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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to collate at national level the (a) quantity and (b) type of illicit drugs seized in prisons in England and Wales. (322870)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) collates the number and type of drug seizures in prisons. The number of drug seizures in prisons in England and Wales in 2008-09 is given in the following table. Many seizures are similar in appearance and where not attributable are not categorically identified by scientific analysis. Weight is not recorded and there are no plans to record it.

Drug

Number of seizures

Heroin

776

Cocaine

262

LSD

3

Amphetamines

94

Barbiturates

11

Cannabis

1,731

Tranquilisers

32

Other

2,160

Total

5,069

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.