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Mr. Hanson: Women prisoners are held in police cells, under Operation Safeguard, only in exceptional circumstances. This has occurred on 21 occasions in the last 12 months (an occasion equates to one prisoner on one night).
Prisoners are also sometimes held overnight in police cells as lockouts. A lockout is an operational measure normally only used when the designated prisons reception will be closed before the prisoners arrival time. Women prisoners have been held in police cells as lockouts on 33 occasions in the last 12 months.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisons and (b) young offenders institutions receive funding for community mental health and reach teams to provide services for prisoners with severe mental health problems. 
In total, 102 mental health in-reach teams operate within prisons, including young offenders institutions, and their services are available across the entire prison estate. Since 2005-06, £20 million has been invested in these services each year.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice from what budget the funding for (a) the 8,000 new prison places announced by the previous Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) the 1,500 new prison places announced by the previous Lord Chancellor will be drawn. 
Mr. Hanson: The new prison places will be funded from the capital and resource budgets (as appropriate) of the National Offender Management Service, within the Ministry of Justice overall allocations. The 8,000 places are due to be delivered by 2012 and as such some of the funding falls after the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (CSR07) period. 500 of the 1,500 places fall within the CSR07 period. The optimum timing and composition of the further 1,000 places will be considered in the light of the Carter report.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were not allocated places in mother and baby units in prisons in England and Wales due to (a) lack of space and (b) other reasons in each year for which data is available. 
Mr. Hanson: From 1 December 2006 (the earliest date for which information is available) until 30 November 2007 no women were refused a place due to lack of space. The criteria for admission to a mother and baby unit focus on the best interests of the child. 29 applications for places were refused during the period because the criteria were not met.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the (a) licence, (b) equipment and (c) running costs of personal televisions in prisoner cells are met; by whom; how the costs arising from digital switchover will be allocated; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The equipment and running costs (excluding electricity) of prisoners' in-cell television is met from the weekly charge levied on prisoners for the rental of a television from the Prison Service.
The switchover of the prison estate in readiness for the switch from analogue to digital television began in 2005 and is expected to be completed in 2012. It is intended that the cost of digital switchover in the
prison estate will be met primarily from the revenue generated by the weekly charge levied on prisoners for the rental of televisions from the Prison Service.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of speed cameras found to be operating illegally in each of the last 10 years; and how many fines, and of what amount, were issued through the use of these illegal cameras. 
The operation of speed cameras is an operational matter for the police and any challenge to their operation in a particular case would be for the courts. Information on fines imposed for offences detected by camera does not include details of the cameras involved in individual cases.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will provide additional funding for the Youth Justice Board to increase the staff complement at Gladstone House Young Offender Institution. 
Helen Goodman: As a result of the machinery of government change in transferring the Leader of the House office from the Privy Council office to the Cabinet Office, the information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Leader of the House (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 538W, on Members: allowances, what is the maximum amount in cash terms in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 that may be spent on communication allowance expenditure, assuming the maximum amount is transferred from staffing allowance and incidental expenses provision; 
1. I refer the hon. Member to the rules in the Green Book which allow Members some flexibilities to transfer money between allowances to meet the needs of their parliamentary and constituency work. The amounts available for parliamentary allowances for 2008-09 are not yet available.
2. Parliamentary allowances expenditure is limited only to the extent of the maximum rate payable for each allowance. Each Member has access to the communications allowance set at £10,000 in 2007-08, which means a maximum possible spend across all members of £6.46 million in the year.
3. The combined expenditure for Members' allowances (excluding travel costs and auxiliary expenditure) reported in the House of Commons Members Resource Accounts for 2006-07 (HC832) was £77.8 million. In 1996-97 the figure was £36.8 million. The allowance system changed significantly in July 2001 on the recommendation of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) when new allowances were introduced.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department's corporate identity; and what the estimated annual cost is of (a) producing and (b) complying with such guidelines. 
Mr. Woodward: A copy of the Northern Ireland Office, corporate identity guidelines for staff has been placed in the Library. Over and above the initial cost of £44,725 there are no annual costs associated with producing or complying with the guidelines.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many elderly persons were assaulted in their homes in each year since 1998 in Northern Ireland; and how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of such assaults in each year. 
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Fear of crime, particularly among older people, vulnerable people, victims and children is one of the nine key issues of the Northern Ireland Community Safety strategy. One of the proposed actions flowing from this theme was to produce a draft strategy for the safety of older people. The Community Safety Unit (CSU) launched the document Proposals for the Safety of Older People for consultation on 14 June 2007 and responses are currently being evaluated.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions his Department has had with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on an Irish Language Act; and how the Government propose to meet their undertaking to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language. 
Section 15 of the Northern Ireland (St. Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 places a duty on the Northern Ireland Executive to adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language. The Government stand ready to support the Executives efforts in implementing this strategy, once it has been developed.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland prisoners were released under the end of custody licence scheme in each month since its introduction. 
Paul Goggins: The Prison Service does not operate an end of custody licence (ECL) scheme in Northern Ireland. While prisoners transferred from Northern Ireland to serve their sentences in England and Wales may be released on ECL if they meet the eligibility criteria, I understand that none have since its introduction earlier this year.
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