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Courts: Prison Accommodation

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions court cells were (a) made available for and (b) used for housing prisoners overnight in the last 12 months; and how many prisoners were accommodated on each occasion they were used. (252824)

Court cells were used on 21 nights between the nights of 5-6 and 28-29 February 2008. At any one time a maximum of 164 cells were available for use.

The following table shows the number of places used in each of five courts over this period. Court cells have not been used since 28-29 February 2008.

Date

Total

5 February 2008

66

6 February 2008

71

7 February 2008

56

9 February 2008

32

10 February 2008

32

11 February 2008

99

12 February 2008

87

13 February 2008

71

14 February 2008

95

16 February 2008

26

17 February 2008

26

18 February 2008

63

19 February 2008

9

20 February 2008

44

21 February 2008

69

23 February 2008

39

24 February 2008

39

25 February 2008

61

26 February 2008

40

27 February 2008

63

28 February 2008

27

Total

1,115