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House of Commons Hansard
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Prisons: Discipline
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners have been involved in incidents of disorder of each type in each year since 1997; [298794]

(2) how many prisoners at each prison were found in possession of a sharp instrument in each year since 1997.

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The following table gives the number of punishments given to prisoners in all prison establishments in England and Wales for offences committed in prison involving the reported categories of offence within the prison.

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Total

108,234

111,464

104,384

105,247

108,367

106,150

Violence

13,997

15,294

15,228

15,972

16,905

17,499

Escape/abscond

1,232

962

786

754

634

565

Disobedience/disrespect

41,476

44,146

40,102

41,800

44,444

45,410

Wilful damage

5,797

6,564

6,632

6,862

7,553

7,226

Unauthorised transactions

35,876

34,909

31,074

29,414

27,807

23,407

Other offences

9,856

9,589

10,562

10,445

11,024

12,043

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

106,230

108,389

110,651

105,958

109,117

111,833

Violence

17,127

17,040

18,134

17,929

17,667

18,788

Escape/abscond

560

432

271

166

119

105

Disobedience/disrespect

45,086

46,178

47,112

43,735

45,064

44,436

Wilful damage

7,230

7,270

7,521

7,701

7,536

8,054

Unauthorised transactions

24,400

26,722

27,377

26,682

28,858

30,427

Other offences

11,827

10,747

10,236

9,745

9,873

10,023

These figures have been taken from table 8.5 of the annual volumes of Prison Statistics in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2002 and tables 9.5 and 8.5 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics for the years between 2003 and 2008. Copies of these can be found in the House of Commons Library and from 2001 onwards at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

Further breakdowns by category of offence can be found within the tables quoted. However, the statistics do not identify possession of a sharp instrument and this information could not be obtained without involving disproportionate cost.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.