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Prisoners: Mothers

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mother and baby units exist for female prisoners in England and Wales; and what the capacity for female prisoners and their children is of each. (309016)

There are seven mother and baby units (MBUs) in England providing an overall capacity of 75 places. Each unit can normally accommodate one set of twins. However, the number of places available at any one time can fluctuate for operational reasons, and currently stands at 69. The following table lists each prison with an MBU and the current capacity.

Establishment

MBU capacity

Askham Grange

10

Bronzefield

12

Eastwood Park

12

Holloway

13

New Hall

3

Peterborough

12

Styal

7

Total

69