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Prisons: Construction

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, columns 82-83W, on prisons: construction, whether Scarisbrick is under consideration as a possible site for construction of any type of prison. [285736]

Mr. Straw: Following my announcement on 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns 569-80, about our plans to build 1,500 place prisons, a fresh site search to identify potential sites for these new prisons will begin in due course.

Sentencing: Foreigners

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign nationals have been discharged from a mandatory life sentence in each of the last 10 years; [285297]

(2) how many foreign nationals have been discharged from a discretionary life sentence in each of the last 10 years. [285299]

Mr. Straw: The number of foreign national prisoners serving a mandatory and discretionary life sentence and who were subsequently released from custody was not, before April 2007, recorded centrally. To answer the question would require a manual exercise checking every release of a mandatory and discretionary lifer during the period in question and this would incur disproportionate cost.

However, since April 2007 the Public Protection Unit Database (PPUD) has recorded the nationality of prisoners being released. In 2007, there were three foreign national prisoners serving a mandatory life sentence and who were released from custody. There were no discretionary life sentence prisoners, identified as foreign nationals, who were released in 2007. As with any large scale recording system, it is subject to possible errors arising from either data entry or processing.

Details of prisoners released are published "Offender Management Caseload Statistics" published by Offender Management and Sentencing Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice. This bulletin is available in the Library of the House and is available at:

The 2008 figures will be published in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2008 at the end of July 2009. The publication of this bulletin has been pre-announced on the Ministry of Justice and United Kingdom Statistics Authority websites.

To provide the 2008 figures for foreign national prisoners released would constitute providing a breakdown of an as yet unpublished figure. This would breach the code of practice for statistics and so cannot be provided until after this publication.

It is for the independent Parole Board to determine whether to direct the release of life sentence prisoners and will do so only if it is satisfied that it is no longer necessary on the grounds of public protection for the prisoner to be detained in custody.


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Victims Advisory Panel: Meetings

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Victims' Advisory Panel has met since July 2006; and what matters were discussed at each such meeting. [285265]

Mr. Straw: The Victims Advisory Panel (VAP) have met on nine occasions since July 2006. They last met on 11 June 2009 and are next due to meet on the 14 July 2009. VAP meetings usually include presentations on emerging policy relevant to improving support to victims and subsequent discussion by panel members.

Matters the VAP have discussed and given their view on are numerous. They include: the appointment of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, the payment of court ordered compensation, the provision of special measures, research into victims experience, the complaints system for victims, support for victims of domestic violence, support for young victims of crime, support for victims at coroners courts and support for victims in civil cases.

Transport

A1

Mr. Moss: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to ensure the installation of separated junctions at the main intersections and roundabouts on the A1 between Alconbury and the A1(M) north of Baldock. [284487]

Chris Mole: The A1 trunk road in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire is identified as a road of regional importance. As such, the priority to be given for separated junctions at the main intersections and roundabouts on the A1 south of Peterborough to the beginning of the A1(M) north of Baldock is initially for the East of England region to consider.

In March 2009 the region submitted advice to Government on public spending priorities for transport, housing and regeneration, economic development and skills as part of the refresh of the Regional Funding Advice (known as RFA2). This includes transport priorities in the region through to 2018-19. The Government expect to respond to the region's advice later this year. However, the region did not include these junctions in their submitted priorities.

Aviation: Insecticides

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent action the Aviation Health Working Group has taken in respect of the use of insecticides on commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement. [285807]

Paul Clark: The Aviation Health Working Group is a stakeholder forum reporting to Ministers; it is not an executive body. The use of insecticide is required under the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on flights to or from certain destinations to control the spread of insects and to protect public health from insect borne diseases.


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Rules established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) permit the use of certain insecticides, which have the approval of and are recommended by the WHO, based on their efficacy and minimal human toxicity. These rules are binding on International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) contracting states, including the UK.

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many complaints have been reported to the Aviation Health Working Group from passengers regarding the use of insecticides on commercial aircraft in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. [285808]

Paul Clark: None. The Air Transport Users Council (AUC) has received three complaints in the last four years.

The Civil Aviation Authority's Aviation Health Unit has, during the period from 1 July 2008 to 9 July 2009, received four enquiries regarding the use of insecticides on commercial aircraft. Two of these were complaints and both concerned non-UK airlines.

