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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. 
In addition, the prison service has operated in some establishments a Contracted Supplementary Hours (CSH) scheme to meet specific operational needs, by which it
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:
|(1 )Not separately recorded.|
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
|Table 1: ECL releases: by offence, sentence length, age, ethnic group and sex|
|(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.|
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. 
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|
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.
|Prison||Certified normal accommodation( 1)||Operational capacity( 2)||Population|
|(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.
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.
|Total persons supervised by each probation service area at 31 December, 2002 to 2005|
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