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Prisoners: Assaults

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on prison officer assaults have been recorded in each prison in each month of 2009 to date; and if he will make a statement. (286487)

The information requested is compiled on an annual basis.

The figures for 2009 will be available in early 2010. However, I refer the hon. Lady to the latest information covering the years 2004 to 2008 that I have placed in the Libraries of the House.

Violence in prisons is not tolerated. The National Offender Management Service is working with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that perpetrators of violence in prisons are dealt with through the courts where is appropriate to do so.