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Lady Hermon: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many Iranian nationals were detained in UK prisons (a) on remand and (b) as serving prisoners in each of the last five years. 
|Iranian national prisoners held within prison establishments in England and Wales, 2002 to 2006|
|As at 30 June each year||Non-criminal or fine defaulter||Untried or convicted unsentenced||Sentenced||Total|
Non-criminal prisoners would include those held in contempt of courts and those held under the 1971 Immigration Act.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what problems were incurred by prison establishments as a consequence of difficulties in implementing the i-procurement IT system; how long these problems took to resolve; which prison establishments were affected; and if she will make a statement. 
There were no problems implementing iProcurement. Three software faults developed in November 2006 and the system was suspended to enable them to be rectified. iProcurement was unavailable for the period 8-20 November 2006. Prison
establishments encountered no difficulties in placing orders as contingency plans were implemented to provide continuity.
HMP Full Sutton
HMP Long Latin
HMP Channings Wood
HMP The Mount
HMP Blantyre House
HMP East Sutton Park
HMP Foston Hall
HMP Glen Parva
HMP Guy Marsh
HMP Morton Hall
HMP Shepton Mallet
HMP North Sea Camp
HMP Eastwood Park
HMP Latchmere House
HMP Edmunds Hill
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
HMP New Hall
HMP Spring Hill
HMP Holme House
HMP Low Newton
HMP Askham Grange
HMP The Verne
HMP Warren Hill
HMP Hollesley Bay
HMP Bullwood Hall
HMP Camp Hill
HMP Standford Hill
HMP Cookham Wood
HMP High Down
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the maximum penalty is for trafficking unauthorised articles into prison establishments; how many people were convicted of this offence in each of the last five years; what average sentence was imposed; and if she will make a statement. 
The data provided in the following table give total number of defendants found guilty of selected offences under the Prison Act 1952, a sentence breakdown, the average custodial sentence length and average fine for both sets of offences as set out in the note of the table. Maximum penalties are also shown with this note.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts, sentence breakdown, average custodial sentence lengths, and average fines for selected offences under the 1952 Prison Act, England and Wales, 2001 to 2005( 1,2)|
|Found guilty||Sentenced||Absolute discharge||Conditional discharge||Fine||Community sentence||Immediate custody||Otherwise dealt with||Average custodial sentence (months)||Average fine (£)|
|n/a = not applicable.|
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
The above table shows data for the following two offences;
The summary offence (195/46) comprises; Conveying spirits into prison, Conveying tobacco into prison, Attempting to convey spirits into prison, Attempting to convey tobacco into prison, Placing liquor/tobacco outside prison with intent, Office allowing liquor/tobacco to be sold, Office allowing liquor/tobacco to be used, Placing letter/thing outside prison with intent, Conveying an article to a prisoner and Attempting to convey an article to a prisoner. The maximum penalty for this offence is six months in prison and or a £1,000 fine.
The indictable offence (099/99) comprises Aiding a prisoner to escape, Aiding a prisoner to attempt to escape, Conveying article to prisoner to facilitate escape, Placing article outside prison to facilitate escape and Sending article into prison or prisoner to facilitate escape. The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years in prison.
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