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Freemasons

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to require freemasons working in the police and criminal justice system to register their membership publicly; and if he will make a statement. [62394]

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Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 June 2002]: Voluntary arrangements for the declaration of freemasonry membership have been established for the judiciary, the police, Prison Service and other parts of the criminal justice system. The Government has made no decisions about the format of and arrangements for public access to any registers.

Bigamy

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Phil Sawford: (1) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of bigamy were dealt with in British courts in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and how many resulted in a conviction. [63858]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The information requested, relating to England and Wales for the years 1996 to 2000, is given in the table.

Statistics for 2001 will be available in the autumn.

Persons proceeded against, convicted, sentenced to imprisonment and average sentence length at all courts for offences of bigamy(101), England and Wales 1996 to 2000

Sentenced to imprisonment
YearProceeded againstConvictedTotalAverage sentence length (months)
19961816611.5
1997221644.7
19983018107.9
19994028145.6
2000(102)171245.0

(101)These data are on the principal offence basis.

(102)Staffordshire Police were only able to supply a nine per cent. sample of data for magistrates' courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample have been included in the figures in the table.


Ethnic Minorities

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) assaults and (b) other crimes with a racial motive were committed against Sikhs in the period 11 September to 31 December 2001 in England and Wales. [63609]

Mr. John Denham [holding answer 21 June 2002]: Information on assaults and other crimes with a racial motive is not collected by ethnic group other than the categories of White, Black, Asian, other and unknown.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 611W, what the average delay was for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in relation to (a) deciding claims, (b) review of such decisions and (c) hearings challenging such decisions in each of the previous four years. [64477]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority advise that, using as the start and finish points the date of receipt of the application for the relevant stage

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and the date that the decision was issued, the average elapsed times for the financial years 1997–98 to 2000–01 were as follows:

Elapsed Time in Days
1997–981998–991999–20002000–01
Claims assessment245254244259
Review161188186236
Appeal178223295387

Drug Users (Merseyside)

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered drug users there were on Merseyside in each year since 1994. [64617]

Jacqui Smith: I have been asked to reply.

The term registered drug addict was based on the Home Office collection of data between 1968 and 1997. Since 1997, the description problem drug users has been used for people who present to treatment services.

Nationally, the number of individuals in drug treatment has been estimated from the number of reports made to the regional drug misuse database, which records information on an individual for the first time that person visits an agency, and for the first re-visit in six months or more. These data, therefore, underestimate the total number of individuals receiving specialist drug treatment in any given year. The number of reports made to the Merseyside and Cheshire drug misuse database by Merseyside drug treatment agencies is shown in the table:

Number of individuals accessing Merseyside drug treatment services

YearNumber of people
19941,323
19951,110
19961,273
19971,298
19981,914
19991,906
20002,103

In 1996, an additional drug treatment monitoring database, which was prevalence-based, was established in Merseyside and Cheshire. The period prevalence database records information from drug treatment agencies on individuals seen by the agency within a year, regardless of how long they have been in contact with services. These figures give the numbers of individuals receiving structured treatment in-year. The numbers for Merseyside drug treatment agencies were as follows:


YearNumber of people
19975,238
19985,505
19995,241
20005,656

Sentencing (Foreign Nationals)

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his

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policy regarding the serving of sentences imposed by British courts on foreign nationals in their own countries. [64377]

Mr. Hilary Benn [holding answer 27 June 2002]: We have bilateral prisoner transfer agreements with 66 countries. Requests from prisoners who are nationals of these countries to serve their sentences in their own country are normally approved where they meet the criteria set out in the relevant agreement, namely: prisoners must normally be a nationals of the country concerned; have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment which is final and enforceable (i.e. no outstanding appeals against conviction or sentence); and have at least six months left to serve at the time the application is submitted. Decisions on individual applications require the consent of both jurisdictions. It is at present our policy normally to refuse requests if, as a consequence, the prisoner would be likely to receive a significant reduction in time to serve.

We are working to increase the number of countries with whom we have repatriation agreements and expect to have signed up to nine more agreements in the course of this year.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 20 May, reference number 58559, on Metropolitan Police officers; and if he will make a statement. [65746]

Mr. John Denham: With apologies for the delay in responding I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 22 July 2002, Official Report, column 829W.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 25 March, reference number 46442, on anti-social behaviour orders; and if he will make a statement. [65748]

Mr. John Denham: With apologies for the delay in responding I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 557W.

Corporate Killing

Mr. Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to (a) complete the review of the law in relation to corporate killing and (b) introduce legislation on corporate killing. [66244]

Mr. Hilary Benn: (a) The Government's Proposals were published in a consultation document in May 2000. The consultation period ended in September 2000, and an interdepartmental group has examined the issues raised by the consultation and other unresolved areas. The group has now completed its work. We will be publishing a digest of responses to the consultation paper shortly.

