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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many units and what proportion of prison officers' accommodation will be used to provide accommodation under the bail accommodation support scheme, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: There are no plans to use prison officer accommodation for the Bail Accommodation and Support Service. ClearSprings Ltd. provide the Bail Accommodation and Support Service using housing sourced from private landlords and some properties they themselves purchase.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 376-77W, on ClearSprings Management, in which towns accommodation for remand prisoners is needed; how many accommodation places for remand prisoners are needed in each town; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The bail accommodation and support service provided by ClearSprings does not provide hostels. Normal residential housing in the community, typically with three people sharing a house, is provided for defendants whom the courts have granted bail and for offenders released on home detention curfew. Nine houses have been made available in Wales in the last 12 months. ClearSprings are required to consult the local authority, the police and probation when acquiring properties for the service. There is no requirement for any other community consultation. The service commenced from 18 June 2007. In 2007-08, from that date up to 28 March, 481 people were bailed and 375 were released on Home Detention Curfew into the service across England and Wales. Reliable information on the number of people released into the service who are charged with a subsequent offence is not available.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals to reform the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 on the disclosure of previous criminal convictions for ex-offenders; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The Government undertook a review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2002 and published the document 'Breaking the Circle' which set out proposals for reform of the Act. That paper made proposals for modifying disclosure periods for offences, and other changes to the operation of the Act. In 2003 the Government agreed that the proposals had merit and proposed to legislate when parliamentary time allowed. I am currently reviewing the position in the light of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which was based on the recommendations of the Bichard report, and which makes changes to the disclosure situation for ex-offenders in many areas of employment.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many citizens of other EU countries have (a) made and (b) received compensation in respect of criminal injuries compensation claims in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) the average payment was in respect of successful criminal injuries compensation claims made by citizens from other EU countries in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Anyone, of any nationality or domicile, who sustains an injury in Great Britain as a result of
violent crime, is eligible to apply for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which administers the scheme, does not record information about an applicant's nationality since that is not a qualifying criterion for compensation. The Authority cannot, therefore, supply the information requested.
Mr. Hanson: In 2007, prisoner transfer agreements were concluded with Jamaica and with Pakistan. The agreement with Jamaica will come into force when amendments have been made to Jamaican law. The agreement with Pakistan was signed on 24 August 2007 and will enter into force as soon as we have confirmation that constitutional arrangements in Pakistan have been completed and instruments of ratification have been exchanged. We expect that the agreement will be in force soon.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the delivery of domestic violence programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. 
Maria Eagle: National guidance to probation areas states that offenders sentenced to a community order with a requirement to attend an accredited domestic violence programme should commence the group work programme by the 12th week of the order. In some cases this timeline can be altered at the discretion of the offender manager. There is no timetable for offenders on licence.
Offenders waiting for a place on a domestic violence programme are under the supervision of their offender manager. The offender manager will monitor the risk posed by the offender and manage it. Additionally the offender manager will normally prepare offenders for the programmes by carrying out set work. This can take between six and 12 weeks.
Maria Eagle: Available information on the number of proceedings at magistrates courts for speed limit offences within the Metropolitan and city of London police force areas combined from 2001 to 2005 (latest available) is provided in the following table. 2006 data will be available later this year.
|Proceedings at magistrates courts for speed limit offences( 1) , London( 2) , 2001 to 2005|
|Number of offences|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88 and 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regs 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926byelaws made thereunder.|
(2) Metropolitan and city of London police combined.
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 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.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers have been (a) cautioned for and (b) convicted of speeding in (i) St Ives constituency, (ii) Cornwall, (iii) the South West Region, (iv) Greater London and (v) England in the last 12 months. 
|Written warnings( 1) issued and findings of guilt at all courts for speeding offences( 2) within Devon and Cornwall police force area, the south west region, Greater London( 3) and England, 2005|
|Number of offences|
|Written warnings||Findings of guilt|
|(1 )Written warnings only. Formal cautions are not given for summary motoring offence of speeding.|
(2 )Offences under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88 and 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regs 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926byelaws made thereunder.
