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Prisons: Paganism

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Prison Service Instruction 2005/33, on the practice of paganism in prison, how many wards are available in prisons in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland. (201871)

I have been asked to reply.

No prison in England and Wales contains a ward.

There are four categories of prison health care. Type 1 provides daytime cover, generally by part time staff, with no in-patient facilities. There are 26 prisons in England, and two prisons in Wales that provide type 1 care.

Type 2 provides daytime with full time staff, with no in-patient facilities. There are 50 prisons in England, and no prisons in Wales that provide type 2 care.

Type 3 provides a health care centre with 24 hour nurse cover, usually with in-patient facilities. There are 56 prisons in England, and three prisons in Wales that provide type 3 care.

Type 4 is as type 3, but also serves as a national or regional assessment centre, used by other prisons. There are five prisons in England, and no prisons in Wales that provide type 4 care.

The management of prisons in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter for the Northern Ireland Administration.