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Prisoners: Foreigners

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to designate additional prisons for foreign nationals only. [178757]

Mr. Hanson: There are currently no plans to designate a third prison solely for foreign nationals although the use of the estate is kept under regular review.

Prisoners: Taxis

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service has spent on taxis for prisoners in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [182383]

Maria Eagle: Taxis are not routinely used for transporting prisoners to and from court or for inter-prison transfers. However, they are used for a variety of individual and short-notice journeys for prisoners, subject to risk assessment, where prison or other transport is not available and where it is cost-effective to do so. This can include journeys for medical treatment where an ambulance is not appropriate, urgent transfers between prisons, and travel to work or community placements where there is no suitable public transport. Taxi fares are normally paid through an account and the costs of journeys undertaken by prisoners cannot be identified separately from official journeys undertaken by staff.

Prisons

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the role of dedicated search teams in prison establishments. [182148]

Maria Eagle: The aim of Dedicated Search Teams is to reduce the risk posed by prisoners held in high security prisons.

Dedicated Search Teams were a recommendation made by Sir John Woodcock following the escape of six prisoners from the Special Secure Unit at Whitemoor prison in September 1994, which the then Home Secretary accepted in full. Recommendation 9 stated:

All Directorate of High Security establishments are funded for Dedicated Search Teams consisting of 2 x Senior Officers and 12 x Officers.

The aim of Dedicated Search Teams is ultimately to reduce the risk posed by prisoners held in Directorate of High Security Estate establishments. These prisoners, many of whom are Category A, would represent a significant risk to the public should they escape.

All staff joining Dedicated Search Teams attend a one week course at PSC Newbold Revel where they receive intensive search training. The search training was developed to ensure that:


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Dedicated Search Teams are also used to bolster security at Crown courts where Category A prisoners are appearing by conducting pre trial ‘search and seal exercises’.

Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on officer assaults were recorded in each year since 2002, broken down by prison establishment; and if he will make a statement. [182640]

Maria Eagle: The information requested is set out in the tables and subject to important qualifications. The Prison Service Incident Reporting System processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The numbers provide a good indication of overall numbers but should not be interpreted as absolute.

Assault data are complex and may include threatening behaviour, projection of bodily fluids and other non-contact incidents. Information on assault incidents may involve more than one assaulter or more than one victim. In a proportion of incidents only the victim is known.

Assault information is recorded at establishment level in four categories: Prisoner on Prisoner, Prisoner on Officer, Prisoner on Other and Other. Recording of assaults on prison officers sometimes includes assaults on other prison staff.


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(a) Prisoner on Prisoner
Prison name 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007( 1)

Acklington

49

39

33

38

73

65

Albany

3

5

15

3

4

(2)

Altcourse

163

159

183

194

195

223

Ashfield

429

271

304

500

625

650

Ashwell

8

9

15

17

9

17

Askham Grange

1

1

1

1

Aylesbury

44

26

21

78

80

76

Bedford

49

44

49

41

55

36

Belmarsh

60

76

67

53

51

25

Birmingham

90

105

139

103

117

105

Blakenhurst

271

256

192

149

151

212

Blantyre House

1

Blundeston

36

39

26

14

15

33

Brinsford

281

304

326

344

187

184

Bristol

107

84

100

95

85

72

Brixton

130

120

106

73

38

56

Brockhill

23

25

19

28

20

8

Bronzefield

37

92

113

98

Buckley Hall

45

72

76

62

57

36

Bullingdon

59

40

36

59

45

68

Bullwood Hall

20

16

10

Camp Hill

47

67

51

54

55

(2)

