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Prisons

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) convicted prisoners in each prison in England and Wales, (b) remand prisoners and (c) remand prisoners under control orders are Muslim; and what percentage of re-offenders were Muslim in the latest period for which figures are available. (103816)

At the end of September 2006, (a) 10 per cent. of all sentenced prisoners and (b) 12 per cent. of all prisoners held on remand (untried and convicted unsentenced) within prison establishments in England and Wales were recorded as being of the Muslim faith. Information on the percentage of Muslims within each prison establishment is in the following table.

Information on re-offending by religious affiliation is not held and would be available only at disproportionate cost.

No control orders have been served against prisoners on remand.

Control orders are preventative orders that are used particularly where it is not possible to prosecute individuals for terrorist-related activity and in the case of foreign nationals, where they cannot be removed from the UK.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Muslim prisoners as percentage of (a) convicted and (b) remand within prison establishments in England and Wales at 30 September 2006

Percentage

(a) Convicted prisoners

All

10

Altcourse

2

Askham Grange

4

Acklington

4

Albany

6

Ashfield

9

Ashwell

13

Aylesbury

22

Belmarsh

16

Buckley Hall

15

Blundeston

14

Bedford

12

Blantyre House

10

Brockhill

9

Bristol

6

Birmingham

13

Bullingdon

14

Brinsford

8

Blakenhurst

7

Bullwood Hall

21

Brixton

20

Bronzfield

4

Chelmsford

8

Cardiff

7

Camp Hill

10

Cookham Wood

6

Coldingly

13

Castington

3

Channings Wood

5

Canterbury

28

Dartmoor

5

Dovegate

16

Drake Hall

4

Durham

2

Doncaster

8

Dorchester

6

Deerbolt

5

Dover

34

Downview

8

Erlestoke

7

Standford Hill

10

East Sutton Park

10

Everthorpe

10

Eastwood Park

2

Exeter

2

Elmley

7

Forest Bank

7

Ford

8

Foston Hall

6

Frankland

9

Feltham

26

Full Sutton

16

Featherstone

10

Garth

9

Gloucester

4

Guys Marsh

8

Grendon (Spring Hill)

12

Glen Parva

6

Gartree

10

Hollesley Bay (Warren Hill)

8

Huntercombe

20

Moorland Open

13

Hewell Grange

9

Holme House

4

Hindley

5

Hull

4

Highdown

9

Highpoint South

20

Haverigg

5

Holloway

5

Kirkham

5

Kirklevington

15

Lancaster

2

Leicester

12

Leeds

12

Lancaster Farms

5

Lowdham Grange

21

Lindholme

10

Lincoln

4

Long Lartin

17

Latchmere House

14

Low Newton

2

Liverpool

4

Litt'ehey

8

Lewes

7

Leyhill

4

Moorland

10

Motion Hall

10

Manchester

11

Maidstone

14

Mount

20

Highpoint North

19

New Hall

2

Nottingham

6

Northallerton

3

North Sea Camp

3

Norwich

9

Onley

15

Peterborough

7

Portland

20

Parkhurst

12

Preston

7

Pare

5

Kingston (Portsmouth)

7

Pentonville

19

Rochester

18

Reading

3

Rye Hill

21

Ranby

13

Risley

7

Send

6

Stafford

10

Stoke Heath

5

Stocken

12

Swaleside

17

Shepton Mallet

5

Swinfen Hall

14

Styal

1

Sudbury

13

Swansea

1

Shrewsbury

5

Thorn Cross

8

Usk (Prescoed)

2

Verne

13

Wellingborough

15

Winchester

4

Wakefield

7

Wealstun

16

Woodhill

13

Warren Hill

11

Wayland

13

Wymott

5

Werrington

10

Wolds

7

Whitemoor

18

Wormwood Scrubs

17

Whatton

7

Wandsworth

14

Wetherby

5

Percentage

(b) Prisoners on remand

All

12

Altcourse

3

Ashfield

3

Aylesbury

1?

Bedford

16

Belmarsh

23

Birmingham

18

Blakenhurst

13

Blundeston

1?

Brinsford

18

Bristol

7

Brixton

26

Bronzfield

3

Bullingdon

15

Cardiff

10

Castington

1

Channings Wood

1?

Chelmsford

12

Cookham Wood

1?

Deerbolt

1?

Doncaster

10

Dorchester

0

Dover

33

Downview

1?

Durham

4

Eastwood Park

2

Elmley

7

Exeter

3

Feltham

27

Forest Bank

12

Foston Hall

0

Frankland

1?

Glen Parva

9

Gloucester

6

Highdown

14

Highpoint South

1?

Hindley

4

Holloway

4

Holme House

7

Hull

3

Huntercombe

1?

Lancaster Farms

4

Leeds

16

Leicester

14

Lewes

6

Lincoln

4

Lindholme

36

Liverpool

4

Long Lartin

1?

Low Newton

0

Maidstone

1?

Manchester

14

Morton Hall

1?

Mount

1?

New Hall

7

Norwich

8

Nottingham

10

Parc

8

Parkhurst

6

Pentonville

21

Peterborough

10

Portland

1?

Preston

6

Reading

6

Rye Hill

1?

Shrewsbury

13

Standford Hill

1?

Stoke Heath

2

Styal

2

Sudbury

1?

Swansea

5

Swinfen Hall

1?

Thorn Cross

1?

Wakefield

14

Wandsworth

22

Warren Hill

17

Wellington

1?

Wetherby

4

Winchester

7

Woodhill

14

Wormwood Scrubs

23

Wymott

1?

1 Percentage not shown where the total is less than 10 prisoners because of distortion.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are serving prison sentences, broken down into the number of times they have been in prison. (108850)

Information on the number of sentenced prisoners held in prison establishments in England and Wales can be found in table 1 of the National Offender Management Service Population in Custody Monthly Tables for October 2006 which is accessible at the following weblink:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/prisoct06.pdf

Statistical information on the number of times prisoners have been in prison is not held centrally and could not be provided without disproportionate cost.

The figures provided in the website referred to have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions there are (a) to limit and (b) to prohibit the sharing of cells by prisoners in each prison; and whether there has been any change to those provisions since 2001. (109049)

Prison population pressures, resource constraints and the safe running of prisons place practical limits on the extent of enforced cell-sharing. Subject to risk assessment, cell-sharing can also benefit prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm.

The capacity of cells for multiple occupancy is determined by the cell certification process, while the suitability of individual prisoners to be allocated to shared cells is determined by a cell sharing risk assessment. The cell certification process has not changed since 2001, while the cell-sharing risk assessment was last revised in 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minutes of free telephone calls prisoners in England and Wales are allowed each week. (110304)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: Prisoners do not receive a weekly allowance of free phone calls but may purchase credits in 1 units to their personal Pinphone telephone account.

A prisoner may receive credits on their Pinphone telephone account, at public expense, to make a short call on his/her first reception into prison, or be permitted to make a short call using an official telephone in response to an urgent family crisis. In the interests of maintaining family ties, prisoners with close family abroad who have not received a social visit during the preceding month may be allowed credit at public expense to make a five minute telephone call.

The volume of calls made at public expense is not recorded centrally.