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Prisons: Information

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what categories of information not held centrally within HM Prison Service are collected across (a) HM Prison Service regions and (b) HM Prison establishments; by what means such information is collected; and if he will make a statement. (158454)

Prison establishments hold detailed records and reports on individual prisoners and members of staff and local operational records in a variety of electronic and paper formats. While much of these data can be interrogated centrally, there are some questions that can only be answered by analysing paper files manually, and therefore at disproportionate cost. Information held in HM Prison Service area offices is normally accessible centrally for the purpose of answering parliamentary questions.