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For the purposes of this table, and allowing for changes in EU membership over time, countries have been categorised in the following way.

Figures for the West Indies and “Other Europe” are included in the answer for completeness.

All the figures in the aforementioned table can be found in Population in Custody 2007, Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2003-06 and Prison Statistics England and Wales 1997-2002, at the following website:

Copies of these publications can be found in the House of Commons Library.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisoners Release: Wales

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released before the end of their sentence returned to an address in Wales in each of the last 12 months. [202370]

Mr. Hanson: Under the Criminal Justice Act 1991, those sentenced to determinate sentences of four years or more are eligible for parole halfway through their sentence. If parole is not granted then release occurs at the two-thirds point of the sentence (or at a subsequent parole review if earlier).

The ‘Home Detention Curfew’ scheme (HDC) has been in operation since January 1999. Subject to meeting the eligibility criteria and passing a careful risk assessment, prisoners serving sentences of between three months and less than four years may be released up to four and a half months (135 days) early from prison subject to an electronically monitored curfew normally between 7 pm and 7 am.

The ‘End of Custody Licence’ (ECL) was introduced on 29 June 2007. Eligible prisoners serving between four weeks and less than four years may be released under licence from prison up to 18 days before their automatic release date.

The information requested could be produced only at disproportionate cost. The available information relates to the number of releases of prisoners on HDC, ECL and Parole from each of the four prisons in Wales: Cardiff, Parc, Swansea and Usk/Prescoed.

Figures showing the numbers of prisoners released on (i) Home Detention Curfew (2007) and (ii) End of Custody Licence (between 29 June and 31 December 2007) and (iii) releases on parole (2007) from prison establishments in Wales are in the following table:

All Cardiff Parc Swansea Usk/Prescoed

HDC releases from Welsh prison establishments, 2007

368

70

147

60

91

ECL releases from Welsh prison establishments, 29 June—31 December 2007

826

188

436

144

58

Parole releases from Welsh prison establishments, 2007

52

4

11

2

35


These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Voting Methods

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what pilots of weekend voting have taken place to date; in which local authority areas; and on which dates. [203141]

Mr. Wills: Two local authorities have piloted weekend voting at local elections on both the Saturday and Sunday, in addition to voting on the traditional polling day. They were Manchester in 2000 and the London Borough of Camden in 2002.

15 local authorities have also piloted voting at the weekend at local elections which included voting either on a Saturday or Sunday or both, as well as other advance voting days, in addition to voting on the traditional polling day. These were:


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Name of Authority

May 2000

Blackburn, Coventry, Kingston-upon-Hull, Knowsley, Norwich, Plymouth, Redditch, St Helens, Sunderland and Watford.

May 2006

Broxbourne and Tyne and Wear (Gateshead, Newcastle, South Tyneside and Sunderland)

May 2007

Bedford, Broxbourne and Gateshead


Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries were sustained by juvenile and young adult offenders held in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children's homes during restrictive physical interventions in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. [197308]

Mr. Hanson: Young adults are not placed in secure children's homes. The Youth Justice Board has been collecting restraint data against common definitions across the secure estate since April 2007. The following table shows the requested information for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 January 2008 in relation to under-18 young offender institutions and secure children's homes. It comprises all cases where any treatment (however minor) was required. Information on injuries to young adults in senior young offender institutions is not collected centrally.

Establishment type Number of injuries

Young offender institutions

67

Secure children's homes

21

Source:
Data supplied by the Youth Justice Board from administrative computer systems

Young Offenders

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the prevention of violence against children in the penal system. [203069]

Mr. Hanson: The Government have received a number of representations from Members of Parliament and members of the public relating to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's ‘Children in Custody Deserve Care Not Cruelty’ campaign.

Duchy of Lancaster

Charities: Finance

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which charities receive funding from the public purse to increase the numbers of young volunteers. [202705]

Phil Hope: The youth volunteering charity v is funded by the Office of the Third Sector to commission third sector organisations to create volunteering opportunities for young people. Details of the projects funded by v can be found on their website at

Copies of the list of funded projects have also been placed in the Library for the reference of members.

