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Volume 489: debated on Friday 13 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences related to bringing prohibited (a) List A, (b) List B and (c) List C articles into (i) prisons and (ii) young offender institutions in each of the last 12 months. (262824)

Offences relating to bringing prohibited articles into prisons and young offender institutions form part of the 2007 Offender Management Act which came into force in April 2008.

The data for 2008 will be available in November 2009, answers therefore should be based on published National Statistics in order to ensure quality checks have been carried out, also statistics on court proceedings and cautions should be published annually. It takes several months for court proceedings data to be received by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, validated and corrected.