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Earl Howe: In accordance with its terms of reference, the Homosexuality Policy Assessment Team was required to undertake an internal assessment of the current policy. The report of that assessment was placed in the Library of the House on 4th March.
Since February 1994, viewers and listeners have been able to write to a named individual in the new post of Head of the Programme Complaints Unit. The present head of the unit is Mr. Fraser Steel. The unit is independent of the programme-making divisions of the BBC and is responsible for ensuring that complaints about serious breaches of accepted broadcasting standards are dealt with thoroughly, impartially and quickly. Its primary purpose is to provide appropriate means of redress to licence-fee payers. All programme areas are required to co-operate with the unit's investigations and to make corrections or provide redress on air where that is warranted. The procedure can also identify weaknesses which need to be addressed or provide management with the grounds for taking other action to prevent the recurrence of problems identified.
Any complainant who is not satisfied with the way in which the complaint has been handled by the unit may ask the Governors' Programme Complaints Appeals Committee, chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe, to consider the matter. It will do so if in its judgment the complaint raises significant issues of public interest. It will then make a recommendation to the Board of Governors, who will decide on the outcome. The decision and the action taken are publicised in the regular Governors' Programme Complaints Bulletin, which also analyses complaints received centrally by the BBC and gives an account of the work of the Programme Complaints Unit, it summarises each complaint, the unit's findings and action taken. Details of the BBC complaints procedure are set out in a free leaflet, on the letters page of the Radio Times and on Ceefax.
The steering group brings together all the main bodies involved in the management of undergraduate medical and dental education and research, and we are grateful to the representatives of these bodies who have served on the group.
Close co-operation between the National Health Service and the universities is essential for the successful management of medical and dental education and research. The report acknowledges and welcomes the close co-operation that already exists between the NHS and the universities and explores how this can be further developed. It includes a revision of the "Ten Key Principles" which help define the shared goals of the two parties.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Tenderers have proposed a range of projected opening dates for the two Secure Training Centres. These dates form part of the negotiations currently taking place and when agreed will be specified in the final signed contracts.
Baroness Blatch: Where fire authorities are responsible for enforcing fire safety legislation, they are also responsible for enforcing the requirements for the provision and use of fire safety signs included in the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. Those requirements for pictogram signs will only apply to existing fire safety signs after 24th December 1998. The estimated costs of this are between £2 million and £12 million.
What was the average prison population of adult males in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 respectively; how many of these were on remand; and how many were serving sentences of (a) under 12 months, (b) 12 months or more but under four years, and (c) four years or more.
Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Questions asking what was the average prison population of adult males and females in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 respectively; how many of these were on remand; and how many were serving sentences of (a) under 12 months, (b) 12 months or more but under four years, and (c) four years or more.
|Type of prisoner||1992||1993||1994||1995|
|Less than 12 months||3,652||3,893||4,541||4,979|
|12 months less than 4 years||11,076||9,600||10,485||11,488|
|4 years and over (including life)||14,167||13,697||14,314||15,506|
|All adult males||36,264||35,328||38,858||40,713|
|Type of prisoner||1992||1993||1994||1995|
|Less than 12 months||183||226||265||301|
|12 months less than 4 years||404||375||448||488|
|4 years and over (including life)||470||397||425||489|
|All adult females||1,380||1,356||1,581||1,703|
1 Includes prisoners held in police cells.
2 Components may not add to totals because they have been rounded independently.
3 Includes persons committed in default of payment of a fine.
The sentence length breakdown has been partly estimated
from previous sentence bands, which were; up to 18 months;
over 18 months and up to 4 years; over 4 years.