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These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the percentage of prisoners who have taken illegal drugs while in prison in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many television sets have been bought by the prison service in each year since 1997; and what the cost of such purchases was in each year. 
Maria Eagle: There are two categories of television set purchasing in the Prison Service. Firstly, there are the sets purchased by the Prison Service for use in communal areas within prisons and, where appropriate, office locations across the service. Details of the sets purchased in these circumstances are not recorded centrally, and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
|Number of sets purchased|
The costs information of these purchases is classed as commercially sensitive. However with the exception of 1998-99 when £500,000 of public funds were used to start up the In-Cell TV initiative, all of these sets have been funded from the weekly rental charges collected from prisoners.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners receive Sky or other digital television services in their cells; and what the cost to the Prison Service was of prisoners receiving such services in their cells in financial year 2006-07. 
Maria Eagle: No prisoners in public sector prisons now receive Sky or other television channels in their cells for which a subscription is payable. Where it was previously provided, the cost cannot be separated from the subscriptions for Sky TV in communal areas. In advance of the national conversion to digital reception, some prisoners on the enhanced privilege level have been allowed receivers for free-to-air digital in cell, often at their own expense. No new Freeview boxes have been permitted since October 2006. Details of those previously provided at Prison Service expense, and the cost, are not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
To date, in-cell television installations in 22 prison establishments have been converted to receive digital broadcasts as part of the national conversion from analogue. The cost (£545,781 (excluding VAT) in 2006-07) is being covered from the rental paid by individual prisoners.
In three contracted prisonsAltcourse, Lowdham Grange and Parc1,230 prisoners have limited access to Sky TV in cell as an earned privilege. The number of eligible prisoners varies daily. The cost is met by the contractors.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences under the Street Offences Act 1959 there were in each year since 1997; and how many of those convicted were (a) 16 or 17-years-old and (b) 18 years or older. 
Maria Eagle: The information requested on the number of defendants found guilty under the Street Offences Act 1959 in England and Wales for the years 1997-2005 is provided in the following table. Information for 2006 will be available at the end of November 2007.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts under the Street Offences Act 1959 section 1, England and Wales 1997 to 2005( 1,)( )( 2)|
|16-17||18 and over||All ages|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (3) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table. Source: Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Our ref. IOS 396-07 (Table).|
These have been with representatives from the Prison Officers Association, the Prison Governors Association, the Prison Service Joint Industrial Council, the Transport and General Workers Union, Amicus, GMB, Unison and the Trade Union Congress.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps have been taken to make access to the Violent and Sex Offender Register compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. 
Maria Eagle: The Ministry of Justice and The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) fully support the important principle that their employees have equality of access to technology and the tools which underpin their daily work. We are working closely with The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), which owns the ViSOR system, our suppliers and assisted technology users within NOMS to identify the changes required to ViSOR to make it compatible with assistive technologies. Initial results suggest it is already compliant in many areas but further tests are being scheduled.
Maria Eagle: Access to the ViSOR training database, hosted at National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) Hendon, is in the process of being made available to all Probation Board areas. This work is being progressed as part of the current deployment of ViSOR to the National Probation Service.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the deployment by police authorities and probation areas in England and Wales of the Violent and Sex Offender Register. 
Maria Eagle: The deployment of ViSOR to police forces in England and Wales was completed by the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), in March 2005. Deployment to probation areas commenced on 1 October 2007 and is scheduled to complete in spring 2008.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his Departments expenditure on the Violent and Sex Offender Register is in each financial year of the lifetime of the project; 
(2) how much his Department has spent on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register in each financial year of the project; and how much has been allocated to the project for each financial year within the existing planning horizon. 
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|Financial year||Expenditure/Allocations (£ million)|
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