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Prisons

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of providing assistance to prisoners in Northern Ireland to cease smoking in each of the last three years. (78738)

The information requested is not available for 2003 and 2004.

In 2005 the cost of providing nicotine replacement patches under prescription to prisoners was £12,082.09 and for the period 1 January to 31 May 2006 the cost was £4,692.45.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners have absconded from custody in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (80444)

The Northern Ireland Prison Service undertakes a thorough risk assessment prior to decisions being taken in respect of prisoner release, and has a low incidence of absconds.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service classifies absconds as prisoners released from lawful custody under Rule 27(2), who are accompanied outside the confines of the prison establishment.

Numbers of prisoners absconding from custody - 2001 to date

Maghaberry

Magilligan

Hydebank Wood

2001

1

1

1

2002

2

1

1

2003

2

1

1

2004

1

2005

1

2006

2

1

Total

9

4

3