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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 22 January, Official Report, column 420W, on Public Services Productivity, if he will list the members of the Public Services Productivity Panel that attended each meeting since January 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: The Public Services Productivity Panel is a small group of senior business people and public sector managers that meets occasionally to assist with the development of policy. The Panel have met nine times since January 2000. All of these meetings were well attended.
Hilary Benn: As the hon. Member will be aware, a cross-Government NHS zero tolerance zone campaign was launched in October 1999 to tackle violence against staff working in the NHS. The campaign aims to get the message to both NHS staff and members of the public that violence against NHS staff is unacceptable and the Government are determined to stamp it out.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running costs of (a) the Department and (b) each of its sponsored agencies were in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Blunkett: Secondments are part of the Interchange initiative, which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the civil service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private. Interchange provides opportunities for civil servants to learn new skills, widen their experience and develop ideas. It also brings in skills and experiences from other sectors.
|Number of staff||Name of organisation||Type of organisation|
|1||Lincolnshire health authority||NHS|
|1||Cambridgeshire health authority||NHS|
|1||County Durham and Darlington health authority||NHS|
|1||Kent county council||Local government|
|1||National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders||Voluntary sector|
|1||Parent Line||Voluntary sector|
|1||Westminster Volunteer Bureau||Voluntary sector|
|1||Vineyard Charity||Voluntary sector|
|1||People's Dispensary for Sick Animals||Voluntary sector|
|1||Oasis Trust||Voluntary sector|
|1||Barnet Citizen Advice Bureau||Voluntary sector|
|1||Runningmead Trust||Voluntary sector|
|1||L'Arche Lambeth||Voluntary sector|
|1||Southwark Mind||Voluntary sector|
|2||Hospice in the Weald||Voluntary sector|
|1||Princes Trust||Voluntary sector|
|3||Butler Trust||Voluntary sector|
|2||Jill Dando Institute||Voluntary sector|
|1||Commission for Race Equality||Public sector|
|1||Audit Commission||Public sector|
|1||Postal Services Commission||Public sector|
|1||Thames Valley Partnership||Public sector|
|2||Security Services||Public sector|
|1||Cartwright Pickard Architects||Private sector|
|1||Banks Hoggins O'Shea FCB||Private sector|
|1||COCA COLA||Private sector|
|1||Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations||Private sector|
|10||Youth Justice Board||NDPB|
|2||Broadcasting Standards Commission||NDPB|
|1||Department of Justice, Australia||Public sector|
|6||European Commission||Public sector|
|2||ENA Business School Strasbourg||Education|
|1||Australian Institute of Criminology||University|
|1||British Embassy Washington||Public sector|
|1||Bulgarian Government||Public sector|
|1||Department of the Solicitor General Canada||Public sector|
|1||Citizen and Immigration Canada||Public sector|
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The majority of the funding for alcohol treatment is spent via the general budgets of primary care trusts and local social service departments, which is consistent with provision being determined following a local consideration of need. This method of funding means that it is not possible to give details of spending on alcohol treatment, but latest estimates indicate that around £95 million is spent each year on treatment in England, and that most of this funding is provided by the Government.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the relationship between the budget of individual prisons and the number of educational and vocational qualifications obtained by their inmates. 
Hilary Benn: From 2001, the core budget for prison education has been ring-fenced and is administered jointly by the Home Office and the Department for Education and Skills, through the Prisoners' Learning and Skills Unit. At the time of ring-fencing, education budgets were historically based, but from 200203, part of the education budget has been linked to achievement of basic skills qualifications. We will develop further the links between funding and educational and vocational qualifications as we increase funding for prison education to £125 million by 200506. The recent review of prison education funding and procurement also identified opportunities for introducing other relevant achievement measures and we are considering these.
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establishments in which there have been changes at governor level, including changes involving those acting as governor for one month or more, in the last five years; when each such change took place; and who (a) the governor leaving and (b) the replacement was in each case. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) causes of occupational stress (i) among prison officers and (ii) in the police. 
Hilary Benn: The Prison Service carried out an audit into the causes and extent of stress among prison officers and other staff in 200102. The audits were conducted at a number of representative prisons and at headquarters. The results suggest that stress is common among prison staff and is due to a wide range of causes. As a result of this work, the Prison Service is developing a policy for preventing stress together with a range of initiatives aimed at supporting those who may be suffering from stress.
Figures for police sickness absence showed an average loss of 11.5 working days per officer in 200102 and an average of 12 working days per support staff member. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has not previously recorded exact figures on what proportion of that absence relates to stress, although stress and musculo-skeletal disorders are unofficially recognised as the two main contributors.
From April 2003, all forces will have begun measuring sickness absence according to new data collection arrangements. This was released in June last year by the Police Numbers Task Force and will ensure that sickness absence is broken down into categories, including stress-related illness. The new data collection arrangements will enable forces to target the types of sickness absence that have the most effect on them.
There has been much discussion by occupational health professionals both inside and outside the Police Service regarding the causes of stress. As yet there is no one prevailing view on the subject. Some forces have already conducted internal stress audits/and begun to target the causes of stress at local level.
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