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Prisons

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what spending on the prison service is (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable for the purposes of the public expenditure statistical analysis. (48788)

The departmental expenditure limit for HM Prison Service during 2004-05 was £2,446,412,000 of which: £167,791,000 is regarded as identifiable expenditure and £2,278,621,000 is regarded as non-identifiable expenditure.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of the total prison population released in each year since 1990 completed (a) 100 per cent., (b) 90 to 99 per cent., (c) 80 to 89 per cent., (d) 70 to 79 per cent., (e) 60 to 69 per cent., (f) 50 to 59 per cent. and (g) less than 50 per cent. of their total prison sentence. (77189)

Information on average time served for prisoners discharged under sentence is published in tables 10.1 and 10.2 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library. Comprehensive information on time served for the different bands specified could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates have had added days awarded to them by the independent adjudicator and subsequently also had days restored to them by prison governors in each prison in each of the last 12 months; how many days were (i) awarded by the independent adjudicator and (ii) restored by the governor in each case; what the reasons were for the restoration in each case; and if he will make a statement. (78104)

The numbers of added days imposed or remitted in each prison will vary according to the size of the establishment and the nature of the population. Detailed information is not collated centrally. The reasons for restoration of added days in individual cases are not recorded centrally, but in each case the governor (or controller in contracted prisons) considers applications for remission according to criteria set out in Prison Service guidance.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many independent adjudications were carried out in each prison establishment in each of the last 15 months. (78128)

A monthly breakdown of independent adjudications is not available but according to returns from prisons. Independent adjudicators only attend to hear the more serious disciplinary charges for which added days are a likely punishment.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of independent adjudications was in each prison establishment for each of the last 12 months. (78129)

The cost of each visit by an independent adjudicator (district judge) to an establishment is estimated at £700, including an estimated average for expenses of £100 per visit.

A monthly breakdown of independent adjudicators' visits to each prison is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff are employed at HM Prison Wandsworth. (78167)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Irish nationals are being held in each prison establishment. (78187)

Information on the numbers of Irish national prisoners held in prison establishments within England and Wales, as recorded on the prison IT system, is contained within the following table;

Irish national prisoners by prison establishment in England and Wales 30 April 2006

Number

Altcourse

11

Askham Grange

1

Acklington

1

Albany

11

Ashfield

1

Ashwell

4

Aylesbury

3

Belmarsh

17

Buckley Hall

3

Blundeston

6

Bedford

5

Blantyre House

0

Brockhill

0

Bristol

5

Birmingham

12

Bullingdon

9

Brinsford

1

Blakenhurst

4

Bullwood Hall

0

Brixton

18

Bronzfield

7

Chelmsford

9

Cardiff

5

Camp Hill

2

Cookham Wood

3

Coldingly

2

Castington

0

Channings Wood

5

Canterbury

3

Dartmoor

4

Dovegate

8

Drake Hall

0

Durham

1

Doncaster

1

Dorchester

1

Deerbolt

0

Dover

0

Downview

4

Erlestoke

4

Standford Hill

3

East Sutton Park

1

Everthorpe

1

Eastwood Park

1

Exeter

3

Elmley

11

Forest Bank

12

Ford

7

Foston Hall

1

Frankland

6

Feltham

10

Full Sutton

9

Featherstone

8

Garth

5

Gloucester

0

Guys Marsh

8

Grendon (Spring Hill)

10

Glen Parva

2

Gartree

5

Hollesley Bay (Warren Hill)

2

Huntercombe

2

Moorland Open

0

Hewell Grange

1

Holme House

2

Hindley

2

Hull

3

Highdown

10

Highpoint South

12

Haslar

0

Haverigg

0

Holloway

10

Kirkham

1

Kirklevington

0

Lancaster

1

Leicester

3

Leeds

7

Lancaster Farms

1

Lowdham Grange

9

Lindholme

4

Lincoln

0

Long Lartin

5

Latchmere House

3

Low Newton

0

Liverpool

6

Littlehey

8

Lewes

5

Leyhill

4

Moorland

1

Morton Hall

0

Manchester

13

Maidstone

7

Mount

15

Highpoint North

9

New Hall

3

Nottingham

2

Northallerton

0

North Sea Camp

4

Norwich

2

Onley

6

Peterborough

5

Portland

7

Parkhurst

6

Preston

3

Pare

10

Kingston (Portsmouth)

