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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civilian staff were employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the RUC in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were injured while on duty in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: The following information refers to the numbers of incidents of injury on duty (IOD) reported by police officers in the specified periods. As the table shows, these are split by the organisation between those that resulted in a period of sickness absence and those that did not.
|Number of reported injuries on duty resulting in sickness absence||Number of reported injuries on duty not resulting in sickness absence||Total injuries on duty|
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps will be taken to improve prison accommodation in Northern Ireland following the recent report from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. 
Paul Goggins: The recent Human Rights Commission report The Prison WithinThe imprisonment of women at Hydebank Wood 2004-06 was released on 5 July 2007. The research for this report was carried out some eighteen months ago since which time there has been significant progress in taking forward facilities and services for female prisoners.
Female prisoners were relocated during 2006 while their original accommodation was refurbished and in-cell sanitation provided. They have since re-occupied the fully refurbished modern accommodation in Ash House which is now among the best in the prison estate. This unit includes a wing for long-term and enhanced prisoners and a dedicated exercise yard. Plans are underway to extend the health care centre to provide a dedicated facility for females and to build a
new female reception area including a dedicated video link and drug testing unit which should be available by the end of this year.
The current facility has an increased capacity of 69 cells complete with in-cell sanitation and includes specialist safer cells, listener cells, mother and baby units and an enhanced regime unit. There are no immediate plans to provide additional capacity within the current unit as this meets the Service's on-going needs, with 48 cells occupied as of 16 July 2007. In the longer term, NIPS is working towards the provision of more appropriate accommodation for female prisoners including a more discrete, self contained women's facility on the Hydebank Wood site, as recommended within the Human Rights Commission report. This provision, of course, is subject to the availability of funding.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, Official Report, column 662W, on rape: sentencing, what his assessment is of the level of sentences handed down by courts in Northern Ireland; and if he will take steps to ensure longer sentences are handed down. 
Paul Goggins: Sentencing in individual cases is entirely a matter for the independent judiciary. We have however announced plans for changes to the statutory sentencing framework to introduce new public protection sentences for dangerous sexual and violent offenders. Under the proposals, dangerous sexual and violent offenders could receive extended public protection sentences whereby they could be detained in custody for the full term of their prison sentence. Those committing the most serious sexual and violent offences could receive indeterminate public protection sentences and could remain in prison for an indefinite period. I will be publishing draft legislative proposals shortly.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of re-offending is of people who have been held in young offender institutions in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Paul Goggins: Information on rates of re-offending is not currently available. However, the latest published reconviction figures for those discharged from the Juvenile Justice Centre into the community show that of those discharged in 2001(1), 36 per cent. were reconvicted within one year and of those discharged in 2002(1), 42 per cent. were reconvicted within one year.
(1 )While juvenile reconviction rates are based on reconviction within one year, the datasets on which reconviction are calculated cover a two-year period after the end of the relevant year (e.g. for those discharged in 2002 the dataset covers the period up to the end of 2004). This is necessary to include those who are juveniles at time of discharge but who are subsequently covered by the post-juvenile dataset. Results for juvenile reconviction from the 2003 dataset will be available shortly.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has received recent representations from the Scottish Executive on the withdrawal of funding for the attendance allowance following the introduction of free personal care for the elderly. 
Mrs. McGuire: A meeting between senior officials from this Department and the Scottish Executive was held on 22 June 2007 to discuss this issue at the Executives request. There will be further contact over the summer.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will undertake an assessment of the recent effectiveness of the Child Support Agencys MPs Hotline; and if he will make a statement. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will undertake an assessment of the recent effectiveness of the Child Support Agencys MPS Hotline; and if he will make a statement. 
The MP Hotline was developed in response to requests from MPs who required faster responses on certain issues where a formal letter was not required. The system works well and feedback from MPs has been generally positive. However some issues have recently come to light as the Agency has rolled out its new complaints resolution process. Specifically, some MP Hotline telephone numbers have changed without the Agency alerting either MPs or its people to the new numbers. Also as the Agency has changed the complaints resolution process, in some cases those teams newly responsible for dealing with MP queries, have been unaware of the shorter timescales covering queries to the Hotline.
The Agency has now issued reminders to all involved on how queries to the Hotline should be dealt with and we have amended our internal directories to reflect the new numbers. In addition Lord McKenzie has recently written to all MPs informing them of the changes to the complaints resolution process, as well as the new MP Hotline numbers.
The Agency remains committed to providing a local and high quality service to all MPs as you work on your constituents behalf to resolve issues that unfortunately arise on child support cases.
I hope you find this answer helpful.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. 
The table contains the total cost and number of bonus payments awarded to senior civil servants since 2001-02. There is no statutory requirement to keep accounting records longer than six years. I am therefore unable to supply information prior to 2001-02 (financial year).
Bonuses are a key element in our reward strategy for driving up high performance and are used to reward the delivery of in-year agreed personal business objectives or targets in an individual's performance agreement. Bonuses are used to reward excellent performance and are based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. In making this judgment managers take into account performance against agreed priority business objectives or targets; total delivery record over the year; relative stretch; and response to unforeseen events which may have affected the performance.
|A mount paid in bonuses to SCS since 2001-02 and the numbers of SCS receiving bonuses|
|Total paid (£ million)||Total number of non consolidated bonuses|
| Notes: 1. The amounts shown in col. two (total paid) are rounded to the nearest £10,000.|
2. The total cost and number of bonuses for 2004-05 and 2005-06 include special non consolidated bonuses paid to SCS. Retrieval of information relating to awards paid in earlier years would be disproportionate.
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