David Hanson Written Questions

Questions to Ministry of Justice tabled by David Hanson


Date Title Questioner
23 May 2019, 2:09 p.m. Prisoners: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were taken into immediate custody from (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts for sentences of (i) less than and (ii) more than six months for each offence classification in each police force area in England and Wales in 2018-19.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The number of women given a custodial sentence of less than and more than six months, at Magistrates and Crown courts, by offence and police force area in 2018 is published in the Court Outcomes by Police Force Area data tool at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802045/court-outcomes-by-PFA-2018.xlsx

The requested data can be gathered by:

  • Select the relevant court in the ‘Court Type’ field (Magistrates/Crown)
  • Select ‘2018’ in the ‘Year of Appearance’ field
  • Select ’02: Female’ in the ‘Sex’ field
  • Drag the ‘Offence’ field into Rows
  • Select the relevant sentence lengths in the ‘Custodial Sentence Length’ field (six months or less/ greater than six months)
  • Select the relevant police force area in the ‘Police Force Area’ field

The number of women given a custodial sentence less than and more than six months from each magistrates and Crown court in North Wales in 2018, with corresponding offence, is available in the attached tables.

Our vision, as set out in our Female Offender Strategy, is to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 found that over a 1-year follow up period, a higher proportion of people re-offended having been sentenced to custody of under 12 months without supervision on release than other similar people given community orders.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

23 May 2019, 2:09 p.m. Prisoners: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women sentenced to (a) less than and (b) more than six months were taken into immediate custody from each (i) magistrates and (ii) Crown court in North Wales in 2018-19; and what the offence classification was in each of those cases.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The number of women given a custodial sentence of less than and more than six months, at Magistrates and Crown courts, by offence and police force area in 2018 is published in the Court Outcomes by Police Force Area data tool at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802045/court-outcomes-by-PFA-2018.xlsx

The requested data can be gathered by:

  • Select the relevant court in the ‘Court Type’ field (Magistrates/Crown)
  • Select ‘2018’ in the ‘Year of Appearance’ field
  • Select ’02: Female’ in the ‘Sex’ field
  • Drag the ‘Offence’ field into Rows
  • Select the relevant sentence lengths in the ‘Custodial Sentence Length’ field (six months or less/ greater than six months)
  • Select the relevant police force area in the ‘Police Force Area’ field

The number of women given a custodial sentence less than and more than six months from each magistrates and Crown court in North Wales in 2018, with corresponding offence, is available in the attached tables.

Our vision, as set out in our Female Offender Strategy, is to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 found that over a 1-year follow up period, a higher proportion of people re-offended having been sentenced to custody of under 12 months without supervision on release than other similar people given community orders.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

23 May 2019, 2:06 p.m. Prisoners: Males David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adult men with no previous convictions were taken into immediate custody from (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts for sentences of (i) below six months and (ii) six months and over in each police force area in England and Wales in 2018-19; and what the offence classification was in each of those cases.

Answer (Edward Argar)

Information on the numbers of adult women and adult men with no previous convictions who were taken into immediate custody from the Crown Courts and the Magistrates courts for sentences of below six months and six months and over are provided below. It is not possible to provide breakdowns by police force area because, due to low numbers, this would risk identification of the individuals concerned.

Number of adult1 female offenders with no previous convictions2 sentenced to immediate custody by court type3, sentence length4,5 and offence type; England and Wales6, 2018

Number of Offenders

Offence type7

Crown Court

Magistrates Court

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Violence against the person

1

144

4

2

Sexual offences

0

25

0

0

Robbery

0

17

0

0

Theft Offences

3

67

67

5

Criminal damage and arson

0

20

0

0

Drug offences

7

80

0

2

Possession of weapons

3

18

7

1

Public order offences

0

8

3

0

Miscellaneous crimes against society

28

145

4

0

Fraud offences

3

91

2

1

Summary offences excluding motoring

2

1

14

1

Summary motoring offences

0

0

10

0

All offences

47

616

111

12

Source: Ministry of Justice extract of the Police National Computer

Notes:

1) Aged 18 or over at time of sentence.

2) Counting the number of female offenders who were convicted in court for the first time.

3) Includes crown and magistrates courts cases, where this information is recorded on the PNC.

4) 6 months has been assumed to be 180 days.

5) Excludes cases where the sentence length is not known

6) England and Wales includes all 43 police force areas plus the British Transport Police

7) For more detailed information on the offences included in each classification see the Offence Group Classifications file at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

8) The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Number of adult1 male offenders with no previous convictions2 sentenced to immediate custody by court type3, sentence length4,5 and offence type; England and Wales6, 2018

Number of Offenders

Offence type7

Crown Court

Magistrates Court

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Violence against the person

15

946

34

28

Sexual offences

16

1,420

24

20

Robbery

0

161

0

4

Theft Offences

16

321

141

23

Criminal damage and arson

1

52

6

0

Drug offences

35

1,304

14

40

Possession of weapons

28

152

107

16

Public order offences

10

117

10

3

Miscellaneous crimes against society

124

833

67

28

Fraud offences

13

252

11

2

Summary offences excluding motoring

27

2

262

12

Summary motoring offences

2

1

76

0

All offences

287

5,561

752

176

Source: Ministry of Justice extract of the Police National Computer

Notes:

1) Aged 18 or over at time of sentence.

2) Counting the number of male offenders who were convicted in court for the first time.

3) Includes crown and magistrates courts cases, where this information is recorded on the PNC.

4) 6 months has been assumed to be 180 days.

5) Excludes cases where the sentence length is not known

6) England and Wales includes all 43 police force areas plus the British Transport Police

7) For more detailed information on the offences included in each classification see the Offence Group Classifications file at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

8) The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 found that over a 1-year follow up period, a higher proportion of people re-offended having been sentenced to custody of under 12 months without supervision on release than other similar people given community orders.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

In the female offender strategy, published June 2018, we set out our vision to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system, and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

23 May 2019, 2:06 p.m. Prisoners: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adult women with no previous convictions were taken into immediate custody from (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts for sentences of (i) below six months and (ii) six months and over in each police force area in England and Wales in 2018-19; and what the offence classification was in each of those cases.

Answer (Edward Argar)

Information on the numbers of adult women and adult men with no previous convictions who were taken into immediate custody from the Crown Courts and the Magistrates courts for sentences of below six months and six months and over are provided below. It is not possible to provide breakdowns by police force area because, due to low numbers, this would risk identification of the individuals concerned.

Number of adult1 female offenders with no previous convictions2 sentenced to immediate custody by court type3, sentence length4,5 and offence type; England and Wales6, 2018

Number of Offenders

Offence type7

Crown Court

Magistrates Court

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Violence against the person

1

144

4

2

Sexual offences

0

25

0

0

Robbery

0

17

0

0

Theft Offences

3

67

67

5

Criminal damage and arson

0

20

0

0

Drug offences

7

80

0

2

Possession of weapons

3

18

7

1

Public order offences

0

8

3

0

Miscellaneous crimes against society

28

145

4

0

Fraud offences

3

91

2

1

Summary offences excluding motoring

2

1

14

1

Summary motoring offences

0

0

10

0

All offences

47

616

111

12

Source: Ministry of Justice extract of the Police National Computer

Notes:

1) Aged 18 or over at time of sentence.

2) Counting the number of female offenders who were convicted in court for the first time.

3) Includes crown and magistrates courts cases, where this information is recorded on the PNC.

4) 6 months has been assumed to be 180 days.

5) Excludes cases where the sentence length is not known

6) England and Wales includes all 43 police force areas plus the British Transport Police

7) For more detailed information on the offences included in each classification see the Offence Group Classifications file at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

8) The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Number of adult1 male offenders with no previous convictions2 sentenced to immediate custody by court type3, sentence length4,5 and offence type; England and Wales6, 2018

Number of Offenders

Offence type7

Crown Court

Magistrates Court

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Less than 6 months

6 months or more

Violence against the person

15

946

34

28

Sexual offences

16

1,420

24

20

Robbery

0

161

0

4

Theft Offences

16

321

141

23

Criminal damage and arson

1

52

6

0

Drug offences

35

1,304

14

40

Possession of weapons

28

152

107

16

Public order offences

10

117

10

3

Miscellaneous crimes against society

124

833

67

28

Fraud offences

13

252

11

2

Summary offences excluding motoring

27

2

262

12

Summary motoring offences

2

1

76

0

All offences

287

5,561

752

176

Source: Ministry of Justice extract of the Police National Computer

Notes:

1) Aged 18 or over at time of sentence.

2) Counting the number of male offenders who were convicted in court for the first time.

3) Includes crown and magistrates courts cases, where this information is recorded on the PNC.

4) 6 months has been assumed to be 180 days.

5) Excludes cases where the sentence length is not known

6) England and Wales includes all 43 police force areas plus the British Transport Police

7) For more detailed information on the offences included in each classification see the Offence Group Classifications file at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

8) The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 found that over a 1-year follow up period, a higher proportion of people re-offended having been sentenced to custody of under 12 months without supervision on release than other similar people given community orders.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

In the female offender strategy, published June 2018, we set out our vision to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system, and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

8 May 2019, 3:49 p.m. Prison Sentences: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sent to immediate custody from the (a) Crown Court and (b) Magistrates' Courts for sentences of (i) less than and (ii) more than six months for each offence classification in each police force area in England and Wales in 2018-19.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The number of female offenders sentenced to custody by court level and police force area, including North Wales, in 2017, can be found in the Court outcomes by Police Force Area data tool, which can be found at the below link:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

Select the drop down boxes referring to custodial sentence length in order to establish sentence lengths. Select female from the sex drop box and, once having done this, young adults and adults to establish women. Offence classification can be found in both the Offence Type and Offence group boxes, depending on which specific definition applies here.

The number of female offenders with no previous convictions sentenced to immediate custody by court type, sentence length, and offence type in England and Wales in 2017 can be found in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2018 are planned for publication on 16 May 2019, with data for 2019 planned for publication in May 2020.

Our vision, as set out in our Female Offender Strategy, is to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 involved around 350,000 sentencing occasions over 4 years and used 130 different variables to construct matched groups of offenders and examine the effect of short sentences relative to community sentences. This study found a reduction of around 3 percentage points in proven reoffences if offenders receiving sentences of less than 12 months were to get a community order instead. This is statistically significant and equates to around 30,000 proven reoffences in total over a one-year period. This means fewer victims of crime.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

8 May 2019, 3:49 p.m. Prison Sentences: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women with no previous convictions were sent to immediate custody from the (a) the Crown Court and (b) Magistrates' Courts for sentences of (i) below 6 months and (ii) 6 months and above in each police force area in England and Wales in 2018-19; and what the offence classification was in each of those cases.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The number of female offenders sentenced to custody by court level and police force area, including North Wales, in 2017, can be found in the Court outcomes by Police Force Area data tool, which can be found at the below link:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

Select the drop down boxes referring to custodial sentence length in order to establish sentence lengths. Select female from the sex drop box and, once having done this, young adults and adults to establish women. Offence classification can be found in both the Offence Type and Offence group boxes, depending on which specific definition applies here.

