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Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the design capacity by modern standards for each prison in Northern Ireland, including the new prison; and what are the actual numbers in each prison at the present time.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985 c. 3]: The following is the normal capacity of each penal establishment and the present population:

EstablishmentCapacityPopulation
Armagh11456
Belfast600589
Maze (Compound)197
Maze (Cellular)800720
Malligan300328
Maghaberry (Male)450
Maghaberry (Female)56
Hydebank300207
There is no established capacity to the Maze (compound)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in the Official Report a table to show the following information, for each year since 1 January 1982 (a) the value of goods produced by each prison workshop in each Northern Ireland prison, (b) the value of goods produced on a per capita basis in each case, (c) the average number of hours worked by each prisoner in each prison per week and the average for the United Kingdom as a whole, (d) the number of prisoners who did not work in each year in each prison in Northern Ireland and (e) the average number of prisoners who are in each prison in Northern Ireland.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985, c. 3]: The available information is as follows:

Establishment and Industry

Value of goods produced by inmates

*

Value of goods produced per capita

Average number of hours worked each week by each inmate allocated to a prison industry

Average daily population

Financial year

Financial year

Financial year

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1982

1983

1984

£

£

£

£

£

£

HM Prison Armagh

Laundry5,2864,4894,8509981,31021·421·3545143
Garment manufacture53,47730,69830,9021,8062,809+¶10+¶11+¶9

HM Prison Belfast

Joinery8,530NilNilNilNilNilNil262 +¶263228 +¶405215 +¶388
Laundry25,589NilNilNilNilNilNil
Horticulture2,488NilNilNilNilNilNil
Firewood736NilNilNilNilNilNil
Garment manufacture16,295NilNilNilNilNilNil

HM Prison Maze (Compound)

NilNilNilNilNilNilNilNilNil316267234

HM Prison Maze (Cellular)

Joinery74,69626,153Nil1,561Nil5·46·6†817 +¶209843791
Metal fabrication50,79719,198Nil2,954Nil
Cement production7261,965Nil393Nil
Garment manufacture63,73536,5281,6223,479943
Laundry68,11274,05974,7345,4866,366

HM Prison Magilligan

Garment manufacture12,85623,42420,3851,9521,3634·33·1414437377
Shoe manufacture46,99034,43022,0724,7482,759
Metal fabricationNil8,72215,0212,1811,966
Firewood1,0071,0811,252131172
Horticulture1,1051,180Nil152Nil

HM Young Offenders Centre, Hydebank

Horticulture1,3051,4741,27429529013·712·2234 +¶12218 +¶12202 +¶11

* The number of inmates available for work varied from day-to-day and the figure quoted is based on goods produced by the average number of prisoners working assuming a working year of 50 weeks.

†This figure is only for the first six months of 1982 thereafter all remand and untried prisoners were moved to Her Majesty's prison, Belfast.
‡The information necessary to calculate these figures for the financial year 1982–83 is no longer available.
║As Her Majesty's prison, Belfast has become mainly a remand prison, prison industries ceased to operate there in November 1982. Some inmates continue to be employed in he laundry and the garden but these activities are not run on a commercial basis.
¶Remand/Untried.

To obtain the information requested on the number of prisoners who did not work in each year would involve the examination of each individual's prison record, since there are forms of work other than in a prison industry. This could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Questions about the number of hours worked by prisoners in other parts of the United Kingdom are matters for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what have been the average hours worked in each week in each prison in Northern Ireland by civilian teachers and instructors in each of the years or financial years 1982 to date.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985, c.3]: The weekly conditioned hours of full-time teachers in the Northern Ireland prison service consist of 18 to 22 hours class contact, depending on grade, but additional time is spent on preparatory work. The conditioned hours for civilian instructors are 42 a week. Since the escape from Her Majesty's prison Maze (cellular) in September 1983, however, it has not been possible to utilise fully these instructors.Details of the hours actually worked by civilian instructors are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.