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Prison Incidents

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list by category all reported acts of (a) concerted indiscipline, (b) fires, (c) escapes and attempted escapes from prison, (d) escapes and attempted escapes from escort, (e) deaths, (f) hostage situations, (g) wrongful releases and (h) miscellaneous or any other incidents at (i) Wolds, (ii) Blakenhurst and (iii) Buckley Hall prisons from 1 September 1994 to 30 June 1995. [36196]

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Doug Hoyle, dated 23 October 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking for a list by category of all reported acts of (a) concerted indiscipline, (b) fires, (c) escapes and attempted escapes from prison, (d) escapes and attempted escapes from escort, (e) deaths, (f) hostage situations, (g) wrongful releases and (h) miscellaneous or any other incidents at (i) Wolds, (ii) Blakenhurst and (iii) Buckley Hall prisons from 1st September 1994 to 30th June 1995. Both the Wolds and Blakenhurst prisons were operational on 1 September 1994. Buckley Hall prison did not receive its first prisoner until 14 December 1994.

The information is listed in the attached table:

Incident Type

Wolds

Blakenhurst

Buckley Hall

Concerted indiscipline222
Fires251
Prison escapes000
Prison attempted escapes000
Escort escapes000
Escort attempted escapes001
Deaths110
Hostage situations000
Wrongful release010
Miscellaneous5150
Assaults on staff12190
Assaults on inmates16652
Assaults on others100
Key lock compromise011
Food refusals1000
Temporary release failures017
Self harm39291
Tool implement loss find031
Drug finds771227
Absconds010
Recaptures/surrenders025
Total16526728