The number of female offenders with no previous convictions sentenced to immediate custody by court type, sentence length, and offence type in England and Wales in 2017 can be found in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2018 are planned for publication on 16 May 2019, with data for 2019 planned for publication in May 2020.

Our vision, as set out in our Female Offender Strategy, is to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 involved around 350,000 sentencing occasions over 4 years and used 130 different variables to construct matched groups of offenders and examine the effect of short sentences relative to community sentences. This study found a reduction of around 3 percentage points in proven reoffences if offenders receiving sentences of less than 12 months were to get a community order instead. This is statistically significant and equates to around 30,000 proven reoffences in total over a one-year period. This means fewer victims of crime.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

8 May 2019, 3:49 p.m. Prison Sentences: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in the North Wales police force area received an immediate custodial sentence of (a) less than and (b) more than six months for each category of offence from the (i) Crown Courts and (ii) Magistrates Courts in 2018-19.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The number of female offenders sentenced to custody by court level and police force area, including North Wales, in 2017, can be found in the Court outcomes by Police Force Area data tool, which can be found at the below link:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017

Select the drop down boxes referring to custodial sentence length in order to establish sentence lengths. Select female from the sex drop box and, once having done this, young adults and adults to establish women. Offence classification can be found in both the Offence Type and Offence group boxes, depending on which specific definition applies here.

The number of female offenders with no previous convictions sentenced to immediate custody by court type, sentence length, and offence type in England and Wales in 2017 can be found in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2018 are planned for publication on 16 May 2019, with data for 2019 planned for publication in May 2020.

Our vision, as set out in our Female Offender Strategy, is to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system and a greater proportion managed successfully in the community.

There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending. The MoJ study ‘The impact of short custodial sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders on re-offending’ published in 2015 involved around 350,000 sentencing occasions over 4 years and used 130 different variables to construct matched groups of offenders and examine the effect of short sentences relative to community sentences. This study found a reduction of around 3 percentage points in proven reoffences if offenders receiving sentences of less than 12 months were to get a community order instead. This is statistically significant and equates to around 30,000 proven reoffences in total over a one-year period. This means fewer victims of crime.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of offending, we cannot protect the public from being victims of crime. Effective community orders can address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

30 Apr 2019, 4:15 p.m. Convictions David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether time spent in court cells as a disposal to a conviction in lieu of a fine is categorised as a custodial sentence for the purposes of determining that the conviction cannot be filtered from a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The Police Act 1997 sets out the circumstances for the disclosure of certain convictions and cautions on a standard or enhanced criminal record certificate issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). In particular, the Act provides for the disclosure of any conviction receiving a custodial sentence. The DBS relies on information recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) that determines whether a conviction should be disclosed under the Act.

Time spent in court cells as a disposal to a conviction in lieu of a fine is not categorised as a custodial sentence. The sentence is treated as a fine and any time spent in custody is a committal in default of payment of the fine.

29 Mar 2019, 5:10 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Community Rehabilitation Companies in delivering resettlement plans.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The latest performance statistics can be found in the ‘Community Performance Quarterly Management Information Release: update to September 2018’ on Gov.uk at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-update-to-september-2018

These figures show that CRC performance against target for completion of resettlement plans was at 95.5% for this period.

The Government has acted decisively in response to issues with CRC performance by bringing forward the end of CRC contracts and consulting on a range of proposals to better integrate probation provision. The contract changes we agreed with CRCs last year include £22m per year in additional funding for Through The Gate services, which will mean approximately 500 more staff working with offenders in prison after April 2019.

We have launched a consultation on proposals to introduce more effective future delivery arrangements. We want to learn from what has worked well and what hasn’t and better integrate public, private and third sector providers in future arrangements. Our changes will put in place a more stable and resilient probation system, which works effectively to protect the public and tackle reoffending.

28 Mar 2019, 4:59 p.m. Prisoners' Release: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been assessed by Community Rehabilitation Companies and National Probation Services for a resettlement plan in the 12 weeks prior to release from prison in each of the last three years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The Department regularly publishes data showing the percentage of offenders who have had a resettlement plan written by Community Rehabilitation Companies (SLM013). The latest release can be found via the following link;

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-update-to-september-2018

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe, stable and secure to live. Overcoming the many barriers offenders face to securing suitable accommodation is something that Ministry of Justice cannot do in isolation.

The Secretary of State for Justice and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government are both members of the cross-Government Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Taskforce and the Reducing Reoffending Board. Homelessness of ex-offenders is a key issue that is discussed at these meetings.

Through this work, we are investing up to £6.4m in a joint pilot scheme to support individuals released from three prisons, namely Bristol, Leeds and Pentonville. We have now launched our Invitation to Tender, to secure suppliers in the three pilot areas. This is a concrete step in our commitment to tackling rough sleeping.

28 Mar 2019, 2:37 p.m. Offenders: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many former prisoners who have had support via the resettlement plan were (a) sleeping rough, (b) other homeless and (c) in unsettled accommodation after (i) four, (ii) 12 and (iii) 26 weeks in each year since introduction of Community Rehabilitation Companies.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe, stable and secure to live. Overcoming the many barriers offenders face to securing suitable accommodation is something that Ministry of Justice cannot do in isolation.

The Secretary of State for Justice and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government are both members of the cross-Government Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Taskforce and the Reducing Reoffending Board. Homelessness of ex-offenders is a key issue that is discussed at these meetings.

Through this work, we are investing up to £6.4m in a joint pilot scheme to support individuals released from three prisons, namely Bristol, Leeds and Pentonville. We have now launched our Invitation to Tender, to secure suppliers in the three pilot areas. This is a concrete step in our commitment to tackling rough sleeping.

27 Mar 2019, 9:29 a.m. Prisoners' Release: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) released from each prison and (b) recorded as homeless on release from each prison in each of the last five years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The exact information could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost, but we have closely related data, detailed below.

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe and secure to live. Having somewhere stable to live acts as a platform for ex-offenders to be able to access the services and support needed to turn their back on crime for good. Published statistics for 2017/18 showing the accommodation status for all offenders can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-march-2018
Published statistics on releases by prison can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly

As part of the Government initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate rough sleeping across England, we are investing up to £6.4 million over two years in a pilot scheme to help ex-offenders into accommodation from three prisons, namely Bristol, Pentonville and Leeds. The pilots will focus on male prisoners who have served shorter sentences, who have been identified as having a risk of homelessness. We have launched our Invitation to Tender, to secure suppliers in the three pilot areas. This is a concrete step in our commitment to tackling rough sleeping.

27 Mar 2019, 9:27 a.m. Offenders: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he has held with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss homelessness of ex-offenders.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe, stable and secure to live. Overcoming the many barriers offenders face to securing suitable accommodation is something that Ministry of Justice cannot do in isolation.

The Secretary of State for Justice and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government are both members of the cross-Government Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Taskforce and the Reducing Reoffending Board. Homelessness of ex-offenders is a key issue that is discussed at these meetings.

Through this work, we are investing up to £6.4m in a joint pilot scheme to support individuals released from three prisons, namely Bristol, Leeds and Pentonville. We have now launched our Invitation to Tender, to secure suppliers in the three pilot areas. This is a concrete step in our commitment to tackling rough sleeping.

27 Mar 2019, 9:26 a.m. Offenders: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans are in place to support local authorities to work closely with Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service in identifying homeless ex-offenders.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) are required to facilitate access to housing for the offenders that they are managing. This includes working together with local partners to help offenders find and maintain accommodation as part of a package of support tailored to meet their individual needs.

We know that Through The Gate provision is not currently meeting the standard we require. That is why we are investing an additional £22m per annum over the remaining life of the CRC contracts to ensure that CRCs deliver an enhanced Through The Gate service to offenders leaving prison. This investment will support approximately 500 additional CRC staff to deliver Through The Gate in prisons. Alongside this investment there will be a new specification, to be introduced shortly, which will ensure that CRCs complete specific tasks, including to help every prisoner to secure and maintain settled accommodation.

We are also investing £6m as part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy in pilot schemes bringing together prisons, local authorities, probation providers and others to plan, secure and sustain accommodation for offenders on release.

We regularly publish the performance of CRCs, including measures showing the percentage of offenders who have settled accommodation on release from custody. The latest information can be found in the ‘Community Performance Quarterly Management Information Release: update to June 2018’ on Gov.uk at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-june-2018

27 Mar 2019, 9:26 a.m. Offenders: Homelessness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any targets are in place for Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service to reduce the number of ex-offenders that are homeless.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) are required to facilitate access to housing for the offenders that they are managing. This includes working together with local partners to help offenders find and maintain accommodation as part of a package of support tailored to meet their individual needs.

We know that Through The Gate provision is not currently meeting the standard we require. That is why we are investing an additional £22m per annum over the remaining life of the CRC contracts to ensure that CRCs deliver an enhanced Through The Gate service to offenders leaving prison. This investment will support approximately 500 additional CRC staff to deliver Through The Gate in prisons. Alongside this investment there will be a new specification, to be introduced shortly, which will ensure that CRCs complete specific tasks, including to help every prisoner to secure and maintain settled accommodation.

We are also investing £6m as part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy in pilot schemes bringing together prisons, local authorities, probation providers and others to plan, secure and sustain accommodation for offenders on release.

We regularly publish the performance of CRCs, including measures showing the percentage of offenders who have settled accommodation on release from custody. The latest information can be found in the ‘Community Performance Quarterly Management Information Release: update to June 2018’ on Gov.uk at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-june-2018

1 Mar 2019, 3:34 p.m. Styal Prison David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women whose home address is in North Wales served sentences of (a) less than six months and (b) six months or more at HMP Styal in each of the last five years.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The department is unable to identify the total number of women in each year as the information is not centrally held. Table 1 in the attached instead sets out the number of women with a home address in North Wales held at HMP Styal who were serving less than/more than 6 months at quarterly intervals over the last 5 years.

Table 2 attached, shows the number of women remanded to HMP Styal by a court in North Wales since 2014.

There is persuasive evidence that short custodial sentences do not work in terms of rehabilitation and that community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective in reducing reoffending, and therefore keeping the public safe. We will therefore be looking at what more we can do to emphasise that short custodial sentences should be viewed as a last resort.

In June we published our female offender strategy which makes clear that we want fewer women serving short sentences in custody and more remaining in the community, making use of women’s centres to address needs such as substance misuse and mental health problems.

1 Mar 2019, 3:34 p.m. Styal Prison David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were on remand at HMP Styal from courts in North Wales in each of the last five years.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The department is unable to identify the total number of women in each year as the information is not centrally held. Table 1 in the attached instead sets out the number of women with a home address in North Wales held at HMP Styal who were serving less than/more than 6 months at quarterly intervals over the last 5 years.

Table 2 attached, shows the number of women remanded to HMP Styal by a court in North Wales since 2014.

There is persuasive evidence that short custodial sentences do not work in terms of rehabilitation and that community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective in reducing reoffending, and therefore keeping the public safe. We will therefore be looking at what more we can do to emphasise that short custodial sentences should be viewed as a last resort.

