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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The estimates take as their starting point the number of extra prison places expected to be needed for those sentenced to a minimum prison sentence of three years for a third offence of burglary in a dwelling, under Section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. While in prison each burglar is assumed to be prevented from committing at least three recorded crimes per year. We are carrying out a survey of recently sentenced prisoners to find out the number and types of offences they had committed in the year before they entered custody. This should provide better estimates of the numbers of crimes likely to be saved through incapacitation.
Lord Basam of Brighton: This is a positive measure about matching rights to the fulfilment of responsibilities; the right to claim benefit should be accompanied by a wider responsibility to society. The proposal is not intended as a punishment but it is expected to have a beneficial effect on increasing compliance with sentences. Those who comply with the sentence of a court will suffer no penalty under these proposals.
Lord Basam of Brighton: Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which will provide for up to two routine bail hearings for the great majority of those in immigration detention, is likely to be implemented in spring 2001. The introduction of these provisions is part of the extensive programme for implementing the many sections of the 1999 Act. The drafting of secondary legislation, guidance and putting in place the administrative arrangements does not allow for Part III to be implemented earlier than 1 April 2001.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1989 introduces routine bail hearings for immigration detainees with a presumption to release on bail, subject to certain exceptions. Part III is expected to come into force in spring 2001. Section 53 of the 1999 Act also provides for regulations to be made introducing the general right to bail for detainees making applications for bail under the provisions of the Immigration Act 1971. These regulations will be based on the rules and procedures which have yet to be drafted in respect of routine bail hearings. The introduction of these provisions is part of the extensive programme for implementing the many sections of the 1999 Act. The drafting of secondary legislation, guidance and putting in place the administrative arrangements does not allow for Part III to be implemented earlier than 1 April 2001.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Ms Ros Gardner has been appointed as a new member of the Complaints Audit Commission to replace Janet Whitaker, who resigned on being made a life peer. Ms Gardner runs a consultancy specialising in customer care and complaint handling. She was formerly manager of the customer services department of Marks and Spencer and was a member of Cabinet Office's Citizens Charter Complaints Task Force.
The total number of officers which forces bid for came to 8,220. As all forces meet the gateway criteria set out in the Bidding Guidelines, my right honourable friend the Home Secretary has, in allocating funding for the 5,000 officers between forces, taken into account the information which they provided in support of their bids.
The table shows the number of police recruits each force has bid for, the number they have been allocated in each year of the scheme and in total and the funding each will receive in year one of the scheme.
Forces tell us that, without the additional resources from the fund, they are planning to recruit a total of 12,478 police officers (new recruits to the service) in the three years commencing in April 2000. Their estimates reflect the decisions they and their police authorities have made about the way in which they will use the resources available to them next year and the assumptions they have made about funding and budget levels in the two following years which have yet to be settled. The money from the Crime Fighting Fund will be used to recruit 5,000 officers over and above the number forces plan to recruit over the three-year period.
|Allocation||Year 1 Costs|
|3 Year Total||2000/2001||2001/2002||2002/2003||Total||Total to Force||Training*||Total Year 1|
|Forces||Bid||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||£||£||£|
|Avon & Somerset||165||20||40||41||101||510,000||140,000||650,000|
|City of London||16||8||0||0||8||225,040||56,000||281,040|
|Devon and Cornwall||200||28||55||55||138||714,000||196,000||910,000|
*The £7,000 per recruit to forces other than the Metropolitan Police Service for training will be paid to National Police Training.