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Drugs: Prisons

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what quantity of drugs of each type has been confiscated from prisoners in each prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (286491)

To compile the data requested requires a lengthy and detailed interrogation of a National Offender Management Service (NOMS) database such that to answer this question would exceed the cost limit.

NOMS is currently part-way through the roll-out of Prison-NOMS Information System and this is due to be completed in 2010. Although this new system will not be updated with old data, any new drugs incidents in prisons will be entered onto it, meaning requests for information such as this will in future be possible to answer within the cost limit and with relative ease.