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Chelmsford Prison: Drugs

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) remand and (b) sentenced prisoners in HMP Chelmsford tested positive for illegal drugs in each of the last five years. (206064)

The percentage of positive random mandatory drug tests at Chelmsford prison in each of the last five financial years is detailed in the following table. The data recorded on mandatory drug testing at Chelmsford prison cannot be differentiated between remand and sentenced prisoners.

Random mandatory drug testing at Chelmsford prison

Financial year

Positive rate (percentage)

2003-04

25.7

2004-05

10.8

2005-06

8.0

2006-07

4.7

2007-08

6.9