(b) The Government is committed to introducing legislation to increase corporate liability for manslaughter, and will do so when parliamentary time allows.

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Prison Service

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in each prison establishment are held (a) two to a single cell and (b) three to a double cell. [66237]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The table shows the number of prisoners in each prison establishment held two to a cell designed for one and total overcrowding at the end of May 2002. Data are provisional and subject to validation by prisons.

The Prison Service does not collect centrally the number of prisoners held three in a double cell. Prisons report the total overcrowding level, which includes prisoners held three to a cell for two and those overcrowded in dormitories and larger cells.

Prison nameTwo to a cell designed for oneTotal Overcrowding
Acklington00
Albany00
Altcourse00
Ashfield00
Ashwell00
Askham Grange00
Aylesbury00
Bedford184184
Belmarsh0417
Birmingham368368
Blakenhurst198198
Blantyre House00
Blundeston40134
Brinsford3636
Bristol8686
Brixton232232
Brockhill00
Buckley Hall00
Bullingdon80336
Bullwood Hall00
Camp Hill268268
Canterbury256256
Cardiff268268
Castington00
Channings Wood4646
Chelmsford0192
Coldingley00
Cookham Wood2020
Dartmoor4242
Deerbolt00
Doncaster00
Dorchester192192
Dovegate00
Dover00
Downview00
Drake Hall00
Durham362362
East Sutton Park00
Eastwood Park6060
Elmley240240
Erlestoke1212
Everthorpe4848
Exeter0366
Featherstone00
Feltham00
Ford00
Forest Bank00
Foston Hall00
Frankland00
Full Sutton00
Garth2626
Gartree00
Glen Parva444444
Gloucester192192
Grendon00
Guys Marsh8282
Haslar00
Hatfield00
Haverigg2020
Hewell Grange00
High Down0177
Highpoint48224
Hindley00
Hollesley Bay00
Holloway00
Holme House168168
Hull324355
Huntercombe00
Kingston00
Kirkham00
Kirklevington00
Lancaster00
Lancaster Farms4848
Latchmere House00
Leeds964964
Leicester340340
Lewes98100
Leyhill00
Lincoln316316
Lindholme00
Littlehey5656
Liverpool506506
Long Lartin00
Low Newton9696
Lowdham Grange00
Maidstone00
Manchester688688
Moorland5050
Morton Hall00
Mount8686
New Hall6060
North Sea Camp00
Northallerton152152
Norwich392392
Nottingham228228
Onley00
Parc00
Parkhurst00
Pentonville506506
Portland00
Preston588592
Ranby9696
Reading146146
Risley3434
Rochester00
Rye Hill00
Send00
Shepton Mallet4646
Shrewsbury312312
Stafford00
Standford Hill00
Stocken2652
Stoke Heath8080
Styal1818
Sudbury00
Swaleside2424
Swansea302302
Swinfen Hall00
Thorn Cross00
Usk166166
Verne5858
Wakefield00
Wandsworth00
Wayland7272
Wealstun00
Weare00
Wellingborough00
Werrington00
Wetherby00
Whatton00
Whitemoor00
Winchester352352
Wolds00
Woodhill164164
Wormwood Scrubs00
Wymott00

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Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each prison establishment in England and Wales are from minority ethnic groups. [66235]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The population breakdown for each prison establishment in England and Wales for 31 May 2002, by minority ethnic group is given in the table:

