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Prisons: Childbirth

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women gave birth while serving a prison sentence in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (133977)

The Prison Service has only routinely kept this information centrally since April 2005. Figures prior to this date are not available.

The following figures show, for the last two years, the numbers of women who gave birth while serving the custodial part of a sentence of imprisonment:

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006: 106

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007: 98