Canterbury

9

5

12

15

13

19

Cardiff

46

50

53

50

47

25

Castington

363

312

384

361

360

383

Channings Wood

12

21

22

38

53

52

Chelmsford

60

62

82

68

105

32

Coldingley

2

16

7

18

11

Cookham Wood

7

12

7

2

4

5

Dartmoor

25

20

11

29

26

25

Deerbolt

154

167

205

164

152

159

Doncaster

87

39

77

94

144

124

Dorchester

9

13

11

19

18

31

Dovegate

40

56

73

66

66

54

Downview

13

6

14

29

25

11

Drake Hall

3

13

7

9

6

18

Durham

65

59

79

89

146

126

East Sutton Park

3

Eastwood Park

14

23

31

51

47

15

Edmunds Hill

47

26

23

27

25

Elmley

88

84

104

134

100

123

Erlestoke

6

10

26

26

22

35

Everthorpe

9

5

20

42

65

69

Exeter

37

37

26

34

35

24

Featherstone

60

51

54

69

70

90

Feltham

459

569

576

549

476

425

Ford

7

2

20

17

6

6

Forest Bank

304

308

397

430

339

213

Foston Hall

17

19

26

26

23

28

Frankland

15

21

18

24

26

31

Full Sutton

8

15

27

37

44

50

Garth

36

23

27

59

63

64

Gartree

1

1

2

9

8

12

Glen Parva

222

241

230

269

341

362

Gloucester

56

36

62

41

56

47

Grendon/Spring Hill

4

5

4

2

2

5

Guys Marsh

43

41

49

43

57

72

Haslar

5

1

2

1

6

Haverigg

19

17

22

30

41

68

Hewell Grange

1

6

1

3

High Down

85

97

119

101

134

112

Highpoint

130

82

91

72

74

79

Hindley

88

177

63

112

348

497

Hollesley Bay

179

45

1

4

2

3

Holloway

98

91

80

94

121

112

Holme House

71

89

69

86

98

123

Hull

84

91

168

166

121

138

Huntercombe

44

77

79

95

184

279

Kennet

4

Kingston

2

3

1

3

1

Kirkham

3

1

4

3

1

3

Kirklevington

1

Lancaster

12

11

4

10

10

19

Lancaster Farms

130

17

185

435

363

337

Leeds

96

148

136

109

104

92

Leicester

70

59

53

42

51

34

Lewes

89

104

60

62

73

61

Leyhill

3

5

6

7

2

Lincoln

81

68

47

56

60

87

Lindholme

17

43

42

33

37

51

Littlehey

31

32

37

41

39

37

Liverpool

94

109

118

127

162

225

Long Lartin

16

17

16

36

38

43

Low Newton

94

117

89

62

68

63

Lowdham Grange

20

19

20

37

73

41

Maidstone

16

10

21

14

11

17

Manchester

191

217

182

142

172

127

Moorland

177

139

34

94

89

90

Moorland Open

28

11

3

8

1

1

Morton Hall

7

13

16

9

15

12

Mount

17

25

16

55

48

43

New Hall

47

32

77

84

44

56

North Sea Camp

4

3

7

2

Northallerton

80

82

84

104

82

96

Norwich

132

128

11

20

40

12

Nottingham

61

66

74

64

55

84

Onley

516

509

161

152

153

214

Parc

198

233

227

247

241

315

Parkhurst

16

34

38

37

33

(2)

Pentonville

129

165

120

139

155

139

Peterborough

100

221

221

Portland

71

61

125

154

127

189

Preston

23

71

62

77

78

104

Ranby

39

38

19

30

52

42

Reading

7

23

25

76

57

44

Risley

39

60

107

103

102

107

Rochester

32

51

102

78

100

75

Rye Hill

10

19

40

53

65

66

Send

4

5

2

17

11

6

Shepton Mallet

10

3

3

1

4

Shrewsbury

35

44

41

50

29

39

Stafford

11

19

41

58

39

76

Standford Hill

2

3

2

7

5

4

Stocken

37

36

33

39

43

58

Stoke Heath

241

137

239

438

506

526

Styal

13

9

28

25

39

58

Sudbury

1

1

1

2

4

Swaleside

32

25

25

32

41

51

Swansea

9

16

16

20

30

19

Swinfen Hall

127

110

96

104

89

87

Thorn Cross

56

39

7

19

143

83

Usk\Prescoed

1

2

1

3

1

8

Verne

10

13

16

22

9

10

Wakefield

10

8

18

26

24

18

Wandsworth

54

51

74

77

69

93

Warren Hill

93

162

256

268

317

Wayland

23

65

51

59

49

58

Wealstun

9

14

7

9

28

21

Weare

48

52

55

23

Wellingborough

12

17

12

30

49

35

Werrington

114

129

104

139

143

141

Wetherby

41

175

414

492

403

349

Whatton

3

9

5

2

8

15

Whitemoor

30

18

15

21

21

30

Winchester

43

65

57

47

35

26

Wolds

52

27

41

23

30

49

Woodhill

7

27

51

67

57

52

Wormwood Scrubs

69

89

129

142

147

136

Wymott

8

3

9

23

28


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