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Prisons

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the possible correlation between overcrowding and self-harm in the (a) male, (b) female and (c) juvenile prison estate; and if he will make a statement. (78134)

Overcrowding, and its subsequent effects in terms of prisoners’ distance from home, prisoner transfers and the time prisoners spend out of their cells, may be one factor in heightening the distress linked to suicide. However, the most important explanation of why prisoners harm and kill themselves is that a high proportion of prisoners arrive in prison with risk factors such as a history of abuse or drugs/alcohol problems. This is true for all parts of the prison estate.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sit on the Prison Service committee with responsibility for dealing with suspected staff wrongdoing; how often the committee meets; who chairs it; to whom it reports; and if he will make a statement. (80528)

The Professional Standards Steering Group, which reports to the director general, meets quarterly to ensure the effective implementation of the Prison Service professional standards strategy. Its membership consists of the deputy director general who chairs the meeting, the director of personnel, the director of operations, the head of security group and the head of the professional standards unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which prisons he has visited since his appointment; (80610)

(2) which prisons the Minister for prisons has visited in each of the last eight years.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department visited Wandsworth prison on 28 June 2006.

No single Minister has sole responsibility for prisons policy. However, the Ministers listed in the following table have had responsibility for areas of prison policy in the last eight years.

Ministerial prison visits by Home Office Ministers since 1999

Date

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Lewes

10 November 1999

Chelmsford

3 December 1999

Bullwood Hall

3 December 1999

Downview

10 December 1999

Highdown

10 December 1999

Feltham

17 March 2000

Albany

1 June 2000

Camp Hill

1 June 2000

Parkhurst

2 June 2000

Dover

13 October 2000

Birmingham

4 May 2001

Hilary Benn

Leeds

14 June 2002

Winchester

4 July 2002

Wormwood Scrubs

9 July 2002

Belmarsh

10 July 2002

Askham Grange

15 July 2002

Brixton

25 July 2002

Portland

27 August 2002

The Weare

27 August 2002

Lewes

28 August 2002

Ashfield

29 August 2002

East Sutton Park

3 September 2002

Wayland

17 September 2002

Reading

20 September 2002

Feltham

23 September 2002

Holloway

23 September 2002

Wetherby

7 October 2002

Lincoln

24 October 2002

New Hall

15 November 2002

Feltham

26 November 2002

Leeds

24 January 2003

Wandsworth

29 January 2003

Leicester

10 March 2003

Wandsworth

27 March 2003

Exeter

7 April 2003

Aylesbury

10 April 2003

Paul Boateng

Durham

2 July 1999

Aylesbury

3 August 1999

Whitemoor

4 August 1999

Wandsworth

6 August 1999

Leeds

14 September 1999

Parc

23 September 1999

Brixton

4 October 1999

Holloway

5 October 1999

Wormwood Scrubs

13 October 1999

Littlehey

20 October 1999

Feltham

28 October 1999

Wandsworth

2 November 1999

Brixton

4 November 1999

Feltham

11 November 1999

Belmarsh

25 November 1999

Highpoint

15 December 1999

Lindholme

21 December 1999

Wormwood Scrubs

31 December 1999

Pentonville

31 December 1999

Manchester

11 February 2000

Forest Bank

11 February 2000

Pentonville

13 February 2000

North Sea Camp

15 February 2000

Coldingley

23 February 2000

Altcourse

21 March 2000

Portland

13 April 2000

Weare

13 April 2000

Featherstone

8 May 2000

Styal

6 June 2000

The Mount

8 June 2000

Frankland

19 June 2000

Low Newton

19 June 2000

Holloway

5 July 2000

Blantyre House

5 July 2000

Exeter

7 July 2000

Wormwood Scrubs

9 July 2000

Bristol

11 July 2000

Leyhill

11 July 2000

East Sutton Park

11 July 2000

Grendon/Springhill

13 July 2000

Wandsworth

20 July 2000

Birmingham

7 September 2000

Norwich

21 September 2000

Hatfield

4 October 2000

Moorland

4 October 2000

Blantyre House

16 October 2000

Reading

25 October 2000

Holloway

31 October 2000

Brixton

2 November 2000

Littlehey

2 November 2000

Grendon

16 November 2000

Gloucester

19 November 2000

Woodhill

23 November 2000

Bedford

23 November 2000

Wandsworth

24 November 2000

Pentonville

11 December 2000

The Mount

14 December 2000

Holloway

18 December 2000

Feltham

31 December 2000

Whatton

6 February 2001

Ashfield

28 February 2001

Chelmsford

27 March 2001

Stoke Heath

28 March 2001

Brinsford

28 March 2001

Wellingborough

10 April 2001

Littlehey

10 April 2001

Pentonville

25 April 2001

Wandsworth

25 April 2001

Liverpool

1 May 2001

Paul Goggins

Brixton

2 June 2003

Onley

12 June 2003

Wandsworth

19 June 2003

Pentonville

7 July 2003

Styal

21 July 2003

Frankland

21 August 2003

Birmingham

6 September 2003

Liverpool

10 September 2003

Brixton

15 September 2003

Wealstun

9 October 2003

Holloway

23 October 2003

Everthorpe

11 November 2003

Whitemoor

11 December 2003

Garth

10 December 2003

Wymott

10 December 2003

Whitemoor

