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Burglars: Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The estimates take as their starting point the number of extra prison places expected to be needed for those sentenced to a minimum prison sentence of three years for a third offence of burglary in a dwelling, under Section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. While in prison each burglar is assumed to be prevented from committing at least three recorded crimes per year. We are carrying out a survey of recently sentenced prisoners to find out the number and types of offences they had committed in the year before they entered custody. This should provide better estimates of the numbers of crimes likely to be saved through incapacitation.

Community Sentences: Non-compliance and Withdrawal of Benefits

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Basam of Brighton: This is a positive measure about matching rights to the fulfilment of responsibilities; the right to claim benefit should be accompanied by a wider responsibility to society. The proposal is not intended as a punishment but it is expected to have a beneficial effect on increasing compliance with sentences. Those who comply with the sentence of a court will suffer no penalty under these proposals.

The proposed measure will be piloted. The evaluation will include an assessment of its impact on behaviour.

Asylum-seekers in Detention: Bail Hearings

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Basam of Brighton: Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which will provide for up to two routine bail hearings for the great majority of those in immigration detention, is likely to be implemented in spring 2001. The introduction of these provisions is part of the extensive programme for implementing the many sections of the 1999 Act. The drafting of secondary legislation, guidance and putting in place the administrative arrangements does not allow for Part III to be implemented earlier than 1 April 2001.

Immigration Detainees: Bail

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to introduce the principle of the presumption of liberty for detainees making bail applications; and why this presumption cannot be linked to existing bail hearings.[HL881]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1989 introduces routine bail hearings for immigration detainees with a presumption to release on bail, subject to certain exceptions. Part III is expected to come into force in spring 2001. Section 53 of the 1999 Act also provides for regulations to be made introducing the general right to bail for detainees making applications for bail under the provisions of the Immigration Act 1971. These regulations will be based on the rules and procedures which have yet to be drafted in respect of routine bail hearings. The introduction of these provisions is part of the extensive programme for implementing the many sections of the 1999 Act. The drafting of secondary legislation, guidance and putting in place the administrative arrangements does not allow for Part III to be implemented earlier than 1 April 2001.

Probation Service Name Change: Cost

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the total estimated cost of changing the "Probation Service" to the "Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Service".[HL890]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The total estimated cost of modernising the Probation Service has not yet been finalised. The current estimates are as follows:


    Set-up costs of Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Service--approximately £28 million


    Annual running costs of Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Service--approximately £8.5 million


    Annual savings on Probation Service running costs for the medium term--approximately £20 million


    Net annual savings for the medium term--approximately £11.5 million.

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Immigration and Nationality Directorate Complaints Audit Committee

Lord Hughes of Woodside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the changes in the membership of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Complaints Audit Committee.[HL981]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Ms Ros Gardner has been appointed as a new member of the Complaints Audit Commission to replace Janet Whitaker, who resigned on being made a life peer. Ms Gardner runs a consultancy specialising in customer care and complaint handling. She was formerly manager of the customer services department of Marks and Spencer and was a member of Cabinet Office's Citizens Charter Complaints Task Force.

Crime Fighting Fund: Police Force Bids for Recruitment

Lord Hughes of Woodside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the results of police forces' bids for funding from the Crime Fighting Fund to recruit police officers.[HL982]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: All 43 police forces in England and Wales bid for a share of the Crime

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Fighting Fund to recruit 5,000 police officers over and above the number they had otherwise planned to recruit over the next three years commencing April 2000.

The total number of officers which forces bid for came to 8,220. As all forces meet the gateway criteria set out in the Bidding Guidelines, my right honourable friend the Home Secretary has, in allocating funding for the 5,000 officers between forces, taken into account the information which they provided in support of their bids.

The table shows the number of police recruits each force has bid for, the number they have been allocated in each year of the scheme and in total and the funding each will receive in year one of the scheme.

The numbers of officers in years two and three are provisional at this stage. They are dependent on forces meeting the continuation criteria for benefiting from the fund in those years.

Forces tell us that, without the additional resources from the fund, they are planning to recruit a total of 12,478 police officers (new recruits to the service) in the three years commencing in April 2000. Their estimates reflect the decisions they and their police authorities have made about the way in which they will use the resources available to them next year and the assumptions they have made about funding and budget levels in the two following years which have yet to be settled. The money from the Crime Fighting Fund will be used to recruit 5,000 officers over and above the number forces plan to recruit over the three-year period.

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Crime Fighting Fund: Recruits

Allocation Year 1 Costs
3 Year Total2000/20012001/20022002/2003TotalTotal to ForceTraining*Total Year 1
ForcesBidYear 1Year 2Year 3£££
Avon & Somerset165204041101510,000140,000650,000
Bedfordshire10211222255280,50077,000357,500
Cambridgeshire6916141242408,000112,000520,000
Cheshire11517343585433,500119,000552,500
City of London168008225,04056,000281,040
Cleveland57523028127,50035,000162,500
Cumbria608161640204,00056,000260,000
Derbyshire250204041101510,000140,000650,000
Devon and Cornwall200285555138714,000196,000910,000
Dorset909181946229,50063,000292,500
Durham6013182051331,50091,000422,500
Dyfed Powys10010202050255,00070,000325,000
Essex124234040103586,500161,000747,500
Gloucestershire7012202052306,00084,000390,000
Greater Manchester1,000781451553781,989,000546,0002,535,000
Gwent6512201143306,00084,000390,000
Hampshire150275353133688,500189,000877,500
Hertfordshire4813161645331,50091,000422,500
Humberside25115293074382,500105,000487,500
Kent180305858146765,000210,000975,000
Lancashire152255150126637,500175,000812,500
Leicestershire15017264083433,500119,000552,500
Lincolnshire5011201041280,50077,000357,500
Merseyside3604080812011,020,000280,0001,300,000
Metropolitan1,8002424244471,1136,807,4601,694,0008,501,460
Norfolk9011302566280,50077,000357,500
North Wales7512252562306,00084,000390,000
North Yorkshire39520025127,50035,000162,500
Northamptonshire10514251453357,00098,000455,000
Northumbria172275752136688,500189,000877,500
Nottinghamshire12017353587433,500119,000552,500
South Wales9014272768357,00098,000455,000
South Yorkshire150204041101510,000140,000650,000
Staffordshire10217333383433,500119,000552,500
Suffolk7311241045280,50077,000357,500
Surrey12018303078459,000126,000585,000
Sussex135224545112561,000154,000715,000
Thames Valley3794080802001,020,000280,0001,300,000
Warwickshire68624030153,00042,000195,000
West Mercia10818353689459,000126,000585,000
West Midlands480641201263101,632,000448,0002,080,000
West Yorkshire180265253131663,000182,000845,000
Wiltshire508161640204,00056,000260,000
Total8,2201,0602,0001,9405,00027,687,5007,420,00035,107,500

*The £7,000 per recruit to forces other than the Metropolitan Police Service for training will be paid to National Police Training.


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