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Prisons: Visits

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to record centrally the number of closed visits made on the prison estate. (322861)

The National Offender Management Service records centrally the number of closed visits imposed within the prison estate. In 2008-09 closed visiting conditions were imposed on 1,817 occasions.

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. The data are not subject to audit.