In June we published our female offender strategy which makes clear that we want fewer women serving short sentences in custody and more remaining in the community, making use of women’s centres to address needs such as substance misuse and mental health problems.

8 Feb 2019, 2:55 p.m. Prisoners: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the recommendations in the report, Management and supervision of men convicted of sexual offences, published by HM Inspectorate of Probation in January 2019, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Excellence and Quality in Process is improved.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

We are grateful to H M inspectorates for their helpful report. We will publish an action plan shortly, setting out our comprehensive response to the report’s recommendations and conclusions. The Inspectorates recognised that the EQuiP (Excellence and Quality in Process) system is a work in progress. We will consider the report’s observations in relation to EQuiP as we continue to develop the system.

6 Feb 2019, 5:25 p.m. Prisons: Contracts David Hanson

Question

What recent assessment he has made of the performance of prison contractors.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Several privately managed prisons are among some of the highest performing prisons across the estate; these include HMP Oakwood, HMP Bronzefield, HMP Dovegate and HMP Ashfield.

As well as contractual performance indicators, privately managed prisons are subject to the Prison Performance Tool. These annual ratings are published on gov.uk.

Privately managed prison providers achieve the majority of their contractual targets, and their performance is closely monitored by the robust contract management processes in place.

Each privately managed prison has an on-site Controller, employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The Controller has regular review meetings with the contractor against performance indicators.

6 Feb 2019, 5:23 p.m. Prisoners: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sexual offenders were not moved to a local resettlement prison in their area of release due to a lack of spaces available for vulnerable prisoners at those sites in each of the last three years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Data on the reasons for movement of prisoners is not centrally held. To answer would involve the examination of thousands of individual records at local level.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) endeavours to hold prisoners in establishments which keep them as close to home as possible so they can (re)build family ties, secure housing, access health services and look for work. Consideration is also given to other factors such as time to serve, offending behaviour and the access to relevant training programmes as per the requirements set out in their sentence plan.

Closeness to home is particularly important for those nearing release so they can access resettlement services. To support this, HMPPS will ensure that most prisoners are returned to their home community rehabilitation company or probation area for release where they are managed by either a contracted-out or state provider or the National Probation Service (depending on level of risk). This will provide continuity of service for offenders in custody and the community.

5 Feb 2019, 6:46 p.m. Prisons: Mobile Phones David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mobile phones have been seized in prison establishments in (a) 2015-6, (b) 2016-7 and (c) 2017-18.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The number of mobiles phones found in prison is published here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-hm-prison-and-probation-service-digest-2017-to-2018

Please refer to table 9.6, this covers data from 2016/2017. The number of mobile phones found in an incident was not specifically recorded prior to October 2015 when a new incident type was introduced.

We are investing £70 million determined to tackle head-on the issues that undermine the safety and security of our prisons. We are taking decisive measures to find and block mobiles, including investing into detection equipment, including hand-held detectors and portable detection devices. These figures highlight the success of these measures, and the determination of prison staff to disrupt this behaviour. Any offender found using a mobile phone could face an extra two years behind bars.

4 Feb 2019, 3:57 p.m. Sentencing David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to take to ensure that Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service implement a national needs analysis for people serving both custodial and community sentences; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

National needs information about prisoners and those under probation supervision is available to those making decisions about HMPPS service planning and provision. Immediate needs of prisoners are recorded on the Basic Custody Screening Tool (BCST). The needs of those under supervision by probation are recorded on case management systems. Assessments of both those in prison and on probation are completed using the Offender Assessment System (OASys) and other specialist tools. This information is used to plan delivery of interventions that help reduce the likelihood of reoffending and/or manage the risk of serious harm. Additionally, national data tools, including segmentation of the prison and probation population, are made available to HMPPS periodically to support business planning decisions at a local and national level.

4 Feb 2019, 3:56 p.m. Prisoners' Release: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners released from training prisons whose sentences were for sexual offences did not receive (a) Community Rehabilitation Company resettlement and (b) Through the Gate services on release in each of the last three years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) do not hold the specific information requested centrally and it could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by manually searching offender records to ascertain whether those released from training prisons were offered resettlement activities or Through the Gate services following their release from prison.

We are taking decisive action to improve the delivery of probation services in England and Wales, including investing £22million in extra support for offenders leaving prison. When sex offenders are released, they are closely monitored by police and probation and subject to strict licence conditions – and liable to be returned to custody for breaching them. We have introduced a new Director General role for Probation to develop a dedicated approach to managing sex offenders, and we are expanding supervised accommodation, investing in training and deploying specially trained probation officers to focus on sex offenders in prison.

4 Feb 2019, 3:55 p.m. Prisoners: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all prisons that house sexual offenders have a strategy developed for managing those offenders.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

I note that the question is related to one of the findings in the recently published thematic inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons on the management and supervision of men convicted of sexual offences. We take this report, and our responsibilities to protect the public, incredibly seriously. With this in mind we will publish a full action plan setting out a comprehensive response to the Inspectorates’ recommendations and conclusions, including how we will respond to this and the other recommendations made in the report, shortly.

4 Feb 2019, 3:55 p.m. Prisoners: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans for strategies for sexual offenders to be implemented in all prisons that house them.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

I note that the question is related to one of the findings in the recently published thematic inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons on the management and supervision of men convicted of sexual offences. We take this report, and our responsibilities to protect the public, incredibly seriously. With this in mind we will publish a full action plan setting out a comprehensive response to the Inspectorates’ recommendations and conclusions, including how we will respond to this and the other recommendations made in the report, shortly.

4 Feb 2019, 3:54 p.m. Prisoners: Sexual Offences David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many trainee probation officers were trained to work with sexual offenders in each of the last three years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

All trainees working towards attaining the Professional Qualification in Probation Practice receive training in working with sexual offenders.

We are taking decisive action to improve the delivery of probation services in England and Wales, including investing £22 million in extra support for offenders leaving prison. When sex offenders are released, they are closely monitored by police and probation and subject to strict licence conditions – and liable to be returned to custody for breaching them. We have introduced a new Director General role for Probation to develop a dedicated approach to managing sex offenders, and we are expanding supervised accommodation, investing in training and deploying specially trained probation officers to focus on sex offenders in prison.

10 Dec 2018, 3:55 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2018 on Question 126904 on Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance, how many outstanding (a) preventative and (b) reactive maintenance actions on the prisons estates (i) at each location and (ii) under each facilities management contract there were on 1 December 2018.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Data for 1 December 2018 is not yet available. I will write to the Rt Hon Member with the information requested once the figures can be provided and will place a copy of my letter in the Library.

3 Dec 2018, 4:26 p.m. Styal Prison: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sent to prison at HMP Styal from courts in North Wales for (a) less than and (b) more than six months between (i) January and December 2017 and (ii) each of the previous four years.

Answer (Edward Argar)

There is persuasive evidence that short custodial sentences do not work in terms of rehabilitation and that community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective in reducing reoffending, and therefore keeping the public safe. We will therefore be looking at what more we can do to emphasise that short custodial sentences should be viewed as a last resort.

In June we published our female offender strategy which makes clear that we want fewer women serving short sentences in custody and more remaining in the community, making use of women’s centres to address needs such as substance misuse and mental health problems.

Table 1 shows the number of women admitted into HMP Styal following sentencing at a North Wales court, by sentence length; 2013 to 2017

29 Nov 2018, 3:23 p.m. Offenders: Housing Benefit David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on people on remand of the reduction under universal credit in the period for which they can claim housing benefit from 12 to six months; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

There are no current assessments either by the Ministry of Justice or the Department for Work and Pensions.

We recognise that having somewhere stable to live on release from prison can be a critical factor in supporting rehabilitation and reducing homelessness, and this is particularly acute for short-sentenced offenders. This is why Universal Credit continues to pay housing support for up to 6 months to support those benefit recipients who are imprisoned, whether on remand and/or sentenced.

31 Oct 2018, 2:35 p.m. Prison Officers: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the number of prison officers diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder in relation to their work in the prison service.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Information is not available on the number of prison officers diagnosed with PTSD in relation to their work in the prison service as there is no classification for PTSD available on the centralised recording of sick absence.

HMPPS is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff in England and Wales, with all staff having access to a comprehensive occupational health service and employee assistance programme.

25 Jul 2018, 3:04 p.m. Remand in Custody David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been held on remand in prison for more than six months in each year since 2010.

Answer (Edward Argar)

Information on the amount of time spent on remand, for individuals who were remanded in custody by the courts is not centrally held.

The most recent published figures on remand can be found in the Criminal Justice Statistics 2017 report (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2017).

25 Jul 2018, 2:04 p.m. Prisoners' Release David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners were released from each prison on a Friday in each year since 2010.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The information requested is detailed in the table attached.

Prisoners are released when they have a statutory entitlement to be released once they have reached their automatic release date, or are released on a discretionary basis by the Parole Board, the Secretary of State or through early release on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) by prison governors.

If the automatic release date – which for the majority of prisoners is the half-way point in their sentence – falls on a weekend or Bank holiday, the law (Section 23(3) Criminal Justice Act 1961) requires the release to be brought forward to the first preceding working day. To defer the release date would mean holding the person unlawfully.

The exception is where the sentence is 5 days or less. In such cases the law provides for release to be on the Saturday if the automatic release date falls on a weekend or Bank Holiday.

Where appropriate, offenders may be released on temporary licence (ROTL) in the run up to their release to facilitate appointments for resettlement purposes and the Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies provide support for offenders who are released on licence.

25 Jul 2018, 2:03 p.m. Reoffenders David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people released from each prison in each year since 2010 were subsequently recalled back into custody (a) within 12 months and (b) within a week.

Answer (Edward Argar)

Information about the number of offenders recalled to custody is held centrally, but it is not possible to cross-reference the data with information held on national systems about offenders released, without incurring disproportionate costs.

Public protection is our priority and recall is used to ensure that offenders on licence who present a high risk of harm to the public or are at risk of re-offending are returned to custody as quickly as possible.

The HMI Probation Thematic Report on Enforcement and Recall, published in February 2018, concluded that: “In this inspection, we found almost all NPS and CRC recall decisions were good decisions, with the NPS particularly good at considering alternatives to recall beforehand.”

20 Jul 2018, 9:46 a.m. Prisons: Construction David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his speech delivered on 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, what the timetable is for the additional 10,000 prison places to be completed; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of those additional places on prison officer to offender ratios.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The Ministry of Justice remains committed to previously announced plans, subject to planning approvals, value for money and affordability, to build six category C modern prisons. We intend to build the first prison at Wellingborough (Northamptonshire) through public capital, with construction work expected to begin late 2018 to early 2019 with completion projected for early 2021. We will continue work to demolish buildings at the former HMP/YOI Glen Parva and intend to deliver this second prison through private finance. We will also build a further four prisons on land adjacent to HMP Full Sutton (East Yorkshire), Port Talbot (Neath), HMP/YOI Hindley (Greater Manchester) and HMP/YOI Rochester (Kent) and we will provide more detail about the delivery of these once we have undertaken the relevant assessments in regard to population projections, planning approvals, value for money and affordability tests.

