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Prisons

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were unable to attend workshops, courses or other rehabilitative sessions due to wing refurbishment or other building works in each prison in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; for how many days prisoners were made to attend such courses in that period; and if he will make a statement. (245152)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) do not hold information on the number of prisoners that were unable to attend workshops, courses or other rehabilitative sessions due to wing refurbishment or other buildings works in prisons in England and Wales.

Building works and refurbishments are essential to enable the Prison Service to ensure that the existing facilities are maintained and additionally to provide the number of prisoner places required to meet the needs of an increasing prison population. Since April 2007 the capacity programme has delivered 4,162 essential additional prisoner places.

Every effort is made to prevent disruption to prison regimes and each prison endeavours to continue to provide a range of purposeful activities. NOMS measures the amount of purposeful activity recorded on average by every prisoner, the outturn for 2007-08 was 25.3 hours per prisoner per week.

The following table provides details of the workshop, education and rehabilitation hours completed by prisoners in all prisons in England and Wales during the period 2007-08.

Average number of hours per prisoner per week

Prison name

Education

Production workshops

OBPs

Tackling substance abuse

Acklington

4.94

3.64

0.50

0.12

Albany

3.17

5.44

0.92

0.02

Altcourse

8.67

4.16

0.24

1.55

Ashfield

15.74

0.00

0.06

0.25

Ashwell

3.97

7.45

0.32

0.33

Askham Grange

9.02

0.00

0.00

0.14

Aylesbury

6.20

0.75

0.80

0.21

Bedford

3.23

1.64

0.00

0.61

Belmarsh

1.98

1.87

0.00

0.64

Birmingham

4.60

3.95

0.00

0.29

Blakenhurst

3.53

3.77

0.76

0.34

Blantyre House

4.31

0.00

0.00

0.16

Blundeston

3.13

6.25

0.43

0.44

Brinsford

8.36

0.00

0.17

0.31

Bristol

2.80

1.38

0.08

0.42

Brixton

1.88

0.00

0.02

0.34

Brockhill

6.06

2.75

0.00

0.23

Bronzefield

5.53

0.46

0.00

0.35

Buckley Hall

6.10

3.89

0.16

0.16

Bullingdon

3.36

3.51

1.02

1.89

Bullwood Hall

6.91

1.91

0.00

0.18

Camp Hill

3.53

3.78

0.14

0.36

Canterbury

2.81

4.57

0.00

0.15

Cardiff

2.95

2.84

0.00

1.71

Castington

9.13

0.00

0.29

0.23

Channings Wood

5.16

3.47

0.17

2.95

Chelmsford

3.57

3.35

0.12

0.12

Coldingley

3.97

9.37

0.00

2.23

Cookham Wood

5.79

9.10

0.37

0.35

Dartmoor

2.88

4.03

0.22

0.56

Deerbolt

6.74

0.68

0.33

0.41

Doncaster

2.90

0.00

0.00

0.00

Dorchester

4.34

0.00

0.00

0.88

Downview

4.40

2.47

0.11

0.17

Drake Hall

3.92

6.63

0.21

1.55

Durham

2.80

1.26

0.11

0.42

East Sutton Park

3.02

0.00

0.00

0.05

Eastwood Park

4.87

0.00

0.00

0.68

Edmunds Hill

5.48

0.49

0.04

0.34

Elmley

2.73

2.92

0.15

0.36

Erlestoke

5.27

3.16

0.26

0.71

Everthorpe

12.25

0.00

0.17

1.81

Exeter

3.35

1.95

0.54

0.18

Featherstone

3.28

8.59

0.37

0.13

Feltham

7.15

0.00

0.00

0.30

Ford

5.23

6.61

0.04

0.32

Forest Bank

3.10

2.96

0.00

0.72

Foston Hall

6.71

0.88

0.13

0.63

Frankland

4.03

2.24

0.64

0.14

Full Sutton

3.07

2.22

0.26

0.15

Garth

4.05

4.57

0.17

4.21

Gartree

6.64

4.84

0.58

0.16

Glen Parva

5.62

1.78

0.14

0.56

Gloucester

2.92

0.00

0.00

1.12

Grendon

3.28

0.00

0.55

0.05

Guys Marsh

5.38

6.05

0.18

0.41

Haverigg

4.08

7.19

0.00

0.33

Hewell Grange

4.60

0.00

0.34

0.05

High Down

2.55

0.93

0.00

0.49

Highpoint

2.92

4.06

0.26

0.17

Hindley

13.18

0.42

0.28

0.40

Hollesley Bay

3.94

0.00

0.01

0.64

Holloway

5.22

0.22

0.05

0.18

Holme House

3.52

2.01

0.10

0.49

