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Offenders that are aged 18 and 19 are included in the adult dataset. We do not have the facility to determine which offenders were released from young offender institutions. However, all 18 and 19 year old offenders are held under young offender institution conditions, even if they are held in an adult prison. Table 2 shows the reoffending rates for all offenders aged 18 and 19 who were released from custody for the last five years for which data are available.

Table 2 : Number of offenders released from custody aged 18-19, and proportion that committed a reoffence within one year, split by age and date of offence, adults, 2003-2007
Percentage of offenders that committed a reoffence
Cohort Age Number of offenders Within 1 month of release Between 1 and 6 months of release Between 6 and 12 months of release Total

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Please note that the definition of a reoffence differs between adults and juveniles. For adults, any offence within a year of release from custody, that is proven by court conviction within 18 months of release, is counted as a reoffence. For juveniles, an offence proven by court conviction or a caution within the same time period is counted as a reoffence. For this reasons the adult and juvenile reoffending rates are not directly comparable.

Further information on adult reoffending is available at:

Further information on juvenile reoffending is available at:


Banks: Finance

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what loan loss rate his Department assumes in respect of the £280 billion portfolio of debts it is underwriting. [307150]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: RBS will bear 100 per cent. of the first £60 billion of losses on the £282 billion of assets that it has included in the Asset Protection Scheme (APS). As set out in the details of the Asset Protection Scheme, published on 7 December 2009, this is in line with HM Treasury's current view of the most likely level of losses on the APS assets.

Child Benefit: EU Nationals

John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average, (b) upper quartile and (c) lower quartile length of time was taken to obtain confirmation that family benefits were not in payment in another EEA member state for EEA national child benefit claimants in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08 and (iv) 2008-09. [308120]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available, as HM Revenue and Customs systems do not capture the time taken to obtain confirmation from other EEA member states.

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Departmental Conferences

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on conferences they organised which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years; and what the title was of each such conference. [308836]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury does not hold a central record of conferences and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Pay

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. [300380]

Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in each year; [302780]

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated for (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses in 2009-10. [307028]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The following table sets out the information requested on performance awards paid by HM Treasury in 2008-09. For information on prior years I refer the hon. Members to the answer given by the then Exchequer Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Angela Eagle) on 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 164W.

HM Treasury performance awards 2008-09

Expenditure incurred

Performance award (£000)


Special performance award (£000)


Number of staff receiving a bonus

Performance award


Special performance award


Percentage of staff receiving a bonus( 2)

Performance award


Special performance award


Largest single award (£000)


(1) In addition, one award was made to a member of staff on secondment to a private sector organisation that subsequently reimbursed the Department.
(2) Based on FTE headcount at 31 March 2009.

EU Emission Trading Scheme

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the projections in Table 2.9 of the Budget 2009, how much revenue he expects to come from the receipts from future phases of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in each year to 2013-14; and if he will make a statement. [307279]

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Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The pre-Budget report includes the most recent estimates for EU ETS receipts, based on the likely number of allowances and the secondary market price of carbon, in the 'other taxes and Royalties' line in Table 2.9 of the economy and public finances-supplementary material.

The pre-Budget report (p120) also noted that, to date, UK carbon auctions had raised over £350 million and that future revenue was set to rise to around £2 billion in 2013-14.

Fiscal Policy

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis his Department has undertaken of fiscal consolidation measures undertaken in other advanced economies over the last 30 years. [308675]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Treasury officials undertake analysis relative to their respective policy spheres as a matter of course. This includes reviewing available literature and evaluation of previous policy actions where appropriate.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

British Indian Ocean Territory: Environment Protection

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will declare a no-take marine reserve in respect of the vulnerable reef systems of the Chagos Archipelago. [309413]

Chris Bryant: A decision will be taken following the public consultation which is at present under way and which will run until 12 February 2010.

British Overseas Territories

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 9 October 2009, Official Report, column 1241W, on "British Overseas Territories: Prisoners", what plans there are to increase prison capacity in each of the UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean in which prisoner population exceeds capacity. [309361]

Chris Bryant: The information is as follows.

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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, what proportion of households in (a) the Falkland Islands, (b) St. Helena and (c) Tristan da Cunha have access to broadband internet. [309274]

Chris Bryant: Responsibility for telecommunications in the Falkland Islands, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha rests with the Governments of the Falkland Islands, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha, who hold the required information.

Cayman Islands

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 October 2009, Official Report, columns 66-67W, on "British Overseas Territories: Police", how many of the officers arrested for criminal activity in the Cayman Islands were convicted. [309224]

Chris Bryant: The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has clarified that, of the 13 officers arrested in the last five years, six were arrested for criminal offences and the others were arrested for non-criminal offences. Of the six arrested for criminal offences, three have been convicted, two await trial and one has been acquitted.

Croatia: EC Enlargement

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on accession negotiations between the EU and Croatia; and if he will make a statement. [308360]

Chris Bryant: On 21 December 2009 the EU and Croatia provisionally closed a further two chapters of the accession negotiations, bringing the total provisionally closed to 17 out of 35. A further 11 chapters are open and under negotiation.

The European Commission published its annual report on enlargement on 14 October 2009 which assessed that Croatia's preparations had advanced substantially across the board in 2009, that technical negotiations are now nearing their final phase, and that if Croatia meets all outstanding benchmarks in time it could be possible to conclude negotiations in 2010. But Croatia has much to do if it is to meet this time scale. Reform efforts need to be stepped up in the areas of judiciary and fundamental rights, in particular as regards the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and organised crime, minority rights, including refugee returns, and war crimes trials. Public administration reform also requires particular attention. Croatia also needs to take all necessary steps to settle the issue of access for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to important documents.

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