Alongside the new prisons, a new houseblock at HMP Stocken, (Rutland) which will create 206 modern prison places. Construction of the houseblock started in February 2017 and is expected to begin taking prisoners in December 2018.

The same considerations in assessing staffing levels will be applied to the new prisons as to those in the existing estate. HM Prison and Probation Service will not take part in the prison competition but will provide a ‘public sector benchmark’ against which potential operators’ bids can be assessed and will take on the provider role if bids do not meet quality or value for money thresholds.

20 Jul 2018, 9:43 a.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, which 10 prisons the Drug Taskforce is being deployed for; and what (a) law enforcement and (b) healthcare agencies are planned to be involved in that work.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

As the Secretary of State indicated in his speech, we have formed a Drugs Taskforce working with law enforcement and health partners across government to restrict supply, reduce demand and build recovery in prisons. The Taskforce is providing support across the estate but is focused on the prisons with the worst drug problems. Further details, including the 10 prisons with which the Taskforce is undertaking focussed work, will be announced in due course.

20 Jul 2018, 9:43 a.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, if his Department will publish its findings on the ten prisons in which the Drug Taskforce will be implemented.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

As the Secretary of State indicated in his speech, we have formed a Drugs Taskforce working with law enforcement and health partners across government to restrict supply, reduce demand and build recovery in prisons. The Taskforce is providing support across the estate but is focused on the prisons with the worst drug problems. Further details, including the 10 prisons with which the Taskforce is undertaking focussed work, will be announced in due course.

20 Jul 2018, 9:43 a.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, who the members of the Drugs Taskforce will be.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

As the Secretary of State indicated in his speech, we have formed a Drugs Taskforce working with law enforcement and health partners across government to restrict supply, reduce demand and build recovery in prisons. The Taskforce is providing support across the estate but is focused on the prisons with the worst drug problems. Further details, including the 10 prisons with which the Taskforce is undertaking focussed work, will be announced in due course.

20 Jul 2018, 9:37 a.m. Prison Officers: Training David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, how much his Department is investing into training for prison staff on preserving evidence.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We are developing a new training package for prison staff to improve the preservation of evidence following a crime in prison. This will help make sure the police and CPS have access to the best information, in good time, to support investigations; make charging decisions and prosecute cases successfully. The cost of developing and delivering this new training package is being met from within HMPPS’ existing budgets.

By giving prison staff the right tools to deal with crime effectively we can make staff and prisoners safer - as well as sending a message to offenders that rehabilitation is the only endeavour worth pursuing in prison.

20 Jul 2018, 9:35 a.m. Prisons: Digital Technology David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, in which parts of the prison estate the digital categorisation tool has been trialed; and what impact assessment findings have been made from that trial.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We have been conducting a trial of the prototype version of the digital categorisation tool at HMP Cardiff and HMP Swansea. Offenders have continued to be categorised under the existing process while the tool is run in parallel to test its impact. We will assess the differences in categorisation once the trials are complete, and continue to develop and test the digital tool in the coming months.

19 Jul 2018, 1:04 p.m. Prosecutions David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been issued a postal requisition in (a) total and (b) each Crown Prosecution Service region; and of those people how many (i) failed to (A) attend court and (B) report to a police station and (ii) attended a magistrates court in each year since 2011.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information sought could only be provided at disproportionate cost or is not held.

17 Jul 2018, 1:56 p.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, if he will break down the £6,000,000 investment into counter-narcotics by (a) training expenditure, (b) detection equipment and (c) security improvements.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The funding cannot easily be divided into these three categories. The £6m investment into enhancing prison security will predominantly be spent on developing and implementing new technologies to improve the detection of drugs and other contraband. This includes body scanners and mobile phone blocking equipment which significantly assist Prison Officers’ work to reduce drugs and other illicit items coming into prisons. The investment in detection equipment will support general security improvements across the prison estate, and it will be backed by the training that prison staff need to be able to use that technology.

17 Jul 2018, 1:56 p.m. Prisons: Capital Investment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, which prisons will receive the additional investment of £16,000,000; and how much of that money will be spent in each prison.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

While details are still being finalised, we are focusing on the prisons with the most pressing needs. The works under consideration include refurbishment of poor-quality cellular accommodation, life-expired shower facilities and life-expired food service areas to meet expected standards of decency and hygiene, as well as up-grades to fire safety systems. In procuring these works our aim will be to achieve a good standard of delivery at a fair price for the taxpayer. Contract details will be made publicly available via the Ministry’s transparency returns in the usual way.

17 Jul 2018, 1:56 p.m. Prisons: Capital Investment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, what steps his Department is taken to ascertain whether the £16,000,000 investment in 11 prisons represents value for money to the public purse; and what steps are being taken to make contracts transparent on the work undertaken.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

While details are still being finalised, we are focusing on the prisons with the most pressing needs. The works under consideration include refurbishment of poor-quality cellular accommodation, life-expired shower facilities and life-expired food service areas to meet expected standards of decency and hygiene, as well as up-grades to fire safety systems. In procuring these works our aim will be to achieve a good standard of delivery at a fair price for the taxpayer. Contract details will be made publicly available via the Ministry’s transparency returns in the usual way.

17 Jul 2018, 1:56 p.m. Prisons: Capital Investment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, what standards his Department plans for the £16,000,000 investment in 11 prisons to improve by prison receiving investment.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

While details are still being finalised, we are focusing on the prisons with the most pressing needs. The works under consideration include refurbishment of poor-quality cellular accommodation, life-expired shower facilities and life-expired food service areas to meet expected standards of decency and hygiene, as well as up-grades to fire safety systems. In procuring these works our aim will be to achieve a good standard of delivery at a fair price for the taxpayer. Contract details will be made publicly available via the Ministry’s transparency returns in the usual way.

4 Jul 2018, 4:35 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2018 to Question 149941 on Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance, by what date he plans to write to the hon. Member for Delyn with that information and place a copy of the letter in the Library.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

I have written to the Rt Hon Member and placed a copy of the letter in the Library.

22 Jun 2018, 9:23 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community rehabilitation companies have submitted evidence to his Department citing financial difficulties in providing rehabilitation services.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We work closely with probation providers to make sure they meet their contractual obligations and understand any barriers to delivery.

Following discussions with Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and their parent companies, in 2017 we made changes to contracts so that payments to them more accurately reflect the costs of delivering services. This was set out in a written statement to Parliament in July last year.

We have been clear that CRC performance needs to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need.

22 Jun 2018, 9:22 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to terminate community rehabilitation company contracts in 2020.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

22 Jun 2018, 9:22 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with community rehabilitation companies on their future role in providing probation services.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

22 Jun 2018, 9:22 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of ending contracts with community rehabilitation companies early in 2020; and what estimate he has made of the cost of early termination of each such contract.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

22 Jun 2018, 9:22 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the potential merits and (b) cost of bringing back in-house the services provided by community rehabilitation companies when contracts with those companies end.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

22 Jun 2018, 9:22 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on rehabilitation services of reducing the number of community rehabilitation companies providing such services.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts are currently due to end in 2022.

We have been clear that CRCs need to improve, and are in commercial discussions with providers to ensure that we secure the quality of probation services we need. Contracts allow for a range of action to be taken.

No decisions have yet been made about the future delivery of probation services once current CRC contracts end: we will update Parliament as necessary.

22 Jun 2018, 9:21 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of community rehabilitation company contracts and the effect of those contracts on re-offending rates.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We closely monitor Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) performance and hold providers to account for meeting their contractual obligations.

Although adjustments made to contracts in 2017 to better reflect the cost of delivering services increased the potential value of CRC contracts by up to £277m, our total spend on CRCs is still expected to be substantially less than the c.£3.7bn originally forecast.

Since contracts began, CRCs have reduced the number of people reoffending by two percentage points. Nevertheless, we recognise that CRC performance needs to improve. We are currently in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need, and have been clear that that all options to manage performance, including contract termination, remain under consideration.

22 Jun 2018, 9:21 a.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of community rehabilitation companies.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We closely monitor Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) performance and hold providers to account for meeting their contractual obligations.

Although adjustments made to contracts in 2017 to better reflect the cost of delivering services increased the potential value of CRC contracts by up to £277m, our total spend on CRCs is still expected to be substantially less than the c.£3.7bn originally forecast.

Since contracts began, CRCs have reduced the number of people reoffending by two percentage points. Nevertheless, we recognise that CRC performance needs to improve. We are currently in commercial discussions with providers to make sure we secure the quality of services we need, and have been clear that that all options to manage performance, including contract termination, remain under consideration.

18 Jun 2018, 3:03 p.m. Sentencing: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of deferred sentences for women broken down by police force areas in each year since 2010.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The number of female offenders who received a deferred sentence broken down by police force area, from 2010 to 2017, can be viewed in the table attached.

We remain committed to addressing the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation. That is why we plan to set out a strategy to improve outcomes for women in both the community and custody as soon as we are able.

14 Jun 2018, 4:59 p.m. Prison Officers David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the staffing ratio of prison officers to prisoners has been in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2010.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Prison population statistics and workforce statistics are regularly published. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-population-figures-2018.

HM Prison and Probation workforce statistics (which contains staffing figures in public sector prisons but not in privately managed prisons) are published quarterly. The latest publication can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/her-majestys-prison-and-probation-service-workforce-quarterly-march-2018. Latest staffing figures for privately managed prisons since 2010 were provided in the reply to the Honourable member for Leeds East for PQ 114727.

Prison officer numbers are at their highest in five years, which is vital to ensuring prisons are safe, secure and decent. We have recruited over 3,000 new prison officers across the country in the last 18 months to improve safety and help turn offenders’ lives around. The recruitment drive will continue until we reach required levels across the prison estate, ensuring prisons can fulfil their purpose - protecting the public, reducing reoffending and crucially, rehabilitating offenders.

14 Jun 2018, 4:59 p.m. Prison Officers David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to improve the staffing ratio between prison officers and prisoners; and what the timescale is for increasing the number of prison officers.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Prison population statistics and workforce statistics are regularly published. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-population-figures-2018.

HM Prison and Probation workforce statistics (which contains staffing figures in public sector prisons but not in privately managed prisons) are published quarterly. The latest publication can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/her-majestys-prison-and-probation-service-workforce-quarterly-march-2018. Latest staffing figures for privately managed prisons since 2010 were provided in the reply to the Honourable member for Leeds East for PQ 114727.

Prison officer numbers are at their highest in five years, which is vital to ensuring prisons are safe, secure and decent. We have recruited over 3,000 new prison officers across the country in the last 18 months to improve safety and help turn offenders’ lives around. The recruitment drive will continue until we reach required levels across the prison estate, ensuring prisons can fulfil their purpose - protecting the public, reducing reoffending and crucially, rehabilitating offenders.

