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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has made an estimate of the incidence of serious organised crime in prison which involves the trafficking of drugs; (320097)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the level of serious organised crime activity in prisons.

Covert criminal activity is, of its nature, very difficult to quantify.

Prisons have a well established security information reporting framework. Where concerns are identified about a prisoner's potential criminal activity, prisons can draw on a range of measures to identify and disrupt that activity.

NOMS is also fully engaged in action to address serious and organised crime strategically, including the work identified in the Government report ”Extending Our Reach: A Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Serious Organised Crime” to develop a strategy to manage serious organised criminals while in prison.