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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): Parc Prison has experienced certain computer-related difficulties in supplying statistical information about incidents of self-harm to Prison Service headquarters. These are now being resolved. It has, however, supplied such information manually on a regular basis since November 1999 and will continue to do so.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The table shows the total number of recorded offences of unauthorised use of a controlled drug proven at adjudication and punished under Prison Rules with the award of additional days, an estimate of the number of such punishments actually served, and an estimate of the cost of those days, for each year between 1997 and 1999.
|Number of recorded offences of "unauthorised use of a controlled drug" punished with the award of additional days||14,470||14,722||12,764|
|Estimate of the number of such punishments actually served||9,764||9,617||8,472|
|Estimate of the cost of imposing award of additional days to the nearest £ thousand (Annual cost per prison place: 1997-98: £23,940 1998-99: £25,096 and 1999-00: £25,567)(1)||£8.966m||£9.257m||£8.208m|
(1) Cost of each additional day awarded is calculated by multiplying the estimated number of awards of additional days served by the average number of days (14) awarded to give the total number of additional days awarded each year. This figure is then multiplied by the daily cost of a prison place in each financial year (taken from the annual cost per prison place, divided by 365 days). Annual cost per prison place for 1999-00 is provisional.