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The following Departments will be represented on the group: the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Home Office, the Department of the Environment, the Department of Social Security, the Northern Ireland Office, the Department for Educationa and Employment, the Department of Health and the Welsh Office.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Stonehenge, with its surrounding landscape, is one of the most important of Europe's pre-historic monuments. Its significance is recognised by its designation as a World Heritage Site. The Government fully support the efforts of English Heritage and the National Trust to improve the setting of the stones and provide better facilities for visitors.
The possible re-routing of the A.303 trunk road is a key factor in any plans for improving the Stonehenge landscape. Discussions have taken place between the Department of Transport, English Heritage and my department over the last few months; and I understand that the Department of Transport and English Heritage will be in a position to undertake public consultations later this year, both on route options for the A.303 and on plans for improved visitor facilities.
Lord Inglewood: It is the Government's view that large lottery wins have a clear and tangible benefit to their recipients and that large prizes are acceptable to society at large. Lottery tickets sales increase each time that there is a large jackpot. That is clear evidence that large prizes are a popular feature of the National Lottery.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): The Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/EEC) does not require the keeping of lists of manufacturers who CE mark their products covered by it.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
I share the dismay expressed by the governor and staff at Exeter prison about the recent tragic death of Graham Harries, who was on remand there. An enquiry into the circumstances leading to his death is being conducted by John Lawrence, the governor of Dartmoor, who is due to submit his report by 14 July.
Dr. Mary Piper MSc FRCP visited Exeter prison in 1994 to review the existing arrangements for the treatment of potentially suicidal prisoners and to advise the governor on whether they could be improved. Dr. Piper concluded that the commitment, expertise and professionalism of the staff at Exeter were excellent and was struck by their concern for the welfare of the inmates.
Dr. Piper's report contained 35 recommendations, of which 30 have now been implemented. She has now been asked to visit the prison again, during the week commencing 17 July, to look at the medical aspects of the decision to allocate Mr. Harries to Exeter, as well as to review the procedures which were followed after his reception there.
Mr. Barry Gray had been held for 18 months in a French prison until he was extradited in January this year. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for deception at Southwark Crown Court on 19 June this year. In passing sentence the judge publicly stated that he had taken into consideration the time Mr. Gray spent in custody in France. Nevertheless, he should not have been discharged from Southwark Crown Court.
A senior governor is conducting an investigation into the circumstances. In accordance with normal policy for such internal investigations it is not planned to publish the report. I will, however, write to you again when the investigation is complete, setting out the conclusions.
|Type of custody||Estimated average number of days in custody(iv)|
(i) Provisional figures.
(ii) Time spent in custody before conviction.
(iii) Time spent in custody after conviction before sentence.
(iv) Estimated from a number of receptions and average population in 1994.