12 December 2003

Manchester

25 December 2003

Styal

22 January 2004

Wandsworth

27 January 2004

Belmarsh

3 February 2004

Manchester

9 February 2004

New Hall

25 February 2004

Wandsworth

4 March 2004

Norwich

10 March 2004

Ford

11 March 2004

Holme House

18 March 2004

Bedford

21 April 2004

Birmingham

23 April 2004

The Verne

28 April 2004

The Weare

28 April 2004

Low Newton

6 May 2004

Cardiff

17 June 2004

Wandsworth

30 June 2004

Exeter

16 September 2004

Dartmoor

17 September 2004

Askham Grange

21 October 2004

Parkhurst

11 November 2004

Camp Hill

11 November 2004

Albany

11 November 2004

Elmley

18 November 2004

Swaleside

18 November 2004

Gloucester

29 November 2004

Brixton

9 December 2004

Forest Bank

25 December 2004

Grendon

13 January 2005

Springhill

13 January 2005

Lancaster Castle

27 January 2005

Lancaster Farms

27 January 2005

Liverpool

24 February 2005

Usk

2 March 2005

Prescoed

2 March 2005

Featherstone

3 March 2005

Preston

10 March 2005

Styal

17 March 2005

Peterborough

23 March 2005

Ranby

24 March 2005

George Howarth

Feltham

10 July 1997

Moorland

2 September 1997

Lindholme

2 September 1997

Lancaster Castle

13 October 1997

Lancaster Farms

13 October 1997

Wetherby

4 November 1997

Thorn Cross

6 November 1997

Channings Wood

26 November 1997

Liverpool

15 December 1997

Portland

13 January 1998

Manchester

26 January 1998

Usk/Prescoed

29 January 1998

Huntercombe

17 February 1998

Pentonville

7 April 1998

Reading

23 July1998

Hindley

7 January 1999

Cardiff

26 January 1999

Beverley Hughes

Feltham

16 January 2001

Feltham

20 June 2001

Parc

22 June 2001

Brixton

5 July 2001

Risley

9 July 2001

Leeds

8 August 2001

East Sutton Park

4 September 2001

Full Sutton

10 October 2001

Belmarsh

24 January 2002

Leyhill

31 January 2002

Cardiff

1 February 2002

Nottingham

5 February 2002

Huntercombe

7 February 2002

Whitemoor

7 March 2002

Bristol

14 March 2002

Low Newton

18 March 2002

BullwoodHall

9 May 2002

Fiona Mactaggart

Holloway

17 May 2005

Feltham YOI

20 May 2005

Frankland

1 June 2005

Leicester

25 July 2005

Holloway

27 July 2005

Durham

15 August 2005

Kirklevington Grange

15 August 2005

Reading

17 August 2005

Eastwood Park

22 August 2005

Gloucester

22 August 2005

Bristol

23 August 2005

Dorchester

23 August 2005

Wandsworth

13 September 2005

Rochester

15 September 2005

Lewes

26 September 2005

Downview

29 September 2005

Birmingham

30 November 2005

Bullingdon

12 December 2005

Dartmoor

23 December 2005

Belmarsh

14 February 2006

Coldingley

16 February 2005

Hindley

10 April 2006

Wakefield

11 April 2006

New Hall

11 April 2006

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Bristol

16 October 2003

Manchester

26 May 2005

Wellington

16 June 2005

Brixton

30 June 2005

Pentonville

12 July 2005

Liverpool

15 July 2005

Altcourse

15 July 2005

Chlemsford

3 October 2005

Askham Grange

4 November 2005

Wetherby

4 November 2005

Preston

24 November 2005

Wandsworth

8 March 2006

Wormwood Scrubs

8 March 2006

Parc

9 March 2006

Gerry Sutcliffe

Holloway

25 May 2006

Leeds

26 May 2006

Lord Williams of Mostyn

Wandsworth

19 June 1998

Belmarsh

19 June 1998

Coldingley

6 August 1998

Cardiff

26 August 1998

Manchester

9 September 1998

Woodhill

11 September 1998

Parc

14 September 1998

Thorn Cross

16 September 1998

Blakenhurst

18 September 1998

Cookham Wood

22 September 1998

Rochester

22 September 1998

Brixton

25 September 1998

Whitemoor

29 September 1998

High Point

29 September 1998

Doncaster

9 October 1998

Lindholme

9 October 1998

Bristol

23 October 1998

Elmley

30 October 1998

Gloucester

31 October 1998

Brockhill

13 November 1998

Heysham site

20 November 1998

Preston

20 November 1998

Garth

27 November 1998

Wymott

27 November 1998

The Verne

11 December 1998

Weare

11 December 1998

Newbold Revel

4 February 1999

Haverigg

5 February 1999

Newbold Revel

16 February 1999

Woodhill

18 February 1999

Buckley Hall

19 February 1999

Gloucester

20 February 1999

Sudbury

26 February 1999

Glen Parva

5 March 1999

Kirkham

9 April 1999

Lancaster

9 April 1999

Birmingham

16 April 1999

Holloway

12 May 1999

Bullwood Hall

14 May 1999

Chelmsford

14 May 1999

Huntercombe

28 May 1999

Buckley Hall

2 June 1999

Wymott

2 June 1999

Cardiff

4 June 1999

Eastwood Park

4 June 1999

Blundeston

25 June 1999

Askham Grange

9 July 1999

Wetherby

9 July 1999

Wakefield

23 July 1999

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what buildings and refurbishment works are planned for (a) the gymnasium, (b) the chapel, (c) the workshop and (d) other areas of HMP Lewes; and what the (i) estimated cost and (ii) expected start date is in each case. (81046)

No major building works or refurbishments are currently planned for the gymnasium, the chapel or the workshops at HMP Lewes. A major capital refurbishment of F wing is planned to start on site in January 2007 at a cost of around £11.5 million, and a maintenance scheme at a cost of around £0.25 million to render the chapel is due to start on site in November 2006. The local works department has recently improved the showering facilities for the gymnasium.