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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the recommendations of the Blakey Review into disrupting the supply of illegal drugs into prisons have been implemented fully; when he expects all recommendations to be fully implemented; and if he will make a statement. [294214]

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Good progress has been made in implementing David Blakey's recommendations. The following recommendations have been fully implemented:

instructing every prison to nominate a senior manager responsible for delivering the local drug strategy at the prison (recommendation one);

publishing an updated good practice guide to assist prisons in tackling drug supply routes and a new guide on tackling mobile phones (recommendation two);

providing all prisons with a body orifice security scanner (BOSS chair) and hand held metal detectors, to detect internally concealed metallic items such as mobile phones (recommendation five);

strengthening the relationship with the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (recommendation eight); and

in the Good Practice Guide, placing more emphasis on working with others (recommendation nine).

In addition, work is in train:

to evaluate and roll-out static mobile phone blockers, subject to funding (recommendation four)—first phase in place, next phase to be completed by March 2010;

to determine whether search dogs are used effectively (recommendation six)—internal review completed, recommendations to be considered;

to encourage use of the Offender Management Act (recommendation seven)—ongoing, with key actions concluded by December 2009; and

to strengthen prison intelligence gathering (recommendation 10)—very much a continuous programme of work but with key elements in place by March 2010.

On recommendation three, rather than implement peer reviews as originally agreed, the Government have now decided to incorporate supply reduction and mandatory drug testing fully into the prisons audit process. This will provide a more robust framework to encourage good practice and will be in place by December 2009.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of drug abuse were reported in each prison in England in the most recent period for which figures are available. [296430]

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Mandatory drug testing (MDT) provides the best available measure of drug misuse in prisons. The following table provides the number of positive MDT tests, administered on both a random and targeted basis, at each prison during 2008-09.

These data have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing returns, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit. The number of positive tests does not equate to the number of prisoners who tested positive. It is possible that individual prisoners may test positive on more than one occasion.

Number of samples testing positive for each prison in England between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009

Prison

Number of samples testing positive

Acklington

208

Albany

21

Altcourse

432

Ashfield

40

Ashwell

49

Askham Grange

13

Aylesbury

79

Bedford

70

Belmarsh

71

Birmingham

214

Blantyre House

3

Blundeston

37

Brinsford

38

Bristol

114

Brixton

265

Bronzefield

22

Buckley Hall

136

Bullingdon

172

Bullwood Hall

1

Camp Hill

61

Canterbury

15

Castington

77

Channings Wood

81

Chelmsford

183

Coldingley

87

Cookham Wood

1

Dartmoor

121

Deerbolt

18

Doncaster

250

Dorchester

34

Dovegate

176

Downview

85

Drake Hall

29

Durham

187

East Sutton Park

12

Eastwood Park

70

Edmonds Hill

34

Elmley

283

Erlestoke

96

Everthorpe

201

Exeter

49

Featherstone

151

Feltham

135

Ford

140

Forest Bank

587

Foston Hall

17

Frankland

65

Full Sutton

59

Garth

112

Gartree

22

Glen Parva

39

Gloucester

77

Grendon

7

Guys Marsh

121

Haverigg

246

Hewell

193

High Down

153

Highpoint

105

Hindley

38

Hollesley Bay

75

Holloway

61

Holme House

340

Hull

101

Huntercombe

10

Kennet

64

Kingston

15

Kirkham

163

Kirklevington

71

Lancaster

67

Lancaster Farms

14

Latchmere House

10

Leeds

141

Leicester

43

Lewes

242

Leyhill

88

Lincoln

131

Lindholme

180

Littlehey

24

Liverpool

308

Long Lartin

65

Low Newton

44

Lowdham Grange

173

Maidstone

119

Manchester

238

Moorland

63

Moorland Open

27

Morton Hall

7

Mount

213

New Hall

64

North Sea Camp

85

Northallerton

14

Norwich

46

Nottingham

150

Onley

42

Parkhurst

31

Pentonville

267

Peterborough Female

91

Peterborough Male

214

Portland

9

Preston

128

Ranby

239

Reading

20

Risley

171

Rochester

50

Rye Hill

56

Send

23

Shepton Mallet

5

Shrewsbury

116

Spring Hill

48

Stafford

163

Standford Hill

70

Stocken

51

Stoke Heath

29

Styal

150

Sudbury

196

Swaleside

127

Swinfen Hall

27

Thorn Cross

37

Verne

22

Wakefield

21

Wandsworth

226

Warren Hill

1

Wayland

66

Wealstun

135

Wellingborough

78

Werrington

2

Wetherby

11

Wharton

9

Whitemoor

54

Winchester

83

Wolds

109

Woodhill

267

Wormwood Scrubs

172

Wymott

178

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the Patel Report on prison drug treatment to be published. [297367]

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Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel was appointed to chair the Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group (PDTSRG) in April 2008. The group first met in February 2009 and a two-year programme of work was agreed in April 2009. A report with recommendations will be produced by the end of March 2011. A decision has yet to be taken on publication of the final report.