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Prison Officers

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role he expects prison officers to play in the effective delivery of case management in the criminal justice system; and if he will make a statement. [57776]

Fiona Mactaggart: Prison Officers will play a large part in the effective delivery of offender management. Although offender managers will be based in the community and will be responsible for offender assessment and sentence planning, the majority of offender supervisors dealing with the custodial part of a sentence will be Prison Officers.

They will be responsible for ensuring the elements of the sentence plan are carried out, for supporting offenders and liaising with those delivering interventions in custody. They will work closely with offender managers in the assessment and planning process. Prison Officers will also be involved in brokering and delivering interventions such as 'Offender Behaviour Programmes', in addition to their general responsibility for promoting a pro-social and positive atmosphere within establishments.


Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many prisons inmates routinely eat in their cells; and if he will make a statement. [59197]

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Fiona Mactaggart: This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The arrangements vary in each establishment, sometimes with different arrangements for each meal, and sometimes with different arrangements for different groups of prisoners in the same establishment.

Furthermore, many prisoners choose to eat in their cell where communal eating is an option.


Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in Coldingley prison have applied for home detention curfews in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many of these had their application (a) accepted and (b) rejected; how many appealed against rejection; and how many of these were successful in their appeal. [47404]

Fiona Mactaggart: The attached table provides figures on the number of prisoners who, according to the Prison Service Inmate Information System, have supplied a proposed curfew address for consideration and have been assessed as suitable or been refused HDC at Coldingley prison since 1999 when the scheme began. Information on the reasons for the refusal of individual applications, and the outcome of appeals, could be provided by the prison itself only at disproportionate cost.
Prisoners released on HOC or whose application for HOC was refused: Coldingley prison


These statistics are based on information recorded on the central prison IT system on 28 February 2006. Further updates and amendments may be made to records on this system resulting in revised figures.

The statistics exclude those prisoners who opted out from the scheme.

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of the prison population has access to mental health services, including therapy; [55514]

(2) what estimate he has made of the proportion of the prison population who would benefit from mental health services including therapy; [55516]

(3) what assessment he has made of (a) provision and (b) access to mental health services in the prison system. [55527]

Fiona Mactaggart: The survey, Psychiatric morbidity among prisoners in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics, 1988) showed that 90 per cent. of prisoners have at least one significant mental health problem, including personality disorder, psychosis, neurosis, alcohol misuse and drug dependence.
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The responsibility for the provision of health services, including mental health services, to prisoners in publicly run prisons transferred from the Home Office to the Department of Health in 2003. The Department of Health has in turn devolved funding and responsibility for prison health to national health service primary care trusts, which work in partnerships with prisons to commission and deliver services.

Effective mental health services are central to the Government's programme of improvements in health services for prisoners. Nearly £20 million is being spent on mental health provision in 2005–06. The NHS plan commitment to have over 300 additional staff working in prisons as part of NHS mental health in-reach teams (effectively community mental health teams working within prisons) by April 2004 has been met: there are now 360 such staff in post.

In-reach teams are now operating in 102 prisons. All prisons are expected to have access to mental health in-reach services by this spring. An evaluation of the prison mental health in-reach programme has been undertaken and is due to be delivered shortly. We are currently looking at other aspects of our prison health mental programmes with a view to their assessment.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department what the average (a) age and (b) tenure of prison governors at each establishment was in (i) 2005, (ii) 2001, (iii) 1997, (iv) 1992 and (v) 1987; and if he will make a statement. [58646]

Fiona Mactaggart: Information on the average age of prison governors (operational managers)—for each public sector Prison Service establishment in 2005 and 2001 is contained in the following table. The ages of individual governors is not available centrally for governors in post in 1997, 1992 and 1987. The amount of time that governors had spent at their specific establishment in a governor grade is also not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Information of this kind is not routinely monitored for contracted prisons, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Average age of operational managers in each public sector prison service establishment