13 Jun 2018, 3:02 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding (a) preventative and (b) reactive maintenance actions on the prisons estates (i) at each location and (ii) under each facilities management contract there were on 1 June 2018.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We are in the process of reviewing the data we hold in relation to maintenance action (both reactive and preventive). In particular, we are seeking to get a clearer understanding of how many of the tasks Carillion were undertaking had been completed before responsibility for facilities management transferred to Gov Facility Services Ltd in February. I will write to the Hon Member with further information once this work has been completed and will place a copy of my letter in the Library.

7 Jun 2018, 1:24 p.m. Prison Officers: Protective Clothing David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on prison officers wearing (a) smoke hoods and (b) other respiratory protective equipment when attending an incident in a cell involving the use of a psychoactive substance.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Smoke Hoods are designed explicitly for the purpose of protecting prison officers from the harmful effects of fire and smoke gasses when tackling cell fire incidents. The set is limited to short-duration cell fire response operations and is not designed and should not therefore be used for any other purpose, such as to protect from psychoactive substances. All prison officers are trained in its use including annual refresher training.

Prison officers are trained to visually inspect cells via the cell door’s observation window to assess the condition of the cell and the behaviour and position of its occupant(s) prior to entry. Procedures are in place to defer entry and to take other measures if there is evidence of the potential for noxious fumes or smoke to be present other than where there is an apparent immediate risk to life. Respiratory protective equipmentis not mandated for all entry into cells as the vast majority of entries into cells present no significant respiratory risk.

29 May 2018, 1:47 p.m. Prisons David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have held events to observe (a) Holocaust Memorial Day, (b) National Black History Month and (c) Interfaith Awareness Week in each of the last five years; and what his policy is on prisons observing those events.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

Prisons are free to decide locally how they participate in Holocaust Memorial Day and Black History Month. Although chaplaincy teams locally may have marked the event in some way, there has been no national engagement regarding Interfaith Awareness Week. National Prison Radio promotes national support for local initiatives, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service also provides information to prisons via its staff networks to support prison staff in their participation in local events. We do not collect information centrally on the number of prisons which have held such events.

We have not evaluated the Empty Spaces project which, as it is being conducted in a prison in Northern Ireland, does not fall under our jurisdiction as we are responsible for Prisons in England and Wales.

29 May 2018, 1:47 p.m. Prisons: Holocaust Memorial Day David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) potential merits of expansion to other prisons under his jurisdiction of the Empty Spaces project developed by prisoners at Magilligan Prison in Northern Ireland.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

Prisons are free to decide locally how they participate in Holocaust Memorial Day and Black History Month. Although chaplaincy teams locally may have marked the event in some way, there has been no national engagement regarding Interfaith Awareness Week. National Prison Radio promotes national support for local initiatives, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service also provides information to prisons via its staff networks to support prison staff in their participation in local events. We do not collect information centrally on the number of prisons which have held such events.

We have not evaluated the Empty Spaces project which, as it is being conducted in a prison in Northern Ireland, does not fall under our jurisdiction as we are responsible for Prisons in England and Wales.

22 May 2018, 3:23 p.m. Young Offenders: North Wales David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of young people sentenced in each sentencing court of (a) the Crown Court and (b) magistrates' courts for (i) less than 6 months and (ii) more than 6 months of custody in the North Wales Police Force Area in each of the last 5 years.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

The number of young people aged 10 to 17 sentenced, by court and by length of sentence within the North Wales Police Force Area from 2012 to 2016, can be viewed in the attached table.

Figures are broken down by less than 6 months, 6 months and more than 6-month sentences.

17 May 2018, 4:23 p.m. Prison Sentences: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sent to immediate custody from the (a) the Crown Court and (b) magistrates' courts for sentences (i) below 6 months and (ii) above 6 months in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The number of custodial sentences issued to female offenders in England and Wales, by court type and police force area from 2012 to 2016, can be viewed in the attached Tables 1 to 5. The data for 2017 will be published on 17 May 2018.

We are committed to doing all we can to address the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation. That is why we will set out a strategy for female offenders, to improve outcomes and services for women in both the community and custody.

18 Apr 2018, 3:45 p.m. Prisons: Mobile Phones David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mobile phones confiscated in each prison have been analysed for information contained in them for each year since 2010.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The number of mobile phones (including SIM cards) seized in prisons that are analysed for information each year is as follows

2010 – No data available

2011 – 10643

2012 – 9541

2013 – 6505

2014 – 12612

2015 – 9877

2016 – 10269

2017 – 4484*

*Fewer examinations took place in 2017 due to the creation of a new examination facility in HMPPS. During this time particularly high-interest phones were prioritised for examination. Therefore, we can expect the number to rise again in 2018.

3 Apr 2018, 3:02 p.m. Prisoners: Foreign Nationals David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Albanian, (b) Nigerian, (c) Somalian, (d) Rwandan, (e) Chinese, (f) Vietnamese and (g) South African nationals were held in UK prisons as of (i) 30 June 2010 and (ii) 31 January 2018; and how many of those prisoners were transferred to serve their sentences in their home nation.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

Any foreign national who comes to our country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. More than 40,000 foreign national offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, with a record number of over 6,300 removed in 2016/17.

The UK has Prisoner Transfer Agreements in place with over 100 countries and territories around the world, which includes Albania, Nigeria and Rwanda; however, transfer agreements are not in place with China or the Republic of South Africa. Furthermore, while a Prisoner Transfer Agreement is not in place with Somalia, there is a transfer agreement with Somaliland. Between the 30 June 2010 and 31 December 2017, a total of 442 prisoners were transferred from the UK to prisons around the world to serve sentences of imprisonment.

The specific information requested is set out in the table below. Please note that the prison population data quoted for 30 June 2010 and 31 December 2017 includes offenders on remand, those serving sentences for civil or financial offences, and those detained under immigration powers in prisons or in HMPPS run Immigration Removal Centres, all of whom are not eligible for prisoner transfer. As such, only a proportion of the offenders in the data quoted will be eligible for transfer, and only to countries where a Prisoner Transfer Agreement is in place.

Country

Nationals held by HMPPS on 30 June 2010

Nationals held by HMPPS on 31 December 2017 (the latest published data)

Number of prisoners removed under Prisoner Transfer Agreements, since those arrangements entered into force

Albania

154

716

23

Nigeria

727

270

2

Somalia

433

320

0

Rwanda

20

10

0

China

364

75

0

Vietnam

596

135

4

South Africa

137

75

0

3 Apr 2018, 2:58 p.m. Prisoners: Jamaica David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Jamaican nationals were in UK prisons as of (a) 30 June 2015 and (b) 31 January 2018.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

On 30 June 2015 there were 619 Jamaican nationals held in prisons in England and Wales, and HMPPS run Immigration Removal Centres, with this figure declining to 448 on 31 December 2017, our most recent published figures. In regard to Jamaican nationals held in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as prisons are a devolved matter, figures would need to be provided by the Devolved Administrations.

Any foreign national who comes to our country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. More than 40,000 foreign national offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, with a record number of over 6,300 removed in 2016/17.

16 Mar 2018, 2:38 p.m. Prison Officers: Termination of Employment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who had a prison officer grade were (a) dismissed and (b) resigned in each year since 2010.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The number of band 3-5 prison officers who have resigned or have been dismissed in each year since 2010 can be found in table 11b in the latest HMPPS workforce statistics publication at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/her-majestys-prison-and-probation-service-workforce-quarterly-december-2017

14 Mar 2018, 5:15 p.m. Prisons: Mobile Phones David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken is between confiscated mobile phones being sent by prisons and the information being shared with police forces.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information requested is not available. The decision to refer a confiscated mobile phone to the police is taken on a case by case basis and therefore no data exists as to the average time taken for this to happen.

14 Mar 2018, 5:13 p.m. Prisons: Technology David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 6 March 2018 to the Royal Society of Arts on prison reform, if he will list the 30 prisons which will receive the new technology; how many prison officers in each prison will be nominated to use that technology; what additional training will be provided to those prison officers; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing that new technology.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The technology being introduced into prisons will allow for a much faster identification of threats to prison security, particularly the trafficking of drugs and other illicit items. It will allow the police to identify the criminal networks outside prisons involved in this activity.

We are unable to list the exact locations of the technology and the number of officers in each prison who will be nominated to use it as this is operationally sensitive. However the locations are being chosen based on the threat they face from serious organised crime.

I can confirm that all officers using the technology will attend a dedicated formal training course. The estimated full development and implementation costs of installing this technology is £250,000.

14 Mar 2018, 5:13 p.m. Prisons: Organised Crime David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech to the Royal Society of Arts on 6 March 2018, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners identified as ring leaders.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We are committed to making sure that prisons are safe, decent and support rehabilitation. That is why we have invested £14m to tackle serious and organised crime, which impacts on the community and is one of the major root causes of instability in prisons.

The impact of harms like violence and drug use are clear, but these are often the result of prisoners who ostensibly behave, but have others do their bidding. We need to cut these prisoners off from their network and prevent them from operating, to create environments in which prisoners can be rehabilitated.

Through our own data, and closer work with law enforcement, we are looking at how we can better use intelligence and information to identify these ringleaders among the 6,500 prisoners who have links to organised crime and target them for disruption. Due to the sensitive nature of this data, I am unable to disclose more precise figures.

14 Mar 2018, 5:11 p.m. Prisons: Organised Crime David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech to the Royal Society of Arts on 6 March 2018, how much of the £14m investment to tackle serious and organised crime in prisons, will be spent on (a) establishing teams within prisons and (b) the National Crime Agency.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

We are committed to making sure that prisons are safe, decent and support rehabilitation. That is why we have invested £14m to tackle serious and organised crime, which impacts on the community and is one of the major root causes of instability in prisons.

£3m will fund the Serious Organised Crime Unit, made up of a national unit and regional teams that will relentlessly undermine and disrupt serious and organised crime by providing support to local prisons and probation teams, and working closely with law enforcement.

£3m will fund the National Intelligence Unit, which is already in place, working through regional teams and with law enforcement. Through better use of intelligence about the risks presented to prison security and public protection by Serious and Organised Crime Groups, HMPPS will deliver proactive, targeted and robust operational responses.

Over £8m will be invested locally to allow more analysis of local intelligence, which can support intelligence led tactical searching to address identified risks and threats.

We are also working closely with law enforcement partners, including the National Crime Agency, whose funding is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. Through this work we can deliver a robust joint response to those serious and organised criminals operating in prisons.

14 Mar 2018, 5:10 p.m. Reoffenders David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech to the Royal Society of Arts on 6 March 2018, which senior Ministers will be part of the cross-government group to reduce re-offending; and how often will that group meet.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Reoffending by prisoners released from custody is estimated to cost society approximately £15 billion per year. On the 6th of March 2018 the Secretary of State for Justice announced his intention to convene a cross-government group of senior Ministers to work across all relevant departments to reduce re-offending and the cost of reoffending to society.

It is only by working cross-government that we will be able to help ex-offenders secure employment, find a home, get treatment for a drug addiction and support for mental health issues.

Further details will be announced in due course.