Hull

4.62

2.75

0.59

0.13

Huntercombe

10.25

0.00

0.00

0.40

Kennet

8.16

0.00

0.07

0.16

Kingston

3.85

7.50

0.43

0.05

Kirkham

3.89

5.95

0.00

0.46

Kirklevington

3.21

0.00

0.00

0.33

Lancaster

3.51

0.68

0.00

1.58

Lancaster Farms

8.65

0.00

0.17

0.59

Latchmere House

7.68

0.48

0.00

0.16

Leeds

4.28

2.97

0.00

0.19

Leicester

5.06

0.00

1.70

4.52

Lewes

2.91

1.65

0.23

0.12

Leyhill

3.95

3.31

0.17

0.22

Lincoln

1.49

5.22

0.00

0.56

Lindholme

6.22

1.41

0.09

0.37

Littlehey

4.38

5.23

1.17

0.29

Liverpool

5.50

4.02

0.07

0.03

Long Lartin

2.78

3.09

0.33

0.20

Low Newton

6.45

2.49

0.29

0.18

Lowdham Grange

8.87

4.41

0.22

0.08

Maidstone

2.32

5.59

0.42

0.27

Manchester

4.00

4.35

0.22

0.42

Moorland

7.88

3.78

0.28

0.14

Morton Hall

4.42

12.53

0.04

0.05

Mount

7.19

3.49

0.14

1.01

New Hall

7.08

4.17

0.33

0.22

North Sea Camp

3.92

0.00

0.00

0.60

Northallerton

10.97

1.55

0.00

0.47

Norwich

2.07

1.48

0.00

0.10

Nottingham

1.94

3.31

0.00

0.39

Onley

5.08

0.77

0.17

0.35

Parc

3.98

5.64

0.36

0.20

Parkhurst

3.19

4.42

0.29

0.28

Pentonville

1.88

3.32

0.41

0.08

Portland

5.10

0.56

0.15

0.29

Preston

2.94

0.00

0.12

0.00

Ranby

2.74

5.95

0.04

0.37

Reading

4.18

0.00

0.33

1.41

Risley

3.61

2.89

0.43

0.11

Rochester

2.98

4.19

0.00

0.28

Rye Hill

5.68

6.99

0.43

0.04

Send

4.56

1.88

0.09

0.00

Shepton Mallet

6.96

6.02

0.61

0.19

Shrewsbury

2.99

5.02

0.00

0.30

Stafford

4.26

8.12

0.61

0.12

Standford Hill

3.06

2.28

0.01

0.16

Stocken

4.92

3.29

0.15

0.24

Stoke Heath

6.69

2.64

0.09

0.43

Styal

5.85

1.49

0.00

0.34

Sudbury

5.60

3.06

0.06

0.21

Swaleside

3.83

2.63

0.32

0.46

Swansea

1.37

3.27

0.80

0.20

Swinfen Hall

7.32

1.07

0.86

0.41

Thorn Cross

12.00

0.00

0.34

0.69

Usk/Prescoed

10.01

0.38

0.58

0.14

Verne

5.91

4.22

0.14

0.12

Wakefield

4.83

3.03

0.43

0.07

Wandsworth

5.00

1.90

0.15

0.94

Warren Hill

16.34

0.00

0.13

0.49

Wayland

5.01

2.26

0.68

0.05

Wealstun

5.91

5.35

0.42

0.13

Wellingborough

6.28

2.48

0.40

0.60

Werrington

20.85

0.00

0.00

0.69

Wetherby

11.66

0.00

0.14

0.42

Wharton

3.53

4.81

1.49

0.02

Whitemoor

3.43

2.86

0.26

0.07

Winchester

2.91

1.69

0.00

0.62

Wolds

8.99

3.86

0.24

0.27

Woodhill

2.12

0.05

0.09

0.48

Wormwood Scrubs

2.01

1.56

0.04

0.31

Wymott

3.35

8.57

0.31

2.15

Notes:

1. Data not available for Dovegate and Peterborough.

2. Immigration Removal Centres Dover and Haslar not included.

3. Breakdown for Lowdham Grange based on eight months out of 12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons are at more than 150 per cent. of in use certified normal accommodation. (245153)

On 31 October 2008 (latest available), there were 13 out of 140 prison establishments in England and Wales with more than 150 per cent of in use certified normal accommodation.

This information has been taken from the Ministry of Justice publication “Population in Custody Monthly Brief” which can be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.htm

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures must be followed to consult the governor of a prison on proposals to downgrade that prison. (245458)

Prison performance ratings are determined by Criminal Justice Strategy Group using a range of performance data. The proposed ratings are reviewed by the chief operating officer, National Offender Management Service (NOMS), who provides the opportunity for area managers to consult governors and propose moderation. Following consultation the chief operating officer may choose to submit a request to amend a rating to the moderation panel chaired by the director general of the Criminal Justice Strategy Group. Moderated ratings were published on the NOMS intranet on Friday 12 December 2008.