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Prostitution: Sentencing

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were serving prison sentences for offences in connection with prostitution at the latest date for which figures are available. [240010]

Maria Eagle: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Re-offenders: Suffolk

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent offenders there were in Suffolk in each of the last five years. [240008]

Mr. Hanson: A persistent young offender (PYO) is a young person aged 10 to 17 who has been sentenced guilty of recordable offences on three or more separate occasions, and within three years of the last of these is arrested by the police for a further recordable offence.

Statistics relating to PYOs are designed to measure the speed and efficiency of the youth justice system through monitoring the pledge to halve the average time from arrest to sentence for dealing with PYOs in England and Wales from 142 days in 1996 to 71 days. They are not designed to measure overall trends in youth crime, and will give a misleading picture of the true trend if used for this purpose.

The following table shows the number of individual PYOs in the Suffolk police force area and England and Wales from 2003 to 2007.

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Suffolk

176

216

239

213

230

England and Wales

14,244

14,492

14,827

15,528

16,512


Further information on PYOs can be found on the Ministry of Justice website:

Royal Park Agency: Fixed Penalty Notices

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers he has given the Royal Parks Agency to issue fixed penalty notices; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the representations his Department has received on the issue from the agency. [239028]

Maria Eagle: The Government are reviewing the list of offences for which a Penalty Notice for Disorder can be issued. If there is a formal consultation process, responses will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

Sexual Offences: Drugs

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted sex offenders have volunteered for antilibidinal drug treatment in prison since the programme's introduction. [239392]


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Mr. Hanson: In 2007, a Department of Health funded service was established in the Prison Service to facilitate improvements in access to assessment and treatment by the small number of offenders in contact with the criminal justice system who may benefit from appropriate medical treatment of sex offenders in the form of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or anti-libidinal medication.

Since the service began, 11 prisoners have been referred for initial assessment. The outcome of referrals is subject to the rules of medical confidentiality. This service is complementary to current local mental health referral procedures for people in contact with the criminal justice system.

Theft: Libraries

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been imprisoned since 1987 for the theft of books, manuscripts, maps and other materials held in the national collections; and if he will make a statement. [239939]

Maria Eagle: Data held by the Ministry of Justice do not separately classify the offences of theft of books, manuscripts, maps or other materials held in the national collections. Offences of this nature would be charged under the Theft Act 1968 but it is not possible to separately identify document thefts from national collections from other document thefts.

Tribunals Service

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hearing centres (a) have closed in the last 12 months and (b) are scheduled for closure in the next 12 months; [239456]

(2) what proportion of invoices to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were paid late in the last 12 months; [239457]

(3) how many courts (a) have closed in the last 12 months and (b) are scheduled for closure in the next 12 months. [239342]

Bridget Prentice: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Voting Methods

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 795W, on voting methods, what evaluation reports were produced following the May 2000 pilot schemes. [238695]

Mr. Wills: The Local Government Association published a research report, ‘Elections—the 21st century model: an evaluation of the May 2000 local electoral pilots’, in November 2000. Each local authority also produced a report on their individual pilot.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to hold further weekend voting pilots; and if he will make a statement. [238811]

Mr. Wills: The Government have no plans at present to conduct further weekend voting pilots at this stage. The “Election Day: Weekend Voting” consultation ended
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on 26 September. Analysis of the responses received is now under way. The evidence garnered will be used to inform the debate on the merits of moving polling day to the weekend.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to encourage greater use of remote electronic voting; and if he will make a statement. [238812]

Mr. Wills: The Government are considering what the appropriate next steps are in relation to remote electronic voting, taking account of the valuable learning gained in earlier pilots, reports published by the Electoral Commission and the recent consultation on Election Day which sought views on other forms of voting.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any election pilot schemes will be adopted in the 2009 local elections. [238813]

Mr. Wills: The Government will not be holding any electoral pilot schemes in local elections in 2009.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the (a) setup and (b) average annual costs of enabling voters to use remote electronic voting in all elections across the United Kingdom. [238849]

Mr. Wills: No estimate has been made of the (a) setup and (b) average annual costs of offering remote electronic voting at this stage. The electoral piloting process seeks to identify systems and establish costs for remote electronic voting. The Government are considering the next steps in relation to electronic voting, taking into account the valuable lessons learnt from earlier pilots, including reports published by the electoral Commission, and the recent consultation on election day which sought views on other forms of voting.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has allocated funding to support the costs of weekend voting. [238850]

Mr. Wills: No provision has yet been made to support the costs of weekend voting at this stage. The Election Day: Weekend Voting consultation closed on 26 September. Analysis of the responses received is now under way and a report will be published as soon as practicable. The evidence gathered will be used to inform the debate on the merits of moving polling day to the weekend.

