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Mr. Hanson: Employers who support the Reducing Re-offending Corporate Alliance have agreed to employ offenders or are contributing to improving offenders skills or employability. In signing up to the Alliance they have agreed that their experiences can be used to promote the case for employing offenders with other employers.
Aramark, Action Housing and Support Ltd., Aire Valley, Alfa Electric, Angel-Fish Cleaning Company, A-One, Barclays, Barhale, British Institute of Cleaning Science, Blaydon RFC, Blue Sky, Boots, Boss Training, Bovis Lend Lease, Breeze Cafe and Deli, Business in the Community, Cadbury Schweppes, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS, Camden Garden Centre, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, Cisco Systems, Clayport Library, Club 4 Kids, Coachers, Coleman Construction, Compass, Construction Leeds, Cooplands, Costco Wholesale, CRI, CST Associates, Dead Earnest Theatre, DHL, Doncaster and Rotherham District Motor Trades, East View Housing, Ecovert FM, Eden Project, Enterprise, Fifteen Foundation, Foundation Training Company, Fyffes Group, Garforth Building Supplies, G Sport Gym, GM Procure, Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, Hastings Council, Horizon Recruitment, Horton Housing Association, Hughes Brothers, Immedia Productions, Interserve FM, John Laing Training, JS Humidifers, Jury Inns, Leeds city council, Kalyx, KPMG, Leicester Cares, Levi Solicitors, LUSH, Marshall Tufflex, Martha Trust, McGinley Recruitment Services, Mersey Mail, MLS Ltd., Nacro, Oxfam (County Durham), Pecan, Pestalozzi International Village, Ramada Jarvis, Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Reed Elsevier, Safer London Foundation, Sainsburys, Second Byte IT, Serco, Sheffield Cathedral, Shell UK, Southampton council, South Tyneside Library, Sova, TA Horn, Tesco, Tomorrow's People, Turning Point, UBS Investment Bank, UK Railways Ltd., VT Shipbuilding Ltd., Wakefield Welfare Association, Wates, Wessex Water, Wiltan Ltd., Working Links, WYTS, YMCA England.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 104W, on prisons: electronic surveillance, how many covert surveillance operations relating to hon. Members were authorised by the Home Secretary in 1999; what the Government's policy was in 1999 on the surveillance of hon. Members meeting their constituents in prison; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Straw: It is our policy to neither confirm nor deny covert surveillance operations in prisons. I refer the hon. Member to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair's written answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 4 December 1997, Official Report, column 321W, which made it clear that the Wilson doctrine applied to telephone interception and to the use of electronic surveillance by any of the three security and intelligence agencies. Visits by MPs to prisoners in prisons were not excluded from this policy.
Mr. Straw: The cost of providing food in prisons is approximately £2 per prisoner per day. For prisoners held in police cells under Operation Safeguard, the cost, agreed between NOMS and ACPO, is up to a ceiling of £12. This may be exceeded under exceptional circumstances.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homicides have occurred in (a) prisons and
(b) young offender institutions in England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
|Homicides( 1) in prisons and YOIs|
|(1) This includes apparent and suspected homicides where no conviction has been obtained and/or inquest verdicts have not yet been returned. This table does not include uncategorised deaths which may subsequently be classified as homicides by NOMS.|
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions are equipped with readily accessible and operational defibrillators; and what measures are in place to train staff in (i) defibrillator use and (ii) cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 
Mr. Hanson: There are no central records of defibrillators held in prisons and young offender institutions. It is the responsibility of the governing governor or director of each prison or young offender institution to determine the requirements for first aid training and training in defibrillator use for their establishment by conducting a risk assessment and training needs analysis in line with Prison Service general training requirements and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation.
Maria Eagle: Prison Service Order 4190 Strategy for working with the Voluntary and Community Sector (2002) includes a mandatory action for governors, area managers and head of groups to give responsibility to a member of their senior management team for oversight of voluntary and community groups as part of their job description. Although some prisons have a dedicated voluntary sector co-ordinator, this role is usually undertaken part-time by the head of reducing re-offending, head of learning and skills, the diversity manager, a member of chaplaincy or another member of staff depending on the establishment.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made towards the UK withdrawing its reservation to article 36(c) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 
Mr. Hanson: The United Kingdom (UK) does not have a reservation against Article 36 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. I assume the hon. Gentlemans question refers to the UKs reservation against Article 37(c) of the Convention.
My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Children, Schools and Families (Beverley Hughes) and I are considering the findings of an official level review into whether or not the reservation remains relevant to the secure estate for children and young .people in England and Wales. The reservation against Article 37(c) applies to the United Kingdom as a whole and so we are considering the overall position with the Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Office.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason members of the Volunteer Referral Order panel are disqualified from serving in that capacity for more than six years; and if he will make a statement. 
The tenure of volunteer youth offender panel members is currently limited to a maximum period of six years; an initial three year period which can then be extended to a maximum of six. These terms are set out in Referral Orders and Youth Offender PanelsGuidance for courts, Youth Offending Teams and Youth Offender Panels issued jointly by the Home Office,
Lord Chancellors Department and the Youth Justice Board in February 2002. This guidance is currently being reviewed and the matter of tenure for volunteer youth offender panel members is being considered as part of this review. In the interim volunteer panel members may have their service extended by a further year. The review is expected to be completed this autumn.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many violent incidents involving knives and other offensive weapons occurred in (a) young offender institutions and (b) prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what proportion of such incidents involved prisoner (i) on prisoner and (ii) on staff violence in each such year; 
(2) how many (a) knives and (b) other offensive weapons have been found in (i) young offender institutions and (ii) prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Straw: The Prison Service Incident Reporting System (IRS) processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The data provide a good indication of overall numbers but should not be interpreted as absolute. In addition information recorded as assault incidents may involve one or many prisoners as some assault incidents may involve more than one assailant or more than one victim. In a proportion of incidents only the victim is known.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) defines violence in prisons as any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted. This includes an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, well-being or health. The resulting harm may be physical, emotional or psychological'. This definition takes into account the impact of fear on emotional health and well-being.
The numbers on IRS given in the tables refer to all incidents recorded as assaults. These may also include threatening behaviour, projection of bodily fluids and other non-contact events and allegations.
Assault information is recorded at establishment level in four categories: Prisoner on prisoner, prisoner on officer, other (including miscellaneous assault information) and prisoner on other. The recorded incidents of prisoner on officer are not completely exclusive to officers; establishment recording sometimes includes in this category assaults on other prison staff. The category prisoner on other contains few entries and these may also include prison staff as well as visitors, legal visitors etc. However, for the purpose of this response the categories prisoner on officer and prisoner on other are used to answer the question regarding prisoner on staff assaults.
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