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what insecticides are approved for use by cabin crew on commercial aircraft. [285809]

Paul Clark: The following table gives a list of the insecticides currently approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for aircraft disinsection in Great Britain:

Product name HSE number

Aircraft aerosol insect control

5408

Aircraft disinsectant

6254

Aircraft disinsectant multi

7016

Aircraft disinsecting spray

8380

Aircraft insecticide

7021

Aircraft insecticide multi

7025

Callington 1-shot aircraft insecticide

8882

Callington aerosafe (d-Phenothrin) aircraft insecticide

8323

Callington aerosafe aircraft insecticide

7431

Callington top of descent aircraft insecticide

7430

Disinsecting spray multi

7024

Disinsecting spray single

6977

Extermisect

(1)6976

Extermisect multi

(1)7027

Multi-shot permethrin spray

7119

Non-flammable aircraft insecticide 222/A-203D/P-238/D

7502

One-shot aircraft aerosol insect control

5407

Orvec aircraft insecticide

7028

Polygard one-shot aircraft disinsectant

7298

Single-shot permethrin spray

7118

Ventaire sure-serve aircraft insecticide

8789

Ventaire sure-serve aircraft insecticide

8904

(1) Two of the products listed, Extermisect (HSE 6976) and Extermisect multi (HSE 7027), have been withdrawn from the market for commercial reasons-but can still be supplied, stored and used until 16 July 2009.

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Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what countries of (a) origin and (b) destination of flights to or from the UK the use of insecticides by cabin crew is mandatory. [285810]

Paul Clark: The International Health Regulations (2005) published by the World Health Organization (WHO) require states to ensure that measures are taken to prevent the spread of disease on aircraft. In the UK the regulations were implemented by the Public Health (Aircraft) (Amendment) Regulations 2007. They are enforced at UK airports by the local port health authority.

Port health authorities in UK require that aircraft entering the UK from countries listed in chapter 7 of the WHO guidance (see links) in relation to the control of malaria should be sprayed.

A copy of the list of countries given in the WHO guidance has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.

Benefex

Mr. Leech: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 10W, on departmental conditions of employment, by what method the contract won by Benefex Limited was let by his Department. [285472]

Chris Mole: The contract was evaluated and awarded to Benefex Ltd. in accordance with the European Union procurement directives. The competition was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Bicycles: Safety

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which local authorities have received funding from his Department for the provision of Bikeability training; and what award was made in each case. [285373]

Mr. Khan: We have awarded cycle training grants to local authorities since 2006-07 to encourage cycling to school. Since 2008-09 we have been able to meet all bids in full. The grants awarded each year to local authorities are set out in the table which has been placed in the Libraries of the House. We also provide funding for training direct in schools via grants to the school sports partnerships.

Bicycles: Staffordshire

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years. [285364]

Mr. Khan: Between 2005 and March 2008 Sustrans (the Sustainable Transport Charity) has on the Department for Transport's behalf made available grants for local authorities to deliver a Links to Schools programme to
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encourage more children to cycle to school. £80,000.00 was made available to Staffordshire county council in 2006-07.

We have also awarded cycle training grants to local authorities since 2006-07 to encourage cycling to school. The grants awarded each year to Staffordshire county council are set out in the following table:

Local authority cycle training grants, Staffordshire county council

Grant (£)

2006-07

-

2007-08

68,000.00

2008-09

156,000.00

2009-10

249,000.00

Total 2007-08 to 2009-10

473,000.00


Departmental Contracts

Mr. Leech: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport in what circumstances staff contracts have been varied in his Department to include the requirement for a total reward statement; and what methods were used to vary those contracts. [285387]

Chris Mole: Issuing total reward statements does not give rise to any variation in terms and conditions of employment.

Mr. Leech: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what cost codes have been set up by his Department's Shared Service Centre in relation to the flexible benefit project; and what costs have been recorded against each cost code and on what dates. [285388]

Chris Mole: The system has not yet been implemented. The Shared Service Centre has therefore not set up any cost codes in relation to the flexible benefit project.

Mr. Leech: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport for what reasons his Department's design authority has sanctioned an emergency delivery of flexible benefits via the Emergency Path to Production process; and if he will make a statement. [285389]

Chris Mole: There are a number of minor application changes required to the Shared Services system in order to integrate the flexible benefits scheme into payroll, which is planned for roll-out in October 2009.

Departmental Databases

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information databases his Department (a) maintains and (b) uses which do not contain personal information. [284386]

Chris Mole: A list of information databases maintained and used by the Department for Transport and its agencies is not yet centrally held and could be compiled to answer this question only at disproportionate cost. The information will be published on the Department's website in due course.


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