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Prisons

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions in the last six months prisoners in closed conditions were moved as a group to Leyhill prison on out-of-area placements; how many such prisoners were so moved; which prisons they were moved from in each case; and if he will make a statement. (102682)

The following table gives figures for all group moves of prisoners to Leyhill prison on out of area placements and the prisons from which they were moved, for the last six months:

Group moves of prisoners to Leyhill prison on out of area placements and the prisons from which they were moved for the last six months

Date of placement

Sending establishment

Number of prisoners moved

13 June 2006

Swansea

5

28 July 2006

Bullingdon

4

3 August 2006

Featherstone

2

7 August 2006

Bullingdon

2

8 August 2006

Bullingdon

2

13 September 2006

Swansea

4

14 September 2006

Bullingdon

2

18 September 2006

Shrewsbury

9

19 September 2006

Parc

7

22 September 2006

Blakenhurst

7

26 September 2006

Swansea

5

28 September 2006

Blakenhurst

6

28 September 2006

Cardiff

6

30 September 2006

Birmingham

12

3 October 2006

Blakenhurst

8

4 October 2006

Stafford

4

5 October 2006

Birmingham

11

9 October 2006

Blakenhurst

6

10 October 2006

Bullingdon

2

11 October 2006

Shrewsbury

5

12 October 2006

Birmingham

8

18 October 2006

Swansea

6

19 October 2006

Blakenhurst

6

25 October 2006

Whatton

2

26 October 2006

Blakenhurst

5

31 October 2006

Blakenhurst

5

9 November 2006

Blakenhurst

6

10 November 2006

Birmingham

6

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides, (c) self-harm incidents and (d) assaults on inmates by other inmates have taken place in HM prisons in each year since 1997. (105992)

[holding answer 28 November 2006]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 671-72W, to question number 103622 for the information requested at (a) and (b) of his question.

The information requested at (c) and (d) in the question is provided in the following tables. In December 2002, a new self-harm incident recording form (F213SH) was introduced, which captures more criteria than previously. Consequently there was a 60 per cent. increase in cases recorded. It is not recommended to compare pre-2003 and post-2003 self-harm figures. Improved recording over the years also means that the annual number of prisoner on prisoner assaults before 2000 are not readily comparable with later years.

Self-harm incidents

Thousand

1997

1.5

1998

3.1

1999

3.6

2000

4.9

2001

7.8

2002

10

20031

16

20041

19

20051

23

Prisoner on prisoner assaults

Thousand

19972

2.1

19982

3.8

19992

5.5

2000

7.2

2001

7.9

2002

8.7

2003

9

2004

9.4

2005

10.8

1 In December 2002, a new self-harm incident recording form (F213SH) was introduced, which captures more criteria than previously. Consequently there was a 60 per cent. increase in cases recorded. This reporting increase has tailed off but a more realistic picture of the levels of self-harm now exists. It is not recommended to compare pre-2003 and post-2003 self-harm figures.

2 Due to improved recording over the years the annual number of prisoner on prisoner assaults before 2000 are not readily comparable with later years.

Notes:

1. The tables show annual numbers of self-harm and assaults incidents in prisons in England and Wales to the nearest thousand.

2. The number of self-harm incidents and assaults reported are derived from the Prison Service Incident Reporting System (IRS). This system processes high volumes of data supplied by prisons and is constantly being updated. The numbers indicated provide a useful indication of the realistic scale of assaults and self-harm incidents, many of which are relatively minor. The numbers should not be interpreted as absolute.

3. The increase in reported numbers of assaults reflects, in part, the increase in prison population.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were received by the Prison Service wrongdoing line in the year ending 31 March 2006; and if he will make a statement. (106788)

[holding answer 4 December 2006]: In the year ending 31 March 2006, 99 calls were made to the Prison Service wrongdoing line at the Professional Standards Unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people detained in prison are diagnosed as psychopathic; and what trends there have been in the number diagnosed over the last 10 years. (106868)

Research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2005), No. 186, p339 to 345 suggests that between about 4 and 7 per cent. of prisoners would meet the criteria of psychopathy. We have no information about how this percentage might have varied over the past 10 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the plans by the governor of HMP Wymott to review the work-life balance policy at the prison. (107257)

Wymott has a Work Life Balance (WLB) scheme incorporated into its working patterns and nearly 20 per cent. of unified grades at the prison, up to senior officer level, have WLB arrangements in place. Wymott is currently in the process of reviewing all WLB agreements that are in operation, in accordance with Prison Service Order (PSO) 8010, Equal Opportunities, to ensure that staffing levels meet the establishment’s needs.