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Prisons

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of which of the projected prison population scenarios outlined in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 is most likely to occur; and if he will make a statement. [67348]

Fiona Mactaggart: Figures for 10 scenarios can be found in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 Updated and Revised Prison Population Projections, 2005–2011, England and Wales". Of the 10 published scenarios, scenario one has been the closest to the observed total prison population over the 11 months since the projections were made. NOMS and HMPS continually monitor the prison population against the projections. In the longer term, it is more difficult to predict which scenarios may be closer to actual prison populations.

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) mental and (b) physical health of prisoners of too few hours of purposeful activity and too many hours of incarceration in cells. [65614]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Prison Service makes every effort to ensure that as much purposeful activity as possible is available to prisoners and the additional
 
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workshops that are coming on stream in establishments are one example of increasing levels of activity hours available to prisoners.

Purposeful activity in prisons consists broadly of education, work and resettlement activity. Specific activities include basic skills and vocational education, workshop activity, tackling substance abuse, offending behaviour programmes and pre release training. These activities reflect the work that is taking place in establishments to rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for release.

There is currently little information about the impact of imprisonment on people with mental health problems. The National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme is currently funding a research project on factors mediating the effect of prison on mental health. This is due for completion in summer 2008. Further details are available on the programme's website at http://www.nfmhp.org.uk.

On physical health, the National Audit Office (NAO) report Serving Time: Prisoner Diet and exercise (HC939) found that prisons met their statutory obligations to provide opportunities for exercise, and that prisoners' average level of physical exercise is close to the number of hours recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. A copy of the report is available in the Library, and on the NAO website at http://www.nao.org. uk/publications/nao_reports/05–06/0506939.pdf.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) running costs of each establishment in the Prison Service and (b) average number of people held at that establishment (i) was in 2005–06 and (ii) is expected to be in 2006–07. [66885]

Fiona Mactaggart: The average population and respective provisional resource costs for prisons in England and Wales in 2005–06 is shown in the following table. Final figures will be included in the Prison Service annual report and accounts which will be published in July 2006. The Prison Service is unable to give an indication of costs for 2006–07 at this stage. Costs for contracted prisons are commercial in confidence and therefore not included.
Average England and Wales prison population and provisional resource costs in 2005–06

Average prison population by establishment
England and Wales—1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006
Provisional resource costs for 2005–06
Acklington85615,467,337
Albany52312,221,048
Altcourse958
Ashfield330
Ashwell54010,981,699
Askham Grange1073,516,195
Aylesbury42414,108,954
Bedford46811,175,655
Belmarsh90738,376,251
Birmingham1,41330,511,106
Blakenhurst1,04519,292,151
Blantyre House1172,842,417
Blundestone45811,623,496
Brinsford45917,170,038
Bristol59718,186,073
Brixton80022,515,326
Brockhill1276,359,239
Bronzefield420
Buckley Hall2338,877,159
Bullingdon95921,185,406
Bullwood Hall1467,867,683
Camp Hill58512,600,325
Canterbury3027,207,344
Cardiff73917,412,508
Castington36314,034,042
Channings Wood65514,212,356
Chelmsford57615,910,565
Coldingley3879,332,096
Cookham Wood1706,417,139
Dartmoor61215,927,470
Deerbolt39313,637,220
Doncaster1,071
Dorchester2437,041,501
Dovegate810
Dover2849,215,882
Downview27310,221,287
Drake Hall2768,053,065
Durham76021,666,069
East Sutton Park952,349,408
Eastwood Park28710,932,963
Edmunds Hill2369,242,349
Elmley98117,883,273
Erlestoke4229,300,057
Everthorpe59412,297,725
Exeter51313,218,685
Featherstone60713,996,463
Feltham61534,767,160
Ford5107,616,383
Forest Bank1,021
Foston Hall2288,501,991
Frankland70634,774,004
Full Sutton58827,578,346
Garth64516,672,488
Gartree46714,314,727
Glen Parva77021,764,829
Gloucester2838,659,041
Grendon/Spring Hill
528
15,325,508
Guys Marsh56010,943,133
Haslar1334,752,047
Haverigg55312,060,763
Hewell Grange1584,355,975
Highdown73617,152,274
Highpoint80014,614,910
Hindley40016,721,512
Hollesley Bay2717,856,662
Holloway43523,179,875
Holme House96421,486,999
Hull99721,820,284
Huntercombe34515,254,757
Kingston (Portsmouth)
186
6,085,858
Kirkham49014,355,912
Kirklevington2204,266,047
Lancaster2386,809,598
Lancaster Farms50716,518,588
Latchmere House1933,201,882
Leeds1,19426,254,941
Leicester34510,870,596
Lewes52611,781,360
Leyhill44811,648,932
Lincoln46714,077,730
Lindholme80320,979,888
Littlehey69412,963,947
Liverpool1,32429,374,453
Long Lartin44022,417,024
Low Newton25110,449,289
Lowdham Grange511
Maidstone54911,720,212
Manchester1,23333,208,103
Moorland Open23121,424,188
Moorland755
Morton Hall2888,535,428
New Hall33715,711,208
North Sea Camp2755,858,898
Northallerton1916,147,689
Norwich77516,892,085
Nottingham50214,080,191
Onley53116,047,312
Parc994
Parkhurst50615,482,547
Pentonville1,16226,505,196
Peterborough669
Portland40913,089,825
Preston59116,592,724
Ranby1,00821,604,218
Reading2839,201,468
Risley1,06119,925,783
Rochester3849,576,973
Rye Hill590
Send2086,676,724
Shepton Mallet1835,611,671
Shrewsbury2948,530,692
Stafford67313,746,220
Standford Hill4479,330,002
Stocken61212,548,544
Stoke Heath63519,102,566
Styal40314,718,333
Sudbury5489,373,744
Swaleside77315,960,360
Swansea40610,571,345
Swinfen Hall58515,617,488
The Mount70615,180,196
The Verne57910,818,578
The Weare765,366,580
The Wolds295
Thorn Cross2398,693,442
Usk/Prescoed4118,833,280
Wakefield57725,146,687
Wandsworth1,43831,229,830
Warren Hill20410,437,376
Wayland69912,196,243
Wealstun78816,581,028
Wellingborough56613,926,999
Werrington1357,092,748
Wetherby33313,120,810
Whatton36511,214,354
Whitemoor44229,209,623
Winchester69017,052,281
Woodhill76329,297,976
Wormwood Scrubs
1,237
28,687,915
Wymott1,04122,387,315
Total76,411