5

Pentonville

29

Rochester

2

Reading

1

Rye Hill

6

Ranby

11

Risley

4

Send

3

Stafford

9

Stoke Heath

3

Stocken

6

Swaleside

6

Shepton Mallet

1

Swinfen Hall

0

Styal

2

Sudbury

4

Swansea

6

Shrewsbury

2

Thorn Cross

0

Usk (Prescoed)

2

Verne

2

Wellingborough

3

Winchester

6

Wakefield

9

Wealstun

2

Woodhill

13

Warren Hill

1

Wayland

7

Wymott

6

Werrington

0

Wolds

0

Whitemoor

5

Wormwood Scrubs

35

Whatton

5

Wandsworth

24

Wetherby

1

Total

693

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) psychologists and (b) psychology assistants are employed (i) at each prison establishment and (ii) at Prison Service headquarters. (78195)

Information on the number of psychologists and psychology assistants employed at each prison establishment, public sector Prison Service headquarters and National Offender Management Service can be found in the following table. Information for contracted prisons does not include psychological assistants.

Public sector prison establishments

Full-time equivalent staff in post 31 May 2006

Prison name

Psychologist

Psychological Assistant

Acklington

4.5

1.0

Albany

9.0

15.0

Ashwell

5.0

2.0

Askham Grange

Aylesbury

10.8

3.0

Bedford

Belmarsh

Birmingham

2.0

2.0

Blakenhurst

5.0

Blantyre House

Blundeston

4.0

4.0

Brinsford

2.0

5.0

Bristol

4.8

4.0

Brixton

2.0

3.0

Brockhill

Buckley Hall

1.0

2.0

Bullingdon

6.0

2.0

Bullwood Hall

3.4

6.0

Camp Hill

Canterbury

Cardiff

9.0

6.0

Castington

5.0

7.0

Channings Wood

9.0

9.0

Chelmsford

1.7

2.0

Coldingley

Cookham Wood

Dartmoor

4.0

5.0

Deerbolt

4.5

3.0

Dorchester

Dover

Downview

Drake Hall

3.0

1.0

Durham

3.0

3.0

East Sutton Park

Eastwood Park

1.0

1.0

Edmunds Hill

Elmley

Erlestoke

3.0

4.0

Everthorpe

1.0

1.0

Exeter

4.0

Featherstone

1.6

3.0

Feltham

Ford

Foston Hall

1.0

1.0

Frankland

32.7

6.0

Full Sutton

18.7

2.0

Garth

5.0

3.0

Gartree

20.9

5.0

Glen Parva

7.0

4.5

Gloucester

Grendon

13.6

1.0

Guys Marsh

2.0

Haslar

Haverigg

Hewell Grange

High Down

Highpoint

2.5

5.0

Hindley

Hollesley Bay

2.0

Holloway

8.8

4.7

Holme House

2.6

0.3

Hull

12.0

11.0

Huntercombe

4.0

Kingston

3.6

1.0

Kirkham

2.0

1.0

Kirklevington Grange

Lancaster

Lancaster Farms

4.8

1.0

Latchmere House

Leeds

4.0

3.0

Leicester

Lewes

Leyhill

8.6

4.0

Lincoln

1.0

1.0

Lindholme

7.0

7.5

Littlehey

8.0

6.0

Liverpool

5.7

3.0

Long Lartin

10.0

5.0

Low Newton

5.0

4.0

Maidstone

Manchester

5.4

3.0

Moorland

6.0

4.0

Morton Hall

1.4

New Hall

6.0

2.0

North Sea Camp

1.0

Northallerton

1.0

2.0

Norwich

4.0

3.0

Nottingham

1.0

1.0

Onley

3.0

4.0

Parkhurst

2.8

Pentonville

3.0

8.5

Portland

3.0

6.0

Preston

Ranby

2.0

3.0

Reading

2.0

Risley

10.3

9.3

Rochester

Send

1.8

1.0

Shepton Mallet

4.8

1.0

Shrewsbury

Stafford

11.5

10.0

Standford Hill

Stocken

1.0

4.0

Stoke Heath

1.0

7.0

Styal

3.0

2.0

Sudbury

2.0

2.0

Swaleside

Swansea

1.0

Swinfen Hall

15.7

17.6

The Mount

2.7

3.5

The Verne

1.0

4.0

Thorn Cross

3.0

2.0

Usk/Prescoed

8.0

4.0

Wakefield

18.7

3.0

Wandsworth

12.4

1.0

Warren Hill

1.0

3.0

Wayland

7.0

4.0

Wealstun

5.5

Weare

Wellingborough

4.0

2.0

Werrington

Wetherby

3.0

2.0

Whatton

17.3

8.0

Whitemoor

13.0

4.0

Winchester

Woodhill

