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Prisoners Release

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people convicted of an offence of (a) violence and (b) domestic violence have been released on end of custody licence from Welsh prisons; [216955]

(2) how many people have been released on End of Custody Licence from Welsh prisons since 27 June 2007; [216956]

(3) how many people convicted of offences involving domestic violence have been released on end of custody licence since 27 June 2007. [216957]

Mr. Hanson: The following table gives the available information on numbers of prisoners by offence group, who were released under the end of custody licence (ECL) scheme from 29 June 2007 to 31 May 2008 in total, and from Welsh prisons:


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Releases on ECL
Offence categories Total From Welsh prisons

Violence against the person

5,468

245

Sexual offences

8

0

Robbery

668

28

Burglary

2,609

153

Theft and Handling

6,563

259

Fraud and Forgery

551

10

Drug offences

1,218

61

Motoring offences

3,529

211

Other offences

7,778

427

Offence not recorded

487

24

Total

28,879

1,418


Domestic violence is not a specific offence. Offenders who commit domestic violence are charged with a generic offence of assault. It would not be possible to identify the number of prisoners convicted of domestic violence related offences without examining individual case files which would incur disproportionate cost.

Data for all prisons are published monthly, in the statistical bulletin End of Custody Licence releases and recalls, available from the Library of the House and the Ministry of Justice website at the following address:

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisons: Discipline

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many formal punishments were recorded against (a) male and (b) female prisoners in each prison in each of the last five years. [216823]

Maria Eagle: Data on punishments imposed at adjudications on prisoners found guilty of offences against prison discipline are published annually in chapter 9 of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics, available on the Ministry of Justice website at

The latest available edition, giving figures for 2006, was published in December 2007.

The number of punishments imposed on male and female prisoners in the years 2002 to 2006 is shown in the following table. Data can only be provided at a national level because robust information at establishment level is not held centrally and could not be provided without extensive manual checking of individual records, which would be at disproportionate cost.

Total number of punishments imposed on prisoners at adjudications, by gender
Number of punishments 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Male

167,600

170,635

172,412

176,490

164,849

Female

13,850

13,277

13,082

12,914

13,958

Note:
Figures for 2002 have been estimated and rounded to the nearest 50.

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Prisons: Drugs

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many random mandatory drug tests in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales were carried out on each day of the week in each year from 2000-01 to 2006-07; and how many tests carried out on (a) Mondays and (b) in total in each of those years gave a positive result for (i) cannabis, (ii) any opiate, (iii) heroin and (iv) methadone; [217161]

(2) what percentage of the population of each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in England and Wales was tested each month under a random mandatory drug test in each year from 2000-01 to 2006-07; [217163]

(3) how many of those random mandatory drug tests carried out in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales which tested 5 per cent. of inmates monthly gave positive results for (a) cannabis, (b) any opiate, (c) heroin and (d) methadone in each year from 2000-01 to 2006-07. [217164]

Mr. Hanson: The data requested are not available in precisely the format requested. I will therefore write to the hon. Member as soon as possible. A copy of my response will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse of the (a) testing process and (b) analysis of results for random mandatory drug tests carried out in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales was in each year from 2000-01 to 2006-07. [217162]

Mr. Hanson: Many prison officers responsible for the mandatory drug testing (MDT) process do not work exclusively on the testing of prisoners. The cost of MDT staff resources cannot be disaggregated from the overall prison running costs.

The cost to National Offender Management Services of MDT analytical services is classified as commercial in confidence.

Terrorism: Greater London

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those injured in the 7/7 bombings are waiting for their compensation claims to be fully settled; and if he will make a statement. [218008]

Maria Eagle: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has paid a full or interim payment to 96 per cent. of eligible people who have applied for compensation for the 7/7 bombings. As at 8 July 2008, 72 of those injured are waiting for their compensation claims to be fully settled. However, CICA have made a final offer to 18 of these cases and they are waiting to see if the offer will be accepted.

