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Police Custody

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many additional hours of duty police officers undertook in each police authority area to implement Operation Safeguard in each of the last 24 months. [202508]

Mr. Straw: Operation Safeguard is an arrangement between the National Offender Management Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers. The estimated cost to NOMS of the provision of police cells under Operation Safeguard in 2007-08 is in the region of £53 million. This includes staff costs. The number of additional hours worked by police officers is an operational matter for police authorities and chief officers and the information is not held centrally.

Prisoners Release

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders not yet returned to prison after recall of their end of custody licence had been recalled for (a) alleged re-offending, (b) failure to live at an approved address, (c) failure to maintain contact with the Probation Service and (d) poor behaviour. [213338]

Mr. Straw: 894 offenders placed on End of Custody Licence have been recalled to custody for breaching the conditions of the scheme as at 16 May 2008. This represents 3.4 per cent. of those released on to the scheme. Data on ECL release and recall which have been published monthly since the scheme began, can be found at:

Of those recalled and who remained unlawfully at large as of 19 June, 24 were recalled for alleged re-offending (six of whom had also failed to live at their approved address); 31 were recalled for failure to live at an approved address (four of whom had also failed to maintain contact with the Probation Service); 46 were recalled for failure to maintain contact with the Probation Service (three of whom also had poor behaviour); and eight were recalled for poor behaviour.

Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 647W, on prisoners' release: re-offenders, how many of the alleged further offences committed by offenders on end of custody licence were (a) rape, (b) attempted rape and (c) other sexual offences. [213342]

Mr. Straw: Four offenders have allegedly committed six sexual offences while they were subject to the end of custody licence, of which one was rape, five were other sexual offences. There were no attempted rapes.

Prisoners: British Nationality

Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many UK nationals have been repatriated to finish their sentences in UK prisons in the last three years. [213042]

Mr. Hanson: Between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2007, 172 British nationals convicted of offences committed abroad were returned to prisons in England and Wales to continue serving their sentences. The annual break down of transfers in the last three years is as follows.

Number

2005

61

2006

43

2007

68


The repatriation of prisoners to Scotland and to Northern Ireland is a matter for the Scottish Government and for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland respectively.

Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the report of the review of restraint of young people in the secure estate. [213256]

Mr. Hanson: I am pleased to announce that the chairs of the independent review of restraint in juvenile secure settings, Andrew Williamson and Peter Smallridge, reported their recommendations to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Children, Young People and Families (Beverley Hughes) and I on 20 June.

We welcome their report and will give its recommendations careful consideration. We intend to publish the chairs’ full report alongside our response to its recommendations by the end of October.

Sentencing

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) under 10, (b) 10 to 17, (c) 18 to 20 and (d) 21 and over were sentenced to immediate custody for (i) violent and (ii) non-violent crimes in each of the last five years. [212376]

Mr. Hanson: The requested information is contained in the following table.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.


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Number of persons sentenced( 1) to immediate custody for violent and non-violent offences by age group, all courts, England and Wales, 2002-06
Number of persons
Age group Violent offences( 2) Non-violent offences( 3)

2002

Juveniles (10-17)

2,526

4,890

Young adults (18 -20)

3,652

13,711

Adults (21 and over)

14,057

72,771

Total

20,235

91,372

2003

Juveniles (10-17)

1,982

4,218

Young adults (18 -20)

3,353

12,085

Adults (21 and over)

13,788

72,244

Total

19,123

88,547

2004

Juveniles (10-17)

2,154

4,171

Young adults (18-20)

3,530

11,106

Adults (21 and over)

14,494

70,867

Total

20,178

86,144

2005

Juveniles (10-17)

2,159

3,856

Young adults (18-20)

3,746

10,485

Adults (21 and over)

14,045

66,945

Total

19,950

81,286

2006

Juveniles (10-17)

2,351

3,832

Young adults (18-20)

3,853

10,044

Adults (21 and over)

13,760

62,177

Total

19,964

76,053

Total all years

79,500

423,402

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Violent offences includes the offences of violence against the person, robbery and sexual offences.
(3) Non-violent offences includes the offences of burglary, theft and handling stolen goods, fraud and forgery, drugs offences and all other summary and indictable offences.
Note:
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
Source:
QMS, Analytical Services

Children, Schools and Families

Carers: Young People

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of young people in London with caring responsibilities for family members. [212622]

Kevin Brennan: We estimate that there are around 20,500 young carers in London. This estimate is derived from analysis of the data in the 2001 census, which is the most recent information that we have on the number of young carers in England and Wales.

Class Sizes: Wirral

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil-teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wirral West constituency in (i) January 1997 and (ii) January 1998. [212328]

Jim Knight: The following table provides the pupil-teacher ratio in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools in Wirral West constituency and England, January 1997, 1998 and 2007.


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Pupil:teacher ratios( 1) in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools—Years: January 1997, 1998 and 2007; Coverage: Wirral West and England
1997 1998 2007
Wirral West England Wirral West England Wirral West England

Primary

23.8

23.4

24.8

23.7

22.6

21.8

Secondary

16.6

16.7

16.7

16.9

14.9

16.5

(1) The within-school PTR is calculated by dividing the total FTE number of pupils on roll in schools by the total FTE number of qualified teachers regularly employed in schools.
Source:
School Census

Classroom Assistants: Manpower

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants are employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Bournemouth. [212463]

Jim Knight: The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teaching assistants employed in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Bournemouth local authority and England, January 2007, the latest figures available.

Full-time equivalent teaching assistants in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools—Years: January 2007; Coverage: Bournemouth local authority and England
Bournemouth England

Nursery/primary

340

105,770

Secondary

80

35,650

Note:
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

Grandparents

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has estimated the number of young people cared for by grandparents. [212621]

Kevin Brennan: The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents collects information on the types of child care families had used, including informal provision such as care by grandparents. The 2007 survey estimated that 25 per cent. of families had used grandparents to provide child care in the week before the survey, compared with 26 per cent. in 2004 (this change was not statistically significant).

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 452W, on grandparents, what research the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on grandparental access to grandchildren in the last 10 years; if he will take steps to commission research on the role of parents in governing grandparent-grandchild relations; and if he will make a statement. [212676]

Kevin Brennan: We have not commissioned or evaluated any research on grandparental access to grandchildren in the last 10 years, and we have no immediate plans to commission research on the role of parents in governing grandparent/grandchild relations. We believe that parents are usually best placed to make decisions about their children's relationships with grandparents and other relatives. However, with leave of the court, it is possible for grandparents to apply for a contact order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, to enable them to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren.


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