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Prisons

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 797W, on prisons, how long on average elapsed between prisoners' cells being unlocked in the morning and prisoners being returned to their cells in the evening in each month between January 1997 and March 2007. (279845)

The figures requested are set out in the following table.

Monthly average time unlocked (hours per prisoner per day)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

January

11.11

10.64

10.46

10.16

9.12

9.32

9.78

9.91

9.91

10.09

10.08

February

11.12

10.59

10.60

10.13

9.58

9.48

9.84

9.86

9.91

10.12

10.06

March

11.15

10.93

10.46

9.82

8.95

9.32

9.90

9.89

9.97

10.04

10.11

April

11.00

10.75

10.39

8.81

9.66

9.66

9.94

9.87

10.03

10.08

May

11.06

10.70

10.39

9.54

9.77

9.75

9.97

10.04

9.99

10.03

June

10.93

10.65

10.26

9.59

9.67

9.89

9.92

10.07

10.05

10.20

July

10.89

10.70

10.27

9.80

9.83

9.80

9.96

10.03

10.02

10.08

August

10.96

10.60

10.16

9.76

9.69

9.78

9.96

9.90

9.99

10.07

September

10.86

10.60

10.22

9.99

9.72

9.83

9.96

9.86

9.99

10.11

October

10.95

10.56

10.13

9.97

9.67

9.73

9.91

9.91

10.06

10.11

November

10.86

10.53

10.12

9.88

9.50

9.60

9.87

10.04

10.13

10.13

December

10.69

10.50

10.10

9.78

9.41

9.54

9.88

9.94

9.92

9.99