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Prisons

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of male prisoners are fathers. (113625)

This information is not routinely collected, but a resettlement survey commissioned in 2003 by the then Custody to Work Unit, Prison Service, showed that almost half (48 per cent.) of all adult male prisoners had dependent children (including stepchildren) under 18. The proportion of young male prisoners (18 to 20) who had dependent children (including stepchildren) under 18 was 20 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were held at Ford prison in each month since 1 January 2006. (116195)

The requested figures are in the following table, which are also available in monthly updated websites (see table 4) at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/prisnov06.pdf

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.

Population of Ford prison (end month figures for 2006)

Total prison establishment

January

464

February

490

March

522

April

517

May

348

June

382

July

394

August

416

September

476

October

482

November

454

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures his Department has in place to assess the suitability of prisoners to be placed in low security prisons. (116316)

Prisoners are assessed objectively in a robust and rigorous process looking at all aspects of their offending behaviour, actions they have taken to reduce their likelihood of re-offending and the risk they pose to the public. They are placed in the lowest security category consistent with their assessed risk. Only prisoners placed in the lowest security category (D) may be allocated to open conditions.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adult prisoners absconded from prisons in Surrey in each of the last three years, broken down by category of conviction; how many such prisoners are still at liberty, broken down by category of conviction; and if he will make a statement. (116576)

There are no recorded absconds from any prison in Surrey in the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison staff have been (a) disciplined and (b) prosecuted for taking illicit drugs of Class A or B into prisons in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and how many people other than prison officers were prosecuted in the same period for the same offence. (116610)

Information is not held centrally to answer the question to the level of detail required, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government are taking to maintain accurate records of prisoners within the prison system. (116315)

Prison Core Records are currently created by the receiving establishment and managed locally at which ever holding establishment has custody of the prisoner. On release the Prisoner Core Record remains at the releasing establishment. HQ caseworker files prefixed PDP are created on request. They are tracked and stored centrally.

The first release of C-NOMIS (the replacement prisoner case management system) was very successfully implemented, as planned, in the HM Prison Service designated early adopter, HMP Albany on 10 December 2006. It is now in use as the operational case management system for the prison.

The implementation process requires regular checking and, if necessary, upgrading of the quality of the data held on Local Inmate Database System (to enable its successful transfer to C-NOMIS). This was achieved very successfully at HMP Albany. Measures to maintain and enhance data quality will be a continuing part of C-NOMIS during its roll out across all prisons.