Average age of operational managers
Establishment31 December 200131 December 2005
Acklington49 years three months45 years five months
Albany48 years eight months49 years seven months
Ashwell52 years 10 months43 years six months
Askham Grange50 years seven months44 years three months
Aylesbury42 years nine months41 years 11 months
Bedford43 years two months46 years nine months
Belmarsh43 years 11 months40 years eight months
Birmingham47 years two months46 years six months
Blakenhurst41 years eight months46 years six months
Blantyre House47 years nine months43 years two months
Blundeston44 years two months42 years 10 months
Brinsford45 years eight months44 years two months
Bristol44 years nine months41 years one month
Brixton49 years six months42 years 10 months
Brockhill41 years three months38 years five months
Buckley Hall44 years seven months43 years two months
Bullingdon45 years three months42 years four months
Bullwood Hall44 years one month41 years nine months
Camp Hill49 years one month51 years three months
Canterbury46 years 0 month44 years seven months
Cardiff47 years nine months45 years three months
Castington45 years eight months48 years eight months
Channings Wood54 years three months45 years nine months
Chelmsford44 years five months42 years three months
Coldingley46 years five months40 years 11 months
Cookham Wood47 years four months43 years one month
Dartmoor47 years three months45 years seven months
Deerbolt45 years one month41 years eight months
Dorchester48 years 0 month47 years two months
Dover43 years 10 months45 years 10 months
Downview46 years three months44 years two months
Drake Hall45 years five months43 years eight months
Durham46 years seven months43 years six months
East Sutton Park51 years eight months51 years two months
Eastwood Park40 years six months42 years five months
Edmunds Hill41 years nine months47 years 10 months
Elmley45 years eight months47 years four months
Erlestoke47 years 10 months47 years four months
Everthorpe53 years one month42 years one month
Exeter43 years four months44 years seven months
Featherstone51 years two months45 years six months
Feltham47 years eight months46 years three months
Ford52 years one month47 years three months
Foston Hall44 years four months49 years two months
Frankland47 years nine months45 years two months
Full Sutton43 years two months45 years 11 months
Garth45 years four months45 years 0 month
Gartree40 years six months47 years nine months
Glen Parva44 years 0 month49 years two months
Gloucester51 years one month49 years nine months
Grendon44 years 0 month46 years two months
Guys Marsh48 years 10 months45 years nine months
Haslar42 years five months43 years one month
Haverigg51 years five months43 years seven months
Hewell Grange54 years 10 months43 years one month
High Down44 years 11 months42 years 0 month
Highpoint49 years five months45 years two months
Hindley43 years 11 months44 years one month
Hollesley Bay48 years nine months48 years 11 months
Holloway48 years three months43 years five months
Holme House50 years nine months42 years five months
Hull44 years three months46 years 0 month
Huntercombe46 years one month40 years 11 months
Kingston50 years three months49 years five months
Kirkham50 years three months47 years five months
Kirklevington Grange50 years 0 month50 years five months
Lancaster46 years one month45 years nine months
Lancaster Farms43 years six months42 years seven months
Latchmere House50 years 0 month42 years nine months
Leeds47 years eight months42 years six months
Leicester42 years three months45 years 11 months
Lewes51 years five months44 years one month
Leyhill43 years two months46 years 10 months
Lincoln48 years 11 months44 years seven months
Lindholme44 years seven months45 years three months
Littlehey48 years 11 months46 years six months
Liverpool48 years three months47 years 0 month
Long Lartin44 years one month44 years eight months
Low Newton47 years 10 months44 years five months
Maidstone41 years two months50 years one month
Manchester46 years four months47 years nine months
Moorland47 years one month45 years seven months
Morton Hall45 years 11 months46 years 0 month
New Hall46 years 10 months41 years 10 months
North Sea Camp51 years 11 months49 years 0 month
Northallerton43 years 10 months45 years 10 months
Norwich49 years 11 months43 years 11 months
Nottingham43 years 11 months46 years two months
Onley43 years 10 months40 years four months
Parkhurst48 years 0 month47 years one month
Pentonville42 years five months44 years two months
Portland47 years 11 months46 years seven months
Preston48 years six months43 years four months
Ranby49 years seven months44 years two months
Reading45 years four months44 years 10 months
Risley47 years five months44 years six months
Rochester45 years 10 months45 years two months
Send46 years two months51 years three months
Shepton Mallet47 years six months50 years 10 months
Shrewsbury45 years two months54 years five months
Stafford47 years three months44 years five months
Standford Hill51 years 11 months43 years two months
Stocken53 years seven months49 years four months
Stoke Heath45 years one month42 years 0 month
Styal44 years 10 months41 years nine months
Sudbury53 years two months46 years 0 month
Swaleside48 years one month42 years four months
Swansea52 years six months52 years seven months
Swinfen Hall47 years five months41 years 11 months
The Mount46 years eight months39 years six months
The Verne47 years six months50 years 10 months
Thorn Cross53 years nine months45 years one month
Usk/Prescoed55 years 11 months49 years two months
Wakefield46 years three months47 years 0 month
Wandsworth48 years nine months39 years seven months
Warren Hill50 years four months
Wayland46 years three months50 years 0 month
Wealstun47 years five months41 years 11 months
Weare45 years five months53 years seven months
Wellingborough44 years six months42 years 0 month
Werrington46 years nine months50 years four months
Wetherby45 years 0 month46 years two months
Whatton45 years 10 months46 years four months
Whitemoor45 years 0 month43 years seven months
Winchester45 years eight months41 years 11 months
Woodhill46 years eight months43 years two months
Wormwood Scrubs43 years eight months43 years 11 months
Wymott43 years four months48 years nine months
All Establishments46 years nine months44 years 11 months

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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of trends in (a) the prison population and (b) the women's prison population since 1997. [59302]

Fiona Mactaggart: An assessment of trends in the prison population and female prison population is given in Chapter eight of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004. Table 8.1 shows trends in the prison population, by sex, since 1997. This publication is in the House of Commons Library.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the levels of overcrowding were at each prison in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. [59306]

Fiona Mactaggart: A table has been placed in the Library showing the proportion of overcrowding in each prison establishment in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has discussed the joint purchasing of food for the Prison Service with other Government Departments and public sector bodies. [60715]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Prison Service is an active member of the Food Acquisition Management Initiative Group that aims to explore the potential for more collaborative opportunities in public sector food procurement.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the potential for further savings in the costs of the provision of food in prisons. [60716]

Fiona Mactaggart: An assessment by the public sector Prison Service has identified the potential for savings in the cost of food supplied to prisons. As a result, a number of initiatives are being introduced, including: the potential
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for more collaborative procurement; benchmarking expenditure; improved logistical arrangements; greater use of IT; use of bidders conferences at an early stage; increasing competition through a competitive dialogue procedure; more flexible pricing schedules; and rationalisation of the product range.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug tests were carried out in (a) Coldingley, (b) Chelmsford, (c) Elmley, (d) Rochester, (e) Wormwood Scrubs, (f) Holloway and (g) Belmarsh prisons in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were (i)positive and (ii) negative in each case. [60856]

Fiona Mactaggart: There are three main types of drug testing in prisons: clinical, mandatory and voluntary. Data on clinical and voluntary testing is not held centrally. Figures recorded under the mandatory drug testing programme are as follows; they include results from both random and targeted tests.
Wormwood Scrubs

(49)1 April 2005 to 31 January 2006.

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