13 Mar 2018, 5:42 p.m. Approved Premises David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded crimes were committed by people residing in bail and probation hostels by site in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

At the time of conviction, offenders who commit a further offence while resident at Approved Premises (AP) may have left the AP, which will therefore have no record of the conviction. To obtain the requested information, it would therefore be necessary to cross-check thousands of AP and court records, which could not be done without incurring disproportionate cost.

12 Mar 2018, 3:39 p.m. Approved Premises David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff there were without security clearance in bail and probation hostels by site in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

This data is not held centrally and can only be collated at disproportionate cost. Where staff are working in approved premises if they hold no vetting they will be supervised at all times by permanent, vetted NPS staff. A new way of working in approved premises is being implemented, which will lead to there always being two personnel on duty during the night rather than one. During the transition to a new way of working, NPS have agreed an additional precautionary measure which will, in some instances, provide triple cover during the two month transition period.

12 Mar 2018, 3:33 p.m. Reoffenders: Females David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of women subject to post-release supervision by Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) were recalled to prison for non-compliance by CRC area in England and Wales in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The number of females recalled per year by each Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) is set out in the table below.

CRC Area

2015

2016

2017*

Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire

26

43

33

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Wiltshire

20

42

21

Cheshire & Greater Manchester

40

42

41

Cumbria & Lancashire

27

29

27

Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland

49

53

58

Dorset, Devon & Cornwall

12

20

16

Durham Tees Valley

15

11

16

Essex

13

25

13

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

18

29

19

Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire

23

30

19

Kent, Surrey & Sussex

42

46

43

London

79

131

144

Merseyside

21

35

39

Norfolk & Suffolk

13

13

21

Northumbria

11

11

12

South Yorkshire

27

17

12

Staffordshire & West Midlands

45

63

53

Thames Valley

20

22

19

Wales

42

60

49

Warwickshire & West Mercia

17

18

17

West Yorkshire

19

39

42

Total (ALL)

579

779

714

* Recalls in 2017 up to 30 September 2017.

The figures in this table have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

The numbers of women subject to post-release supervision are not recorded so it is not possible to show the proportion of women subject to post-release supervision who have been recalled.

Our probation reforms mean we are now monitoring 40,000 offenders who would previously have been released with no supervision at all. HMPPS, the NPS and CRCs are working to ensure that recalls are used appropriately and effectively.

5 Mar 2018, 5:27 p.m. Government Departments: Procurement David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2018 to Question 127748, on Amey and Carillion, how many times repayments were made by a contractor to the Department when a defect of contract was identified in the financial year 2016-17.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The Department doesn’t record how many times repayments were made by a contractor to the Department when a defect of contract was identified. Following a defect additional costs are incurred by the contractor to remedy the defect without any additional charge to the Department.

In the majority of cases Amey and Carillion correct the defect in accordance with the contract and therefore no repayment amount is due.

For the duration of their contracts, Carillion have incurred £4,057,543 in Financial Remedies and Amey have incurred £2,176,592 in financial remedies. Financial remedies are imposed under the agreed Payment Mechanism System when the Key Performance Scores are below the required level.

27 Feb 2018, 5:31 p.m. Prisons: Seized Articles David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 64325 and the Answer of 2 March 2018 to Question 64326, how many incidents of (a) drugs by weight, (b) SIM cards and (c) mobile phones were found in prisons in 2017.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The Ministry of Justice intends to routinely publish information on finds of mobile phones, SIM cards and drugs in the future. Data for 2017 will be provided in due course as part of the normal publication schedule at

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-national-offender-management-service-digest-2016-to-2017

21 Feb 2018, 6:14 p.m. Amey and Carillion David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons contracted out facilities management to (a) Carillion (b) Amey.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Facilities management services were contracted at the following prisons:

a) Carillion Establishments

b) Amey Establishments

Blantyre House

Deerbolt

Cookham Wood

Durham

Dover (Now closed)

Frankland

East Sutton Park

Holme House

Ford

Kirklivington Grange

Lewes

Low Newton

Maidstone

Buckley Hall

Rochester

Garth

Elmely

Haverigg

Stanford Hill

Hindley

Swaleside

Kennet

Aylesbury

Kirkham

Bullingdon

Lancaster Farms

Grendon

Liverpool

Haslar (Now closed)

Manchester

Huntercombe

Preston

Albany

Risely

Parkhurst

Styal

Springhill

Thorn Cross

Winchester

Wymott

Woodhill

Askham Grange

Bristol

Everthorpe

Channings Wood

Full Sutton

Dartmoor

Hatfield

Eastwood Park

Hull

Erlestoke

Leeds

Exeter

Lindholme

Guys Marsh

Moorland

Leyhill

New Hall

Portland

Wakefield

The Verne

Wealstun

Bedford

Wetherby

Bure

Wolds

Chelmsford

Foston Hall

Highpoint

Gartee

Hollesley Bay

Glen Parva (Now closed)

Littlehey

Leicester

The Mount

Lincoln

Norwich

Long Lartin

Warren Hill

Morton Hall

Wayland

North Sea Camp

Whitemoor

Nottingham

Belmarsh

Onley

Coldingley

Ranby

Downview

Stocken

Feltham

Sudbury

Highdown

Whatton

Holloway (Now closed)

Brinsford

Pentonville

Drake Hall

Send

Featherstone

Wandsworth

Hewell

Wormwood Scrubs

Stafford

Stoke Heath

Swinfen Hall

Werrington

Cardiff

Swansea

Usk

Prescoed

Berwyn

21 Feb 2018, 6:11 p.m. Amey and Carillion David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded breaches of contracts by (a) Carillion and (b) Amey there were in financial year 2016-17.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The Ministry of Justice records defects of the contract where there have been deficiencies in the service delivered by contractors. These are flagged to the contractor so that they can correct them in a timely manner. We keep all our contracts under a robust monitoring system. Defects have been reported to Carillion 578 and Amey 299 times since the start of the contract in June 2015.

20 Feb 2018, 5:15 p.m. Prisoners: Universal Credit David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of awarding universal credit to prisoners who are nearing completion of their sentence before they leave prison.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Prisoners are able to speak to a Department of Work and Pensions Work Coach shortly before release who is able to make an appointment at the relevant Job Centre as early as the day of release. Once the former prisoner attends the Job Centre to complete his claim, eligible prisoners can receive funds within hours.

Ministry of Justice officials are working with the Department of Work and Pensions to improve the process with the aim of enabling a claim in advance of release and will release more details in due course.

14 Feb 2018, 5:10 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding (a) preventative and (b) reactive maintenance actions on the prisons estates (i) at each location and (ii) under each facilities management contract there were on 1 January 2018.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The table attached provides the number of outstanding reactive and planned maintenance tasks, as logged in our management system on 1 January 2018, at each Prison in England and Wales for Mitie, Carillion and Amey. Typically, some 95,000 maintenance tasks are completed each month; around 90 to 95% of all tasks raised. Some of these tasks cannot be completed in the month for a variety of reasons which can lead to duplication of a task. The figures provided include these duplicate tasks, which account for part of the apparent 'backlog'.

Our current priority is to stabilise and improve service delivery, with an improved focus on cleanliness and decency. We have created of a new government-owned facilities management company that has taken over the delivery of the prison Facilities Management services previously provided by Carillion.

7 Feb 2018, 3:57 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Contracts David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded breaches of contracts between private contractors and his Department there were by (a) site and (b) company in each year since 2010.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

7 Feb 2018, 3:57 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Contracts David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many penalties his Department imposed on private sector companies for breaches of contract with his Department by company in each year since 2010.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

7 Feb 2018, 3:57 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Contracts David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contract breach penalties his Department is awaiting payment for; and what the value of those penalties is.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

4 Dec 2017, 1:38 p.m. Violent and Sex Offender Register David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects the owners of the multi-agency public protection guidance to remove references to the UK Border Agency.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The MAPPA Guidance is currently under review. References to the UKBA are primarily contained within the Duty to Co-operate Agencies and Foreign National Offenders chapters. My officials have redrafted both of these chapters and references to UKBA have been removed. As with other chapters, officials are consulting interested parties on proposed revisions to these two chapters and are currently awaiting comments from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement. Once the consultation has been completed, officials will seek approval from and on behalf of the Secretary of State for the amended chapters to be published.

28 Nov 2017, 5:29 p.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the implementation of a smoking ban on narcotics use in prisons.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Guidance has been developed, in conjunction with Public Health England to provide information and practical advice to staff to assist with managing the potential risks associated with narcotics. There are strategies in place to reduce the supply of narcotics and detection of all psychotic substances (PS). This include the empowerment and training of staff to tackle PS use.

We have also taken swift action to stop the supply of drugs into all our prisons, equipping all prisons with portable and fixed detectors to tackle illicit use of phones in prisons. We are working with the police to catch and convict criminal using drones to smuggle contraband into prisons, and are testing physical and technological countermeasures to stop incursions.

28 Nov 2017, 4:21 p.m. Oakhill Secure Training Centre David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to further review the performance and management of Oakhill training centre following the recent Ofsted inspection report.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

The Ofsted inspection report on Oakhill Secure Training Centre is unacceptable and we have taken urgent action to address the concerns raised by Ofsted. A new interim Director, with extensive experience, has been appointed at Oakhill and an experienced HMPPS Governor has been brought in to provide extra scrutiny.

We are robustly monitoring performance against the contract and are clear that we will take further steps, if needed, to improve delivery.

More widely across the estate, we are investing £64 million to reform youth custody and increase staffing, to improve safety and reduce violence.

28 Nov 2017, 1:22 p.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with prison governors about the use of talking therapies to help prisoners with drug dependency.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

NHS England commission all healthcare services in prisons, including the use of talking therapies. Since April 2017, we have empowered Governors to have greater input into decision making with NHS England commissioners to ensure their prison have effective healthcare services.

Health service providers and Governors recognise that talking therapies are an integral part of all substance misuse psychosocial interventions.

24 Nov 2017, 2:50 p.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many confiscated drugs found in prisons have been tested in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

We take a zero-tolerance approach to drugs in our prisons. Anyone found with contraband will be subject to disciplinary action and police investigation. We are taking unprecedented action to stop the supply and use of drugs, including an innovative new drug testing programme and have over 300 dogs to detect psychoactive substances.

We have also invested £3 million in enhanced intelligence, to improve our targeted intelligence and search capabilities. We are working closely with government partners to address issues with drugs at every stage of the supply chain, including those attempting to smuggle drugs into prisons.

In this case the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. This is because Prison-NOMIS does not, normally, contain this data in a consistent format, and much of the data is held at a local level.

24 Nov 2017, 2:46 p.m. Prisons: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to test waste water from prisons for illegal substances.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

In the Prison Safety and Reform White paper published in November 2016, the Ministry of Justice committed to strengthen measures to enhance our drug testing regime in prisons, this included increasing the frequency and range of drugs tested for. Waste water testing is one of the options under consideration alongside other innovative technologies.

