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These monthly figures are too small to provide a reliable breakdown by gender and ethnicity, but we can provide the total number of black and minority ethnic men and women currently serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP).
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. As with any large scale recording system they are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing, so the numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 18 and (ii) 18 to 21 years old were held in the adult prison estate on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hanson: At the end of February 2008 there were (a) (i) 2,283 males aged under 18 and (ii) 9,112 males aged between 18 to 20 and (b) (i) 65 females aged under 18 and (ii) 434 females aged 18 to 20 in all prison establishments in England and Wales.
Juvenile prisoners (those aged under 18) are usually held in designated units and prisons. In exceptional individual circumstances they may be held separately within an adult prison for a short period. Similarly sentenced 18 to 20-year-olds are usually held in designated units and establishments. Current operational practice is to hold unsentenced 18 to 20-year-olds in either an adult prison or in cells designated as prison cells within young offender institutions, and in exceptional circumstances the Secretary of State has the power to direct an 18 to 20-year-old sentenced offender to be held as an adult.
Mr. Hanson: Young Offender Institutions accommodate sentenced prisoners aged from 15 to 21. The following table gives the number of 15 to 17-year-olds received under immediate custodial sentences into prison establishments in England and Wales between 1997 and 2006.
|Aged 15 to 17 (Male and Female)|
Maria Eagle: The Prison Service does not use the term self-mutilation. The following table includes all incidents of self-harm by 15 to 17-year-olds in any prisons where they were held in the period in question. It should be noted that the numbers refer to incidents not people (a number of individuals self-harm on more than one occasion and account for a disproportionate number of incidents), and do not reflect the severity of incidents, i.e. include all incidents no matter how minor the self-harm as well as noose/ligature making (even where no injury occurred).
|Self-harm incidents( 1)|
|(1)The numbers of self harm incidents reported here are based on information supplied by prisons through the Prison Service incident reporting system (IRS). Self-harm is a high volume incident and is subject to technical and recording problems. Nevertheless, the system provides a sensible indication of the scale of self-harm but the numbers should not be treated as absolute. These figures may differ from previously published figures as some incidents are retrospectively added to IRS.|
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments his Department and its predecessor made to the Bell Pottinger Group in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new schools have been commissioned under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative model. 
Jim Knight: Approximately 180 new schools in 40 local authority areas have been commissioned following the approval of outline business cases as part of Building Schools for the Future. Of these we expect approximately 125 to be delivered under the private finance initiative.
For the purpose of this question, new schools have been defined as those that are undertaking a minimum of 75 per cent. or greater new build content. The figures provided are approximate because the scope of individual BSF projects and/or procurement methods may change as projects are further developed.
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