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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate total annual staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Blunkett: Information on Home Office staff cost estimates for 200102 (including the Prison Service Agency, the Passport and Records Agency and the Forensic Science Service) by nation and region of the United Kingdom is provided in the table shown. >
|Yorkshire and Humberside||131,821|
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number and proportion of asylum seekers to the UK who (a) are educated to (i) degree level, (ii) higher A-Level or equivalent level and (iii) Standard/GCSE or equivalent level, (b) are qualified as (i) doctors, (ii) nurses and (iii) teachers, and (c) have skills in high technology and IT related sectors; and if he will make a statement. 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of the UK, and estimate the average cost per sq m for properties used by his Department as a whole, and by region and nation of the UK. 
|Region||Estimated running costs(31) (£000)||Estimated average running cost per sq m(32) (£)|
(31) Running Costs include the annual rental charge, rates, utility costs, cleaning, maintenance and security guarding
(32) The floor area figures used are net internal area
These figures do not include the Probation Estate, which became part of the Home Office estate on 1 April 2001. I will write to the hon. Member with these figures shortly.The figures for the Prison Service are collated by the 15 Prison Service Areas, 13 of which are regional. The other two areas are Female and High Security establishments.
|Area(33)||Estimated running costs(34) (£000)||Estimated average running cost per sq m(35) (£)|
|East Midlands North||2,753||20|
|Manchester, Mersey and Cheshire||3,681||15|
|Lancashire and Cumbria||3,996||21|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||4,677||16|
|East Midlands South||3,280||20|
|Thames Valley and Hampshire||5,356||26|
|Kent, Surrey and Sussex||6,430||22|
|High Security Prisons||5,500||17|
(33) The figures relate to the Operational Directorate of the Prison Service and cover prison establishments. The Prison Service headquarters figures are included in the main Home Office figures.
(34) Running costs relate to rents, council tax, utilities and maintenance. Security guarding and cleaning are not identified separately on the Prison Service finance system. The figures do not include rates.
(35) Figures for the floor area are gross.
The difference in the running cost between the main Home Office and the Prison estates is due to the fact that most of the Prison Service estate is freehold, whereas most of the main Home Office estate is leasehold. Rent accounts for the major running cost expenditure in the figures for the main Home Office estate.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) either-way cases and (b) all cases heard in magistrates courts were sent to Crown court for sentencing in each of the last three years. 
|Triable either way||All offences|
|Number of defendants proceeded against||479,917||1,881,765|
|Number of defendants committed to the Crown Court for sentence||19,324||20,417|
|Percentage of defendants proceeded against who are committed to the Crown Court for sentence||4||1|
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those who elected for trial in Crown court in either-way cases, including those found not guilty, had previous convictions. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: Data from a sample of offenders sentenced during four weeks in 1999 show that 68 per cent. of those found guilty for a standard list offence at the Crown court had one or more previous convictions for a standard list offence. No data are available on whether those acquitted had previous convictions.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will be of each project. 
Mr. Blunkett: The Department does not maintain central records of every building and refurbishment project. The following table lists currently planned Home Office, including Prison Service capital construction projects (individual projects estimated to cost over £2 million) split between private finance initiative (PFI) and non-PFI which covers the projects on-site or expected to be on-site in 200102 and 200203. The figures given are total costs, previous expenditure, and estimated expenditure in the current year and future years. The Department is not directly responsible for the construction costs of PFI projects and these costs have not been shown. Projects for non-departmental public bodies are not included. >
|Project £000 at 200102 prices||Total anticipated||Comments (figures include for fees,|
|Projects costing over £2 million||FY 200102||FY 200203||Future years||expenditure||VAT and contingencies|
|Prison Service (capital)||27,714||77,978||60,993||166,685|
|National Police Training||13,300||15,332||20,000||48,632|
|United Kingdom Passport Agency||85||||||||Planned expenditure not yet known|
|Total anticipated expenditure||177,099||96,410||80,993||354,417|
|Home Office Marsham Street||||||||||PFI contract not yet signed|
|Ashford Prison||||||||||PFI contract not yet signed|
|Peterborough Prison||||||||||PFI contract not yet signed|
|>||Home Office Prison Service||Aylesbury||2,131||2,182||2,581||6,894||Birmingham||800||1,711||64||2,575||Brockhill/Hewell G||352||2,475||56||2,883||Buckley Hall||0||2,000||0||2,000||Camp Hill||1,357||2,485||521||4,363||Cardiff||0||1,744||365||2,109||Dorchester||498||1,932||62||2,492||Downview||3,000||7,000||0||10,000||Drake Hall||0||2,000||500||2,500||Durham||2,728||1,928||4,773||0||Durham||0||2,032||7,634||9,666||Eastwood Park||0||2,600||300||2,900||Everthorpe||210||2,052||55||2,317||Feltham||0||700||2,000||2,700||Feltham||0||1,300||1,300||2,600||Gartree||2,352||2,594||8,359||0||Gartree||0||0||2,225||2,225||Hull||2,124||11,008||336||13,468||Kirkham||200||3,567||60||3,827||Leeds||500||2,223||300||3,023||Lincoln||0||1,909||2,178||4,087||Long Lartin||520||2,089||2,744||5,353||National Programme||8,775||225||0||9,000||Onley||92||1,391||4,257||5,740||Pentonville||0||3,000||7,000||10,000||Portland||0||2,750||7,888||10,638||Preston||0||3,540||2,831||6,371||Wakefield||0||5,015||1,808||6,823||Wakesfield||||||7,500||7,500||Wandsworth||1,771||2,917||116||4,804||Wandsworth||1,500||1,500||3,000||Wealstun||||5,060||1,320||6,380||Winchester||304||1,609||680||2,593||Winchester||||1,088||1,148||2,236||Ashford (PFI)||||||||||Contract not yet signed
||Peterborough (PFI)||||||||||Contract not yet signed
||Prison Service total||27,714||77,978||60,993||143,951||Immigration Service(36)||Immigration Service||136,000||3,100||0||139,100||Immigration Services total||136,000||3,100||0||139,100||National Police Training||Redevelopment Harrogate||1,000||15,000||20,000||36,000||Cmbran||3,350||91||||3,441||Ryton||8,950||241||||9,191||National Police Training Total||13,300||15,332||20,000||48,632||Home Office||Marsham Street PFI||||||||||Contract not signed
||United Kingdom Passport Agency||Relocation||85||||||||Future expenditure not yet known
||United Kingdom Passport Agency||85||0||0||0|
(36) Information on the capital costs of individual projects is not divulged as it is commercially sensitive. The table sets out the total contractually committed expenditure for projects let by this office and relates to the Yarl's Wood, Harmondsworth, Dungavel and Oakington projects. (On both Harmondsworth and Yarl's Wood, there was significant expenditure during 200001 which is included in the figure shown in the 200102 column).