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Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was at the latest date for which figures are available; what proportion of the population this represents; and what bench-marking his Department has undertaken of the proportion of the UK population in prison against equivalent statistics for other EU member states. 
Mr. Hanson: Figures showing the numbers of prisoners in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the total for European Union countries can be found in the following table along with the calculated comparison of prison population per 100,000 against each total.
|Country||2006||Rate per 100,000 population in 2006|
The other 24 countries in the EU in 2006 were Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
These figures are taken from table 8.17 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006, a copy of which can be found in the House of Common Library. Table 8.17 is a web table and can be found at:
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ex-offenders died from a heroin overdose within a fortnight of leaving prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
The most recent research evidence from a study which reported in 2005 showed that the drug related death rate for prisoners during the year following release was 5.2 per 1,000 for men and 5.9 per 1,000 for women (Farrell and Marsden, 2005); The rate was much higher immediately after release. In the first week the rate for men was around seven times higher than the annual rate and for women around eight times higher; in the second week, the rates were, respectively, around four times and six and a half times the annual rate.
the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) designed to reduce the risk through the improved quality of clinical treatment;
harm minimisation advice and throughcare services provided through the Counselling, Advice, Referral and Throughcare services (CARATs) linked to the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) help to ensure that the continuity of care for offenders is maintained following release from prison into the community; and
post-custody supervision: a number of initiatives have been put in place to reduce the risk of drug-related death following release from prison.
Mr. Hanson: The available information, provided by the Youth Justice Board, on the number of staff appointed to secure training centres each year and the number leaving, is shown in the table as follows.
|(1)( )19 September 1999 to 31 December 1999|
1. At Medway, Rainsbrook and Oakhill, other staff excludes teachers and healthcare staff, none of whom are directly employed by the STC contractors.
2. Hassockfields other staff includes teachers and healthcare staff, as they are directly employed by the STC contractors.
3. The high number of joiners at Rainsbrook and Medway in 2002 and 2003 reflects the expansion of both centres from 44 to 76 beds. (Hassockfield has 42 beds, Oakhill has 80.)
4. Joiner/leaver numbers at all centres include staff who were provisionally appointed but did not actually start work with children because they did not pass the initial training course or did not receive Criminal Records Bureau clearance. Those staff did not have contact with children.
5. Rainsbrook introduced a fully automated personnel/payroll system in 2002. As data prior to this period are limited and accuracy cannot be guaranteed, they have not been included.
6. Staff figures for Hassockfield in 1999 are for appointments after 19 September, when the centre opened. Some staff were appointed prior to opening, but figures for these are not available.
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