Prison NameTotalWhite (per cent.)Black (per cent.)Asian (per cent.)Chinese and Other (per cent.)
Acklington76396 1 2 0
Albany43993 5 1 1
Altcourse92096 3 1 0
Ashfield38689 8 1 2
Ashwell48278 16 6 0
Askham Grange13476 18 2 3
Aylesbury34957 33 7 4
Bedford44776 13 8 3
Belmarsh85857 31 6 6
Birmingham90769 19 11 2
Blakenhurst85079 12 8 1
Blantyre House12075 20 4 1
Blundestone41952 41 3 3
Brinsford46570 20 10 0
Bristol59084 14 1 1
Brixton76044 42 5 9
Brockhill15480 12 5 3
Buckley Hall16279 17 1 3
Bullingdon91972 20 6 2
Bullwood Hall17268 24 1 7
Camp Hill53162 32 2 4
Canterbury30587 8 3 2
Cardiff67091 5 3 2
Castington32992 4 2 1
Channings Wood61793 5 1 1
Chelmsford56277 16 4 4
Coldingley37559 36 2 3
Cookham Wood13144 45 1 9
Dartmoor60988 8 2 1
Deerbolt48093 5 2 1
Doncaster1,11388 6 5 1
Dorchester25992 6 2 1
Dovegate72370 23 5 3
Dover(103)8867 5 25 4
Downview26144 50 2 4
Drake Hall29180 17 3 0
Durham71196 3 1 1
East Sutton Park9755 36 4 5
Eastwood Park31485 15 0 0
Elmley94982 12 4 2
Erlestoke33187 10 3 1
Everthorpe37588 6 6 1
Exeter51497 3 1 0
Featherstone60377 14 8 0
Feltham59243 43 7 8
Ford51376 13 7 4
Forest Bank1,02487 7 5 0
Foston Hall21883 15 0 2
Frankland63487 8 3 2
Full Sutton59881 13 4 2
Garth65984 10 6 1
Gartree27887 5 7 1
Glen Parva80181 14 4 1
Gloucester32192 5 3 0
Grendon/Spring Hill45383 10 6 2
Guys Marsh51883 14 3 0
Haslar13834 27 29 10
Hatfield17386 6 8 0
Haverigg55695 3 2 0
Hewell Grange19070 14 16 1
Highdown73261 32 5 2
Highpoint89162 31 2 5
Hindley52783 12 5 0
Hollesley Bay41178 16 4 3
Holloway47957 33 2 7
Holme House99895 3 2 0
Hull64395 3 2 1
Huntercombe34353 33 10 4
Kingston(Portsmouth)18286 9 3 2
Kirkham50990 3 7 0
Kirklevington18295 2 4 0
Lancaster24395 1 4 0
Lancaster Farms46090 5 3 1
Latchmere House19060 28 8 4
Leeds1,26284 6 10 0
Leicester36976 13 9 2
Lewes53685 11 3 1
Leyhill43291 5 4 0
Lincoln55196 3 2 0
Lindholme68681 7 9 3
Littlehey64579 14 5 2
Liverpool1,46190 7 3 1
Long Lartin42271 18 7 4
Low Newton29495 4 0 0
Lowdham Grange51970 20 7 4
Maidstone44470 20 4 6
Manchester1,25282 11 6 1
Moorland76981 11 7 1
Morton Hall19542 53 1 5
New Hall36990 7 1 2
North Sea Camp22584 6 10 0
Northallerton23291 4 4 0
Norwich74584 11 3 2
Nottingham51083 13 3 1
Onley48273 20 5 2
Parc95196 3 1 0
Parkhurst51165 26 5 4
Pentonville1,15743 39 8 9
Portland42762 29 6 3
Preston61992 2 5 0
Ranby74387 8 5 0
Reading25180 12 6 2
Risley82786 9 4 0
Rochester15858 20 10 12
Rye Hill65867 17 10 6
Send21740 52 2 6
Shepton Mallet18290 7 2 2
Shrewsbury34291 6 2 1
Stafford63678 16 6 0
Standford Hill35162 24 7 7
Stocken57981 10 7 1
Stoke Heath64687 9 3 1
Styal44285 12 1 2
Sudbury51579 9 11 1
Swaleside77263 26 6 5
Swansea36598 1 1 1
Swinfen Hall31171 20 9 0
The Mount75847 40 8 5
The Verne58751 39 2 9
The Weare39873 22 2 3
The Wolds40995 3 1 1
Thorn Cross21080 8 10 1
Usk/Prescoed34096 2 2 0
Wakefield56987 9 2 1
Wandsworth1,46055 31 3 11
Wayland65070 21 4 4
Wealstun62284 6 9 0
Wellingborough52379 15 4 1
Werrington12691 8 1 0
Wetherby34881 10 8 1
Whatton27396 3 1 0
Whitemoor42171 18 6 5
Winchester63881 14 2 2
Woodhill74377 14 6 3
Wormwood Scrubs1,18436 45 11 7
Wymott80392 3 4 1
Total Population71,11278 15 5 2
Total Population71,11278 15 5 2

(103)Percentages as at 31 March 2002, due to atypical figures for May 2002 whilst Dover changed from Male Young Offenders Institution to Male Immigration Removal Centre.


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The prison service staff breakdown for each establishment in England and Wales for 31 May 2002 is in the table:

