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Prisoners: Iran

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. [140162]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The requested figures are in the following table.

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

2002

10

18

31

59

2003

10

16

50

76

2004

17

19

45

81

2005

27

28

73

128

2006

27

48

97

172

Note:
Non-criminal prisoners would include those held in contempt of courts and those held under the 1971 Immigration Act.

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.

Prisons: ICT

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. [137720]

Mr. Sutcliffe: 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
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establishments encountered no difficulties in placing orders as contingency plans were implemented to provide continuity.

The establishments affected are detailed as follows.

Prison establishments without iProcurement between 8 and 20 November 2006


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Prisons: Smuggling

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. [137307]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Trafficking unauthorised articles into prison establishments is not listed as a separate offence on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

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)
Sentence breakdown
Found guilty Sentenced Absolute discharge Conditional discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Otherwise dealt with Average custodial sentence (months) Average fine (£)

2001

23

23

2

20

1

3.0

117

2002

20

20

1

14

1

4

9.0

100

2003

18

17

1

5

9

1

1

4.0

161

2004

8

8

1

6

1

n/a

259

2005

17

17

3

9

2

2

1

18.0

116

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.
Note:
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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