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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences which terminated in each of the last five years had been reduced by virtue of the time spent by the convict on curfew while on remand. 
Mr. Malik: The provisions allowing credit towards custodial sentences for periods of remand on bail while subject to an electronically monitored curfew were not implemented until 3 November 2008. There are no statistics in relation to the number of custodial sentences that have attracted curfew credit from which release has taken place since the implementation of the provisions.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have a dedicated identification and support system for prisoners who have previously
served in the armed forces; and what forms such systems take in each prison. 
Mr. Hanson: There is currently no national dedicated identification system for ex-servicemen held in custody, although there are areas of good practice, such as in the case of Everthorpe prison. This will change with the introduction of PNOMIS IT system which contains specific data entry field for ex-service offenders and trials are underway. In the meantime, the offender assessment system (OASys) prompts an offender supervisor/manager to review an offenders employment history, including military, and work related skills.
In terms of support systems in place, as part of the Veterans Prison In Reach initiative we are running an extensive cross departmental information campaign aimed at staff, offenders and their families on services available in conjunction with the ex-service charities. We also plan to conduct research to accurately assess the number of veterans in prison to better provide for their needs.
The Royal British Legion and Action for Prisoners Families are working together in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the families of offenders are made more aware of the help available to them and this is going to be a priority throughout 2009.
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Deciding what sentences are appropriate for women offenders is rightly entirely a matter for the courts, but the Government agree that more must be done to ensure that custody is only used for those women who really need to be there.
The Government are keen to encourage greater use of community alternatives for women offenders wherever possible. We are committed to looking specifically at how to tackle womens offending and addressing the adverse impact of imprisonment on women and their families, particularly their children.
|Small numbers of prisoners held in default of payment of a fine (e.g. six overall in June 2007) are included in these figures.|
These figures are taken from table 7.3 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library, and which can also be found at the following website:
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison buildings have been assessed as non-compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 in each year since it entered into force. 
Mr. Malik: No prison buildings have actually been assessed as non-compliant with the DDA. All new prisons constructed after the introduction of the DDA have been commissioned to be DDA compliant. However, we are aware that a number of prisons, being of Victorian or older design, offer some difficulties to prisoners with severe mobility issues. The policy is that prisoners with such difficulties should not be allocated to prisons which cannot provide the appropriate reasonable adjustments.
There is a process called the access survey which assesses what difficulties might be encountered with physical access to buildings and the work that is needed to address these difficulties. However, this information is used practically to inform local improvement work and is not collated centrally. It does not constitute an assessment of compliance with the DDA.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 months. 
Bridget Prentice: Figures for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency and Tees Valley are not available. However, the following table shows the number of possession orders made in England, Her Majestys Courts Service north east region and Teesside county court for each month in 2008.
The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, geographical boundaries of county courts may not necessarily be consistent with other administrative or constituency boundaries. Repossession orders made at Teesside county court may therefore relate to properties in other areas besides Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency and Tees Valley.
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