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Prisons

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions each London prison has declared a lock-out in the last 12 months. (296151)

The table shows the number of prisoners the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) records as being ‘locked-out’ of prison between October 2008 and September 2009.

NOMS attributes the increase in numbers during February 2009 to the severe snowfall in London on 2 February, which disrupted prisoner escorts to and from courts. In the majority of cases ‘lockouts’ occurred as a result of late court sittings and the contractor then not being able to return prisoners by prison closing time.

HMP

Belmarsh

Brixton

Feltham A

Feltham B

Holloway

Latchmere House

Pentonville

Wandsworth

Wormwood Scrubs

Total

October 2008

4

1

5

November 2008

0

December 2008

0

January 2009

0

February 2009

5

3

1

4

4

3

14

34

March 2009

0

April 2009

0

May 2009

1

1

June 2009

1

1

July 2009

4

1

5

August 2009

0

September 2009

1

1

Total

5

3

1

5

0

0

8

8

17

47