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Belmarsh Prison

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether there is a regime at HMP Belmarsh whereby prisoners are granted access to amenities in recognition of good conduct; (201632)

(2) what amenities are available for use by prisoners at HMP Belmarsh.

In common with all other prisons, HMP Belmarsh provides an Incentive and Earned Privileges Scheme (IEP) enabling prisoners to earn additional privileges in recognition of good conduct and compliance with individual sentence planning targets.

Prisoners have access to a range of amenities. These include education facilities, workshops, the gymnasium, the chapel and chapel groups, pool tables, board games, and in-cell television. Prisoners are also able to purchase a range of items for personal use. Under prison rules all prisoners are entitled to receive social visits and to communicate with friends and family either by writing or by telephone.