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Prisoners (Birth)

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners gave birth in each year since 1992 (a) by the prison in which each woman was held immediately prior to giving birth and (b) in total. [17498]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 28 February 1997:




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Table 1: Number of babies born to women prisoners by prison

Prison1994-951995-96
Askham Grange13(14)12
Holloway3132
Low Newton11
New Hall27
Risley54
Styal118
Total6364

(14) Includes a set of twins.


Table 2: Number of babies born to women prisoners in total

Number
1991-9256
1992-9329
1993-9456
1994-9563
1995-9664

Mr. Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners gave birth in each year since 1992 while in prison; and in which establishments these births occurred. [17499]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 28 February 1997:




New Prisons (Construction)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new prisons are at present under construction; where they are sited; and when they are due to be commissioned. [17586]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 28 February 1997:



Name of prisonLocationTypeNumber of placesPlanned opening date
HMP AltcourseLiverpoolCategory B local600January 1998
HMP Lowdham GrangeNottinghamCategory B training500February 1998
HMP ParcBridgendCategory B local800November 1997


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Prisoners (Restraints)

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners were put under restraint in each year since 1992 (i) by prison (ii) by prison type, and (iii) in total. [17497]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 28 February 1997:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of prisoners put under restraint in each year since 1992.


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Prisons (Babies)

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many babies have been held in each prison in each year since 1992; and what was the average amount of time they were held in each prison.[17495]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 28 February 1997:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of babies which have been held in each prison in each year since 1992; and the average amount of time they were held in prison. The information you have requested is given in the attached table.

Number of babies held in each prison in each year since 1992, and the average amount of time they were held in each prison

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Number of babies held each year Average amount of time they were held Number of babies held each year Average amount of time they were held Number of babies held each year Average amount of time they were held Number of babies held each year Average amount of time they were held Number of babies held each year Average amount off time they were held Number of babies held up to 24 February 1997Average amount of time they were held
Styal mother and baby unit2012 months2712 months229 months258 months269 months4(16)--
Holloway mother and baby unitFigures not collected until January 1993255 months486 months406 months295 months9(16)--
Askham Grange mother and baby unit295 months326 months328 months425 months385 months5(16)--
New Hall mother and baby unit (Unit opened May 1995)------------(15)203 months184 months2(16)--
Total498410212711120

(15) May to December 1995.

(16) Average length of stay for 1997 not yet available.


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Police Custody Deaths

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the results of the Police Complaints Authority analysis into deaths in police custody which occurred during 1994; and if he will make a statement on his plans for a further two-year study. [17522]

Mr. Maclean: The data collected by the Police Complaints Authority into deaths in police custody during 1994 are incomplete but have been provided to the Home Office police research group which has recently commenced an in-depth study of deaths in police custody. This work will analyse available records of all such deaths from 1990 to the most recent. It is anticipated that the results from this research will be published late in 1997.

Prison Visitors (Searches)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons seeking to visit a prison inmate during 1996 were (a) on being searched, found in possession of illegal drugs and (b) subsequently charged with an offence; and if he will make a statement. [17585]

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Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 28 February 1997:



London Prisons (Drug Finds)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug finds were made in each of the London prisons during 1996. [17587]

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Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 28 February 1997:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of drug finds made in each of the London prisons during 1996.


Number
Belmarsh10
Brixton92
Feltham309
Holloway103
Pentonville95
Wandsworth160
Wormwood Scrubs193


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