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Prisons: Security

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of each type of instances of disorder were recorded in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last three years. (296845)

The data in the following table show the number of disturbance-related incidents recorded on the Prison Service Incident Reporting System in prisons in England and Wales for the last three financial years 2006-07 to 2008-09.

Breakdown of disturbance-related incidents in prisons in England and Wales 2006-07 to 2008-09

Barricade

Concerted indiscipline active

Concerted indiscipline passive

Hostage

Incidents at height1

2006-07

460

68

67

25

199

2007-08

521

67

51

38

242

2008-09

524

69

58

25

344

1 An incident at height is defined as any incident taking place over three feet from ground level and includes where prisoners have gained access to safety netting.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Although barricades and incidents at height have increased, overall trends in other incidents relating to disorder such as concerted indiscipline and hostage taking, have remained stable. The majority of disorder-related incidents are of a minor nature and are resolved quickly and professionally by trained staff thereby preventing escalation of the incident.