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Winchester Prison: Drugs

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners at HM Prison Winchester were serving sentences for drug-related offences in each of the last five years; and how many incidents of drug use in the prison were recorded in each of those years. (258031)

The following table gives the numbers of sentenced drugs offenders in Winchester as at 30 June each year since 2004:

Number of prisoners serving sentences for drugs offences at Winchester prison 2004-08

Number as at 30 June

2008

31

2007

44

2006

84

2005

49

2004

44

The increase in 2006 was as a result of a local police operation.

These numbers relate to specific drugs offences only (including the possession and supply of drugs) and not to other offences (such as those involving acquisitive crime) which may be related to drugs issues of the offender.

Drug misuse in prisons is measured by mandatory drug testing. The table details the number of positive random and targeted mandatory drug tests occurring at HMP Winchester in each of the last five complete financial years.

Mandatory drug tests at HMP Winchester

Financial year

Number of positive tests

2003-04

129

2004-05

132

2005-06

74

2006-07

55

2007-08

65

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.