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Offenders: Employment

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of released prisoners found (a) full-time employment and (b) placements in work-based training programmes within six months of completing their sentence in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [229289]

Mr. Hanson: The total number of prisoners who have education, training or employment (ETE) secured upon release are shown in table 1 for each of the last five years.

Further data, recording those persons entering and sustaining employment/training four weeks following commencement, for both offenders released on licence and those serving community orders is shown in table 2. It is not possible to separately identify those that had a custodial sentence without incurring disproportionate cost.

There is no recorded data relating to employment or training placements sustained after four weeks.

Table 1: The total number of prisoners who have education, training or employment (ETE) secured on release for each of the last five years

Employment on discharge Education and training on discharge KPI outturn employment KPI outturn employment KPI outturn training and education

2003-04

35,530

2004-05

41,146

2005-06

42,879

2006-07

40,573

2007-08

24,340

9,622

27.0

10.7

Notes: 1. KPI outturn for 2003-04 based on an end year resettlement survey. 2. Outcomes up to and including 2006-07 include those who attended Freshstart appointments at Jobcentre Plus, whereby prisoners who do not have a job or training place to go to on release are linked into employment, training and benefits advice and support immediately after release. Prisoners attending counted as half a point. Data showing have already been calculated as half a point. 3. Between 2003-04 and 2006-07 there was one measure for number of prisoners released into employment, training and education. 4. For 2007-08, the resettlement measure is expressed separately for employment, training and education. There are separate targets for the proportion of prisoners who have employment, and the proportion who have training and education upon release. Job Centre Plus data no longer included in the KPI from 2007-08.

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Table 2: Data, recording those persons entering and sustaining employment/training four weeks following commencement, for both offenders released on licence and those serving community orders

2006-07 2007-08

Job entries

All persons supervised by Probation Service England and Wales total

19,926

22,006

Employment sustained for four weeks

All persons supervised by Probation Service England and Wales total

14,248

16,823

Notes: 1. Data were not recorded prior to 2006-07. 2. Latest available full year data.

Polling Stations: CCTV

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has issued guidance on the placing of CCTV cameras near polling stations. [229273]

Mr. Wills: The Information Commissioner's Office has already issued a CCTV Code of Practice, which provides guidance to ensure that those who use CCTV comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. The code covers the siting of cameras. One of the tenets of the code is that equipment be sited for limited purposes and not in any manner incompatible with those purposes.

Prison Officers: Vaccinations

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers in England and Wales who are at occupational risk have been required to pay for vaccination against chronic hepatitis B since January 2000; and if he will make a statement. [229589]

Mr. Hanson: No prison officers in England and Wales have been required to pay for hepatitis B vaccination since January 2000. Prison Service policy is that all prisons are required to provide vaccinations for staff at risk. Staff are not charged.

Prisons: North-West

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which local authorities in the North-West have expressed an interest in a titan prison being established in their area. [223709]

Mr. Straw: One local authority in the North-West has so far indicated sites available in their area as possibly being suitable, that is Lancaster and Wyre.

Reparation by Offenders

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy on restorative justice and its future funding is; and if he will make a statement. [230120]

Maria Eagle: Our policy remains to encourage, but not require, the use of adult restorative justice, particularly as a service to victims where there is consistent evidence that it delivers high levels of satisfaction. It is for local criminal justice boards and other criminal justice agencies to consider how best to use their funding to meet their targets and local needs and a number of areas have established schemes to deliver adult restorative justice.

Youth offending teams use restorative justice as part of their work to prevent offending and increase victim satisfaction. They implement this work from their own resources.

Standford Hill Prison

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken in response to prisoners' views about methods of pain relief in Standford Hill Prison as outlined in the measuring the quality of prison life survey of June 2008; and whether there is a ban on prescribing oxycontin for pain relief in the prison. [229297]

Mr. Hanson: The National Offender Management Service has no authority over the types of medication prescribed by doctors who work in prisons. Complaints should be taken up with the local primary care trust. There is not a ban on prescribing Oxycontin at Standford Hill.

Taxis: Licensing

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been for offences relating to drivers operating taxi services without a licence in the last five years. [231214]

Maria Eagle: The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. Offences relating to drivers operating taxi services without a licence are not notifiable offences and do not form a part of the arrests collection.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.167, and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60, and 62-68, in England and Wales, 2002 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

However only section 47 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 covers “Acting as a Hackney Carriage driver without a licence.” The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is unable to separately identify offences under section 47 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, as they form part of a group which cannot be analysed further. The table shows data for sections 40-60 and 62-68 of the Act.


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Court proceedings data are unable to separate Section 47—Act as a Hackney carriage driver without a licence, and Employ an unlicensed Hackney carriage driver. From the other set of offences under this statute as they are grouped together.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal
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offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available at the end of November 2008.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.167, and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60, and 62-68, in England and Wales, 2002 to 2006( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60, and 62-68 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 167.

Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty

2002

450

391

229

182

2003

337

270

259

194

2004

292

248

483

311

2005

283

233

597

422

2006

391

325

714

384

(1 )These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2 )Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions
Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60, and 62-68.
Offences peculiar to stage carriage and public service vehicles.
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 167.
Touting for hire car service without PSV operator's licence.
(3 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(4 )Court proceedings data are unable to separate Section 47—Act as a Hackney carriage driver without a licence, and Employ an unlicensed Hackney carriage driver—from the other set of offences under this statute as they are grouped together.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit

Will Owen

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether all the official documents relating to Will Owen, former hon. Member for the former constituency of Morpeth, have been placed in the public domain; and if he will make a statement. [231268]

Mr. Wills: Official documents relating to Will Owen are available to view at the National Archives, either in their reading rooms at Kew or online.

Work and Pensions

Council Tax Benefit

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit in each region. [229425]

Kitty Ussher [holding answer 23 October 2008]: Estimates of the number of people eligible for council tax benefit are not available below the level of Great Britain.

The latest available information on the number of council tax benefit recipients by region is in the table.

Council tax benefit recipients by Government Office Region: August 2007

Number

Great Britain

5,079,080

North East

296,640

North West

682,710

Yorkshire and the Humber

459,010

East Midlands

336,230

West Midlands

504,300

East

391,780

London

728,010

South East

503,910

South West

368,200

Wales

281,890

Scotland

526,400

Notes:
1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
4. Figures may not sum due to rounding
5. Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 2007.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much council tax benefit was paid in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 in (i) England and (ii) Wales; and how much is expected to be paid in 2008-09. [230817]

Kitty Ussher [holding answer 27 October 2008]: The available information on council tax benefit expenditure is in the following tables:

Council tax benefit expenditure for England and Wales
£ million, nominal

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

England

3,382

3,508

3,658

Wales

172

180

188


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