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Kainos Trust

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I will arrange for a copy of Kainos's first annual report for the year ending 31 May 2000 to be placed in the Library and in the libraries of the three prisons in which the programme operates. This contains the requested information and will be available once the accounts have been finalised and audited, which is expected to be in July.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Presentations on the Kainos programme have been given by a team from the Verne prison at Lewes and Kingston prisons; a further presentation is planned at Channings Wood. The purpose of these presentations has been to provide interested prisoners (who may apply to transfer) and staff with information about the programme. Presentations have been given jointly by a member of the prison staff, a prisoner and a member of the Kainos team. A similar presentation has been planned by Highpoint prison for Winchester prison.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The employment of Kainos personnel is a matter for that organisation. All such personnel will be subject to standard checks into background, identity and reliability as well as the relevant security clearance before being allowed access to the prison.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Bassam of Brighton: Yes. Participation on the Kainos community programme is undertaken on a voluntary basis. The course is open to prisoners of all, or no, religions, and participation in Christian observances, such as prayers, is also voluntary. We do not consider that these matters would raise issues under the Human Rights Act 1998 when it comes into full effect in October 2000.

Community Sentences

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the estimated likely increase in (a) the number of people imprisoned each year and (b) the average daily prison population as a result of Clause 46 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (breach of community orders: warning and punishment).[HL2425]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: We expect that the new proposals will be effective in persuading offenders to comply with their community sentences. In the short term, it is possible that there will be an increase in the numbers imprisoned. It is difficult to make firm estimates of the numbers involved, but if the new statutory warning scheme is ignored by half of those offenders who currently fail to comply without good reason on one or more occasions, some 25,000 additional offenders could be imprisoned resulting in an increase in the average daily prison population of about 1,900.

The presumption of imprisonment for breach will not be commenced until sufficient prison places are available.

Spoilt Ballot Papers: Greater London

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many spoilt ballot papers there were for each relevant constituency in the Greater London area, and for Greater London as a whole, for (a) the London Assembly elections 2000; (b) the European Parliament elections 1999; (c) the borough council elections 1998; and (d) the general election 1997; both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total votes cast.[HL2431]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The number of rejected ballot papers in each of the Greater London Assembly constituencies in the election of constituency members and the percentage of the total ballot papers issued is given in the table:

Number of rejected papersPercentage of ballot papers issued
Barnet & Camden8,7436.47
Bexley & Bromley10,2466.94
Brent & Harrow12,76011.58
City & East18,85316.02
Croydon & Sutton10,3708.00
Ealing & Hillingdon10,9628.38
Enfield and Haringey12,10510.16
Greenwich & Lewisham10,67610.11
Havering & Redbridge9,3867.93
Lambeth & Southwark10,5609.47
Merton & Wandsworth7,7526.34
North East17,27112.81
South West10,7287.30
West Central11,2909.58
Total161,9729.27

The number of rejected ballot papers in each of the Greater London Assembly constituencies in the election of the additional members and the percentage of the total ballot papers issued is given in the table:


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Number of rejected papersPercentage of ballot papers issued
Barnet & Camden6,6304.91
Bexley & Bromley6,3694.31
Brent & Harrow6,4965.90
City & East8,0506.84
Croydon & Sutton6,1114.71
Ealing & Hillingdon6,7715.18
Enfield and Haringey6,2815.27
Greenwich & Lewisham4,9814.72
Havering & Redbridge6,3815.39
Lambeth & Southwark5,1684.63
Merton & Wandsworth6,9805.70
North East6,7895.03
South West5,5423.77
West Central5,5934.74
Total88,1425.04

These figures reflect the fact that a large number of voters decided to leave parts of their ballot papers blank.

For the European parliamentary elections in 1999 London was a single region. There were 4,320 spoilt ballot papers representing 0.38 per cent of all ballot papers issued.

Figures for local elections are not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The number of rejected ballot papers in each constituency in Greater London at the 1997 general election and the percentage of the total ballot papers issued is given in the table:


ConstituencyNumber of rejected papersPercentage of papers issued
Barking410.12
Battersea850.18
Beckenham590.11
Bethnal Green & Bow2260.50
Bexleyheath & Crayford420.09
Brent East960.27
Brent North1010.26
Brent South1340.39
Brentford & Isleworth910.16
Bromley & Chislehurst630.12
Camberwell & Peckham1250.44
Carshalton & Wallington320.07
Chingford & Woodford Green630.14
Chipping Barnet670.13
Cities of London & Westminster1090.27
Croydon Central550.10
Croydon North940.18
Croydon South710.13
Dagenham340.09
Dulwich & West Norwood200.04
Ealing North1210.22
Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush1990.41
Ealing, Southall2450.45
East Ham2710.67
Edmonton780.17
Eltham730.17
Enfield, North630.13
Enfield, Southgate770.17
Erith & Thamesmead560.13
Feltham & Heston810.17
Finchley & Golders Green990.20
Greenwich & Woolwich860.21
Hackney North & Stoke Newington1780.55
Hackney South & Shoreditch1820.54
Hammersmith & Fulham1380.25
Hampstead & Highgate940.21
Harrow East1130.20
Harrow West1000.19
Hayes & Harlington510.12
Hendon760.15
Holborn & St. Pancras1600.42
Hornchurch500.11
Hornsey & Wood Green1330.26
Ilford North780.16
Ilford South1340.27
Islington North1240.34
Islington South & Finsbury1360.38
Kensington & Chelsea1230.33
Kingston & Surbiton580.10
Lewisham East910.24
Lewisham West810.22
Lewisham Deptford1350.40
Leyton & Wanstead1170.30
Mitcham & Morden610.13
North Southwark & Bermondsey1060.26
Old Bexley & Sidcup450.09
Orpington750.12
Poplar & Canning Town1340.34
Putney600.14
Regent's Park & Kensington North1200.25
Romford560.13
Ruislip-Northwood730.16
Streatham1560.35
Sutton & Cheam540.11
Tooting940.20
Tottenham1230.33
Twickenham940.16
Upminster340.08
Uxbridge390.09
Vauxhall2260.58
Walthamstow1220.30
West Ham990.29
Wimbledon520.11
Total rejected ballot papers7,2320.22

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Lieutenant Governors of the Channel Islands

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    (a) what were the previous occupations of the current Lieutenant Governors of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;

    (b) what are their salaries;

    (c) whether the posts are advertised;

    (d) what is the cost of making these appointments; and

    (e) what criteria are applied in the selection process.[HL2412]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The current Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Jersey is a retired general. The post of Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey is vacant at the moment but the previous incumbent was a retired vice-admiral. The incoming Lieutenant Governor is a lieutenant general. The Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man was formerly a diplomat.

The salary for the Jersey and Guernsey posts is £67,815. The salary for the Isle of Man post is £53,273.

All three posts have been advertised.

The costs of advertising the posts was £26,127. It is not possible to identify separately other administrative costs falling within the appointment making process.

The advertisements make it clear that applicants should have a distinguished record of service to the Crown and that they should also: have personal authority and the ability to command respect in discharging the role of Her Majesty's personal representative; be diplomatic, tactful and lucid communicators both to the islands and to Her Majesty's Government; and have the ability to play a leading role in the community life of the islands.


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