(3 )Metropolitan and city of London police combined.
1. 0 means less than 50.
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 courts and police forces. 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.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) prisons, ( b) community rehabilitation orders
and (c) drug treatment and testing orders in stopping drug taking by offenders. 
Mr. Hanson: There is evidence to support the effectiveness of certain treatments in reducing substance misuse. Treatments which are effective in addressing substance misuse include pharmacotherapies (e.g. methadone); psychological treatments; residential rehabilitation; 12-step treatment; and therapeutic communities(1).
The best available measure of drug prevalence in prisons is the random mandatory drug testing (rMDT) programme, which routinely tests prisoners chosen at random for panel of drugs. The positive rate for rMDT has dropped from down from 24.4 per cent. in 1996-97 to 8.8 per cent. in 2006-07(3).
NOMS has in place a comprehensive drug treatment framework, based on the National Treatment Agency's revised models of care, to address the different needs of drug-misusers in prison. The interventions available are designed to meet the needs of low, moderate and severe drug misusers irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity.
For offences committed on or after 4 April 2005, the Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced the community order which replaced all previous community sentences, including community rehabilitation orders (CROs) and drug treatment and testing orders (DTTOs), for adult offenders. Under the Act, the court may impose a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement. It is too early to have an effective assessment.
Research(4) concluded that DTTOs can reduce spending on drugs and re-offending, although it was not possible to determine to what extent these changes were due to the DTTO or whether other factors also contributed.
(1) Gossop, M. (2006). Treating drug misuse problems: evidence of effectiveness. London. NTA
(2) Ramsay, M. (ed) (2003). Prisoners' Drug Use and Treatment: Seven Research Studies. Home Office Research Study 267. London: Home Office.
Martin, C. and Player, E. (2000). Drug Treatment in Prison: An Evaluation of the PAR Treatment Programme. Winchester: Waterside Press.
(3) Drugs Strategy Team, NOMS Interventions and Substance-Abuse Unit
(4) Hough, M., Clancy, A., McSweeney, T. and Turnbull, P.< (2003). The impact of Drug Treatment and Testing Orders on Offending: two year reconviction results. Home Office Research Findings 184. London: Home Office.
Turnbill, P., McSweeney, T., Webster, R., Edmunds., M and Hough, M (2000) Drug treatment and testing orders: Final Evaluation Report. Home Office Research Study 212. London: Home Office
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the delivery of drug and alcohol abuse programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. 
Mr. Hanson: National guidance to probation areas states that offenders sentenced to a community order with a requirement to attend the accredited offender substance abuse programme (OSAP) should commence the group work programme when their motivation and ability to complete the programme has been assessed. There is no set time given the nature of the lifestyle of those dependent upon alcohol or drugs.
Offenders waiting for a place on OSAP are under the supervision of their offender manager and also may be subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement (DRR). The offender manager will monitor the risk posed by the offender and manage it. Additionally the offender manager will normally prepare offenders for the programmes by carrying out set work.
Bridget Prentice: The Electoral Administration Act 2006 (EA Act) introduced a number of new provisions to make electoral registration more accessible and to enhance the accuracy of the electoral register. These have included:
Imposing a new duty on electoral registration officers to take all necessary steps, such as sending the canvass form more than once, making house to house inquiries and promoting registration; and
Increasing the time available for electoral registration to 11 days prior to polling day.
The number of parliamentary electors grew by 307,669 to 45,082,854; and
The number of local government electors grew by 463,340 to 45,920,503.
In addition, Section 67 of the EA Act requires the Electoral Commission to set and monitor performance standards for electoral services and this will also provide more information about electoral registration and help share best practice.
In light of the Slough Judgment concerning electoral fraud, the Government are currently considering the effectiveness of the new measures and are keeping electoral registration under review to identify initiatives that will further ensure the accuracy and integrity of the electoral register.
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