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In addition, NOMS officials visited the following hospitals and other sites owned by public bodies between 2005 and 2008:


Sites in public ownership

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There have been several site search exercises for the London/Essex and South East carried out by NOMS since June 2005. These searches identified over 300 sites, the majority of which were dismissed from consideration at an early stage and not visited. Information relating to those sites that were visited is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Lancaster is under consideration as a potential site for a new 1,500 place prison. [288380]

Mr. Straw: No. Apart from the two sites at Beam Park West (Dagenham) and Runwell (Essex) that I announced to Parliament on 27 April 2009, Official
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, columns 569-80, there are currently no plans to build a 1,500 place prison at any other location. We plan to start a fresh search for potential sites for the remaining new prisons in due course.

Prisons: Females

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many abstinence-based therapeutic programmes there are for drug and alcohol addiction in women's prisons; and how many prisoners (a) entered and (b) completed such programmes in each year for which records are available. [291103]

Mr. Straw: A comprehensive drug treatment framework is available for women in prison. Interventions fall into three groups: clinical treatment (detoxification and maintenance), counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare services (CARATs) and (abstinence-based) accredited drug treatment programmes.

Currently four different accredited drug treatment programmes are available to women in various establishments: 12-Step, P-ASRO (Prison-Addressing Substance-Related Offending), the Short Duration Programme (SDP) and Therapeutic Communities (TCs). The following table shows the number of prisoners starting and completing these programmes in each of the last five years.

2004-05( 1) 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Starts Completions Starts Completions Starts Completions Starts Completions Starts Completions
























































(1) 2004-05 is the first full year for which accurate starts and completions data are available.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Where alcohol is part of poly-drug misuse, CARAT services are available to all women prisoners in England and Wales. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is available in 11 women's prisons, although no participation data are collected centrally.

Racially Aggravated Offences

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each ethnic group were convicted of racially aggravated offences in 2007; and for what offences they were convicted. [291185]

Claire Ward: Data on the ethnicity of persons convicted, in England and Wales, are not available for racially aggravated offences due to incomplete returns.

The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is currently working with Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS), and representatives from National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to improve the level of recording in both the police and the courts.

Reoffenders: Foreigners

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the 954 offenders who had their licence recalled in 2008-09 and have not been returned to custody are foreign nationals. [291203]

Mr. Straw: In my written ministerial statement of 6 July 2009, Official Report, columns 34-38WS, on Audit of Licence Revocation, I announced that, as at 26 June 2009, 954 offenders who had their licences revoked between 1984 and 31 March 2009 were not recorded as having been returned to custody. Of the 954, there were 192 foreign nationals. Of the 192, 64 were assessed as meeting the criteria for deportation.

Over the last 10 years, more than 99 per cent. of offenders who have been recalled to prison have been successfully apprehended. We are determined to build on this creditable performance.

All agencies are working together to review and revise the end-to-end recall process, to ensure that we have the strongest grip on these individuals and can return them to custody as quickly as possible. The police have an action plan in place to deal with outstanding cases.

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The Probation Service has significantly improved its enforcement of breaches. In 1997 only a third of breaches were being appropriately enforced, compared to over 95 per cent. by 2008. Before 1999 recall was rarely used because such cases had to go through the courts.

Michael Shields

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to make a final decision on a pardon in the case of Michael Shields. [291011]

Mr. Straw: Mr. Shields has been granted a free pardon. He was released from custody on 9 September.

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of legal advice and representation in the concluded judicial review in the case concerning Michael Shields. [291012]

Mr. Straw: The judicial review on Michael Shields' application for a free pardon was concluded on 17 December 2008 in the Administrative Court. The total cost of legal advice and representation associated with the judicial review was £64,577 including disbursements and VAT.

Third Sector

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of (a) the Office of Public Sector Information logo and (b) other rebranding of Her Majesty's Stationery Office as the Office of Public Sector Information. [291055]

Mr. Wills: The renaming of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) as the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), which took effect from 1 July 2005, was an internal management unit change at the Cabinet Office to reflect its expanded responsibilities to be the principal focal point within Government for advising on and regulating the operation of public sector information re-use.

All work on renaming (updating the HMSO webpage, creating a new logo and issuing new business cards) was resourced and completed in house by HMSO staff as part of their day-to-day tasks. No additional costs were incurred and none of the work was contracted out to external suppliers.

Cabinet Office

Central Office of Information

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 351W, on central government: public relations, which public relations firms were on the Central Office of Information's list of accredited public relations companies in each year since 1997. [291054]

Angela E. Smith: I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

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Letter from Mark Lund, dated 11 September 2009:

Civil Servants: Resignations

David Taylor: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many senior civil servants resigned from office to take up positions in the private sector in each of the last 10 years. [291123]

Angela E. Smith: All civil servants are subject to the "Rules on the Acceptance of Outside Appointments by Crown Servants" which require them to seek approval for employment they wish to take up within two years of leaving the civil service.

The independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments advises on applications under the rules from the most senior civil servants. The Committee publishes on its website and in its annual reports, information about its recommendations on appointments that have been taken up or announced. Copies of the Committee's annual reports are available in the Libraries of the House and at:

Information about other senior civil servants is not held centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Chelmsford

Mr. Burns: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of young people aged between 18 and 24 years resident in the Chelmsford local authority area claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2009 to date. [290995]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated September 2009:

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