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Departmental Catering

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agencies provides for staff. [249079]

Mr. Malik: HM Court Service has directly operated services for staff at two locations, Barnsley and Nottingham
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magistrates courts. There are no franchised catering outlets; all other catering provision is through primary catering service providers.

The Ministry of Justice has no franchised catering outlets, but has a number of contracted operations providing a variety of coffee bar, restaurant, hospitality and vending services at six of its headquarter buildings in London.

Similarly, National Offender Management Services (NOMS) has no franchised catering outlets. Contracted catering services are provided at 28 prisons and two headquarter buildings. Central records of directly operated catering outlets are not held. To obtain this information would be at a disproportionate cost as records at each establishment would need to be checked.

Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have reported that they are compliant with the Government’s security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. [245327]

Mr. Wills: The recommendations about data handling within Government that relate to contractors and suppliers are being taken forward in a number of areas across the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Cabinet Office were updated on 19 September about progress taking forward these recommendations and continuing work to review data security provisions within contracts and to seek the necessary assurances from contractors and suppliers.

The following action has been taken which updates the position reported to Cabinet Office:

Work is continuing with suppliers responsible for non IT contracts awarded by ex DCA Procurement, which includes contracts negotiated for Access to Justice, to put in place a standard contract amendment based on OGC terms. IT suppliers to MOJ (excluding NOMS) have been written to, reminding them of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and specifically
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drawing their attention to the two issues that arose in the data handling review: one, the encryption of laptops, and two, restrictions on the use of removable media for transporting personal data. 31 suppliers were contacted and 59 per cent. of those suppliers have confirmed that they are compliant. This includes the two major IT providers.

NOMS ICT supplier contracts have been reviewed, and appropriate standard wording identified to address data security issues. Work is in hand to negotiate these changes with suppliers.

MOJ standard terms and conditions of contract are currently being reviewed and amended to address the data security issues raised by the Hannigan Report. The revised terms will be introduced shortly across the MOJ. In the meantime, standard wording addressing the data security provisions has been issued for inclusion in new contracts awarded prior to the adoption of the new standard terms.

Departmental Languages

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided. [248077]

Mr. Malik: The Ministry of Justice does not provide coaching in foreign languages centrally, and does not hold any records on this matter. To obtain the information requested would involve identifying and contacting sources of information in many different locations and would thus incur disproportionate cost.

Departmental Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary questions. [250297]

Mr. Wills: Cabinet Office guidance for civil servants on drafting answers to parliamentary questions was updated on 25 November 2008. A copy of the guidance is in the Library of the House. It can also be found on the Cabinet Office website at:

The Ministry of Justice’s internal guidance for answering parliamentary questions was updated and issued on the Department’s intranet on 10 December 2008. I will send the hon. Member a copy and also arrange for it to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Drugs: Rehabilitation

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many forms are required to be completed by a practitioner supervising an individual on a drug rehabilitation requirement. [247564]

Mr. Hanson: Offender managers (OMs) are responsible for supervising offenders subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement (DRR) of a community order. While there
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are no nationally prescribed forms which they are required to complete, where orders include a DRR, OMs are required:

More generally, for the effective management of offenders under their supervision and in accordance with the requirements of Probation National Standards, OMs must:


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Medical practitioners providing treatment to or directing the treatment of an individual on a DRR are not required to complete any nationally prescribed forms. However, legislation requires that they provide the supervising officer with their views as to the treatment and testing of the offender and the results of all drug tests for inclusion in the supervising officer's written report on the offender's progress submitted to the court prior to each review of the requirement. Information which probation areas require from treatment providers, including on the offender's attendance, participation and motivation, should be specified in locally agreed protocols.

Drugs: Sentencing

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) custodial sentences, (b) fines, (c) community sentences and (d) cautions there were in respect of (i) drug use and (ii) drug dealing in Essex in each of the last five years. [249648]

Maria Eagle: The requested information is shown in the following table:


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Number of persons fined, given custodial sentences and community sentences for drug offences( 1) in Essex police force area, 2003 - 07
Community sentence Fine Immediate custody Suspended sentence Cautioned( 2)

2003

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

6

3

3

5

Possession of a controlled substance

165

398

42

1

676

Possession with intent to supply

19

55

1

3

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

11

2

20

3

9

2004

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

4

1

1

1

Possession of a controlled substance

165

252

28

2

322

Possession with intent to supply

18

1

42

2

3

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

8

32

2

8

2005

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

1

1

3

Possession of a controlled substance

180

246

30

3

493

Possession with intent to supply

26

2

63

7

6

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

8

2

33

4

3

2006

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

1

1

3

Possession of a controlled substance

117

221

31

11

802

Possession with intent to supply

16

1

41

20

5

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

12

106

28

4

2007

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

2

3

Possession of a controlled substance

118

133

16

16

1,006

Possession with intent to supply

13

59

23

22

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

16

55

21

9

(1) Includes all classes of drugs
(2) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings These figures have been included in the totals These data are based on the principle offence basis
Note:
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. 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
Source:
OMS Analytical Services. Ministry of Justice

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