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Departmental Buildings

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) grade II, (b) grade II* and (c) grade I listed buildings have been owned by his Department in each of the last three years. [266859]

Mr. Malik: Information relating to grade listed buildings within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) estate is as follows:

MOJ HQ

Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS)

Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS)

Tribunal Service

National Offender Management Service (non-custodial)

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what buildings are owned or operated by his Department under a private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement; and which companies are involved with each such PFI arrangement. [267407]

Mr. Straw: The following buildings are owned or operated under PFI arrangements by the specified operators:

PFI Operators

Prison

HMP Parc

Securicor + Costain/Skanska

HMP Altcourse

Group 4 + Carillion

HMP Lowdham Grange

Premier Custodial Group + Skanska

HMP Ashfield

Premier Custodial Group + Skanska

HMP Forest Bank

Kaylx + Interserve

HMP Rye Hill/Onley

Group 4 + Carillion

HMP Dovegate

Premier Custodial Group + Skanska

HMP Bronzefield

Kaylx + Interserve

HMP Peterborough

Kaylx + Interserve

Court

Hereford, Kidderminster, Worcester and Redditch Magistrates Court

Babcock and Brown Properties Ltd

Hull, Beverly and Bridlington Magistrates Courts

Mowlems Plc and Innisfree

Derby and Chesterfield Magistrates Courts

Babcock and Brown Properties Ltd

Manchester Magistrates Court

Group 4 now GSL, Carillion and Societe Generale

Exeter Combined Courts

HSBC Ltd, Alfred McAlpine Ltd and Sodexho Ltd

Ipswich and Cambridge Crown Courts

Mowlems Plc

Sheffield Family Hearing Centre

Palecastle Ltd

Avon and Somerset PFI—North Somerset (Worle) Magistrates Courthouse

Amey, Equion and Bank of Scotland

Bristol Magistrates Court

Amey, Equion and Bank of Scotland

Probate Records Storage Facility

Iron Mountain


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Home Detention Curfews: Greater London

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released from each prison in London under home detention curfew orders in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [268758]


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Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of prisoners released under the Home Detention Curfew scheme from prison establishments in London in each month in 2007, which is the latest year for which the data are available.

Belmarsh Brixton Feltham Holloway Latchmere House Pentonville Wormwood Scrubs Wandsworth

All 2007

70

30

*

110

*

60

160

40

January 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

February 2007

*

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

March 2007

10

0

*

20

0

*

20

*

April 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

May 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

June 2007

10

*

0

10

0

*

20

10

July 2007

10

10

0

*

0

10

10

*

August 2007

*

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

September 2007

10

*

0

10

0

*

10

*

October 2007

*

0

0

10

*

10

10

*

November 2007

10

*

*

10

*

10

20

*

December 2007

*

*

*

10

0

*

20

10

Note:
Figures rounded to the nearest 10; ‘*’ indicates number of releases is fewer than 5 (but not 0).

The Home Detention Curfew scheme enables suitable prisoners primarily serving between three months and less than four years to be released subject to an electronically monitored curfew up to 135 days earlier than the half way point of their sentence. The scheme has been very successful in providing prisoners with a smoother and more effective re-integration into the community enabling prisoners to be released from prison early, while still subject to restrictions placed on their liberty. HDC helps prisoners resume employment or training at an earlier stage and so support themselves and their families.

The decision to grant release on HDC rests with the Governor and eligible prisoners must pass a risk assessment, which includes an assessment of home circumstances carried out by the probation service, before release can be granted.

Prisoners subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and those serving extended sentences for public protection are statutorily excluded from release on HDC. Offenders serving sentences for certain serious violent offences, including prisoners serving sentences for terrorism legislation offences and prisoners with any history of sexual offending are presumed unsuitable unless there are exceptional circumstances.

No prisoners are released on HDC unless they have served at least one quarter of their sentence subject to a minimum of 30 days in custody. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing, and have therefore been rounded to the nearest 10.

National Offender Management Service: Recruitment

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what method of competition the Director General of the National Offender Management Service was recruited; and if he will make a statement. [268762]

Mr. Hanson: The director general of NOMS Phil Wheatley was recruited to this position by a managed appointment.

Swaleside Prison

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) members of HM Prison Service Board and (b) Prison Service area managers have been employed at HM Prison Swaleside in the last 12 months. [268755]

Mr. Hanson: No members of NOMS board or PS area managers have been employed at HMP Swaleside in the last 12 months.

Leader of the House

Members: Allowances

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members have been required to reimburse the Members’ Vote following a determination that a parliamentary report funded from the Communications Allowance fell outside the rules which apply to that allowance in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [268665]

Chris Bryant: In the 2008-09 financial year the Department was asked by Members to review some 1,250 individual publications about half of which were parliamentary reports. Some 50 per cent. of documents reviewed were approved without amendment. One Member was asked to repay costs relating to a parliamentary report as a result of a case considered by the Standards and Privileges Committee and a further five Members were asked to repay costs as a result of decisions by the Department of Resources, either following a complaint or a review of a claim.


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