(2) what types of accommodation sex offenders occupy in prisons in Northern Ireland;
(3) what categories of prisoner are housed in dormitory accommodation in prisons in Northern Ireland;
(4) whether sex offenders are planned to be housed in the Foyleview Resettlement Unit of HMP Magilligan.
There is a 64-bed dormitory accommodation unit (Sperrin) at Magilligan Prison and an eight-bed dormitory accommodation unit at Hydebank Wood. Both have been used between 1 September 2006 and 1 September 2009.
Sex offenders may occupy cellular accommodation, single rooms or dormitories.
At 19 October the Sperrin unit held 37 Category B/C prisoners in custody for sexual offences and one other Category B prisoner, all of whom were sentenced. At Hydebank Wood there were three inmates housed in dormitory accommodation with non-sexual offences—two of these were sentenced and one was on remand.
Since 24 September a total of five sex offenders, who have met the strict criteria necessary for their placement, have been housed in Foyleview Resettlement Unit at Magilligan.