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Mr. Hanson: HMP Peterborough is a closed establishment. An abscond is defined as an escape from a situation without physical security or restraint (e.g. most areas of an open prison) or from a situation in which there were no staff present specifically assigned to guard a prisoner.
No absconds have occurred since HMP Peterborough opened in March 2005. In quarter three of 2007-08, a prisoner escaped while being escorted by prison staff at a local hospital. The prisoner was recaptured the following day.
The Border and Immigration Agency will seek to detain foreign national prisoners who are under consideration for deportation, or when deportation action is being pursued. Those who have committed crimes of a serious nature or may be a security threat to the Border and Immigration Agency estate remain in prisons. Others who continue to be detained pending removal are transferred to the Agencys estate.
The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency advised the Home Affairs Committee during her appearance on 15 January that 4,200 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed from the United Kingdom in 2007. Information specific to those who were held at Scottish prisons can be obtained through the detailed examination of individual case files only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to lay before Parliament the agreement between the UK and Jamaica on the transfer of Jamaican prisoners; and what estimate he has made of the average cost of repatriating a Jamaican prisoner. 
Mr. Straw: The United Kingdom and Jamaica signed a limited prisoner transfer agreement on 26 June 2007. This is the first prisoner transfer agreement to be entered into by the Jamaican Government, and changes must be made to Jamaican law before the agreement can enter into force. Once these changes have been made, the agreement will be laid before Parliament in the normal way.
No assessment of the average cost of repatriating a Jamaican prisoner to Jamaica has been made. However, any cost involved will be offset against savings in prison places and the cost to the prison service of the continued detention of a prisoner in the United Kingdom.
Maria Eagle: Arrangements for the interception of prisoners communications are set out in the prison rules. In the case of prisoners communications with solicitors, interception and monitoring would only be authorised when the governor had reasonable cause to believe that the calls would endanger prison security or the safety of others or were otherwise of a criminal nature. HM Prison Service does not retain central records regarding the interception of such communications, and the information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Prison population in England and Wales at 30 June 2006|
|Public sector Prison Service staff by gender and ageas at 31 January 2008|
|Public sector Prison Service staff by ethnicityas at 31 January 2008|
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Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those charged with rape in each of the last five years in (a) Teesside and (b) Stockton were convicted; and how many of those were given (i) an immediate custodial sentence, (ii) a community sentence and (iii) an (A) conditional and (B) absolute discharge. 
Maria Eagle: The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty at all courts and the number sentenced to immediate custody, received community sentences, or were given conditional and absolute discharge, for rape offences in Cleveland police force area can be viewed in the following table.
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