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Prisons

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nurses, doctors and other specialists in psychiatric and mental health care for vulnerable and at risk children and young adults have been employed by the Prison Service in each of the past 20 years. (86244)

Information on the number of staff employed by the Prison Service in the psychiatric and mental health care of vulnerable and at risk children is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on family contact for female prisoners of the re-roling of HMP Bulwood Hall as a male prison. (81200)

We have examined the impact of the change on the 100 women prisoners still in custody who were relocated from Bullwood Hall and their average distance from home is now in fact slightly less. It therefore seems unlikely that there will be a significant adverse impact on family contact. All women’s prisons aim to maintain and promote family contact.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was paid in bonus payments to (a) governor grade staff and (b) operational staff at each prison establishment for each of the last 36 months; who authorised the payments; and if he will make a statement. (85481)

Accurate information as to the amount of money paid to (a) governor grade staff and (b) operational staff in bonus payments is not held centrally and could only be obtained by reference to paper records held at individual prison establishments, which would incur disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have occurred to the service level agreement developed as part of the performance testing exercise at HM Prison Wandsworth since its acceptance in December 2004; and if he will make a statement. (85482)

Wandsworth prison was awarded a Service Level Agreement (SLA) from April 2005, following the successful performance test.

The SLA is a living document and has been reviewed to reflect priorities for 2006-07 and maintain the drive for improved performance. As a result, more demanding targets have been set in some key performance areas.

The area manager and the regional offender manager continuously monitor delivery of the SLA ensuring that performance levels are sustained.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners currently detained were drug dependent on entering prison, broken down by age group. (85567)

Figures showing the percentage of prisoners who are drug dependent on entering custody are not held centrally. However, several research studies conclude that around 55 per cent. of those received into prison are problematic drug-users (PDUs) with 80 per cent. reporting some misuse. In certain prisons, up to 80 per cent. test positive for opiates on reception. A further study shows the breakdown of percentage drug misuse by age, in the 12 months prior to prison. It has also been reported that 76 per cent. of young men (18-21) were assessed as dependent on at least one drug.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) treatments and (b) support are provided in prisons for drug misuse problems. (85590)

For drug misusers in custody, a comprehensive range of treatment and support is available. These address low, moderate and severe drug dependency and consist of:

Clinical services (detoxification and/or maintenance prescribing programmes), available in all local and remand prisons;

CARATs (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare services), available in all adult prisons;

Juvenile Substance Misuse Service available across the Juvenile estate

Drug Rehabilitation Programmes -116 drug rehabilitation programmes, 40 of which are the Short Duration Programme, running in 103 establishments.

Wider resettlement needs are addressed through the Drug Interventions Programme and for those released on licence by the Probation Service.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers have been subjected to disciplinary action as a result of allegations of racism in each of the last three years; how many prison officers have been convicted as a result of a criminal prosecution; and how many officers have been (a) fined and (b) dismissed as a result of disciplinary proceedings. (86208)

Central records on disciplinary cases involving public sector prison staff are currently being revalidated by reference to records held in individual prisons. I will write to my hon. Friend once this exercise has been completed.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) remand and (b) sentenced prisoners with psychiatric disorders, broken down by severity of disorder. (85405)