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Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were held in prisons on 30 September, broken down by nationality; and how many prisoners held in England and Wales on that date had an unknown country of origin. 
Mr. Hanson: At the end of June 2008, the last date for which this information is available, there were 11,498 foreign national prisoners detained in all prisons in England and Wales, and 946 for whom the nationality information is not yet recorded on central data systems. The total includes prisoners held on remand or serving custodial sentences, as well as those held under the Immigration Act 1971 (including those in the immigration removal centres of Dover, Haslar and Lindholme).
NOMS continues to work with the Border and Immigration Agency to speed up the system for removing those foreign national prisoners who meet the deportation criteria. Where the information is not already available, this will include establishing the nationality of individuals, and the relevant country of origin (or transit) to deport them to if appropriate.
Mr. Hanson: We are aware that there are a number of people in custody in England and Wales who experience mental health problems. The 1997 Office for National Statistics survey, for example, indicated that as many as 58 per cent. of male and 75 per cent. of female remand prisoners, and 39 per cent. of male and 62 per cent. of female sentenced prisoners met criteria for a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression. Rates of very severe mental illness were between 7 and 9 per cent. of sentenced men and 14 per cent. of women having a psychotic illness.
Accurate identification of people needing mental health treatment and care is important at all stages in the care and offender pathway. This is why all prisoners are screened at reception for risks of mental ill health and previous history of psychiatric treatment. The Offender Assessment System (OASys) helps to ensure that any person judged to be at risk and/or of needing mental health treatment and care can be identified and referred, where appropriate, to the Mental Health In-Reach Team.
By 2005-06 nearly £20 million was being invested recurrently in mental health in-reach. There are now 102 mental health in-reach teams and all prisons now have access to them: a total of 360 extra staff altogether. There are also new systems to monitor and support those at risk of harming themselves.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) budget and (b) budget deficit was for each probation board in each of the last five years; and what the (i) budget and (ii) projected budget deficit is for each board for 2008-09. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the year-end budget revenue allocations for the 42 probation boards in each of the last five years, plus the revenue budget allocated to-date in the present financial year for the probation boards and six probation trusts. It also shows the agreed overspends that boards were allowed to carry forward in 2006-07 and 2007-08, plus the latest information from boards on forecast overspends in the present financial year. Information on overspends before 2006-07 is not held centrally and could be obtained by approaching 42 probation areas, which would only be at disproportionate cost.
|Probation boards end-year budgets|
|(1) As at 1 October 2008.|
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