Of the remaining 54 active cases, 37 have either received, or been offered, an interim payment. Another four have been offered final awards but have rejected the offer; four applications are currently suspended, and the remaining nine are the subject of continuing inquiries by CICA.


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Tribunals: Employment

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what percentage of cases heard in employment tribunals did the tribunal find in favour of the (a) appellant and (b) respondent in the last period for which figures are available. [216602]

Bridget Prentice: 35,780 appeals were submitted to the Employment Tribunal in 2006-07. Of these, 21,816 (61 per cent.) were successful. 2,942 (8 per cent.) of appeals were dismissed and did not proceed to hearing. 11,022 appeals were unsuccessful. Appeals are classified as ‘unsuccessful’ for a number of reasons. Because of this the classification of ‘unsuccessful’ does not mean that a judgment has been made in favour of the respondent.

In order to discover whether an unsuccessful claim at tribunal was found in favour of the respondent, manual checking of individual tribunal records would be required at disproportionate cost. However, a register of all Employment Tribunal judgments is open to inspection by any person without charge during office hours; this public register is located at the Tribunal Service office in Bury St. Edmunds.

Olympics

Departmental Pilot Schemes

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people have gone through the pre-volunteer pilot programme in each of the pilot boroughs. [211776]

Tessa Jowell: The pre-volunteer programme has now been rebranded as the Personal Best programme. The pilots in 11 London boroughs have demonstrated that long before the games take place, their inspiration is motivating those furthest away from the labour market into further volunteering, training and employment. The numbers of people that have graduated the pilot programme at borough level is as follows:

Numbers of people who have graduated the pilot programme

Brent

40

Bromley

23

Greenwich

31

Hackney

50

Haringey

34

Lambeth

42

Newham

34

Southwark

48

Tower Hamlets

24

Waltham Forest

15

Westminster

39


Health

Abortion: Standards

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortion clinics failed an inspection by the National Care Standards Commission in the last 10 years. [216266]


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Dawn Primarolo: The Healthcare Commission (HCC) has been responsible for regulating independent sector places that perform termination of pregnancy since 1 April 2004. Data are not readily available prior to this period.

Independent health care providers regulated by the HCC are assessed for compliance with the Private and Voluntary Healthcare (England) Regulations 2001, as amended, against the national minimum standards. The degree of the provider's compliance is not measured against a pass or fail system, but where a provider is not compliant with one or more regulations, requirements can be issued by the regulator to secure improvement as a first stage in enforcement.

In 2005-06, the first year for which data are available, 21 termination of pregnancy providers received requirements against regulations. This fell to 16 providers in 2006-07. Data for 2007-08 are still being compiled.

The next stage of the enforcement route is to issue a regulation 51 notice where there is a breach of specific regulations. None have been issued since June 2006. Data were not collected centrally prior to this period.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors employed in abortion clinics have been the subject of General Medical Council disciplinary proceedings since 1990; [216267]

(2) how many nurses employed in abortion clinics have been the subject of Royal College of Nursing disciplinary proceedings since 1990. [216269]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not held centrally. In addition, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the statutory body for the regulation of nurses and midwives, do not hold the information in the format requested.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to ensure that abortions performed under section 1(1)(a) of the Abortion Act 1967 take place within the 24-week time limit. [216268]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 837W.

Avian Influenza

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the threat to UK health from avian influenza, with particular regard to the mutation to the human form of the virus H5N1. [216575]

Dawn Primarolo: The Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza has undertaken an assessment of the risks of a human influenza pandemic emerging from avian H5N1 viruses and concluded that the likelihood of the current strain of H5N1 or any other specific virus strain developing pandemic potential cannot be quantified.

Currently there is no evidence that the H5N1 avian influenza virus has acquired the ability to transmit
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readily from person to person and infection in humans remains associated with very close contact with sick birds.

Overall the public health risks posed by avian influenza, in the absence of outbreaks in poultry in the United Kingdom, remain low.

Childbirth

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) elective, (b) non-elective and (c) emergency births have occurred outside a maternity unit in each of the last five years. [216834]

Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally.


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