4.0

5.0

Wormwood Scrubs

3.0

4.0

Wymott

7.0

4.2

Prison Service HQ

76.1

33.0

National Offender Management Service HQ

3.0

Total

569.5

367.1

Contracted prisons

Prison name

Psychologist

Altcourse

2

Ashfield

4

Bronzefield

Doncaster

3

Dovegate Main

7

Dovegate Therapeutic

4

Forest Bank

Lowdham Grange

1

Parc

Peterborough

Rye Hill

4

Wolds

1

Total

21.0

1 No permanent staff, sessional staff as required

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what mechanisms exist to monitor inmates’ cars parked at prison establishments to ensure that the vehicles are (a) legally registered as owned by the inmate claiming ownership and (b) displaying valid tax discs; and if he will make a statement; (78210)

(2) what proportion of inmates at HM Prison Latchmere House are currently allowed to park their cars in the establishment’s car park; and if he will make a statement.

There are no mandatory instructions on how to monitor cars belonging to prisoners. Each establishment requires prisoners to comply with the law. For example, at Latchmere House, vehicle registration documents must be in the prisoner’s own name and have the address as Latchmere House. Documents are kept in prisoners’ valuables and an application must be made, with a reason, for any withdrawals. The tax disc is photocopied and a renewal date entered on the car document log which is checked monthly by the Job Club to ensure tax is still current. Thirty prisoners, as at 16 June 2006, use the establishment’s car park, out of a population of 169.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have been re-roled since 1997; how many prison places there are in each establishment; when the re-roling took place; and what the cost of re-roling was. (79709)

[holding answer 22 June 2006]: The following table provides details of prisons that have changed function since 1997, including number of places at the time of the change. It does not include individual wings or prisons that have changed their security category but retained their previous function. Information on change of function costs is not available as accounting records do not identify these separately from other operating costs.

Prison

Year

Changed from

Changed to

Number of places

Foston Hall

1997

Male Prison

Female Prison

150

Send

1998

Male Prison

Female Prison

220

Low Newton

1999

Male Prison

Female Prison

245

Downview

2001

Male Prison

Female Prison

227

Morton Hall

2001

Male Prison

Female Prison

192

Haslar

2002

Male Prison

Immigration Removal Centre

160

Dover

2002

Male Prison

Immigration Removal Centre

205

Buckley Hall

2002

Male Prison

Female Prison

390

Wolds

2003

Male Local Prison

Male Training Prison

360

Canterbury

2003

Male Local Prison

Male Training Prison

304

Edmunds Hill

2004

Female Prison

Male Prison

310

Buckley Hall

2005

Female Prison

Male Prison

385

Brockhill

2006

Female Prison

Male Prison

150

Bullwood Hall

2006

Female Prison

Male Prison

184

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have escaped from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in the last year for which figures are available; what the (a) offence and (b) sentence of each absconder was; what the remaining length of sentence was of each absconder; how many have been caught; and if he will make a statement. (79992)

