Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cars have been confiscated from uninsured drivers in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008. 
Bridget Prentice: The final drafts of the Practice Directions to be made by the Senior President of Tribunals for the jurisdictions within the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal was sent to the Lord Chancellor for his approval by 17 October 2008. Subject to the Lord Chancellors approval they will then be published on the Tribunal Procedure Committees website.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are taken to maintain the support offered to young women within the Toscana Unit at HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Foston Hall after transfer to another institution or release; and if he will make a statement on the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the work of the unit. 
Mr. Hanson: The report is very positive, referring to a stable and supportive environment. Like other juvenile secure facilities, the Toscana Unit is working with youth offending teams to ensure as much continuity as possible in the support provided to the young people throughout their sentence. That aim is underpinned by the National Standards for Youth Justice Services 2004 and by best practice guidance in the new allocations operations manual for young people which is about to be issued.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he is making in his consideration of the extension of the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include private companies delivering public services, with specific reference to the transport sector. 
Mr. Straw: The Government are continuing to assess the issues relating to designating additional public authorities under the Act; this includes bodies in the transport sector. We will publish our response in due course.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of knife or gun-related offences served their full sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime. 
Mr. Straw: It is not possible to identify those crimes in which a gun or a knife was used as these will be charged according to the generic offence, for example, murder, manslaughter, wounding, etc. The only statistics available are those for specific weapons related offences, which are largely for possession. The following table shows the number of persons sentenced to immediate custody for indictable offences relating to weapons.
All offenders sentenced to custody serve their full sentence as prescribed by law. A custodial sentence comprises two parts. The first part is spent in custody and the second part is served on licence in the community. In addition, some offenders subject to determinate sentences may benefit from the home detention curfew (HDC), early removal scheme (ERS) or end of custody licence (ECL) scheme, which provide for release earlier than the statutory release date of the sentence under certain circumstances. Certain violent offenders are presumed unsuitable for HDC unless there are exceptional circumstances and are ineligible for ECL. In addition, certain categories of prisoner are currently excluded from ERS, for example, extended sentence prisoners
and those subject to sex offender registration. None of these schemes apply to prisoners serving an indeterminate
sentence. These sentences do not have a statutory release date and release is determined by the Parole Board.
|Persons sentenced( 1) to immediate custody for offences relating to weapons
|(1) Principal offence
1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.
2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice