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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much alcohol was detected in prisons in the last five years. (296156)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has in place a strategy to reduce supply and demand for alcohol with a comprehensive range of security measures and searching techniques to detect items of contraband including alcohol, and to prevent smuggling into establishments. However, NOMS does not centrally record centrally how much alcohol is detected in prisons. In the light of the hon. and Learned Member’s question I have asked NOMS senior officials to let me have advice on putting a system for the central collection of such data.