Young Offender Institutions

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been detained in young offender institutions in the last 12 months. [239442]

Mr. Hanson: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Young Offenders

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what representations he has received in (a) person and (b) writing from children detained in a (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure training centre in the last 12 months; [239694]


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(2) what the function is of the Youth Justice Board monitors placed in each secure training centre; what qualifications are required of Youth Justice Board monitors; and how many times a Youth Justice Board monitor has raised a concern in writing relating to the safety or well-being of a child in a secure training centre in each of the last five years; [239695]

Mr. Hanson: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Young Offenders: Drugs

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates of young offender institutions were treated for drug addiction in each year since 1997. [235954]

Mr. Hanson: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation. I will write to the hon. Member once the information is available and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint techniques have been used in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children’s homes in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. [239440]

Mr. Hanson: The following table sets out the number of occasions on which Restrictive Physical Intervention (RPI) was used at young offender institutions (YOIs) and secure children’s homes (SCHs) between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2008.

The use of restraint is governed by the YJB Code of Behaviour Management. Recorded incidents of restraint (using the YJB’s definition of “Restrictive Physical Intervention”) include minor interventions such as leading a person away by the elbow.

RPIs

YOIs

3,908

SCHs

1,704


Innovation, Universities and Skills

Adult Education: Finance

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) the UK received (i) adult learning grants and (ii) career development loans in the last period for which figures are available; and what the total monetary value was of such grants and loans. [238105]

Mr. Simon: The issues raised are matters for the Learning and Skills Council who administer Career Development Loans and the Adult Learning Grant for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and who have responsibility for the contract with the helpline, assessment and payment body who deliver the
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Adult Learning Grant. Mark Haysom, the Council's chief executive, will write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of an adult education course was in (a) England, (b) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (c) the City of Sunderland in the latest period for which figures are available. [239697]

Mr. Simon: It has not proved possible to respond in the time available before Prorogation.

Adult Education: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of an adult education course was in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the most recent period for which figures are available. [239948]

Mr. Lammy: It has not proved possible to respond in the time available before Prorogation.

Apprentices

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress he is making towards meeting the target of having 500,000 high quality apprenticeships in the UK by 2020; and if he will make a statement. [232018]

Mr. Simon: We are making good progress towards my Department's contribution to meeting the nation's skills challenge. We estimate that by 2020 we will need to provide 250,000 apprenticeship starts and 190,000 successful completions in England to deliver Lord Leitch's ambition. Last year (2006-07) we delivered 184,000 apprenticeship starts and 112,000 successful completions. Completion rates have improved from 24 per cent. in 2001-02 to 63 per cent. in 2006-07. Data on the number of starts in 2007-08 are due to be published in December. World-class Apprenticeships, published earlier this year, confirmed our commitment to making apprenticeships a high quality option for both young people and adults and set out steps to increase the numbers of people successfully completing an apprenticeship. In the summer, we published a draft Apprenticeships Bill to drive and help sustain improvements in the quality of the programme. This focus on continuous improvement will be complemented by an increase in apprenticeships funding to over £1 billion by 2010-11.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on advertising and marketing apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997. [232020]

Mr. Simon: The Learning and Skills Council has been responsible for promoting apprenticeships since it came into existence in April 2001. The Council’s Chief Executive, Mark Haysom, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy will be place in the Library. Before April 2001 promotion of apprenticeships
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was the responsibility of the Department for Education and Employment and the Training and Enterprise Councils. It is not possible to estimate the total amount spent on promotional activities in this period.

Apprentices: Enfield

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people were in apprenticeships in Enfield, North constituency in each year since 1997. [235450]

Mr. Simon: Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship starts and completions for learners living in the parliamentary constituency of Enfield, North. Figures are presented from 2002/03 to 2006/07, the latest year for which fully audited data are available. Comparable information is not available prior to the formation of the Learning and Skills Council in 2001.

Table 1: Apprenticeship starts and completions in Enfield, North
Academic year Apprenticeship starts Apprenticeship completions

2002/03

190

20

2003/04

210

20

2004/05

200

60

2005/06

200

80

2006/07

190

100

Notes:
1. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.
2. Parliamentary constituency is based on learner's home postcode.
Source:
Work Based Learning ILR data.

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