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Police Stations: Prison Accommodation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many nights have been spent by prisoners in police cells in each police force under Operation Safeguard (a) in total and (b) in each month since April 2008; and if he will make a statement. (254948)

Operation Safeguard was activated between 12 October and 22 December 2006 and again from 16 January 2007 to 31 October 2008. Police cells have not been used since 22 September 2008 and no police cells have been on stand by since the end of October 2008.

The following table details usage between 12 October 2006 and 22 September 2008 and gives the aggregate total of the number of prisoner nights in which a police cell was used. It is not possible to ascertain how many individual prisoners these totals cover.

Number

Avon and Somerset

157

Bedfordshire

496

Cambridgeshire

1,888

Cheshire

6,098

Cleveland

4

Cumbria

440

Derbyshire

908

Devon and Cornwall

2,465

Dorset

560

Durham

1,645

Dyfed Powys

683

Essex

6,041

Gloucestershire

18

GMP

3,712

Gwent

962

Hampshire

2,095

Hertfordshire

1,651

Humberside

111

Kent

4,937

Lancashire

2,065

Leicestershire

3,693

Lincolnshire

1,739

Merseyside

409

MET

15,496

Norfolk

32

North Wales

2,252

North Yorkshire

59

Northamptonshire

1,494

Northumbria

1,242

Nottinghamshire

222

South Wales

2,197

South Yorkshire

1,209

Staffordshire

60

Suffolk

1,623

Surrey

116

Sussex

823

TVP

3,848

Warwickshire

2,177

West Mercia

64

West Midlands

8468

West Yorkshire

4,665

Wiltshire

97

Totals

88,921

The following table details month by month usage since 1 April 2008 and again gives the aggregate total of the number of prisoner nights in which a police cell was used.

Number

2008

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

19

21

61

41

Cheshire

15

65

169

236

Cleveland

Court

Cumbria

Derbyshire

15

3

Devon and Cornwall

15

46

65

11

Dorset

1

17

14

3

Durham

14

51

42

Dyfed Powys

Essex

10

4

23

92

68

10

Gloucestershire

GMP

Gwent

Hampshire

6

42

94

2

1

Hertfordshire

40

39

Humberside

Kent

74

4

Lancashire

36

53

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Merseyside

2

MET

162

77

299

776

290

74

Norfolk

North Wales

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

Northumbria

Nottinghamshire

South Wales

53

102

135

South Yorkshire

3

12

Staffordshire

Suffolk

1

12

34

51

10

Surrey

Sussex

83

46

11

TVP

24

Warwickshire

61

85

199

74

West Mercia

1

West Midlands

16

182

113

West Yorkshire

7

147

94

Wiltshire