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(i) What would be the estimated numerical effect upon the average daily prison population in Scotland if the periods of remission of one-third to one-half specified in Section 1 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 were reduced to 15 per cent. (if earned by good behaviour), and (ii) what the additional capital costs and additional annual running costs would be if the said periods of remission were to be replaced by a period of remission of 15 per cent. (if earned by good behaviour).
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): The Government will be consulting soon on our proposals for changes to the early release arrangements for prisoners in Scotland. In the light of consultation, the Government will publish a White Paper in the course of
The Earl of Lindsay: The subject of the question relates to matters undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to arrange for a reply to be given.
The Earl of Lindsay: The subject of the Question relates to matters undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to arrange for a reply to be given.
The Earl of Lindsay has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of nationals of other European Union member states who are currently on remand in Scotland awaiting trial on charges brought against them here.
Information on the nationality of persons held on remand in Scottish penal establishments has not been collected centrally in the past. However, the Scottish Prison Service Prisoner Records Database, recently introduced across all establishments and currently being developed further will, in future, enable us to provide such information.
Of the recycled paper used in Parliament, what is the level of post-consumer waste contained in it; and
Given that good quality paper containing 100 per cent. recycled post-consumer waste is now available at competitive prices, whether it is intended to use such paper in Parliament.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): At present, the House of Lords does not use recycled paper for either writing paper or photocopying paper. It was agreed in 1990 to replace the existing non-recycled writing paper with recycled paper, but the use of recycled paper was discontinued in 1993. The principal reasons were that, by using non-recycled writing paper, the House would save money: and that Lords had complained that the recycled paper used by the House was not suitable for use with fountain pens.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): Information is not available in the manner requested. However, in the six months to September 1995, 7,537 licences were issued through 3,326 post offices.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The practice relating to the discussion of important treaties has not changed. It is for the Government of the day to determine which treaties not requiring legislation are of sufficient importance that a debate on a Motion should be held.
Although the Americans signed an agreement with the Federal German Government in 1992 for a lump sum payment, this is not an option open to the British Government. The German Government are not prepared to conclude any further bilateral agreements of this sort.
British claimants who had property in the former German Democratic Republic are able to pursue their claims directly with the appropriate local German authorities through domestic procedures. We monitor progress on these claims and regularly remind the German authorities of the need to bring them all to a prompt and satisfactory conclusion. We have taken up cases of significant delays or apparent lack of co-operation from local authorities.
Lord Lucas: Her Majesty's Government recognise that sleeping on the streets is not a healthy lifestyle. Our stated objective is to ensure that there is no necessity for people to sleep rough. The Government are spending £182 million over the six years 1990-91 to 1995-96 through the Rough Sleepers Initiative (RSI) to help people sleeping rough in central London, where the problem is greatest. In recognition of the links between housing, health and other issues, five Government departments, including the Department of Health, are involved in the future development of the RSI. We have said that we will continue the RSI in central London beyond March 1996, when it was due to end, and will consider assisting the development of the RSI model in areas outside central London where rough sleeping can be demonstrated to be a major problem.
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