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Prisons: Court Escort Services

Volume 548: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which prisons provide a regular court escort service; how many prisoners each prison escorts on average each month; and which court each prison serves.

Responsibility for the subject of this Question has been delegated to the Prison Service and its Director General, Mr. Derek Lewis. The Director General has therefore responded to the Question and his letter is given below.

Letter from Mr. Derek Lewis, Director General of H.M. Prison Service, to Lord Graham of Edmonton:

Earl Ferrers has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the escorting of prisoners to and from court.

Forty-three prison service establishments provide a regular escort service to and from the Crown Court. Most of these establishments also deliver prisoners for appearances at magistrates' courts (for example, for remand hearings) but the police convey prisoners from magistrates' courts to establishments. In some cases (in London, Greater Manchester and Lancashire) the police also convey prisoners from establishments to magistrates' courts, the cost of this work being reimbursed by the Prison Service. The attached table gives the Crown Court centres concerned but does not name the large number of committing magistrates' courts. If you would find it helpful to have these names I would be pleased to provide them.

I am afraid that we do not collect centrally information on the number of prisoners escorted to court each month by Prison Service establishments.

Establishmen

Crown court

Number of committing magistrates' courts

BedfordCambridge5
Peterborough3
Luton8
BelmarshInner London Sessions4
Woolwich1
BirminghamBirmingham2
Coventry1
Blakenhurst (private)Warwick7
Worcester8
Wolverhampton8*

* These served by Birmingham until 23 August.

BrinsfordBirmingham2
Derby7
Wolverhampton8
Shrewsbury6
Stafford8
Stoke-on-Trent6
Worcester8
Dolgellau9
Welshpool7
BristolBristol10
Devizes9
Swindon8
BrixtonSouthwark4
Central Criminal Court1
BullingdonOxford11
Reading7
Camp HillNewport (Isle of Wight)1
CanterburyCanterbury7
CardiffCardiff6
Newport (Gwent)3
ChelmsfordChelmsford16
Southend3
DorchesterBournemouth6
Dorchester6
Taunton7

Establishment

Crown court

Number of committing magistrates' courts

DurhamDurham6
Newcastle-upon-Tyne10
Carlisle9
ElmleyMaidstone7
ExeterBarnstaple3
Truro14
Exeter11
Plymouth5
Fellhamwood Green5
Kingston-upon-Thames5
Southwark4
Knightsbridge4
Snaresbrook7
Isleworth4
Middlesex Guildhall1
Central Criminal2
Harrow3
Inner London Sessions4
Croydon4
Guildford9
13*

* Youth courts.

Glen ParvaCoventry1
Northampton6
Warwick7
Peterborough3
Cambridge5
GloucesterGloucester7
Worcester*3
Hereford3

* Under 21 years.

High DownGuildford9
Croydon4
HindleyCaernarfon8
Chester4
Warrington1
Mold8
Knutsford3
Manchester10
Bolton5
HollowayAylesbury6
Brighton
Bury St. Edmunds6
Cambridge5
Canterbury4
Chelmsford14
Chichester6
Guildford9
Ipswich6
Kings Lynn3
Lewes10
Central Criminal Court2
Croydon4
Harrow3
Inner London Sessions5
Norwich10
Oxford10
Peterborough3
Portsmouth6
Reading6
St. Albans7
Isleworth5
Kingston5
Knightsbridge3
Middlesex Guildhall1
Southwark4
Luton8

Establishment

Crown court

Number ofcommitting magistrates' courts

Maidstone10
Newport1
Northampton6
Southampton5
Southend1
Winchester4
Holme HouseTeesside/Middlesborough 9
York8*

* Under 21 year olds.

Lancaster FarmsBarrow2
Liverpool9
Burnley4
Carlisle9
Lancaster1
Preston9
LeedsLeeds9
Huddersfield1
Wakefield3
LewesLewes10
Chichester6
Brighton
LiverpoolCaernarfon8
Chester4
Mold8
Warrington1
Liverpool9
Knutsford3
Bolton5
Low NewtonCarlisle5
Durham10
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Teesside
ManchesterManchester10
New HallDerby7
Doncaster1
Grimsby4
Huddersfield1
Kingston12
Leicester9
Leeds9
Lincoln9
Nottingham5
Sheffield3
Stafford9
York8
Wakefield3
NorwichNorwich10
Kings Lynn3
Ipswich6
Bury St. Edmunds6
PentonvilleWood Green8
Snaresbrook7
PrestonBarrow2
Burnley4
Lancaster1
Preston9

Establishment

Crown court

Number ofcommitting magistrates' courts

PucklechurchExeter9
Gloucester7
Haverfordwes3
Hereford3
Merthyr Tydfil3
Newport (Gwent)3
Plymouth5
Salisbury1
Swansea5
Swindon2
Truro10
Taunton4
Warwick7
Wolverhampton8
Worcester8
ReadingOxford10
Portsmouth6
Southampton7
Swindon6
Winchester6
Reading7
RisleyBarrow2
Bolton5
Burnley4
Caernarfon8
Chester4
Dolgellau6
Knutsford3
Lancaster4
Liverpool8
Manchester9

Establishment

Crown court

Number of committing magistrates' courts

Mold9
Shrewsbury6
Stoke-on-Trent6
Warrington1
Welshpool3
RochesterMaidstone10
Canterbury4
ShrewsburyShrewsbury6
Stoke-on-Trent6
Welshpool7
Dolgellau6
Stafford6
SwanseaCarmarthen7
Haverfordwest3
Merthyr Tydfil5
Swansea5
WandsworthKingston5
Knightsbridge3
Middlesex Guildhall1
WinchesterPortsmouth6
Salisbury2
Southampton7
Winchester6
WoodhillAylesbury6
Northampton6
St. Albans7
Wormwood ScrubsHarrow3
Isleworth5