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Mr. Hanson: The total planned savings requirement for 2009-10 from prisons and young offender institutions is £64.2 million, 3.4 per cent. of budget. These savings have not yet been allocated to prisons and are held at area level.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether victims of crime (a) are informed and (b) have their consent requested before their details are passed to private sector firms undertaking research for his Department on levels of confidence in the criminal justice system. 
The BCS is a general population sample in which addresses are randomly selected from the Post Office Address File by the survey contractor. Other than the postal address, no information about the selected household is held by the contractor prior to being approached to obtain permission for them to take part in the survey.
The Office for Criminal Justice Reform on behalf of the Ministry of Justice manage the Witness and Victim Satisfaction Survey (WAVES) which is a national survey designed to measure how satisfied victims and witnesses are with the service they get from the criminal justice system (CJS).
It is permitted to share limited details without consent under the provisions of section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998, which allows certain data to be shared for research purposes, so long as certain conditions are in place. In order to obtain a large representative sample of victims and witnesses, consent is not obtained at the initial stage; however, very strict protocols are in place to ensure that these conditions are met.
The current contractor writes to all victims and witnesses identified by local criminal justice boards and selected to participate before the telephone call, giving them the option to opt out of the survey, in compliance with data protection guidelines. This gives victims and witnesses the opportunity to opt out at the first point of contact.
On calling those respondents who have not opted out, interviewers restate the purpose of the survey; to improve services to victims and witnesses in the future. Respondents are then assured that their responses will remain confidential and again asked if they are happy to participate. Reassurance is given at every stage of the interview process that responses given will remain anonymous.
The organisations undertaking both surveys are acting on behalf of the criminal justice system in order to help assess progress made at a local and national level against key CJS initiatives and to improve the future experiences of victims and witnesses. Both surveys have stringent measures in place to ensure individuals anonymity is maintained and responses remain confidential. Respondents are given the opportunity to opt out at point of first contact with the research organisations.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how long the absent governor of HM Prison Wymott has been on sick leave; how long the prison has been operating on a two governor basis; and how long he expects this arrangement to continue. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the three latest roof-top protest incidents at HM Prison Wymott (a) involved the same prisoners and (b) took place in the same part of the prison. 
The seven prisoners involved in the three incidents were seven different individuals. The
incidents all took place in the same part of the prison and new measures are in place to further restrict access to this roof.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners held in each young offenders institution were recorded in each year since 2003; 
Mr. Hanson: The National Offender Management Service has a broad, integrated and evidence-based prisoner suicide prevention and self harm management strategy that seeks to reduce the distress of all those in prison. This encompasses a wide spectrum of prison and Department of Health work around such issues as mental health, substance misuse and resettlement. Any prisoner identified as at risk of suicide or self-harm is cared for using the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) procedures. Most self harm is not directly life threatening, but nevertheless can be extremely distressing for those who have to deal with it. A prisoner focused care planning system for those at risk, ACCT, (Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork), has helped prisons manage self harm. There are no easy answers to managing self harming behaviour but we remain committed to finding ways to improve further our management of it.
The information is set out as follows. The NOMS Incident Reporting System processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The figures provide a good indication of overall numbers of incidents but should not be interpreted as absolute.
The instances of recorded self-harm by male prisoners, including young offenders (YOs) aged under 21, is summarised in table 1. Those incidents in current single-function young offender institutions (YOIs) are detailed in the notes of table 2.
|Table 1: Self harm incidents by establishment (male)|
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