The Office of the Third Sector, through its strategic partners programme, is also providing funding in this financial year to the following organisations that provide
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or promote youth volunteering opportunities: British Youth Council, Citizenship Foundation, National Youth Agency, Youth Action Network and Youthnet UK.

Official Residences: Income Tax

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on departmental official residences, what guidance has been issued on the income tax liability on the benefit in kind of providing a ministerial residence to a person who is not a Minister of the Crown. [202936]

Mr. Watson: Income tax liability is a matter for HM Revenue and Customs.

Peers: Official Residences

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance has been issued by the Cabinet Office on the eligibility of Ministers who are peers and who reside in an official ministerial residence in London to claim (a) Ministers’ Night Subsistence Allowance and (b) London Supplement. [199278]

Mr. Watson: The allowances payable to Members of the House of Lords are set out in the “Members Reimbursement Allowance Scheme, General Guide, Sixth Edition (January 2007)”. The determination of such allowances is a matter for the House of Lords.

V

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the charity v does not replicate the work of other charities when carrying out work at the expense of the public purse. [202704]

Phil Hope: The vast majority of central Government funding for young people's volunteering has been routed through v providing a more joined-up strategic approach to central Government funding for youth volunteering.

v aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers by working in partnership with other third sector organisations, building on the best of their existing activity to create new volunteering opportunities.

V: Educational Institutions

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which charities work in partnership with v in schools and colleges on activities funded by the public purse. [202706]

Phil Hope: v will be working in partnership with local education establishments to engage 16 to 25-year-olds in volunteering through its network of vinvolved teams. v is directly funding some schools, colleges and universities to create and deliver vinvolved projects. The full list of recipients is available at

Nationally, v is working strategically with other third sector partners to increase opportunities for volunteering within the education system.


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V: Finance

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding from the public purse is being provided for the charity v in 2008-09; and how much was provided in 2007-08. [202707]

Phil Hope: In 2008-09, £39 million will be provided by the Office of the Third Sector. In addition, v is able to draw down on Government match funding on a pound for pound basis, when they secure funding from the private sector, as set out in Budget 2005.

For the funding provided in 2007-08, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 743W.

V: Standards

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what objectives have been set for v involved teams which are working at the expense of the public purse; and what protocols govern such teams' working methods. [202708]

Phil Hope: The three priorities for the vinvolved teams are:

v will be monitoring the progress of its funded organisations and supporting them to achieve their targets. In addition, v has asked all of the vinvolved teams and projects to take part in the REACH quality assurance framework, developed by the Youth Action Network.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations the Department for Culture, Media and Sport received in connection with the Olympic Legacy Masterplan in each of the last three years. [203344]

Tessa Jowell: The Legacy Masterplan Framework, which will set out a spatial vision for the Olympic Park and its surrounding areas after the Games, is being produced by the London Development Agency (as interim legacy client), working with Government, the Olympic Delivery Authority, host boroughs, local communities and other agencies. The process for developing this vision was launched in February 2008, and is being accompanied by a detailed programme of community engagement activities, to ensure that all members of local communities and other interested parties have an opportunity to get involved in developing and commenting on options for the Olympic Park site in legacy.

This community engagement will build on the work undertaken during the two rounds of consultation in 2006 and 2007 on the Olympic, Paralympic and Legacy Transformation planning applications, which related to proposals for the development of Olympic and Paralympic facilities and their post-Games transformation prior to the legacy phase. This earlier consultation process elicited 278 responses during Round 1, and 478 responses in
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Round 2, following the submission of further information from the applicant. These representations were submitted to and considered by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Authority as part of the planning process.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what criteria have been set for projects and developments in the Olympic Park post 2012; and if she will make a statement. [203345]

Tessa Jowell: Our vision is for the Olympic Park to become the centre of a world class, sustainable and prosperous neighbourhood after the Games, with new homes, sporting and leisure facilities, high quality local services and greatly improved transport links, and 110 hectares of new parkland. We are committed to ensuring that the regeneration of the area meets the needs of local communities, is safe and sustainable and is closely tied in with the development plans for the wider Lower Lea Valley and Thames Gateway areas. This work is being developed through the Legacy Masterplan Framework process, led by the London Development Agency, working with Government, the ODA, host boroughs and local communities.


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