Skip to main content

Prisons: Wales

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are detained in prisons in Wales. (250800)

At 30 November 2008, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 2,259 adult male prisoners who were detained in prison establishments in Wales (Cardiff, Parc, Swansea and Usk/Prescoed). The figure provided excludes young adults aged 18 to 20 and those 21-year-olds who were aged 20 or under at conviction who have not been reclassified as part of the adult prison population.

There are currently no female prison establishments in Wales.

These figures are a reworking to allow for the request for adults only of those published in Table 4 of the publication ‘Population in custody monthly tables November 2008 England and Wales’, and can be found at the following website:

This is updated monthly.

This figure has 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 how many places for adult (a) male and (b) female prisoners there are in prisons in Wales. (250802)

There are 2,392 places for adult male prisoners in Wales and there are currently no places for adult female prisoners in Wales.

The Ministry of Justice has been actively seeking potential sites for new prisons in Wales and a shortlist of four possible sites has been drawn up. An announcement regarding the final decision on the location of the new prison is expected shortly