison Service: Professional Standards Unit

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 951W, on the Prison Service: Professional Standards Unit, who has the responsibility for the (a) monitoring and (b) checking of formal investigations within HM Prison Service; what the role of the Professional Standards Unit is in this regard; and if he will make a statement. [151042]

Mr. Hanson: The Investigation Support Section of the Professional Standards Unit registers, tracks the progress of and logs all formal investigations. The Commissioning Authority, not the Professional Standards Unit, is responsible for checking the quality of the report and ensuring that terms of reference have been met.

Prisoners

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projection he has made of (a) the operational prison capacity and (b) the certified nominal accommodation of the prison estate in England and Wales on (a) 1 October, (b) 1 January, (c) 1 April and (d) 1 July in each year to April 2012. [150504]

Mr. Hanson: NOMS undertakes a rolling programme of refurbishment on the prison estate. As schemes come back into use following refurbishment, other schemes are taken forward and the accommodation is taken out of use.

8,000 new prison places were announced by the Home Secretary in July 2006 and a further 1,500 places by the Lord Chancellor on 19 June. The programme is still in the planning stages and the number of places to be provided beyond 2007 has not been finalised.

Prisoners Release

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice from which prisons prisoners have been released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme; and how many prisoners have been released under the scheme, broken down by offence for which they were imprisoned. [150749]


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Mr. Hanson: Figures showing the numbers of prisoners who were released under End of Custody Licence between 29 June and 5 July from prison establishments within England and Wales, showing from which prison they were released and the offence group for which they were serving sentences, can be found in the following table. These figures are based on statistics published on 16 July and updates will be published monthly.

The End of Custody Licence was introduced on 29 June 2007. Eligible prisoners serving between four weeks and less than four years may be released under licence from prison up to 18 days before their automatic release date.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Table 1: ECL releases: by offence, sentence length, age, ethnic group and sex
Male Female Total

All ECL releases between 29 June 2007 and 5 July 2007

1,552

149

1,701

By offence

Violence against the person(1)

317

27

344

Robbery

22

2

24

Burglary

148

1

149

Theft and Handling

354

50

404

Fraud and Forgery

31

6

37

Drug offences

57

8

65

Motoring offences

213

6

219

Other offences

379

48

427

Offence not recorded

31

1

32

(1) Excludes serious violent offences such as murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, child cruelty and serious explosives offences. A full list of exclusions can be found in Prison Service Instruction 27/2007.
Note:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. See Data Sources and Quality section of report for more information.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme on each day since 27 June 2007; and how many of those released have since been re-arrested for further suspected offences. [150794]

Mr. Hanson: Figures showing the daily number of releases of prisoners released on End of Custody Licence up to the end of the period for which published material is available, and the numbers returned to prison, are in the following tables:

Date Number of releases

Friday 29 June 2007

884

Monday 2 July 2007

506

Tuesday 3 July 2007

124

Wednesday 4 July 2007

87

Thursday 5 July 2007

100


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Number

Decisions to recall as notified to NOMS

30

By reason for recall:

Re-offended1

6

Failed to reside2

6

Out of touch3

11

Poor behaviour4

7

Number of offenders unlawfully at large on 5 July 2007

18


Information on the number of arrests for suspected offences is not held centrally.

These figures are based on statistics published on 16 July and updates will be published monthly. The End of Custody Licence was introduced on 29 June 2007.

Eligible prisoners serving between four weeks and less than four years may be released under licence from prison up to 18 days before their automatic release date. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisoners: Dorset

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) certified normal capacity and (b) current prison population for prisons is in Dorset. [151594]

Mr. Hanson: The data requested are provided in the following table. These figures are for 20 July 2007.

Prison Certified normal accommodation( 1) Operational capacity( 2) Population

Dorchester

147

260

235

Guys Marsh

520

578

561

Portland

519

557

543

Verne

558

593

586

(1) The Certified normal accommodation (CNA) of a prison measures its capacity to accommodate prisoners in uncrowded conditions.
(2) Operational capacity for establishments is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime.

Probation

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were being monitored by each local probation service in each of the last 10 years. [150792]

Mr. Hanson: Information on the number of persons supervised by each probation service area in England and Wales at 31 December in each year from 2002 to 2005 is shown in the following table. Data for 2006 are due to be published on 31 July 2007. The data at local area level were not sufficiently robust for publication prior to 2002.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.


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Total persons supervised by each probation service area at 31 December, 2002 to 2005
2002 2003 2004 2005

Avon and Somerset

3,587

3,751

3,989

4,120

Bedfordshire

1,983

2,306

2,509

2,303

Cambridgeshire

1,974

2,148

2,269

2,635

Cheshire

2,548

2,605

2,763

3,256

Cumbria

1,805

1,837

1,924

1,881

Derbyshire

3,560

3,616

3,715

3,864

Devon and Cornwall

3,980

3,991

3,767

3,910

Dorset

1,680

1,567

1,647

1,781

Durham

2,175

2,247

2,255

2,371

Dyfed-Powys

1,241

1,293

1,290

1,341

East and West Sussex

4,159

4,473

4,798

4,515

Essex

3,905

4,169

4,691

5,098

Gloucestershire

1,435

1,470

1,605

1,723

Greater Manchester

12,896

13,514

14,386

14,988

Gwent

2,458

2,369

2,486

2,445

Hampshire

5,164

5,085

5,458

5,896

Hertfordshire

2,311

1,767

2,837

2,983

Humberside

3,498

2,512

3,785

3,979

Kent

4,633

4,719

4,619

4,685

Lancashire

6,029

5,995

6,083

6,421

Leicestershire

3,340

3,505

3,462

3,709

Lincolnshire

1,662

1,976

2,032

1,882

London

31,992

30,690

34,011

41,665

Merseyside

7,912

8,704

9,249

10,297

Norfolk

2,273

2,270

2,290

2,430

North Wales

2,060

2,104

2,242

2,398

North Yorkshire

1,697

1,876

1,984

2,237

Northamptonshire

1,998

2,133

2,205

2,303

Northumbria

5,686

5,848

5,742

5,944

Nottinghamshire

4,869

5,361

5,540

5,581

South Wales

5,525

5,657

6,197

6,394

South Yorkshire

5,830

6,108

6,299

6,403

Staffordshire

3,559

3,646

3,753

3,865

Suffolk

1,393

1,563

1,684

1,879

Surrey

1,535

1,663

1,726

1,799

Teesside

3,071

3,347

3,489

3,402

Thames Valley

5,408

5,011

5,394

5,883

Warwickshire

1,368

1,387

1,428

1,412

West Mercia

3,184

3,277

3,356

3,747

West Midlands

16,336

16,697

18,225

18,124

West Yorkshire

9,590

9,992

10,768

11,042

Wiltshire

1,555

1,690

1,509

1,503


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