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Mothers And Children In Prison

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the average daily number of women prisoners who had their children with them in prison in 1976;(2) how many women prisoners had their children with them at the most recent convenient date.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Thomas) on 24th November.—[Vol. 939, c. 871–3.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities there are in the various prisons for women prisoners to have children over the age of 4 years with them.

None. Facilities are at present available only for children up to the age of 3.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many babies were born to inmates of Holloway Prison in 1976; and how many inmates had spontaneous or induced abortions.

Fourteen. There were two spontaneous abortions, and eight termina- tions of pregnancies were carried out in National Health Service hospitals.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many babies were born to women serving prison sentences in England and Wales in 1976.

Twenty-eight. In addition, 29 babies were born to young women serving borstal sentences, and three to women in custody awaiting trial.