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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions the prison population exceeded its operational capacity in each of the last five years, broken down by prison; and if he will make a statement; 
Individual establishments have an operational capacity set by the Prison Service Area Manager (or Regional Offender Manager in the case of a contracted prison) taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. The information requested about establishments exceeding their operational capacity cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. However, prison instructions are clear that operational capacity is not to be exceeded other than on an exceptional basis to accommodate pressing operational need.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places were built in each of the last 10 years; at what average cost in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of new public and private prison places built in each of the last 10 financial years and the average capital building cost per place, including ancillary costs.
|Financial year||Number of new prison places( 1)||Average capital building cost per place( 2) (£)|
|(1) The number of new places includes places in new prisons as well as places provided by expansion at existing prisons. It does not take into account any places provided through prisoners sharing cells; nor any places that have been taken out of use.|
(2) The costs shown only cover the capital building costs of each new place. No adjustment has been made for inflation. Variations between sites and across the period may reflect a number of factors including for example the inclusion of ancillary work and the category of prison.
(3) Estimated cost.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers left each area probation service (a) upon retirement, (b) upon resignation, (c) upon transfer to another probation service and (d) for other reasons in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: Information for the full period requested is not available. Data collected before 2006 were not broken down into the categories required to answer this question and is therefore not directly comparable with the figures collected since then. The following table details the number of staff in probation officer roles leaving their posts during 2006-07 by area and their leaving destinations.
|Leaving destinationProbation officers( 1) financial year 2006-07( 2)|
|Probation area||Transferred to another probation area( 3)||Other employment||No other employment||Retirement( 4)||Other( 5)||Unknown||Total|
|(1) Includes senior practitioners, probation officers, trainee probation officers, senior probation officers and practice development assessors.|
(2) Figures provided are full time equivalent (FTE).
(3) Does not include those transferring within the same area, as this information is not collected.
(4) Includes those retiring on ill-health grounds.
(5) Includes those leaving as a result of dismissal, those leaving for education/training purposes and death in service.
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