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HM Prison Coldingley

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recovery of (a) drugs and (b) pornographic material at HM Prison Coldingley earlier this month; what estimate he has made of the street value of the recovery of each; what mechanism was used in the transportation of this contraband into the prison establishment; what steps he plans to take to tighten (i) searching and (ii) monitoring arrangements at the prison establishment; and what assessment he has made of the (A) competency of staff and (B) adequacy of resources in the security department at the prison establishment in preventing contraband from being transported into the establishment. (135106)

On 15 March a quantity of drugs, mobile phones and DVDs were found following an intelligence led search. This find was as a result of a joint operation with Surrey police. The police estimate the street price of the drugs at £6,000 to £7,000. The staff involved in this operation have been commended for their actions and the resources available to ensure a positive response to the supply of controlled drugs are kept under review. For reasons of security, and to maximise the possibility of future finds, it would not be appropriate to comment further.