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Prison Accommodation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there were in (a) England and Wales and (b) Winchester Prison on the latest date for which figures are available; what the maximum prison capacity in England and Wales is; and what the maximum capacity of Winchester Prison is. (256278)

At the end of January 2009, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 82,240 prisoners detained in all prison establishments in England and Wales and 701 prisoners in HMP Winchester. The useable operational capacity for all prison establishments in England and Wales was 84,902 and the operational capacity of HMP Winchester was 706.

Operational capacity for establishments is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime.

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.