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Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many women prisoners have given birth since April 2009; (313206)

(2) how many women became pregnant while serving a prison sentence in the last year for which data are available.

Information on the number of women who have given birth in prison or became pregnant while serving a prison sentence is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, as in order to provide this information staff would need to look at each individual's record.

In addition, it would not be possible to guarantee the accuracy of the data about when women become pregnant as this would be reliant on information being provided by the prisoners themselves.