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Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of category C prisoners are detained in category D prisons. (204308)

Category C prisoners are not held in category D prisons. All prisoners are assessed as to their risk of escape or abscond, which ensures allocation of prisoners to a prison providing appropriate levels of security. Only those considered suitable would be held in category D open conditions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken to re-categorise prisoners. (204309)

The information required for such an assessment is not collated centrally and could be obtained only by asking every prison to review the categorisation history of a sufficiently large sample group of prisoners. This could not be done without incurring disproportionate cost.