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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suicides there have been in Chelmsford Prison since 4 May 2007; what steps are being taken to prevent suicides at Chelmsford Prison; and if he will make a statement; 
Since 2004 the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been conducting investigations into all deaths in prison custody. All such deaths are also subject to a coroners inquest. The investigations into the deaths at HMP Chelmsford are on-going and it is too early to say what factors may have contributed to these particular deaths.
However, we do know that the prison population contains a high proportion of very vulnerable individuals, many of whom have experienced negative life events that we know increase the likelihood of them harming themselves. Issues that increase risk include drug/alcohol abuse, family background and relationship problems, social disadvantage or isolation, previous sexual or physical abuse, and mental health problems.
Every death in prison affects families, staff and other prisoners deeply. Ministers and the Prison Service are completely committed to reducing the number of such tragic incidents. The updated Prison Service suicide prevention strategy was published in October 2007 with implementation due to be completed in every prison, including Chelmsford, by end-April 2008. Building on several years of learning from the experience of prisoners, staff, investigators, inspectors and others, it incorporates developments such as improved cross-agency information flows, the provision of safer cells, increasing prisoner peer support, and the introduction of ACCT (assessment, care in custody and teamwork) the care-planning system for prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm, introduced across the prisons estate in partnership with the Department of Health during 2005-07.
HMP Chelmsford itself has developed a strong relationship with Samaritans to provide support for prisoners. Over the last year there has been a great deal of work to improve suicide prevention related training for staff. This includes training in ACCT, use of cut down tools, and resuscitation techniques.
(1) to 14 January 2008.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases are due to be heard in the Chorley, South Ribble and Ormskirk magistrates courts; what steps he is taking to ensure that cases are heard expeditiously at those courts; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The number of cases due to be heard in the south west Lancashire magistrates courts fluctuates day to day depending on the numbers of offences being prosecuted by the Crown. A general indicator of the volume of work proceeding through the courts at any one time is the number of trials due to be heard.
As at 21 December 2007, a total of 280 trials were listed to be heard at the three court sites in south west Lancashire. These trials were listed on trial dates up to and including April 2008. The 280 trials are made up of 108 trials to be heard at Chorley, 94 at Leyland, and 78 at Ormskirk.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid from the public purse to interpreters in the courts in the Greater London area in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Maria Eagle: The information requested is not collected for the Greater London area. This information could be provided at disproportionate cost only through the manual searching of individual court files.
Maria Eagle: The number of district judges (DJ), including district judges (Magistrates' Courts) (DJ(MC)), and deputy district judges (DDJ), including deputy district judges (Magistrates' Courts) (DDJ(MC)), in post for the period 2004-08 is as follows:
|District Judges||Deputy District Judges||District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)||Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)|
Mr. Hanson: Information on the numbers of foreign nationals who were given a custodial sentence followed by a recommendation for deportation is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) budget and (b) official facilities provision he has made for the review of the sharing and protection of personal information being led by Professor Mark Walport. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time officials from his Department are working on the review of the sharing and protection of personal information being led by Professor Mark Walport. 
The number of incidents of prisoners absconding from (a)Highdown, and (b) Downview in each of the last 10 years where data have been
published is shown in the following table. Those published data are also available for all prisons at the following link:
|HMP Highdown||HMP Downview|
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum capacity is of each secure accommodation site to hold prisoners serving a life sentence; and if he will make a statement. 
|Prison||Operational capacity( 1)|
|(1) As at 11 January 2008.|
(2) Denotes open prisons.
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