Lord Allen of Abbeydale: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether vans belonging to security companies, such as Securicor, are given a blanket exemption from parking restrictions.
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Computer Misuse Act 1990 is appropriately drafted to deal with current trends in computer crime.
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the increasing importance of speed limits, they have any plans to make it easier for the private motorist to have his speedometer tested for accuracy.
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: My Lords, how have other countries seen their way through these difficulties? Have they passed legislation making such conduct a criminal offence? I may be wrong, but I think that South Africa managed to do that.
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: My Lords, notwithstanding what has been said about rehabilitation and education, does the Minister agree that there will always be prisoners who, on leaving prison, will return to society embittered against authority; or perhaps having learned new ways of committing crime from fellow prisoners; or who may have become drug addicts during their time inside, all of whom are likely to reoffend?...
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: My Lords, can the Minister say whether there is any truth in the press report that the Government are proposing to abolish the post of Chief Inspector of Prisons?
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are now in prison in England and Wales; and how many are likely to be there in 12 months' time.
Lord Allen of Abbeydale: My Lords, I am most grateful for that information. However, I am bound to say that I find those high figures and the prospect of further increases to come somewhat disquieting. Everyone would agree that offenders convicted of serious crimes should normally be sentenced to imprisonment, but not everyone in prison falls into that category. I wish to ask the Minister two questions. First, am I...