 
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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) availability and (b) take-up of correspondence courses in prisons in the last 12 months. [66565]

Phil Hope: I have been asked to reply.

This information is not collected centrally. However, the existing prison service and the new Learning and Skills Council development regions do fund distance
 
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learning as part of the existing funding arrangements and the learning journey" for offenders—as appropriate to individuals' needs.

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of prisoners' time in prison was spent on education and training in the last period for which figures are available; [66923]

(2) what methodology is used to calculate the percentage of prisoners' time in prison spent on education and training. [66924]

Fiona Mactaggart: Data in the specific format requested are not available. The proportion of prisoner time undertaking education and training compared with overall purposeful activity is therefore given. According to provisional data for 2005–06, prisoners spent 25.2 hours per prisoner per week undertaking purposeful activity. Time spent in education and training was 5.1 hours per prisoner per week representing 20.1 per cent. of the total purposeful hours.

Data relating to purposeful activity is reported on a weekly basis. The weekly purposeful hours figure is based on the total hours prisoners have spent undertaking each of the 30 activities listed as purposeful divided by the average prisoner population and converting to a weekly average. Education and training hours are calculated in the same way based on five education and training activities.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to public funds was of anger management courses offered to prisoners in the prison service in the last 12 months; and what recent assessment has been made of the efficacy of such courses; and if he will make a statement. [67503]

Fiona Mactaggart: Accredited anger management programmes delivered in prison cost about £1.75 million a year. Other anger management work is undertaken locally for which the costs are not available.

There has been one evaluation in England and several evaluations internationally examining the efficacy of anger management programmes for offenders. International and UK evidence shows promising but inconclusive results (due to the limited quality of research design) in terms of reducing recidivism.

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which thePrison Inspectorate judged as good overall in the provision of education in the last 12 months. [66567]

Phil Hope: I have been asked to reply.

Of the 14 prisons that have been inspected since April 2005, and who have had an inspection report published by the Adult Learning Inspectorate, one prison, HMP and YOI Usk and Prescoed, has been given an overall effectiveness grade of 'good' for its education provision.

Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates are for telephone calls made by prisoners in each prison. [64170]

Fiona Mactaggart: The national call rates for British Telecommunications and Global Communications and Consultancy Ltd are identical at 11 pence per minute. Tables detailing international call rates have been placed in the House Library.
 
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