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Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in the pilot benefit sanction scheme operated by magistrates' courts; what assessment has been made of the effect of the scheme on levels of crime in the pilot areas; and whether he plans to extend that scheme to other areas. 
A written statement was made on 27 February 2009, announcing the intention to end the community sentence sanction pilots, subject to parliamentary approval. Initial evaluation research showed a modest 1.8 per cent. improvement in compliance by sanctioned offenders, directly attributable to the impact of the policy.
Taking into account the overall cost-effectiveness of running the pilot scheme and other measures introduced to strengthen compliance and enforcement, it was decided that the pilots should end and should not be rolled out nationally. The appropriate legislation to end the pilots is being taken forward as part of the Welfare Reform Bill.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been distributed from the Victims Fund on 2008-09; and which groups received money from the fund for the provision of services to victims of hate crime or homicide in that year. 
The Government distributed a total of £277,618.08 from the Victims Fund between 13 groups for the provision of services to victims of hate crime or homicide for the period 2008-09. £1.25 million was allocated to victims of sexual violence.
Support After Murder and Manslaughter (Merseyside)-awarded £20,450
National Victims Association-awarded £30,985
Child Bereavement Charity-awarded £20,887
Victims of Crime Trust-awarded £17,700
Victim Support (Bedfordshire)-awarded £19,954.08
Voice UK-awarded £34,900
Greenwich Action Committee Against Racist Attacks-awarded £19,920
Kirklees Metropolitan Council-awarded £15,000
Gender Identity Research and Education Society-awarded £4,750
North Herts People First-£53,180
Victim Support Teesside-£4,130
Greater Manchester Police, Bury Division-£15,762
West Yorkshire Police-£20,000
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many under 18 year olds have been (a) prosecuted
and (b) convicted for (i) sexual offences, (ii) robbery, (iii) criminal damage, (iv) drug offences and (v) violent offences in each year since 1999. 
Mr. Straw: The number of persons aged 10 to 17 who were proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the requested offence groups in England and Wales, for the years 1999 to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 significantly modernised and strengthened the laws on sexual offences in England and Wales to provide extra protection to children from sexual exploitation. This makes direct comparisons with previous legislation very difficult. Many new offences created by the Act will not have a direct equivalent under the old legislation.
These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
|Number of persons aged 10 to 17 who were proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for selected indictable offences( 1) , England and Wales 1999 to 2007( 2, 3)|
|Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|Sexual Offences( 4,)( )( 5)||Robbery( 6)||Criminal Damage( 7)||Drug Offences( 8)||Violence against the Person( 9)||Sexual Offences( 4, 5)||Robbery( 6)||Criminal Damage( 7)||Drug Offences( 8)||Violence against the Person( 9)|
|(1 )Includes Indictable and triable-either way offences, 'Indictable only' are the most serious breaches of the criminal law and must be dealt with at the Crown court. Triable-either-way offences may be tried at either the Crown court or at magistrates courts. The offence groups do not include summary offences.|
(2 )The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(4 )Sexual Offences includes data for the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into force on 1 May 2004.
(5) Sexual Offences offence type includes the following offence classes:
Sexual Assault on a Male
Indecency between Males
Rape of a Female
Rape of a Male
Sexual Assault on a Female
Sexual Activity with child under 13
Sexual Activity with child under 16
Familial Sexual Offences (Incest)
Exploitation of Prostitution
Soliciting of women by Men
Sexual activity etc. with a person with a mental disorder
Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography
Trafficking for sexual exploitation
Abuse of trust-sexual offences
Gross Indecency with Children
Miscellaneous sexual offences
(6) Robbery offence type includes the following offence class:
(7) Criminal Damage offence type includes the following offence classes:
Criminal Damage Endangering Life
Other Criminal Damage
Threat etc., to commit Criminal Damage
(8) Drug offences includes the following offence classes:
Unlawful importation-Class A
Unlawful importation-Class B
Unlawful importation-Class C
Unlawful importation-Class unspecified
Unlawful exportation-Class A
Unlawful exportation-Class B
Unlawful exportation-Class C
Unlawful exportation-Class Unspecified
Production, supply and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug-Class A
Possession of a controlled drug-Class A
Other drug offences
(9) Violence against the person offence type includes the following offence classes:
Threat or Conspiracy to Murder
Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
Manslaughter Due to Diminished Responsibility
Causing Death by Careless Driving when under the influence of Drink or Drugs
Causing Death of a child or vulnerable person
Wounding or other act Endangering Life
Endangering Railway Passenger
Endangering Life at Sea
Malicious Wounding etc.
Cruelty to or Neglect of Children
Abandoning Child aged under Two Years
Procuring Illegal Abortion
Concealment of Birth
Causing Death by Aggravated Vehicle Taking
(10) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
OCJR-E and A: Office for Criminal Justice Reform-Evidence and Analysis Unit, Ministry of Justice
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the costs of (a) national and regional management and administration, (b) premises, (c) insurance, (d) staff pensions, (e) depreciation, (f) land, (g) capital and (h) other central expenditure on his estimate of the average annual cost of providing a custodial place for a young offender. 
Direct net expenditure met locally at establishments: £32,799
Other net expenditure met centrally by the Prison Service: 14,960
(HMPS)and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
Total overall average resource cost per place: £47,759
The direct resource expenditure met locally at each establishment is as reported in the Annual Report and Accounts of HMPS 2007-08. Resource expenditure met centrally by HMPS and NOMS includes for example: national and regional management and administration, major maintenance, depreciation and cost of capital of land and buildings, and prisoner escort service. This involves some estimation. Income from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in respect of services recharged to the YJB is excluded in order to show the overall cost to the Ministry of Justice, as is any spend by other Government Departments (e.g. for health and education). Capital expenditure is not included.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on youth custody, if he will issue guidance on the time of day by which juvenile offenders should be delivered to places of detention. 
The Youth Justice Board is working with the National Offender Management Service, which manages the contracts for escorts to young offender institutions, on measures to ensure that young people under 18 who are sent to young offender institutions arrive at a reasonable hour.
Escort arrangements for young people sent to secure training centres and secure children's homes are managed by the Youth Justice Board. At the conclusion of court business, service providers are contractually required to take the young person direct to the establishment, which minimises the risk of a late arrival.
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