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Prisoners: Females

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure that communication is maintained between female prisoners and their families who live (a) in the UK and (b) overseas. (127917)

There is a statutory entitlement to social visits and correspondence. Social visitors who are United Kingdom residents may qualify for financial assistance. Contact may also be maintained by telephone. Foreign nationals or those with close family abroad who have not received a social visit within the preceding month may also receive a five minute telephone call at public expense. Family contact for all prisoners, in particular women with children, is supported by local arrangements.