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Written Parliamentary Questions: 10th July 2006

Family Court (Imprisonments)
Q:To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were imprisoned following in camera hearings of the family court in each of the past three years; how many of these were imprisoned for offences relating to contempt of court; how many were imprisoned for more than a month; and for what offences, other than contempt, they were imprisoned. (John Hemming)
A:Information on how many people have been sentenced to a term in prison by the family courts in each of the last three financial years is not recorded. However the following figures show the number of people remanded under custody. These cases include those sentenced to a prison and those kept in police cells. The table also shows the number of people remanded on bail or for medical reports.

Financial year Bail Custody Medical reports Total
2003-04 217 616 8 841
2004-05 225 565 10 800
2005-06 253 576 2 831

Note:
The figures are from the County and High Courts only and relate to the breach of Family Law Act 1996 orders. (Harriet Harman, Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs)

Emergency Protection Orders)
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) how many emergency protection orders have been applied for by each social services local authority in each of the last three years; and how many of those were applied for ex parte;

(2) how many emergency protection orders were applied for by each local authority in each of the last three years; how many were applied for ex-parte; of the ex-parte orders granted how many of each were granted; and how many were for children (a) under and (b) over the age of one year. (John Hemming MP)

A:Information on the number of emergency protection order (EPO) applications made by local authorities is not collected by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Information on the number of children starting to be looked after for each social services local authority, as a result of an EPO made by the family courts, during the years ending31 March 2003, 31 March 2004 and 31 March 2005 are presented in the following table. The DfES does not collect information about the numbers of ex-parte EPO applications.

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