24 Nov 2017, 2:45 p.m. Prison Officers: Drugs David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers inadvertently consumed narcotics in prison in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HM Prison & Probation Service does not have a staff drug testing policy and therefore does not have the information requested. We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and have a zero tolerance, supported by tough new laws to deal with people smuggling banned substances into jails, and we are clear that those caught with banned items will be dealt with appropriately.

10 Nov 2017, 2:22 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 19 July 2017, HCWS81, on Justice Update, which community rehabilitation companies have had their contracts amended.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

All 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies have had their contracts amended so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms.

2 Nov 2017, 9:33 p.m. Prisons: North Wales David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons women who (a) gave a North Wales address and (b) were sentenced by a North Wales Court were held in each year since 2010.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

The following table shows the number and location of female prisoners who have a reported home address in North Wales1, in each September since 2010.

Prison

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Askham Grange

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Bronzefield

under 5

under 5

Downview

under 5

Drake Hall

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

East Sutton Park

under 5

Eastwood Park

under 5

Foston Hall

under 5

under 5

under 5

Low Newton

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Morton Hall

under 5

New Hall

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Peterborough (Female)

under 5

under 5

Styal

5

under 5

13

12

9

13

27

22

Total

11

8

20

14

21

22

36

28

The following table shows the number and location of female prisoners sentenced at a court in North Wales2, in each September since 2010.

Prison

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Askham Grange

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Bronzefield

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Downview

under 5

under 5

Drake Hall

6

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

East Sutton Park

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Eastwood Park

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Foston Hall

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Low Newton

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Morton Hall

under 5

New Hall

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Peterborough (Female)

under 5

under 5

under 5

under 5

Styal

24

18

27

30

20

31

42

37

Total

37

26

36

40

39

43

54

42

1 North Wales has been defined as having a reported address within the local authorities of: Anglesey; Conwy; Denbighshire; Flintshire; Gwynedd; and Wrexham.

2 North Wales has been defined as any court within the North Wales Police authority area.

If a request is made for information and the total figure amounts to five people or fewer, the MoJ must consider whether this could lead to the identification of individuals and whether disclosure of this information would be in breach of our statutory obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). We believe that the release of some of this information would risk identification of the individuals concerned. For this reason, MoJ has chosen not to provide an exact figure where the true number falls between one and five. However, it should not be assumed that the actual figure represented falls at any particular point within this scale; '≤5' is used as a replacement value from which it would be difficult to isolate or extract any individual data.

It is important to stress that it is not possible to infer from an address in Wales that an individual considers themselves Welsh. HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) cannot identify English and Welsh prisoners. Someone with an address, for example in London, may well consider themselves to be Welsh, while someone with an address in Wales may not. UK nationals have a nationality of British. Therefore the data shown are not necessarily representative of those who identify as English or Welsh. The results are sorted by origin address (home address on reception into custody) and not nationality. English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish are not captured on our database as separate nationalities.

Around 97% of prisoners have an origin location - i.e. addresses that are recorded in our central IT system. If no address is given, an offender’s committal court address is used as a proxy for the area in which they are resident. This information is included in the data provided in the tables above. Those with no recorded origin are typically foreign nationals or those recently received into custody. No address has been recorded and no court information is available for around 3% of all offenders; these figures are excluded from the tables attached.

The numerical information provided has been drawn from administrative IT systems, which as with any large scale recording system are subject to possible error with data entry and processing. Further guidance on the considerations for processing a request under FOIA, can be found by following the links: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents and http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/foi-step-by-step.htm

12 Sep 2017, 11:03 a.m. Prisoners: Mental Illness David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners who have been identified with mental health issues (i) have been subsequently moved to a secure mental health hospital, (ii) are still in the prison where those issues were identified, (iii) have moved prison and (iv) have been moved to a bail hostel in each of the last seven years.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The total number of prisoners who have been transferred to a secure hospital under sections 47 or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last seven years, and the numbers of those prisoners recorded as male or female areis set out below:

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Male

1011

881

884

994

1084

1067

1071

Female

85

123

112

107

104

106

104

Total

1096

1004

996

1101

1188

1173

1175

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

945

953

979

990

1,061

1,010

980

It is not possible to provide a breakdown of these figures by gender; this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Data on how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners who have been identified with mental health issues (ii) are still in the prison where those issues were identified, (iii) have moved prison and (iv) have been moved to a bail hostel in each of the last seven years is not collected centrally. We take the mental health of prisoners extremely seriously, which is why we have increased the support available to vulnerable offenders - especially during the first 24 hours in custody - and invested more in mental health awareness training for prison officers. We are putting more funding into prison safety and have embarked on major Prison Safety Programme, in order to reduce the number of self-inflicted deaths and incidents of self-harm in our prisons. But we recognise that more can be done and continue to work in partnership with HMPPS, NHS England and Public Health England to improve mental health services for offenders at all points of the criminal justice system.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Prisoners: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that all prisoners are able to open a bank account.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Prisoners: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners (a) had and (b) have not had a bank account in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Prisoners: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have left prison without a bank account in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Prisoners: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the rehabilitation of prisoners of not having a bank account.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Prisoners: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training his Department provides to prison officers to assist prisoners in the opening of bank accounts.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

11 Sep 2017, 4:41 p.m. Offenders: Bank Services David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with banks, building societies and savings co-operatives on the introduction of a scheme to help offenders open bank accounts.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HMPPS coordinates the Offender Banking Programme in England and Wales which runs in partnership with 6 major UK commercial banks and a leading Building Society in order to give offenders who are soon to be released from custody the opportunity to apply for a basic bank account. Having access to a bank account is vital for access to benefits and to receive pay from employment on release, a key element in helping with the rehabilitation of offenders.

There are currently 101 prison-bank partnerships, the most recent partnership being made with HMP Berwyn, a large new public sector prison which opened earlier this year. Every resettlement prison has a relationship with a specific bank who offer direct support and guidance on their specific processes to prison staff to enable the opening of accounts.

On arrival in to custody, staff complete a Basic Custody Screening Tool and information from this indicates that 71% of prisoners have bank accounts. HMPPS does not keep a record of those who have left prison without a bank account. However, around 5,000 accounts per year are opened under the programme. The banks report a high percentage of those accounts subsequently being activated and used on release.

6 Sep 2017, 4:03 p.m. Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the review into the Sex Offender Treatment Programme was commissioned; and which Minister commissioned that review.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The recently published study in to Core Sex Offender Treatment Programmes was commissioned in December 2014 by the then MOJ Director of Analysis as part of ongoing evaluative work undertaken by the Department.

20 Jul 2017, 4:57 p.m. Sex Offender Treatment Programme David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the report, entitled Impact evaluation of the prison-based Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme, published on 30 June 2017.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Ministers were informed of the outcomes of the evaluation and the planned operational response in February 2017. The report was published on 30 June, shortly after the pre-election period.

20 Jul 2017, 4:57 p.m. Sex Offender Treatment Programme David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's report, Impact evaluation of the prison-based Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme, published on 30 June 2017, when the decision was made to halt that programme.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The HM Prison and Probation Service Executive Committee took the operational decision to cease delivery of the Core and Extended Sex Offender Treatment Programmes and accelerate transition to the Horizon and Kaizen programmes in February 2017 following receipt of the peer reviewed evaluation report and advice from the independent Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel.

19 Jul 2017, 3:25 p.m. Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to create a new scheme to rehabilitate offenders since the halt of the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

HM Prison and Probation Service provides eight accredited programmes for men with sexual convictions. These vary in length and complexity, depending on the risks posed by individuals and the settings in which the programmes are delivered. All programmes are reviewed regularly and overseen by the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel, a panel of International experts to ensure that they are in line with the latest evidence.

Significant changes have been made to the programmes provided for this group of offenders in line with the emerging evidence. HMPPS began delivery of two new programmes, Horizon for medium risk men in April 2016, and Kaizen for higher risk men in June 2017, following their accreditation by the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel.

19 Jul 2017, 3:25 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will launch a review into the contractual agreements of private sector service providers for maintenance work in prisons.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

It is right that prison repair work is carried out in a timely and effective manner to ensure public protection. We always work to ensure we achieve value for money for the taxpayer and keep our costs under review.

We are currently engaging with key stakeholders, including our suppliers, to consider how we can improve the existing contracts for Facilities Management to achieve the best outcome for HMPPS. This work is anticipated to continue over summer 2017 and be completed in the autumn.

19 Jul 2017, 3:23 p.m. Prisons David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons operate a personal officer programme.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Prison service orders do not require Governors to operate a personal officer programme and there is no central register of which establishments do operate one.

The review of Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) introduces a new role of key worker who will have a case load of approximately six prisoners, whom they will guide support and coach to help reduce the negative impact of imprisonment. Key work is similar but not the same as a personal officer scheme. Where personal officer schemes do currently exist they will be replaced by key workers.

The OMiC model is currently being rolled out in 10 pathfinder prisons and will be rolled out across the remaining closed prison estate by the end of March 2019.

19 Jul 2017, 3:23 p.m. Prisons: Staff David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff have been employed in Offender Management Units in each prison in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The recording of information on the number of staff employed specifically in Offender Management Units is not held on the corporate HR system. This means that although relevant data exists at prison level, this could not be collated to provide a comprehensive picture.

18 Jul 2017, 3:50 p.m. Sexual Offences: Reoffenders David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of sex offences in category (a) adult: violent/serious rape, sexual assault, (b) adult other: possession and distribution of banned material, (c) child contact: any sexual offence involving direct sexual contact with a victim who is under 16 years old (or under 18 years old in cases of incest, prostitution and abuse of a position of trust), (d) child other: abuse of a position of trust (not involving direct sexual contact) with a victim who is under 16 years old following grooming and other child non-contact offences, (e) child image: creation, possession and distribution of indecent images of a victim under 18 years old, (f) breach of conviction/release conditions related to a sexual offence, (g) prostitution/soliciting involving a victim who is over 18 years old and related offences such as running or promoting a brother, (h) non-sexual violent: violent non-sexual offences, (i) non-sexual non-violent have (i) undertaken the Sex Offender Treatment Programme and (ii) gone on to re-offend in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The information requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

18 Jul 2017, 3:49 p.m. Segregation of Prisoners David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons undertook at least one segregation monitoring and review meeting in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Segregation Monitoring and Review Group (SMARG) meetings and reports are not held centrally and to obtain the information requested from each prison would incur disproportionate cost.

18 Jul 2017, 3:47 p.m. Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted sex offenders have (a) started and (b) completed the Sex Offender Treatment Programme; and of those offenders how many are (i) in prison, (ii) released and (iii) in a bail hostel.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Information on the numbers of convicted sex offenders who have (a) started and (b) completed the Sex Offender Treatment Programmes is published annually. The data until 2015/16 is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/547224/supplementary-tables.zip. Data for the period 2016 / 17 due to be published on 27July 2017.

Information on the current locations of former participants in the Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme is held on individual offender files. The information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

18 Jul 2017, 3:46 p.m. Prisoners' Transfers: Offender Assessment System David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will launch a review into the process of, and arrangement for, sentence planning to ensure that prisoners transferring from other prisons arrive with a complete and up to date OASys.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The review of Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) has included a review of OASys and sentence planning arrangements.

