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Offenders (Clinical Audits)

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the institutions being (a) built and (b) extended to deal with offenders; and whether these will be equipped with the appropriate information technology to enable high quality clinical audits to be carried out. [72330]

Mr. Hilary Benn [holding answer 24 July 2002]: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) is responsible for commissioning and purchasing juvenile offender secure accommodation from the Prison Service, private sector secure training centres (STC) and local authority secure children's homes, and for setting and monitoring standards.

This year 32 additional places have been opened at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre and 32 more are due to open at Medway. The STC contracts require trainee personal medical records to be kept to support medical care and investigations, to inform contractors' annual reports and to facilitate any reports needed by courts. The STCs use information technology to maintain these records.

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Mobile Telephone Theft

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of robberies recorded by the police in each of the 10 robbery hotspots involved the theft of a mobile phone in the latest period for which figures are available. [73226]

Mr. Denham: Centrally the Home Office does not collect or collate statistics on mobile phone robberies or thefts. Individual police forces do not all routinely collect such figures either, however some do for their own purposes.

Home Office Research Study 235, deposited in the Library, dealt with mobile phone theft and robbery. Information was collected from six police forces on the number of thefts and robberies involving mobile phones for the period 1998–99 to 2000–01. Five of these forces are participating in the street crime initiative covering the 10 forces where the robbery problem is most acute. The proportion of robberies involving the theft of a mobile phone in these force areas is set out in the table.

Proportion of robberies involving mobile phones: 1998–99 to 2000–01

1998–99 per cent.1999–2000 per cent.2000–01 per cent.
Metropolitan Police122136
West Midlands71524
Avon and Somerset41120
Greater Manchester51120


Harrington V., and Mayhew, P. (2001). Mobile Phone Theft. Home Office Research Study 235

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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult males, (b) women and (c) juveniles were remanded into Prison Service custody in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. [73215]

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Hilary Benn: The available data are given in the table which shows the number of people received into Prison Service custody as untried prisoners every quarter since April 2001.

Males by ageAll females
YearQuarterAll agesAged under 21Age 21 and over

All data shown are provisional and rounded.

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish for each prison the results achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators during 2001–02. [72153]

Hilary Benn: The final key performance indicator (KPI) results achieved by each prison are given in the table, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. The cost per uncrowded prison place KPI is formulated at overall Prison Service level. The costs in the table are establishment costs only, which exclude Headquarters overheads and the figures are not therefore comparable with the Prison Service cost per place KPI. Costs for private prisons include an element of capital repayment and are not comparable with the public sector. Staff in private prisons are excluded from the Prison Service staff sickness KPI.

A summary of the performance of each prison is given in the Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts for 2001–02.

Asylum Seekers

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of providing (a) cash-only support and (b) full support was per asylum seeker in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [72931]

Beverley Hughes: The information is not available in the form requested. The average cost of supporting an asylum seeker for one week was:-

£122* for a single person and,

£278* for a family.

Those receiving cash only support receive the following amounts each week. Levels of support with effect from 8 April 2002

Qualifying couple   £59.26

Lone parent aged 18 or over   £37.77

Single person aged 25 or over   £37.77

Single Person aged at least 18 but under 25   £29.89

Person aged at least 16 but under 18

except a member of a qualifying couple)   £32.50

Person aged under 16   £33.50

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the extra cost of providing full support to those asylum seekers currently receiving cash-only support; and if he will make a statement. [72932]

Beverley Hughes: There are currently no plans to restrict the ability for asylum seekers to apply for cash only support. If in the future it is decided to do this a full appraisal of the costs and benefits involved will be undertaken.

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been detected through the matching of fingerprints as having made two or more applications for asylum in each year since 1993. [73005]

Beverley Hughes: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 552W, which provided a cumulative total of the number of individuals detected since 1993. I regret that information requested is not available in any other form.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of failed asylum seekers were removed in the last year for which figures are available; and what the benchmark is against which delivery of the improvement, set out in the Public Service Agreement for which he is responsible, is to be measured. [71610]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 19 July 2002]: The proportion of those removed in 2001–02 that were refused in the same period is only available by examination of individual case files at disproportionate costs.

11,500 failed asylum seekers and their dependants were removed in the last financial year.

As part of the Public Service Agreement process, the Treasury and spending departments agree, in the Technical Notes, the definition of the target and how its achievement will be measured. Following the same process as last time, the Spending Review 2002 Technical Notes will be agreed with the Treasury during the summer and published in the autumn.

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers previously placed in Yarl's Wood detention centre are now detained in Her Majesty's prisons; and if he will make a statement. [43240]

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Beverley Hughes: Immigration detainees who are assessed to pose a control and security risk may be transferred from Immigration Service removal centres to prison accommodation in line with established policy. This will include a number of detainees who were held at Yarl's Wood at the time of the incident together with individuals held at other removal centres. In this respect, as in all others, detainees who were held at Yarl's Wood are not being treated differently to detainees held elsewhere, nor are they being recorded separately. Exact figures for the number of former Yarl's Wood detainees currently held in prison accommodation could be obtained only by examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were dispersed to Glasgow in 2001; and how many applications for asylum since 1997 have been (a) granted and (b) refused. [46982]

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Beverley Hughes: As at the end of December 2001, 4,750 1 , 2 asylum seekers (including dependants) were being supported in National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation in Glasgow. The cumulative number dispersed to Glasgow in 2001 is not currently available.

Information on the number of applications for asylum since 1997 which subsequently resulted in the granting of asylum or Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR), or refusals, is not readily available, and could only be obtained by examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

Information for 1997 to the first quarter of 2002 on applications for asylum, and initial decisions made, is shown in the table. (However these initial decisions do not all relate to applications made between 1997 and quarter one 2002). A proportion of applications that receive an initial refusal result in an appeal being lodged.

Table 1: Applications received for asylum in the United Kingdom, and initial decision 1 2 1997—Quarter 1 2002

Applications received 3 Initial Decisions 4 Cases considered under normal procedures 5 Granted asylumGranted ELRRefusedBacklog clearance exercise 6 Granted asylum or ELR under backlog criteriaRefused under backlog criteria 7
2002 8 p19,52023,1052,0856,06014,965--

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5, with * =1 or 2

(2) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period.

(3) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January and March 2000.

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

(5) Cases considered under normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.

(6) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.

(7) Include some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.

(8) Data are available only for the period January to March 2002.

(p) Figures for 2000, 2001 and 2002 are provisional and subject to change.

Information on asylum applications and initial decisions is published quarterly. Data for the second quarter of 2002 will be available from 30 August 2002 on the Home Office website at http://www.

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