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Prisoners: Childbirth

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were born to mothers in custody in each of the last 10 years. (248679)

Women in prison have a right to the same medical provision as women in the community and do not give birth in prison as a matter of course.

The number of babies born to mothers in custody since November 2006, when the Prison Service began collecting the relevant information centrally, is as follows:

Number of babies born

April 2006 to March 2007

37

April 2007 to March 2008

102

April 2008 to December 2008

75

The figures by establishment are as follows.

Establishment

MBU Places

2006-071

2007-08

2008-092

Askham Grange

10

0

3

1

Bronzefield

12

7

18

13

Cookham Wood

0

0

3n/a

Downview

2

0

0

Drake Hall

1

0

1

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

Eastwood Park

12

3

21

5

Foston Hall

0

2

2

Holloway

13

5

35

16

Low Newton

3

4

4

Morton Hall

0

0

0

New Hall

9

3

2

9

Peterborough

12

8

11

8

Send

0

0

0

Styal

7

5

6

7

Total

75

37

102

66

1 November 2006 to March 2007

2 April to November 2008

3 Changed function to male juvenile establishment in 2007.