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Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the consistency of first night programmes across the prison estate. (62754)

All prisons must ensure that arrangements are in place to provide for the safety and well-being of newly arrived prisoners, particularly during their first night in custody, and to inform them of what to expect over the next 24 hours. The details of these arrangements are a matter for local prison management, and will vary according to the nature of the establishment and its population, and the needs of individual prisoners. No central assessment has been made of the consistency of first night programmes.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the weighted scorecard of London prisons maintained by HM Prison Service; and what position is occupied by each prison establishment in it. (74013)

The weighted scorecard is an internal performance information management tool, provided to all establishments to help drive performance improvement. The current weighted scorecard has been produced for quarter four of financial year 2005-06, using provisional data. The following table provides the current position of the London establishments.


Quarter four position in weighted scorecard









Latchmere House






Wormwood Scrubs


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the transfer of inmates from (a) a category A prison to a category B prison, (b) a category B prison to a category C prison and (c) a category C prison to a category D prison; what changes there have been in that policy since 1 May 1997; on what dates the policy was changed; and how the policy change was made public. (77444)

The purpose of the recategorisation of prisoners is to determine whether, and to what extent, the risks a prisoner presented at their last review have changed and to ensure that the prisoner continues to be held in the most appropriately secure conditions. There have been no significant policy changes since 1997.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average weekly cost of detaining an (a) male and (b) a female person in prison (i) on remand waiting trial and (ii) after sentence was (A) in the last period for which figures are available and (B) in each of the last 10 years. (82355)

HM Prison Service does not collect cost data in the format requested. Costs are collected at each individual establishment and across the prison estate and this does not distinguish between sentenced and remand prisoners.