[holding answer 26 June 2006]: Seventy-six prisoners absconded from Sudbury open prison during 2005-06, the latest year for which data are available. Of these 14 remain unlawfully at large. Details of each absconder’s offence and sentence could be obtained only by examination of each prisoner’s record at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates who absconded from (a) all open prisons and (b) Spring Hill open prison since 1999 have not been recaptured; and how many of those who absconded committed further crimes before being apprehended. (80312)

[holding answer 26 June 2006]: Information for all open prisons is available since 1997. As at 24 May 2006, 357 prisoners remained unlawfully at large from those who had absconded from open prisons in England and Wales between 1 April 1997 and 31 March 2006. As at 22 June 2006, 29 prisoners remained unlawfully at large from those who absconded from Springhill open prison between 1 April 1999 and 31 March 2006. Information is not held centrally on further offences committed by absconders while unlawfully at large.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Prison Service Instructions and (b) Prison Service Orders were issued without being published in each of the last nine years for which figures are available. (81204)

Prison Service Orders and Instructions are available to prisoners through prison libraries, unless their circulation is restricted on security or commercial grounds. Extant non-restricted Orders and Instructions are also published on the Prison Service website except for a few early examples for which no electronic copy exists. Hard copies of these can be obtained on request to Prison Service headquarters.

The numbers of restricted Instructions and Orders by year of issue are detailed in the table.

The numbers of restricted Prison Service Instructions and Orders by year

Restricted circulation Prison Service Orders issued

Restricted circulation Prison Service Instructions issued

1997

0

0

1998

5

1

1999

2

0

2000

2

1

2001

1

0

2002

2

0

2003

0

0

2004

0

0

2005

1

0

2006

1

2

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many spare places in open prisons were available in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (81207)

The information requested is set out in the table.

Places available

1995

750

1996

283

1997

34

1998

380

1999

761

2000

712

2001

604

2002

236

2003

286

2004

334

2005

360

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners under the age of 18 years are in each prison; what plans he has to transfer those individuals to specialist youth institutions; and if he will make a statement. (81515)

The number of young people under 18 accommodated in each young offender institution (run by the Prison Service or private contractors) on 28 April (the most recent date for which figures are available) is set out in the following table. On the same date, 243 under-18s were accommodated in secure training centres and 230 in secure children’s homes. These figures and those in the table were provided by the Youth Justice Board.

The Youth Justice Board has responsibility for deciding, on behalf of the Secretary of State, where young people serving detention and training orders are to be accommodated. The board’s decisions take account of the age and sex of the young person, his or her individual needs and where he or she normally lives. The Prison Service performs the same function in relation to under-18s sentenced to longer periods of detention. Young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children’s homes are all specialist youth institutions, with staff who are trained in the needs of young people. The higher staff-to-trainee ratios in secure training centres and secure children's homes are more suited to the needs of younger trainees and those who are more vulnerable.

Young people under 18 in young offender institutions as at 28 April 2006

Number

Male establishments

Ashfield

286

Brinsford

187

Castington

134

Feltham

194

Hindley

147

Huntercombe

296

Lancaster Farms

201

Parc

22

Stoke Heath

172

Thorn Cross

20

Warren Hill

186

Werrington

144

Wetherby

289

Woodhill1

4

Total males under 18

2,282

Female establishments

Cookhamwood

14

Downview

15

Eastwoodpark

215

New Hall

20

Total females under 18

64

Grand total

2,346

1 Woodhill is a high security establishment holding young people with category A status. Under-18s are held in a dedicated unit and follow the under-18 regime. 2 One of these young women is in the mother and baby unit and another in the detoxification unit.