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Prison Farms

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 959W, on prison farms, if he is now able to make a statement about the proposed closure of prison farms following the review of the future of the Farms and Gardens Estate. [78959]

Hilary Benn: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

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Prison Governers

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on discretionary powers available to prison governors. [77851]

Hilary Benn: [holding answer 29 October 2002]: When exercising their discretion, prison governors must act in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Prison Service as prescribed by the Prison Act 1952, the Prison or Young Offender Institution Rules, and operational instructions.

Prison Statistics

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people now in prison have committed (a) 10+, (b) 25+, (c) 50+, (d) 100+, (e) 200+ and (f) 1,000+ previous notifiable offences; and if he will make a statement. [75737]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Prisoner Exchanges (Australia)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will open discussions with his Australian counterpart on a prisoner exchange arrangement. [78586]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on prisoner exchange arrangements between the UK and Australia. [78473]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Prisoners

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is on securing (a) town visits, (b) home leave and (c) early release under the tagging system in respect of (i) Scottish domicile prisoners and (ii) English domicile prisoners held in prisons located in England; [79389]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Prisoners (Privacy)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the guidance on rules to protect the privacy of prisoners from identification in publications by other prison inmates. [77412]

Hilary Benn: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

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Prisoners (Release)

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released in error from prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years. [79623]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Probation Service

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the National Probation Directorate is taking to set priorities for the workloads of probation staff. [79624]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of each of the 42 budgets for probation areas in England and Wales is being allocated to the National Probation Directorate's central costs for (a) this and (b) next financial year. [79691]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the performance data on enforcement and breach for probation areas in England and Wales meet national standards. [79693]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the establishment for probation officers is in Kent; how many Kent has; and how many of these are (a) fully qualified main-grade officers and (b) trainees. [75189]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (1) how many trained probation officers left the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997–98. [79625]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Probation Service's national budget was for (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03. [79689]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many court reports have not been prepared in the specified time by the Probation Service in England and Wales in the last 12 months. [79627]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Public Consultations

Claire Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were. [80270]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Re-offenders

Mr. Keith Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to implement the recommendations relevant to his Department in the Social Exclusion Unit report Reducing re-offending by ex-prisoners. [76807]

Hilary Benn: I will write to my right hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Registered Charities

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered charities there are in (a) England and Wales, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Scotland. [79112]

Beverley Hughes: The Charity Commission is the Government Department that registers charities in England and Wales. There are currently 186,320 registered charities in England and Wales. The Inland Revenue is responsible for the recognition of charitable status in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Inland Revenue recognises approximately 7,500 charities in Northern Ireland and 30,025 in Scotland.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Gates of Remembrance Appeal is a registered charity. [79840]

Beverley Hughes: The Gates of Remembrance Appeal is not a charity registered in England and Wales. I understand there is a web-based appeal with this name, which is said to be sharing the proceeds between six ex-service charities. If the honourable member has any concerns about this organisation, he may wish to raise them with the Charity Commission, the regulatory authority for charities in England and Wales, at Harmsworth House, 13–15 Bouverie Street, London EC4Y 8DP.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Coventry, South of 4 July, Official Report, col. 533–4W, what form the consultation on the extension of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 will take. [73216]

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Mr. Blunkett: I will be publishing a consultation paper around the turn of the year and will consider responses before bringing forward proposals in relation to any additional public authorities under Chapter 11 of Part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).


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