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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 7 March 2001


Ronald Maddison

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Solicitor-General if he has received a recent request from the Wiltshire Coroner to hold a fresh inquest on the death of Ronald Maddison at the defence research establishment at Porton Down; and if he will make a statement. [152378]

The Solicitor-General: Her Majesty's Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon has requested the Attorney- General's consent for a fresh inquest into the death of Ronald Maddison which occurred in 1953. The Coroner has been asked to provide further information.

The procedure is governed by section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988. Only the High Court may order a fresh inquest to be held. The Attorney-General's consent is required for the application to the High Court for that fresh inquest.

The application for the Attorney-General's consent will be considered when the further information he has requested arrives. If the Attorney-General grants his consent the Coroner will then be able to make the necessary application to the High Court.


Prison Places

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons being built in England and Wales; when each is expected to open; and how many inmate places there will be at each. [152679]

Mr. Boateng: One prison is currently under construction, Dovegate prison, and is due to open on 9 July 2001. There will be 800 prisoner places, of which 200 will form a therapeutic community.


Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum in the UK have been rejected on non-compliance grounds in each of the last three years; and how many of those claims have subsequently been given substantive consideration (a) prior to an appeal hearing and (b) following a successful appeal. [151625]

Mrs. Roche: The available information on the number of non-compliance decisions is given in the table.

Statistical information for each of the last three years on the consideration of non-compliance cases following an initial decision but before appeal is not held centrally and would therefore only be available through examination of case records at a disproportionate cost.

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We have not generally reconsidered claims following a successful appeal, although it is open to the Department to challenge the outcome of an appeal through the tribunal.

Non-compliance refusals (under paragraph 340 of the immigration rules and paragraph 180F prior to October 1994) are for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim, including non-attendance at a substantive interview within a reasonable period. From November 1991, these include refusals for failure to respond to invitations to interview to establish identity under the measures introduced then.

Refusals of asylum on non-compliance grounds in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, 1998 to 2000(1),(2)

Refused on non-compliance grounds
Year Number of decisionsCases under normal proceduresCases under backlog criteria(3)

(1) Information is for initial decision, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.

(2) Figures rounded to the nearest 5.

(3) Includes cases decided under measures announced in the White Paper.

(4) Provisional figures.

(5) Nil.

Wandsworth Prison

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason and by what amount Wandsworth prison's budget was cut last year; what other prisons received notification of budget cuts and what the amounts were in each case; and if he will make a statement on the budgetary control system for prisons. [152325]

Mr. Boateng: Under the 1998 comprehensive settlement review (CSR) settlement, the Prison Service was required to make cash-releasing efficiency savings of £18 million, equivalent to one per cent., in 2000-01. Prison establishments were required to contribute efficiency savings towards this target, and their budget baselines adjusted accordingly. The table shows the amounts by which individual establishments' baselines were reduced.

The 1998 CSR also provided an additional £226 million over three years for the Prison Service to manage population increases and provide purposeful regimes for prisoners designed to prevent their reoffending. This money was allocated to individual establishments for specific purposes related to this aim.

It follows, therefore, that in some cases establishments will have experienced reductions in their baseline at the same time as they received additional CSR funding. The reductions in the baseline reflected required efficiency savings in performing existing functions, while the CSR allocations were to facilitate specific new work.

The allocation of budgets and the efficiency savings required of individual establishments are designed to achieve the most equitable allocation of resources across the service in the context of tight financial constraints and the requirement to make efficiency savings.

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EstablishmentEfficiency savings 2000-01
Acklington 60,000
Albany 80,320
Ashwell 50,000
Askham Grange50,000
Aylesbury 91,300
Bedford 69,890
Birmingham 160,000
Blantyre House 20,570
Blundeston 82,010
Brinsford 70,000
Brixton 163,430
Brockhill 25,000
Bullingdon 126,370
Bullwood Hall 37,320
Camp Hill 79,620
Canterbury 63,230
Cardiff 110,540
Castington 45,000
Channings Wood 90,810
Chelmsford 86,730
Coldingley 54,660
Cookham Wood 30,160
Dartmoor 124,970
Deerbolt 50,000
Dorchester 42,080
Dover 56,750
Downview 61,860
Drake Hall 60,000
Durham 95,000
East Sutton Park 16,480
Eastwood Park 61,550
Elmley 137,910
Erlestoke 53,520
Everthorpe 60,000
Exeter 87,560
Featherstone 60,000
Feltham 162,800
Ford 53,120
Foston Hall 25,000
Frankland 227,000
Full Sutton 231,000
Garth 230,000
Gartree 77,510
Glen Parva 85,000
Gloucester 59,250
Grendon 93,690
Guys Marsh 71,010
Haslar 24,790
Hatfield 50,000
Haverigg 60,000
Hewell Grange 25,000
High Down 162,070
Highpoint 123,190
Hindley 70,000
Hollesley Bay 84,480
Holloway 177,700
Holme House 170,000
Hull 150,000
Huntercombe 68,980
Kingston 39,170
Kirklevington Grange 35,000
Lancaster Castle 60,000
Lancaster Farms 85,000
Latchmere House 22,680
Leeds 245,000
Leicester 310,000
Lewes 91,030
Leyhill 58,070
Lincoln 105,000
Lindholme 200,000
Littlehey 86,880
Liverpool 860,000
Long Lartin 203,000
Low Newton 35,000
Maidstone 97,010
Manchester 600,000
Moorland 210,000
Morton Hall 25,000
New Hall 95,000
North Sea Camp 35,000
Northallerton 60,000
Norwich 118,420
Nottingham 95,000
Onley 99,760
Parkhurst 103,810
Pentonville 185,780
Portland 88,240
Preston 180,000
Ranby 110,000
Reading 53,630
Risley 160,000
Rochester 77,060
Send 37,510
Shepton Mallet 39,720
Shrewsbury 50,000
Stafford 220,000
Standford Hill 50,280
Stocken 80,000
Stoke Heath 50,000
Styal 60,000
Sudbury 50,000
Swansea 64,740
Swinfen Hall 40,000
The Mount 95,580
Thorn Cross 95,000
Usk/Prescoed 50,100
Verne 79,750
Wakefield 197,000
Wandsworth 203,160
Wayland 87,370
Wealstun 95,000
Wellingborough 79,610
Werrington 25,000
Wetherby 110,000
Whatton 25,000
Whitemoor 222,000
Winchester 104,480
Woodhill 108,000
Wormwood Scrubs 188,580
Total 13,384,220

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Prisons Activities

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons operate industrial workshops; how many prisoners are employed in such workshops; what the income and expenditure of each prison workshop is; and if he will make a statement. [151210]

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Mr. Boateng [pursuant to his reply, 26 February 2001, c. 492W]: On 31 March 2000 there were 9,527 employed in public sector workshops, not 1,041 as previously stated.

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