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Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute Fire Cadet scheme run in partnership with Cheshire fire service in (a) promoting social responsibility in and (b) providing positive role models for participants from the prison estate; and if he will make a statement on the future of this initiative within the Prison Service. [206312]

Maria Eagle: Local observations backed up in some areas by external evaluation demonstrate that the fire cadet programme offered a wide range of benefits and opportunities for young people in custody, including becoming more socially responsible under the tutorage of positive role models. The programme has been suspended following the loss of European Social Fund IMPACT project funding, but Thorn Cross will re-establish it if appropriate funding can be secured.

Voting Rights: Commonwealth

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Commonwealth countries give UK
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citizens who are resident in those countries full voting rights. [206449]

Bridget Prentice: Following parliamentary questions on this subject in recent years we sought to obtain information from individual Commonwealth countries about the voting rights of British/Commonwealth citizens resident within their confines.

We received a response rate of 57 per cent. and from this information we have established that within those countries there are no formal reciprocal or other arrangements in place concerning voting rights between Commonwealth countries (including the UK).

As in the UK, it is for the individual Commonwealth countries concerned to decide on their own franchise arrangements and whether they wish to extend the franchise to other Commonwealth citizens resident in their countries, as the UK does to Commonwealth citizens lawfully resident here.

We are aware that in some Commonwealth countries, resident British/Commonwealth citizens may be able to vote in elections there. However, this is linked to time resident in the country or a particular electoral area and is, in respect of some states, not by virtue of them being British/Commonwealth citizens but rather simply because they are lawfully resident non-nationals.


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Written Questions: Government Responses

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer Question (a) 194386, (b) 194387 and (c) 194388 on legal aid, tabled on 13 March 2008. [206478]

Maria Eagle: I replied to the hon. Member for Eastleigh’s questions on 19 May 2008, Official Report, columns 64-65W. I apologise for the delay.

Young Offenders: Education

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17-years-old gained one or more (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) NVQ, (iv) BTEC and (v) other qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years. [206890]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 20 May 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not hold central records on the achievements of all young people in custody. However, the development of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from 31 July 2006, means that data on young offender achievement within Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) are now collected. The first full year of data are in the following tables:

All OLASS provisions GCSE GCSE GCE, A/AS/AS level GCE A/AS/AS level GNVQ precursor (BTEC) GNVQ precursor (BTEC) NVQ NVQ

Gender

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Learners achieving one or more specific aim type

38

1

3

5


All OLASS provisions OCN OCN Other Other Totals Tota l

Gender

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Learners achieving one or more specific aim type

582

40

3,161

184

3,785

229


For many young people in custody, who are registered at learning providers in the community, their achievements will be attributed to the learning provider with which they are registered, rather than the custodial establishment's LSC provider. Therefore the LSC figures do not provide records of all of the academic achievements of all young people in YOIs.

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17 years began (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) A Level, (iv) NVQ, (v) BTEC and (vi) apprenticeship qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years. [206891]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 20 May 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not hold central records on the enrolment of all young people in custody onto qualifications. However, the development of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from 31 July 2006, means that data on young offender enrolment and achievement within Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) are now collected. The first full year of data are as in the following tables:

Count of learners enrolled by specific aim type—all OLASS provision for young people aged 10 to 17
All OLASS Provision GCSE GC S E GCE A/AS/AS level GCE A/AS/A2 level GNVQ precursor (BTEC) GNVQ precursor (BTEC) NVQ NVQ

Gender

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Learners enrolled on specific aim type

94

1

12

1

12

15


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All OLASS Provision OCN OCN Other Other Totals Total

Gender

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Learners enrolled on specific aim type

1,747

88

6,601

355

8,467

459


For many young people in custody, who are registered at learning providers in the Community, their enrolment will be attributed to the learning provider with which they are registered, rather than the custodial establishment’s LSC provider. Therefore the LSC figures do not provide records of all of the academic enrolments of all young people in YOIs.

Health

Apprentices

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. [206800]

Mr. Bradshaw: Central records held by the Department and its agencies suggest that there have not been any apprenticeships or advanced apprenticeships in the last year.

Care Homes

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people transferred from residential accommodation into supported living in the latest period for which figures are available. [206645]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is not held centrally.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have been made in each such year. [204112]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department started offsetting the carbon emissions resulting from our business air travel in 2006-07. In that year we paid a total of £9,094 to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF). This represents an estimated total of 917.62 tonnes of CO(2)( )emitted from 3,620,190 business kilometres flown.

The GCOF aims to fulfil the Government's commitment to offset emissions attributable to all official and ministerial air travel in central Government. It is available to all central Government Departments and provides a simple and cost effective way to offset, as well as ensuring high environmental integrity. The GCOF runs for an initial period of three years (2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09).

The GCOF is being managed by EEA Fund Management Ltd, who won the contract to source and deliver 255,000 certified emission reduction credits, with a provision for a further 50,000 credits, over three years from a range of Clean Development Mechanism projects. Credits will be supplied from the project portfolio of Trading Emissions Plc, to whom EEA is the investment adviser.

Departmental Contracts

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how many and (b) what value of contracts his Department had with (i) Delib and (ii) Team Rubber in each of the last five years. [205861]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not collect information on contracts in the format requested. To do so would attract disproportionate cost.

Departmental Domestic Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months. [204395]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Secretary of State for Health has not visited Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

Departmental ICT

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1972W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistants have been replaced by his Department; and at what cost. [202440]

Mr. Bradshaw: When a laptop, mobile phone or digital personal assistant is recorded lost or stolen and the reportee requests a replacement, a review is undertaken to determine whether a business need still exists before replacement is considered.

In practically all cases a replacement device is provided but no separate record is maintained of the decision to replace or whether a new or reconditioned device was provided.

The following table shows the replacement value recorded at the time the device was reported as lost or stolen. The table also includes details of losses for 2007-08.

I regret that the answer given on 29 February, on the number of personal digital assistants (PDAs) reported lost or stolen in 2005-06 was incorrect due to typographical error. The figure is corrected in the following table.


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Financial year Mobile phones Value (£) PDAs Value (£) Laptops Value (£)

2001-02

36

994.77

3

656.84

35

62,275.89

2002-03

37

2,692.53

1

247.71

30

49,672.07

2003-04

29

1,953.57

3

1,107.29

34

51,459.63

2004-05

15

1,398.97

2

757.87

23

32,783.94

2005-06

11

436.52

4

1,822.04

18

20,599.97

2006-07

18

652.50

4

1,617.40

11

11,509.71

2007-08

21

809.48

9

2,261.30

14

13,887.47

Totals

167

8,929.34

26

8,470.45

165

242,188.68


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