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Northern Ireland Election Proposals

Lord Reay asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Baroness Denton of Wakefield): My right honourable and learned friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has today published the draft of a Northern Ireland (Entry into Negotiations, Etc.) Bill, to be introduced in another place tomorrow. In parallel, following consultations with the political parties on the proposals in the consultation paper of 15th March, he has published as Command Paper 3232 the best judgment of the British and Irish Governments on the most suitable and broadly acceptable ground rules for the negotiations starting on 10th June 1996.

Prison Standing Orders: Internet Publication

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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.

Letter to Lord Avebury from the Director of Operations, North, of the Prison Service, Mr. Alastair Papps, dated 16th April 1996.

Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about prison standing orders being placed on the World Wide Web.

The Government do have plans, administered by the Central Computer Telecommunication Agency, to provide access to government material by the World Wide Web. The Prison Service is a contributor to that initiative and we have plans to make more information available by this medium as time and resources permit.

Due to other programmes it is unlikely that access to the material requested will be available in the near future.

Sexual Exploitation of Children: UK Statement

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 25th-26th April 1996 to make a statement on the sexual exploitation of children, and if so whether they will place copies of the statement in the Libraries of Parliament.

Baroness Blatch: The meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 25th-26th April is a planning meeting for the World Congress against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, which will be held in Stockholm on 27th-31st August. The April meeting will not therefore be an occasion for national statements as such. There is, of course, no question but that the sexual exploitation of children is utterly deplorable, no matter where it occurs, and the Government share the widespread concern to see an end to the use of children in prostitution and pornography.

Entry Clearance and Extension Applications: Primary Purpose Rule Refusals

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Answer given by Baroness Blatch on 2nd April 1996 (WA 36), which proportion do the persons originating from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan shown in the table attached to the Answer form of the total number of persons who have sought leave during the past 12 months to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as spouses or fiances/fiancees of persons settled in the United Kingdom and who have been refused entry to leave or remain under the primary purpose rule.

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Baroness Blatch: Information is not available on the total number of persons who have applied for entry clearance to, or leave to remain in, the United Kingdom as spouses or fiance(e)s and who have been refused on primary purpose grounds. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the proportions requested.

Defendants Aged Under 17: Remand Statistics

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the average period spent by defendants aged under 17 on remand in custody in each year from 1990 to 1995; and

    What was the average population of defendants aged under 17 on remand in custody in each year from 1990 to 1995 inclusive; and

    What were the end-of-month figures for defendants aged under 17 held on remand in custody in each month during the years 1990 to 1995.

Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Harris of Greenwich from the Director General of the Prison Service, Mr. Richard Tilt, dated 16th April 1996.

Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about remand defendants under 17 years of age.

Information on the number of defendants aged under 17, on remand in custody on 30th June each year for the years 1990 to 1994 is given in Prison statistics, England and Wales (Table 3.2 of the 1994 edition, Cm 3087), copies of which are available in the Library. Information for 1995 is given in the attached table.

The available information for the average period spent by defendants aged under 17 on remand in custody in each year from 1990 to 1995 is given in the attached table.

Population of remand prisoners aged under 17 in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on 30th June 1995(1)

Type of custodyNumber
Untried138
Convicted unsentenced73

(1) Provisional figures.


Average time held in custody on remand(2) for persons aged under 17 in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales, 1990-1995

Year199019911992199319941995
Type of custody
Untried251619253228
Convicted unsentenced141617183119

(2) The average days in custody are estimated from the population held on 30th June each year and the total number of initial receptions in the year. The estimates, particularly for convicted unsentenced prisoners are subject to some uncertainty due to the small numbers held.




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