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Antisocial Behaviour: Sentencing

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. [208865]

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 Government’s consideration of the draft guideline we will make an assessment of the impact it may have on the prison population.

Approved Premises

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many bail hostels there are in (a) the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and (b) Shropshire; [209004]

(2) if he will introduce measures to consult (a) members of the public and (b) local authorities on the siting of bail hostels. [209005]

Mr. Hanson: I understand these questions refer to the Bail Accommodation and Support Service, which provides private rented accommodation. These are not
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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.

Crime

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many criminal offences have been created since 1 May 1997; and how many have been abolished. [208947]

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.

My Department is currently considering how to improve its database relating to this kind of information.

Fairtrade Initiative

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; [208883]

(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. [208884]

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 Fairtrade products available in staff catering facilities and at official departmental meetings and engagements are tea, coffee and chocolate together with tropical fruits like bananas.

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.


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We will continue to encourage suppliers to support and make use of Fairtrade products.

Freedom of Information

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. [208809]

Mr. Straw: My Department has responded to both requests stating that to disclose the addresses would breach the privacy of the individuals and declining to publish them.

The expenses of none of these dwellings is paid for from public funds.

Hollesley Bay Prison

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. [209881]

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.

Information Commissioner

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. [208757]

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:

Currently the Information Commissioner's Office is classifying cases received in mid-April.

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. [208822]

Mr. Wills: In the 12 months from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, 222 data protection cases and 384
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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.

Juries: Allowances

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. [209685]

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.

Life Imprisonment

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. [207896]

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
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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.

Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in England and Wales absconded from open prisons between April 2007 and April 2008. [209001]

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.

Prisoners

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners who completed their sentence during 2007 served their entire sentence in prison. [209793]

Mr. Hanson: The latest information relates to the proportion of sentence served in custody for those determinate sentence prisoners discharged in 2006. This is detailed in the following tables.


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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
Months
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

Adult males and females

All lengths of sentence less than indeterminate

65,900

16.5

9.0

8.1

55

49

Up to and including 3 months

16,300

1.9

1.0

0.8

49

42

Over 3 months up to and including 6 months

17,900

4.7

2.3

1.9

48

41

Over 6 months less than 12 months

6,200

8.6

4.0

3.3

47

38

12 months

2,800

12.0

5.8

4.9

48

40

Over 12 months up to and including 18 months

4,600

16.3

7.8

6.5

48

40

Over 18 months up to and including 3 years

8,900

28.4

14.5

12.6

51

44

Over 3 years less than 4 years

2,700

42.5

23.0

20.2

54

47

4 years

1,400

48.0

29.4

26.6

61

55

Over 4 years up to and including 5 years

2,200

57.0

34.9

31.4

61

55

Over 5 years up to and including 10 years

2,700

83.9

51.3

46.3

61

55

Over 10 years less than indeterminate

300

157.2

95.4

86.6

61

55

Adult males

All lengths of sentence less than indeterminate

59,700

16.8

9.3

8.4

55

50

Up to and including 3 months

14,300

1.9

1.0

0.8

49

42

Over 3 months up to and including 6 months

16,300

4.7

2.3

1.9

48

41

Over 6 months less than 12 months

5,500

8.6

4.1

3.3

47

38

12 months

2,500

12.0

5.9

4.9

49

41

Over 12 months up to and including 18 months

4,100

16.3

7.9

6.6

48

40

Over 18 months up to and including 3 years

8,200

28.4

14.5

12.6

51

44

Over 3 years less than 4 years

2,600

42.5

23.0

20.2

54

48

4 years

1,300

48.0

29.5

26.7

61

56

Over 4 years up to and including 5 years

2,100

57.0

35.1

31.6

62

55

Over 5 years up to and including 10 years

2,500

83.7

52.0

46.8

62

56

Over 10 years less than indeterminate

300

157.8

96.6

87.5

61

55

Adult females

All lengths of sentence less than indeterminate

6,200

13.3

6.6

5.8

49

43

Up to and including 3 months

2,000

1.9

0.9

0.8

48

43

Over 3 months up to and including 6 months

1,600

4.7

2.2

1.9

47

40

Over 6 months less than 12 months

700

8.6

3.8

3.2

45

37

12 months

300

12.0

5.4

4.5

45

38

Over 12 months up to and including 18 months

400

16.4

7.1

6.1

43

37

Over 18 months up to and including 3 years

600

28.2

13.6

12.0

48

43

Over 3 years less than 4 years

100

42.7

21.8

19.5

51

46

4 years

100

48.0

28.2

26.2

59

55

Over 4 years up to and including 5 years

100

57.8

31.7

28.5

55

49

Over 5 years up to and including 10 years

200

86.6

43.5

40.1

50

46

Over 10 years less than indeterminate

20

147.1

75.8

69.8

52

47


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