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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders in the North East his Department has assisted into employment upon release from prison in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hanson: The number and proportion of prisoners who were released from prisons in the North East and assisted into employment for 2007-08 is shown in the table. The table also includes the number and proportion of prisoners released from prisons in the North East with an education or training outcome for the same period.
The percentage of prisoners discharged with an employment, education or training status, is given as a proportion of the number of prisoners discharged, excluding temporary releases and prisoners who are deported on release.
|North east area : 2007-08|
Mr. Hanson: Prisoners are eligible for unemployment pay if they are willing to work, but the establishment cannot find suitable employment or the prisoner is unable to work. All prisoners who participate in purposeful activity must be paid. Those who refuse must not receive any pay.
The Prison Service accounting system does not capture expenditure on prisoners pay to level of detail required to answer the question fully. The Prison Service sets a minimum unemployed rate of £2.50 a week. However, Governors have devolved authority to set rates of pay for their establishment and these will reflect the particular regime activities. The total amount paid to prisoners as earnings in each of the last three years is as follows:
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when his Department expects to complete its prison capacity building programme; and what estimate he has made of the running cost of the capacity added by the programme in each of the next 10 years; 
The following table shows the number of places, including those in prison clusters, to be delivered in each year of the programme to 2014. The number of places delivered per year may be subject to change due to a number of factors, for example the planning process and environmental issues. Prison clusters will provide up to 7,500 prison places (2,500 in each complex); 2,500 places will be additional capacity and 5,000 places will replace some of the most inefficient places in the prison estate.
The following table shows the current estimated capital cost of the capacity programme in each financial year to 2012. This does not include capital costs for the three prison clusters, but does include an allowance for the purchase of land for the first prison cluster.
|Current forecast (£ million)|
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of prison places delivered during 2007-08 and those we anticipate being delivered in each financial year to 2014-15. including the three prison clusters. The number of places delivered per year may be subject to change due to a number of factors, for example the planning process and environmental issues.
Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average adult re-offending rate was for male prisoners two years after release in the latest period for which figures are available; 
Mr. Hanson: Table 1 shows the one year reoffending rates for offenders leaving custody in the first quarter of the years 2000 to 2006, by gender (data for 2001 is unavailable due to problems with archived data for community sentences). The table shows the proportion of offenders that committed at least one further offence and the number of further offences committed per 100 offenders.
|Table 1: One year reoffending rates, offenders leaving custody by gender, 2000-2006|
|Number of offenders||Proportion of offenders offending (one year)||Number of offences per 100 offenders (one year)|
Two year reoffending rates by gender are available for the 2000 to 2005 cohorts. For these cohorts, the only figures available are the proportion of offenders who committed a further offence within two years. These figures are shown in Table 2.
|Table 2: Two year reoffending rates, offenders leaving custody by gender, 2000-2005|
|Number of offenders||Proportion of offenders offending (two year)|
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