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Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to relieve overcrowding on the young offenders side of Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms in order to allow ex-juvenile offenders to transfer from the juvenile side on reaching their 18th birthday. 
Mr. Hanson: The policy of the Youth Justice Board is that those young people serving a Detention and Training Order aged 18 and over in a Prison Service unit should remain in the young persons' estate to complete the custodial part of their sentence unless there are exceptional personal or population management circumstances which require them to be moved to the young adult estate.
For those sentenced to longer sentences, arrangements are in place to ensure that within a month of their 18th birthday they are relocated to the young adult estate.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average elapsed between the time that prisoners were unlocked in the morning and returned to their cells in the evening in the last three months for which figures are available; and what the average number of returns to and releases during the day was (a) on weekdays and (b) at weekends, broken down by each (i) adult (A) male and (B) female prison and (ii) (1) male and (2) female young offender institution in England and Wales. 
Mr. Hanson: The average weekday time out of cell for the last three available months is shown in the following table. Data are provisional and subject to ongoing validation.
|Average weekday time out of cell|
The National Offender Management Service does not collate data on the number of returns to cells and releases from cells during the day, on (a) weekdays and (b) weekends. Therefore, this data cannot be provided for each prison.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners from London are being held in prisons outside London; 
(2) how many prisoners were held in prisons outside the criminal justice area of their last known address in each of the last 10 years, broken down by criminal justice area. 
Mr. Hanson: As at March 2008 (the latest date for which data are available), 11,200 prisoners out of a total of 16,600 prisoners who gave London as their home area were held outside of London. This issue is one of the reasons why we are seeking to extend capacity through the larger prison programme in London and the South East.
Data on the distance from criminal justice area are only available from 2005 onwards and is shown in the tables.
Average figures for distance from home for prisoners are 50 miles for men and 58 miles for women.
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|CJ area||Number of prisoners from area||Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area||Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)||Number of prisoners from area||Number of prisoners from CJ area held outside area||Proportion of prisoners held out of CJ area (Percentage)|
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