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unstar this property answer text <p>The Wales Office has regular discussions with Ofcom about improving mobile coverage across Wales. The UK Government is considering a number of options for improving coverage in partial not-spot areas, including passive infrastructure sharing and national roaming.</p><p> </p> more like this
93650
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unstar this property answer text <p>There is an exceptions process which enables individuals who do not have a National Insurance Number to register to vote. Ministerial guidance has been provided for Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) which sets out the framework for administering this process.</p><p>The Commission is currently producing a guide to support anyone interested in promoting electoral registration. This guide will make clear that any individual who does not have a National Insurance Number should be directed to their ERO for advice on what they need to do to register.</p> more like this
93651
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Electoral Commission has made no such estimate. National Insurance Numbers are allocated by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Commission does not hold any data on this process.</p><p> </p><p>Under individual electoral registration, there is an exceptions process which enables individuals who do not have a National Insurance Number to register to vote.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
100250
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unstar this property answer text <p>My discussions about the establishment of a Panel on Parading in the Twaddell/Ardoyne area of North Belfast are ongoing. I have recently written to the Executive parties seeking their thoughts on possible panel membership and am awaiting responses.</p><p>I would urge political parties and others with an involvement in the dispute to engage constructively with this process.</p><p> </p> more like this
100139
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unstar this property answer text <p>This Government takes recovery and enforcement of financial impositions very seriously and remains committed to finding new ways to encourage payment of impositions and to trace those who do not pay. This is why there has been a year on year increase in the amount of financial penalties collected over the last three years.</p><p> </p><p>When it appears to HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that an offender is normally resident in another EU country HMCTS can transfer road traffic offence fines, imposed by courts in this country, to other EU jurisdictions for enforcement under the EU Framework Decision on Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties (MRFP). The Framework Decision obliges Member States to take over enforcement of eligible fines imposed by other Member States’ courts, where the offender is resident or has assets in the enforcing state. All monies collected however are retained by the enforcing Member State.</p><p> </p><p>Where the offender is resident in a non EU country or in one not included in the MRFP Framework there is no mechanism for HMCTS to be able to recover the amounts outstanding.</p><p> </p><p>It is not possible to identify the value of fines outstanding which relate to motoring offences for offenders who live overseas without incurring disproportionate cost as this information could only be obtained by a manual search of all live fine accounts.</p>
100259
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unstar this property answer text <p>This Government takes recovery and enforcement of financial impositions very seriously and remains committed to finding new ways to encourage payment of impositions and to trace those who do not pay. This is why there has been a year on year increase in the amount of financial penalties collected over the last three years.</p><p> </p><p>When it appears to HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that an offender is normally resident in another EU country HMCTS can transfer road traffic offence fines, imposed by courts in this country, to other EU jurisdictions for enforcement under the EU Framework Decision on Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties (MRFP). The Framework Decision obliges Member States to take over enforcement of eligible fines imposed by other Member States’ courts, where the offender is resident or has assets in the enforcing state. All monies collected however are retained by the enforcing Member State.</p><p> </p><p>Where the offender is resident in a non EU country or in one not included in the MRFP Framework there is no mechanism for HMCTS to be able to recover the amounts outstanding.</p><p> </p><p>It is not possible to identify the value of fines outstanding which relate to motoring offences for offenders who live overseas without incurring disproportionate cost as this information could only be obtained by a manual search of all live fine accounts.</p>
91521
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unstar this property answer text <p>The table below sets out the amounts spent on electronic monitoring services provided by G4S and Serco for the years requested.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£116,906,087</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£107,684,810</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>£36,987,915</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The 2013-14 figure is significantly lower as we withheld payment in 2013 once we became aware of long-standing anomalies in the billing arrangements on these contracts. We have since recovered all money owed on the contracts from the suppliers.</p><p> </p><p>In April 2014 Capita took over the management of the electronic monitoring service, on an interim basis until the new service comes into operation. Under these interim arrangements, G4S and Serco no longer have a direct role in delivering the service on the ground – and we have far greater oversight of costs and charging than previously, with direct access to the suppliers’ systems. We continue to manage these arrangements robustly.</p>
100492
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not tolerate violence of any kind in young offender institutions and assaults are treated extremely seriously. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is comprehensively reviewing how it manages violence and will issue revised guidance in 2015. NOMS is also working with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to improve the investigation and prosecution of crime in young offender institutions and prisons.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to reducing self-harm in young offender institutions. All young offender institutions and prisons are required to have procedures in place to identify, manage and support people who are at risk of harm to themselves. These procedures include the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) process, which is an offender-centred, flexible care planning system designed to ensure that offenders at risk are managed in a way that is responsive to individual needs, including those related to age.</p><p> </p><p>An analysis of assaults and self-harm by age is included in the Safety in Custody Statistics Bulletin, available at <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-in-custody-statistics" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-in-custody-statistics</a>.</p><p> </p>
100493
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not tolerate violence of any kind in young offender institutions and assaults are treated extremely seriously. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is comprehensively reviewing how it manages violence and will issue revised guidance in 2015. NOMS is also working with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to improve the investigation and prosecution of crime in young offender institutions and prisons.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to reducing self-harm in young offender institutions. All young offender institutions and prisons are required to have procedures in place to identify, manage and support people who are at risk of harm to themselves. These procedures include the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) process, which is an offender-centred, flexible care planning system designed to ensure that offenders at risk are managed in a way that is responsive to individual needs, including those related to age.</p><p> </p><p>An analysis of assaults and self-harm by age is included in the Safety in Custody Statistics Bulletin, available at <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-in-custody-statistics" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-in-custody-statistics</a>.</p><p> </p>
99920
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unstar this property answer text <p>My officials are currently working to provide the information requested but it has not proved possible to produce it in the time allowed. I will write to you in due course.</p> more like this