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Prisoners

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average elapsed between the time that prisoners were unlocked in the morning and returned to their cells in the evening in the last three months for which figures are available; and what the average number of returns to and releases during the day was (a) on weekdays and (b) at weekends, broken down by each (i) adult (A) male and (B) female prison and (ii) (1) male and (2) female young offender institution in England and Wales. (226253)

The average weekday time out of cell for the last three available months is shown in the following table. Data are provisional and subject to ongoing validation.

Average weekday time out of cell

May

9.53

June

9.57

July

9.72

The National Offender Management Service does not collate data on the number of returns to cells and releases from cells during the day, on (a) weekdays and (b) weekends. Therefore, this data cannot be provided for each prison.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners from London are being held in prisons outside London; (227119)

(2) how many prisoners were held in prisons outside the criminal justice area of their last known address in each of the last 10 years, broken down by criminal justice area.

As at March 2008 (the latest date for which data are available), 11,200 prisoners out of a total of 16,600 prisoners who gave London as their home area were held outside of London. This issue is one of the reasons why we are seeking to extend capacity through the larger prison programme in London and the South East.

Data on the distance from criminal justice area are only available from 2005 onwards and is shown in the tables.

Average figures for distance from home for prisoners are 50 miles for men and 58 miles for women.

September 2005September 2006

CJ area

Number of prisoners from area

Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area

Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)

Number of prisoners from area

Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area

Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)

Avon and Somerset

1,727

1,157

67

1,699

1,162

68

Bedfordshire

881

641

73

938

733

78

Cambridgeshire

779

423

54

834

487

58

Cheshire

1,337

1,047

78

1,287

1,012

79

Cleveland

1,353

707

52

1,217

641

53

Cumbria

471

390

83

495

413

83

Derbyshire

1,052

1,004

95

1,115

1,071

96

Devon and Cornwall

1,474

693

47

1,325

547

41

Dorset

610

293

48

682

354

52

Durham

409

327

80

696

537

77

Dyfed-Powys

386

386

100

430

430

100

Essex

1,453

1,090

75

1,543

1,201

78

Gloucestershire

487

322

66

558

408

73

Greater Manchester

5,063

2,670

53

5,212

2,907

56

Gwent

498

465

93

583

534

92

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,969

1,078

55

1,996

1,145

57

Hertfordshire

837

783

94

917

876

96

Humberside

1,509

750

50

1,393

689

49

Kent

2,059

618

30

2,049

790

39

Lancashire

2,391

1,056

44

2,400

1,134

47

Leicestershire

1,150

645

56

1,184

681

58

Lincolnshire

598

375

63

609

416

68

London

12,690

7,632

60

13,548

8,584

63

Merseyside

2,848

1,816

64

3,268

2,199

67

Norfolk

824

431

52

775

393

51

North Wales

657

657

100

654

654

100

North Yorkshire

679

663

98

720

706

98

Northamptonshire

824

648

79

895

724

81

Northumbria

1,832

1,344

73

1,821

1,338

73

Nottinghamshire

1,917

1,332

69

1,994

1,379

69

South Wales

2,058

818

40

2,031

764

38

South Yorkshire

2,394

1,108

46

2,516

1,275

51

Staffordshire

1,346

999

74

1,207

921

76

Suffolk

556

472

85

650

538

83

Surrey

629

392

62

747

496

66

Sussex

1,590

1,106

70

1,619

1,122

69

Thames Valley

2,028

917

45

2,220

1,104

50

Warwickshire

657

657

100

507

507

100

West Mercia

1,287

843

66

1,153

762

66

West Midlands

4,825

3,712

77

5,984

4,810

80

West Yorkshire

3,842

2,072

54

3,926

2,231

57

Wiltshire

405

371

92

465

423

91

September 2007March 2008

CJ area

Number of prisoners from area

Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area

Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)

Number of prisoners from area

Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area

Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)

Avon and Somerset

1,633

1,125

69

1,705

1,187

70

Bedfordshire

835

654

78

884

686

78

Cambridgeshire

845

497

59

882

532

60

Cheshire

1,222

1,062

87

1,206

1,073

89

Cleveland

1,246

712

57

1,245

697

56

Cumbria

531

464

87

521

417

80

Derbyshire

1,147

1,098

96

1,139

1,076

94

Devon and Cornwall

1,295

574

44

1,232

575

47

Dorset

644

377

59

651

403

62

Durham

634

495

78

681

526

77

Dyfed-Powys

223

223

100

253

253

100

Essex

1,479

1,087

73

1,521

1,161

76

Gloucestershire

581

449

77

584

457

78

Greater Manchester

5,596

3,150

56

5,665

3,247

57

Gwent

593

524

88

585

516

88

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,975

1,229

62

1,956

1,212

62

Hertfordshire

739

709

96

769

747

97

Humberside

1,491

728

49

1,544

780

51

Kent

1,987

825

42

1,988

867

44

Lancashire

2,437

1,177

48

2,318

1,082

47

Leicestershire

1,098

745

68

1,102

768

70

Lincolnshire

636

413

65

647

403

62

London

16,203

10,793

67

16,664

11,218

67

Merseyside

3,120

1,949

62

3,214

1,973

61

Norfolk

812

480

59

814

517

64

North Wales

752

752

100

782

782

100

North Yorkshire

668

637

95

632

603

95

Northamptonshire

1,011

845

84

969

794

82

Northumbria

1,953

1,411

72

1,863

1,334

72

Nottinghamshire

1,858

1,287

69

1,954

1,385

71

South Wales

2,281

752

33

2,373

784

33

South Yorkshire

2,502

1,211

48

2,512

1,234

49

Staffordshire

1,266

981

77

1,298

993

77

Suffolk

553

462

84

571

483

85

Surrey

631

424

67

642

426

66

Sussex

1,719

1,259

73

1,704

1,212

71

Thames Valley

2,198

1,145

52

2,171

1,166

54

Warwickshire

561

561

100

490

490

100

West Mercia

1,065

748

70

1,114

779

70

West Midlands

5,573

4,633

83

5,807

4,788

82

West Yorkshire

3,907

2,534

65

4,054

2,764

68

Wiltshire

421

388

92

444

407

92