Prison NameWhiteMinority EthnicNot Stated(104)Non Respondents(105)All StaffPer cent. Minority Ethnic(106)
Acklington3589203872.3
Albany2673512761.1
Altcourse(107)44134440.7
Ashfield(107)23982473.2
Ashwell20852812422.1
Askham Grange792812.5
Aylesbury272233923366.8
Bedford7271602392.9
Belmarsh79183178919.3
Birmingham3825454249211.0
Blakenhurst2621292834.2
Blantyre House64212692.9
Blundeston26892773.2
Brinsford338342513988.5
Bristol500141215272.7
Brixton3279613944521.6
Brockhill1508631674.8
Buckley Hall7361282072.9
Bullingdon277171104044.2
Bullwood Hall1549231685.4
Camp Hill26922710.7
Canterbury188411932.1
Cardiff39684042.0
Castington32832213540.8
Channings Wood3044883241.2
Chelmsford28913303323.9
Coldingley19662023.0
Cookham Wood8721902.2
Dartmoor29794963612.5
Deerbolt28122830.7
Doncaster(107)598236213.7
Dorchester153191630.6
Dovegate(107)389194084.7
Dover17861121973.0
Downview1567321684.2
Drake Hall16131571861.6
Durham34763627150.8
East Sutton Park48114631.6
Eastwood Park23052352.1
Elmley4401334562.9
Erlestoke150522121892.6
Everthorpe240212430.8
Exeter29332153220.9
Featherstone3111143263.4
Feltham4641049266015.8
Ford173411782.2
Forest Bank(107)348103582.8
Foston Hall18071873.7
Frankland73413467931.6
Full Sutton69437987840.4
Garth361104314152.4
Gartree2257302622.7
Glen Parva44825345074.9
Gloucester19742512271.8
Grendon25916212965.4
Guys Marsh1939612633.4
Haslar8832933.2
Hatfield56317763.9
Haverigg2023892941.0
Hewell Grange67151830.0
Highdown4505327253210.0
Highpoint3637113721.9
Highpoint North13171385.1
Hindley39210544562.2
Hollesley Bay303103013442.9
Holloway24513481646628.8
Holme House4644284960.8
Hull413104624712.1
Huntercombe23215622555.9
Kingston1113251392.2
Kirkham242512480.0
Kirklevington8815941.1
Lancaster149381601.9
Lancaster Farms9732553550.8
Latchmere House74513836.0
Leeds6592356873.3
Leicester2211472425.8
Lewes26211132863.8
Leyhill182351901.6
Lincoln3275283601.4
Lindholme3584634250.9
Littlehey26811642893.8
Liverpool7561097751.3
Long Lartin6501716682.5
Low Newton23212330.4
Lowdham Grange(107)278102883.6
Maidstone25615763474.3
Manchester679202517252.8
Moorland450111864852.3
Morton Hall149721584.4
New Hall30131353220.9
North Sea Camp91271000.0
Northallerton14011410.7
Norwich344656154211.4
Nottingham29914173304.2
Onley3851844074.4
Parc(107)41054151.2
Parkhurst288627143351.8
Pentonville4301676260527.6
Portland27565013321.8
Preston34782273842.1
Ranby37678104011.7
Reading1557311933.6
Risley4579545201.7
Rochester2781462984.7
Rye Hill(107)19081984.0
Send1163711272.4
Shepton Mallet137451462.7
Shrewsbury1904192042.0
Stafford29262193281.8
Standford Hill17631872041.5
Stocken2268342683.0
Stoke Heath39611134202.6
Styal3072223316.6
Sudbury1687131883.7
Swaleside321244613926.1
Swansea22812290.4
Swinfen Hall2055252352.1
The Mount283141233124.5
The Verne2662172850.7
Thorn Cross213532212.3
Usk/Prescoed189551992.5
Wakefield53214956412.2
Wandsworth488105591266415.8
Wayland2723353101.0
Wealstun13511713070.3
The Weare1816252122.8
The Wolds(107)15821601.5
Wellingborough25710312713.7
Werrington165251721.2
Wetherby23182822693.0
Whatton136161430.7
Whitemoor7212019147742.6
Winchester3516213781.6
Woodhill539245216163.9
Wormwood Scrubs422120955121.8
Wymott33311604042.7
Total Prison Staff39,4211,9463,68224345,2924.3
Head Quarters1,84833622722,41313.9

(104)Refers to staff who have requested that their ethnicity is not recorded.

(105)Refers to staff who have had no ethnicity data collected.

(106)Percentage of all staff including those with no ethnicity data recorded.

(107)Refers to staff employed at private establishments as at the 2 July 2002.


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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Prison Service has a public interest disclosure policy. [67053]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The Prison Service routinely discloses material to the public via its Libraries in Headquarters and establishments, and the internet. The Prison Service complies with the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and the Data Protection Act 1998, and is actively preparing for implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Prison Service keeps a certified record of allegations of assaults committed by staff. [67054]

Mr. Hilary Benn: The Prison Service does not collate centrally a certified record of allegations of assaults committed by staff. However, the Prison Service Investigations Unit collate the number of investigations logged in respect of allegations of assaults committed by staff. Figures are also collated in respect of the number of allegations of assault that have resulted in formal disciplinary action being taken.

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Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will bring forward legislation which would make the obtaining of DNA samples without consent an offence. [66872]

Mr. Hilary Benn [holding answer 4 July 2002]: The Human Genetics Commission's Report, "Inside Information—balancing interests in the use of personal genetic data" has recommended the creation of a new criminal offence of the non-consensual or deceitful obtaining or analysis of genetic information for non-medical purposes.

We are currently considering this proposal and will respond to the Human Genetics Commission's report in due course.


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