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Announced on 8 January 2008, the newly revised and deliverable NOMIS Programme will, whilst continuing the successful roll-out of Prison NOMIS into all public prisons, ensure the urgent replacement of at-risk probation case management systems, and through the Data Share project allow staff involved in offender management access to core information held within custody and the community via a simple read-only data sharing mechanism. In addition, the programme will
also improve the current separate prison and probation risk assessment systems, and re-develop them as a single national system.
This agreed direction will enable improved business continuity by replacing ailing legacy case and risk assessment management systems. The programme will also enable more efficient and effective operational management of offenders in support of offender management, reducing re-offending and enhancing public protection. Both supplier neutral information to support commissioners and improved management information to enable improved performance will be more readily available as a result of the work being undertaken by the programme.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much he expects to be saved as a result of the reorganisation of his Department as announced on 29 January; and how the savings will be used. 
Mr. Hanson: The Ministry of Justice is committed to deliver 5 per cent. real reductions per annum in administration budgets under the 2007 comprehensive spending review. The reorganisation will help the Department to deliver this challenge by removing duplication of functions and focusing the Department on its four key policy and delivery areas: Democracy, Constitution and Law; Access to Justice; NOMS delivery; and Criminal Justice and Offender Management Strategy. Further details are in the Departments Value for Money Delivery Agreement which was published on 18 February 2008.
Mr. Hanson: In the written ministerial statement of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 8WS, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor announced changes to the high level structure for the Department, which would allow a more joined up approach to issues of justice and constitutional reform and with a clearer focus on efficiency through the removal of duplication and overlapping responsibilities. Departmental officials are currently working on the detail of these changes before the top structure comes into effect on 1 April.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultations were held with trades unions and other stakeholders prior to the announcement on 29 January of the reorganisation of his Department. 
Mr. Straw: Ministers and officials maintain a regular dialogue with trade unions and a wide range of stakeholders. The re-organisation of the Department was announced first to Parliament, but officials met members of NAPO and the Prison Officers Association during the progress of the review to update them on general progress, and discussions also took place on a number of occasions with the senior judiciary.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to issue to a formal response to the opinion of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe on the application to initiate a monitoring procedure to investigate electoral fraud in the United Kingdom; and what response he has made to its recommendations on (a) introducing individual electoral registration and (b) checking 100 per cent. of personal identifiers on returned postal ballots. 
Bridget Prentice: The Government have noted the Committees findings, and that it has not recommended opening a monitoring procedure with respect to the United Kingdom. I understand that the opinion will now be considered by the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the Government will await the outcome of the Bureaus consideration of the opinion before deciding whether it would be appropriate to issue a formal response to the opinion.
(a) The Government support the principle of individual registration but it has not been determined how it could be implemented without causing significant numbers of eligible people to fall off the register. We will wish to explore the issues involved with key stakeholders.
(b) I refer the hon. Member to the earlier answer on 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 432W, which explained the Governments position on the checking of returned postal votes. The Government are committed to the principle that 100 per cent. of returned postal votes should be checked, and will wish to work with the Electoral Commission, electoral administrators and software suppliers in order to establish when it will be appropriate and safe to mandate 100 per cent. checking of returned postal votes.
Bridget Prentice: The Tribunals Service has decided to delay providing Employment Tribunal (ET) judgments on the internet until Caseflow (the computerised ET case management system) is developed and rolled out across the regional ET offices. Once installed, Caseflow will make it easier and more resource efficient to upload judgements automatically to the ET website. Caseflow will be piloted this autumn and national rollout will depend on the results of the pilot.
Mr. Straw: According to the statistical records reported by courts to the Ministry of Justice, there have been no financial reporting orders given as a primary disposal since they were introduced in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (2005).
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many closure notices were issued by police or licensing authorities when alcohol was found to have been sold other than under the condition of the licence in each of the years since the coming into force of section 19 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. 
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has budgeted for the proposed Citizens Summit on a British statement of values; and when this summit will take place. 
Mr. Straw: We are currently working in partnership with the Central Office of Information (COI) on the tender process for the Citizens Summit, which will determine the budget. We expect the summit to take place by early 2009.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff will be redeployed from the (a) National Offender Management Service and (b) Prison Service headquarters as a result of the changes announced on 29 January 2008 on his Department's reorganisation; 
(2) how many staff will be employed in the merged HM Prison Service and the National Offender Management Service headquarters from 1 April 2008; and what the projected number is for 1 April 2009. 
