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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the prison population of new sentencing guidelines for breaches of anti-social behaviour orders. 
Mr. Hanson: On 23 May the Sentencing Guideline Council issued a draft guideline Breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order for consultation. As part of the Governments consideration of the draft guideline we will make an assessment of the impact it may have on the prison population.
I understand these questions refer to the Bail Accommodation and Support Service, which provides private rented accommodation. These are not
bail hostels. There is one, four bed property in Shropshire located in the borough of Telford and Wrekin.
Local authorities are consulted on proposed addresses, as are the police and probation. Public consultation is not appropriate because the properties are the private homes of those living there and there is no change of use.
Mr. Straw: The information requested is across the entire legislative programme and for at least 10 years. It would necessitate considerable staff resources across Government and so cannot be provided except at a disproportionate cost.
Information relating to my own Department has already been given in answers by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Maria Eagle) to the hon. Member for Woking (Mr. Malins) on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 965 W, and on 3 December 2007, Official Report, columns 857-58W, and my answers to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) on 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1109-10W, and on 10 March 2008, Official Report, columns 163-65W.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1433W, on the Fairtrade initiative, (1) what Fairtrade products are (a) available for purchase at his Department's staff catering facilities and (b) regularly offered at official departmental meetings and engagements; 
(2) how much and what proportion of revenue from his Department's staff catering facilities was accounted for by Fairtrade products in each of the last three financial years; and what proportion of total revenue this represented. 
Maria Eagle: Catering services to meet Ministry of Justice requirements are contracted out. Within the objective of achieving best value, the Department continues to ensure that suppliers are actively encouraged to support and make use of Fairtrade produce.
The Department does not hold any records of the revenue or the proportion of revenue from fair trade products in each of the last three years. Information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received the Freedom of Information requests from (a) the hon. Member for New Forest East and (b) Mr Colin Smith respectively requesting that the home addresses of (i) all High Court judges and (ii) the three judges who heard the recent appeal case brought by the House of Commons should be published simultaneously with those of hon. Members; when he plans to respond; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what categories of prisoners are detained at Hollesley Bay prison; and what categories of prisoners were detained there in (a) January 2004 and (b) January 2007. 
Maria Eagle: The prisoners detained at Hollesley Bay are Category D adult male prisoners and male young offenders. This was also the case in January 2004 and 2007. The criteria for acceptance at the prison have not changed.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1571W, on the Information Commissioner, how many cases submitted to the Information Commissioner have been awaiting (a) investigation and (b) classification for more than six months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: In respect of complaints received at the Information Commissioner's Office, as of 31 March 2008, the number of complaints which had been waiting more than six months from receipt at the office before being assigned to a case officer was:
two data protection complaints; and
272 freedom of information complaints.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1571W, on the Information Commissioner, how many cases have taken more than six months between receipt and commencement of investigation by the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
In the 12 months from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, 222 data protection cases and 384
freedom of information cases have taken more than six months from receipt of a complaint at the Information Commissioner's Office to the start of investigation.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the financial loss allowance which jurors are entitled to be paid for loss of earnings will next be reviewed; by whom it will be reviewed; and whether consideration will be given to making special provision for jurors with dependants. 
Maria Eagle: Jurors allowances are reviewed annually by my Department, and are adjusted according to the consumer price index. Jurors who need to pay for care of dependants as a result of jury service may claim reimbursement under the financial loss provision in accordance with section 19 of the Juries Act 1974.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of (a) prison staff, (b) probation staff and (c) offender managers working with life sentenced prisoners have completed training and other courses specifically designed for such work; and what the (i) duration and (ii) content outline of such courses was. 
Maria Eagle: Training records for both prison and probation staff are not held centrally at present. To collate this information would involve contacting prisons and probation areas individually, and this would incur disproportionate costs.
Prison and seconded probation staff currently working with life sentenced prisoners have been able to access specifically designed training. The three day Life Administration Process programme gave staff an understanding of the life sentence plan. Life in the 21st Century was delivered over four days and focused on the life sentence plan and the management of life sentenced prisoners. Both courses were suspended at the end of 2007 due to changes to the sentence planning system.
During 2007-08 prison and probation staff (offender supervisors, offender managers and their line
managers) each received 1.5 days training which looked at the offender management model and changes to sentence planning.
A new course, Managing Indeterminate Sentences and Risk (MISaR) will be available from autumn 2008 to both prison and probation staff managing indeterminate sentenced offenders. This course places an emphasis on identifying, reducing and reporting on the risk these offenders may pose to the public.
Mr. Straw: 510 prisoners absconded from open prisons in England and Wales between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008. This represents the lowest number of absconds since centralised recording of these statistics began in 1995.
Over 95 per cent. of those prisoners who have absconded return or are returned to custody. Prisoners are classed as absconders if they absent themselves from prison custody without lawful authority and without overcoming physical security restraints such as that provided by fence, locks, bolts and bars, a secure vehicle, handcuffs or direct supervision of staff.
Absconders who are recaptured are referred to the police and CPS and are either prosecuted or if the Police/CPS decide not to proceed they will face internal disciplinary procedures where they can be given additional days in prison.
|Table 10.1: Average time served in prison by prisoners discharged from determinate sentences on completion of sentence or on licence, adults, England and Wales 2006|
|Average time served||Percentage of sentence served|
|Length of sentence( 1)||Number of persons discharged( 2, 3)||Average length of sentence||Including remand time||Excluding remand time||Including remand time||Excluding remand time|
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