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Prison Service: Emergencies

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, columns 790-1W, on the prison service: emergencies, if he will give details of the operational emergencies declared in the last 36 months which involved bringing into immediate use additional accommodation or places at individual establishments, including (a) the prison where each emergency was declared, (b) how many additional places were consequently brought on stream and (c) what the use and official status of these places were prior to being put into use. (205738)

The operational emergencies declared in the last 36 months which involved bringing into immediate use additional accommodation or places at individual establishments are set out in the following table.

Date

Establishment

Reason for operational emergency

Places

October 2005

Durham

Population pressures required the immediate re-opening of out of use accommodation (for refurbishment) on E wing.

131

August 2006

Brockhill

Population pressures required the immediate use of accommodation at Brockhill following its conversion from a female to male prison.

12

January 2007

Pentonville

Population pressures required the immediate reinstatement of out of use accommodation (for refurbishment) at HMP Pentonville.

116

January 2007

Norwich

Population pressures required the immediate reinstatement of out of use accommodation (for refurbishment) at HMP Norwich.

100

March 2007

Wymott

Population pressures required the immediate use of additional overcrowding places agreed by the Governor and Area Manager.

16

June 2007

Blakenhurst

Population pressures exacerbated by flooding in the area required the immediate use of additional overcrowding places.

20

April 2008

Bullingdon

Population pressures required the immediate use of additional overcrowding places.

31

April 2008

Cardiff

Population pressures required the immediate use of additional overcrowding places.

15