Staffing projections for 1 April 2008 to April 2009 are currently under way to produce more accurate projections that take into account the structural changes to the Department. We are currently planning how many staff will need to be redeployed in the new National Offender Management Service organisation, but any such activity will be consistent with the recommendations of Lord Carter of Coles' review of prisons in December 2007. Only top level management
changes will come into effect on 1 April 2008, with more general staffing reorganisation expected some months from now.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were employed in the headquarters of (a) the National Offender Management Service and (b) HM Prison Service at the latest date for which information is available. 
|Number of people employed as at February 2008|
|(1) Excludes area offices and the National Shared Service Centre.|
Mr. Straw: Police cells were used to hold prisoners regularly from 1982 until 1993 and from 1994 to 1995, and use peaked when more than 1,000 prisoners a night were being regularly held in police cells in 1988 and in 1990 to 1992 (based on end of month data).
Since 1997, Operation Safeguard was used between July and December 2002, when an average of 83 prisoners a night were held in police cells, at a cost of £10.4 million. It was used again between 12 October 2006 and 22 December 2006 (an average of 22 prisoners a night in police cells) and from 16 January 2007 to date (the average for 2007 was 181 prisoners a night in police cells). Since October 2006 payments of £35.6 million have so far been made in respect of Operation Safeguard.
Mr. Straw: Police forces provide cells through Operation Safeguard and charge NOMS for doing so. The average estimated cost of holding a prisoner in a police cell under Operation Safeguard is currently in the region of £385 per night.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the commencement of the provisions of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 that relate to the powers of bailiffs to enter homes. 
A scoping exercise has now commenced to determine the development of these, and the results will inform the timetable for consultation and implementation. We expect this timetable to be written by May 2008.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were accommodated on 22 February in (a) police cells, (b) court cells, (c) ClearSprings accommodation, (d) cells with a certified normal capacity of (i) one and (ii) two fewer than the number of people they were holding, (e) cells which do not form part of the prison's normal accommodation and (f) any other form of temporary or emergency accommodation. 
ClearSprings accommodation is not for prisoners and no prisoners are held in it. Rather, it is for defendants who have been granted bail by the courts and who, but for that accommodation, would be remanded in custody. It is also for offenders nearing the end of their sentence released on home detention curfew and who also, but for that accommodation, would still be in prison. Prison Governors decide whether a prisoner who is eligible for HDC can be released.
Information on the number of prisoners doubled in cells intended for one or trebled in cells intended for two on 22 February is not yet available. The most recent figures available are from the end of January when 20,055 prisoners were held in such cells. Data are provisional and final figures are published following the year end. Our records show that no prisoners are currently trebled in cells intended for one.
An establishment's certified normal accommodation (CNA) does not normally include cells in punishment or segregation units. Nor does the CNA of training prisons and young offender institutions normally include health care cells or rooms that are not routinely used to accommodate long stay patients. The information regarding prisoners held in these types of accommodation is not recorded centrally.
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision is made by each contracted-out prison for (a) prisoner education, (b) work placements, (c) work in the community and (d) programmes designed to provide prisoners with employment upon release from prison. 
Maria Eagle: Information on prisoner education, work placements, work in the community and programmes designed to provide prisoners with employment upon release in each contracted prison is provided in the tables as follows.
|Educational courses provided for prisoners|
Prisoners have access to 15 hours of education per week plus 2 evening classes. This includes a range of activities that can lead to qualifications that support them upon release. This includes ESOL, IT, Literacy and Numeracy.
Adult Basic Skills, Art, Budget and Money Management, Business Studies, Citizenship, Conflict Management, ESOL, Family Relations, Healthy Living, IT OCR, IT CLAIT, Literacy, Numeracy, Physical and Recreational Training Course, Skills for Life.
Arabic, Community Sports Leader Award, Creative Writing, Diversity, Distance Learning, Drug Awareness ESOL, French, German, Interpersonal Skills, IT courses, Key Skills, Learning Support Assistant Training, Literacy, Numeracy, Older People in Sports, Open University, Spanish, Social and Life Skills, Sport and Recreation, Turkish, YMCA Fitness.
Accounts, Agility and Fitness, Art/Ceramics, Business Studies, Boxercise, BWLA Leaders, Citizenship, COSHH, CSLA, FA Football Coaching, FA Football Refereeing, Focus Fitness Instructor, Foundation in Speed, Foundation in Exercise and Fitness, Geography, Heartstart, History, IT ECDL, IT ECDL Advanced, IT CLAIT 2006, IT CLAIT Plus, IT Courses, Introduction to British Animals/Birds/Insects, Key Skills, Literacy, Numeracy, National Safety Passport, Open University, Parenting, Peer Tutoring, Social and Life Skills, Spanish, University Foundation Award Sociology (Hull University), University Foundation Award Psychology (Hull University)
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