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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 982-3W, on departmental public participation, what action has been (a) taken or (b) planned as a result of the findings of each (i) survey, (ii) questionnaire and (iii) other service carried out in 2007-08. 
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the marked electoral register is excluded from the disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The Freedom of Information Act provides a general right to access information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions. The right of access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is supplementary to the very many ways in which public authorities already provide information to members of the public. Under regulations made under the Electoral Administration Act 2006, the marked electoral register is available for people to inspect for one year after polling day, under the supervision of the Electoral Registration Officer, for research or electoral purposes. Copies of the marked electoral register may be supplied to certain authorised persons and bodies for research or electoral purposes.
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Survey originally in its third year of a contractual obligation with the former Appeals Service, it was adapted to cover a different purpose in testing customer perception and expectation across a number of jurisdictions.
To provide quantitative baseline data on Office of Public Guardian and Court services as perceived by users. The results for the initial baseline survey will establish where improvements can/need to be made and will lay foundations to make improvements to the Office of Public Guardian and Court services, in addition to setting an appropriate Key Performance Indicator target for customer satisfaction.
|(1) Costing information is not supplied as this is commercial in confidence. This survey is subject to periodic re-tendering and release of the costings would weaken the Departments negotiating position.|
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 485W, on life imprisonment: prisoners release, and with reference to the answer of 12 June 2006, Official Report, column 1035W, on life sentences, for what reasons it was not possible to provide the information requested. 
Mr. Hanson: To provide the information requested would require data matching between different sources of information, and manual checking of individual records which could be carried out only at disproportionate cost. Data migration for the Department's new database is currently under way and will be subject to data quality assurance. I will write to the hon. and learned Member within the next few weeks, to provide the information that will be available from it, where relevant.
Mr. Hanson: Prison rules allow unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners to wear their own clothes. Other prisoners are required to wear clothing provided for them; however PSO 4000 provides guidance on the wearing of own clothes which is one of the key earnable privileges in the incentives and earned privilege scheme.
Mr. Hanson: Guidance on prisoners' in-possession property is contained in PSO 1250 (a copy of which is in the Library) dependent on the local incentives and earned privileges scheme. Prisoners may be allowed to have in their possession a personal music system. This is at the discretion of the Governor dependant on good behaviour under the local incentives and earned privileges scheme. There is no central guidance with regard to permissible volume levels. It is a matter for local management and the discretion of staff to ensure that music does not disturb other prisoners, especially at night.
Mr. Straw: All prisoners who serve 12 months or more are subject to a period of statutory supervision on release. Those sentenced to any period in custody who are under 21 years at the point of release will also be supervised by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on a standard three-month licence.
Prisoners on licence are seen by NOMS who assess and manage their risk and needs, such as accommodation, relationships, lifestyle, etc. The religious needs of prisoners are considered and treated with respect. Supervision is conducted in a way that is consistent with and responsive to the religious affiliation of the offender, and appointments are arranged at times that do not prevent attendance at religious events.
The provision of televisions to prisoners has been devolved to Governors and Directors of contracted prisons, and therefore the total number of televisions available for use by prisoners is not held centrally. Public funds are not used to support the
purchase of television sets used in cells. These costs are covered by the weekly rental paid by prisoners for the use of the sets. A cell television is only available through the incentives and earned privileges scheme.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received a copy of the Centre for Crime and Justice's report on probation resources, staffing and workloads from 2001 to 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Earlier in the year, I announced an extra £40 million funding for the NFS. This was in addition to an extra average of 2.7 per cent. budget for each probation area and an average increase of 5.4 per cent. in respect of approved premises. Officials are working closely with NAPO and the other NFS trade unions on the broad issue of capacity and workloads.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the breach rate of acceptable behaviour contracts issued to persons under 18 years of age in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker: Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) are voluntary agreements and therefore not suitable for central data collection. A National Audit Office (NAO) report published in December 2006 found ABCs to be highly effective, particularly when agencies provided support to improve the recipients chances of meeting the conditions.
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were breached in each parliamentary constituency in the north-west in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) became available in April 1999. Information on the number of ASBOs breached is not collected centrally at parliamentary constituency level and not compiled below Criminal Justice System (CJS) area level.
The number of ASBOs breached in each year in each CJS area within the north-west region is shown in the following table. Please note that the table takes the data from those shown in Table 7 as published on the Crime Reduction website.
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