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Prisons: Industrial Health and safety

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison cells were closed for health and safety reasons in each of the last five years. (257634)

Prisoner accommodation is certified for use or to be taken out of use by senior operational managers (as required by section 14 of the Prison Act 1952).

Unfortunately cell-certificates do not always provide details of why accommodation is being taking out of operation and to provide this information would require a manual check of all cell certificates for the last five years and would incur disproportionate costs.