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Prison Accommodation

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how many hours per week on average high security prisoners have been confined to their cells (a) in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) over a similar period immediately before the introduction of core day standardisation. (273797)

Prisoners in the High Security Estate are locked in their cells for an average of 109 hours a week. Prior to the introduction of the Standard Core Day prisoners were locked in their cells for an average of 107 hours a week. After the introduction of the Standard Core Day across the Prison Service prisoners in the High Security Estate spend an extra two hours a week, or 1 per cent. of their time, locked up.

The Prison Service has looked carefully at how it can make efficiencies in the operation of prisons to support the Department’s efficiency plans. The standardisation of the core day delivers efficiencies, improves consistency of regime delivery across the affected establishments and helps to maximise the access prisoners have to activities when they are running without compromising the running of safe, decent and secure establishments.