The new Offender Management in Custody model considers and addresses the issues which prisons currently face around completing OASys reports. The new model will move the resource for OASys report completion into the training / resettlement estate and away from local / reception prisons.

The model also introduces a new role of Prison Offender Managers, who will be based in the prison. These Prison Offender Manager posts will be held by a combination of band 4 prison staff and NPS Probation Officers.

Roll out of the new OM model has commenced within the 10 pathfinder sites and HMP Berwyn. We are currently working through the roll out schedule into the wider estate, but the new OM model will be in place in all Closed prisons by March 2019.

18 Jul 2017, 3:45 p.m. Prisons: Computers David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners (a) requested and (b) were granted access to laptop computer facilities in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

All prisoners are able to request access to IT for legal purposes. However, there is a clear need to balance the need to access electronic legal information with the risk that some prisoners may seek to use IT for illicit or criminal purposes. Therefore, prisoners are only provided with IT equipment where there is a clear and genuine need, and where not to do so would raise a real risk of prejudicing the legal proceedings.

Where such a requirement is clear, a prisoner can be provided with IT for the sole specified purpose of considering digital evidence. The IT can be made available for as long as the requirement to use it remains, up to the conclusion of the relevant legal proceedings.

There is currently no national guidance on the process for access to digital evidence (formerly access to justice). Local procedures for assessing access to digital evidence have been developed in collaboration with the High Security and Long Term Estate and the Directorate of Security, Order and Counter Terrorism Guidance on the procedures for applying for, and receiving, access to digital evidence will be published for prison staff and prisoners this year.

Information on the number of applications made and approved for access to digital evidence is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

18 Jul 2017, 3:45 p.m. Prisons: Computers David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidelines his Department has produced for prisons on Access to Justice on (a) how and when computers can be accessed by prisoners and (b) for how long and what actions and tasks can be undertaken.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

All prisoners are able to request access to IT for legal purposes. However, there is a clear need to balance the need to access electronic legal information with the risk that some prisoners may seek to use IT for illicit or criminal purposes. Therefore, prisoners are only provided with IT equipment where there is a clear and genuine need, and where not to do so would raise a real risk of prejudicing the legal proceedings.

Where such a requirement is clear, a prisoner can be provided with IT for the sole specified purpose of considering digital evidence. The IT can be made available for as long as the requirement to use it remains, up to the conclusion of the relevant legal proceedings.

There is currently no national guidance on the process for access to digital evidence (formerly access to justice). Local procedures for assessing access to digital evidence have been developed in collaboration with the High Security and Long Term Estate and the Directorate of Security, Order and Counter Terrorism Guidance on the procedures for applying for, and receiving, access to digital evidence will be published for prison staff and prisoners this year.

Information on the number of applications made and approved for access to digital evidence is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

18 Jul 2017, 3:44 p.m. Prisons: Staff David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on Offender Management Unit staff in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) does not record expenditure in its central accounting system in a format that allows for the identification of spend on Offender Management Unit staff and therefore, cannot provide data for the period requested.

18 Jul 2017, 3:43 p.m. Prisoners' Transfers: Offender Assessment System David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been transferred between prisons who have (a) completed and (b) incomplete OASys in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The Information requested is not held centrally.

18 Jul 2017, 3:41 p.m. Prisons: Education David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) capacity and (b) attendance was of the prisons education, learning and skills departments in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The education curriculum for each prison in England is agreed locally by the prison governor with their Offender Learning and Skills Service provider and decisions over the available capacity are made locally. Information on the capacity of learning and skills departments in individual prisons is not collected nationally.

National data on the total number of offenders aged 18 and over in the prison system participating in learning in England from academic year 2010/11 is published and can be found here (table 10):

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/624613/Further-education-and-skills-July-2017-SFR-27-2017-main-tables_ODS.ods.

18 Jul 2017, 3:40 p.m. Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was of contracts tendered out for prison maintenance by (a) prison and (b) private sector service provider in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

It is right that prison repair work is carried out in a timely and effective manner to ensure public protection. We always work to ensure we achieve value for money for the taxpayer and keep our costs under review.

The most recent applicable data available for the period requested is from 2012, when Mitie Care and Custody Ltd took over the provision of facilities management (FM) at HMP Brixton, later expanding to cover three sites. Until June 2015, FM services at the rest of the public-sector prison estate was delivered in-house by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Since then, it has been delivered by Amey Community Ltd and Carillion Plc.

Below is a breakdown of the applicable tendered fixed costs for each of the three private sector service providers broken down by year as requested. These contracts were tendered on a ‘lot’ basis and as such costs are not broken down by establishment. The number of establishments/sites within each package has been included below for completeness:

Custodial Facilities Management: Tendered Fixed Costs (Excludes Indexation and variable works)

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Total

Mitie Care and Custody

Lot C: Various: 3 Sites

£2,189,000

£2,810,000

£2,843,000

£3,055,000

£3,500,000

£3,529,000

£10,084,000

Amey Community Limited

From June 2015

Lot E: North East, North West, Yorkshire Humberside: 34 Sites

N/A

N/A

N/A

£11,780,000

£23,560,000

£23,560,000

£58,900,000

Lot F: East Midlands, West Midlands and Wales: 27 Sites

N/A

N/A

N/A

£9,340,000

£18,680,000

£18,680,000

£46,700,000

Carillion PLC

From June 2015

Lot G: South West, South Central, Kent & Sussex: 32 Sites

N/A

N/A

N/A

£9,880,000

£19,760,000

£19,760,000

£49,400,000

Lot H: Greater London and East of England: 22 Sites

N/A

N/A

N/A

£10,020,000

£20,040,000

£20,040,000

£50,100,000

Totals:

£2,189,000

£2,810,000

£2,843,000

£44,075,000

£85,540,000

£85,569,000

£215,184,000

18 Jul 2017, 3:40 p.m. Prisons: Equality David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have dedicated equalities departments.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Prison Governors are responsible for identifying a functional head with lead responsibility for coordinating equalities work within the prison, ensuring that there is a coherent approach to equalities obligations. Every prison has been allocated resources for an equality officer and Governors are free to deploy this resource in a way that best meets the needs of their population.

7 Jul 2017, 1:42 p.m. Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Criminal Cases Review Commission has made on its review into the Shrewsbury 24 case.

Answer (Dominic Raab)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission’s review of the applications from the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ is progressing. The Commission are currently considering additional documentation relating to this case. I know that the CCRC will consider this - and the views of the applicants about this material - with care. I understand that the Commission hope to complete their review of this case before the end of the year.

30 Jun 2017, 1:46 p.m. Ministry of Justice: ICT David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what date his Department plans to deliver the strategic (IT) gateway; and what the reasons are for delay.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The Strategic Partner Gateway (SPG) has been available since September 2016, providing secure data exchange capability between nDelius and CRCs own offender case management systems once they are ready.

There was a delay in implementing the SPG which was originally expected to be in place in the second quarter of 2015. This was due to extra work required on technical data exchange requirements, and design changes as a result of additional business processes that had been identified.

The CRCs do not yet have their own case management systems in service. Following extensive testing and accreditation, the first anticipated cutover to a CRC’s own system and the SPG is currently planned to take place by early autumn 2017.

30 Jun 2017, 1:43 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many end-state performance targets have been met by each community rehabilitation company providers in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) came into existence on 1 June 2014 and ownership was transferred to new rehabilitation providers on 1 February 2015.

The performance of CRCs, including compliance with Licence and Post-Sentence Supervision (PSS), is assessed through a range of service levels and through a robust contract management and assurance process. Performance information against these service levels is published quarterly, and the latest data can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-december-2016. End state targets for some service levels were only expected to be met by February 2017, and this period is due for publication on 27 July 2017.

Public protection is our top priority and we will take all necessary action to make sure the probation system is reducing reoffending and preventing future victims. We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account and will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:43 p.m. Probation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the proportion of offenders is who were recorded as having successfully completed their period of licence or post-sentence supervision in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) each community rehabilitation company following a release from custody in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) came into existence on 1 June 2014 and ownership was transferred to new rehabilitation providers on 1 February 2015.

The performance of CRCs, including compliance with Licence and Post-Sentence Supervision (PSS), is assessed through a range of service levels and through a robust contract management and assurance process. Performance information against these service levels is published quarterly, and the latest data can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-december-2016. End state targets for some service levels were only expected to be met by February 2017, and this period is due for publication on 27 July 2017.

Public protection is our top priority and we will take all necessary action to make sure the probation system is reducing reoffending and preventing future victims. We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account and will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:41 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department expects the review of community rehabilitation company performance measures to be completed.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

We have been carrying out a comprehensive review of the probation system to improve outcomes for offenders and communities while making sure public protection remains our top priority. It considered all aspects of the probation system, including CRC performance and contractual arrangements. The review has now concluded and we will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:41 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Government has made of staff moral in community rehabilitation companies in England and Wales.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

We recognise that the reforms to probation services led to a period of great change for staff. Staff in the National Probation Service (NPS) and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) were provided with support both during and after the transition to the new probation structures.

CRCs are responsible for the welfare of the staff they employ. All suppliers were required to outline their employee incentive offer at the bidding stage, and these have been contractualised. We monitor CRCs closely through a robust contract management process.

We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account, and will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:39 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many financial penalties have been incurred by (a) number and (b) financial value by community rehabilitation companies in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) each county in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

This information is commercially sensitive.

We hold providers rigorously to account for their performance and take action wherever they are falling short. Our contract management teams closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their contractual commitments to maintain service delivery, reduce reoffending, protect the public and provide value for money to the taxpayer. If standards are not met, financial penalties can be applied through Service Credits. Service Credits are a payment made by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) back to the Government, as a means of compensating for services under the contract where the CRC fails to meet the contractual service levels expected.

30 Jun 2017, 1:38 p.m. Probation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve National Probation Service effectiveness for cases (a) of domestic abuse and (b) involving the safeguarding of children.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The National Probation Service (NPS) is responsible for assessing the level of risk posed by each offender under its supervision and ensuring that a robust plan is in place to manage any risk which the offender presents with respect to domestic abuse or to harming children. Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) has recently created a Directorate to lead a major programme to ensure that the NPS’s operational practice is of the highest standard. All NPS staff are required to complete a training package on child safeguarding and domestic abuse and repeat the training, every three years to ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

To support its contribution to local multi-agency arrangements, the NPS has developed a series of National Partnership Strategy Frameworks. They cover the NPS’s involvement in multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) for high risk domestic abuse victims and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).

(a) For domestic abuse, NPS staff are required to be alert to the possibility that there might be issues relating to domestic abuse in every case they manage and not just in those cases where the offender is already convicted of an offence in which domestic abuse is involved. The NPS is able to purchase specialist interventions from the Community Rehabilitation Companies to address the risk of domestic abuse. The then National Offender Management Service (NOMS), now Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service, produced and promulgated updated Domestic Abuse Guidance in August 2016.

(b) The NPS issued a Child Safeguarding Policy Statement in January this year, to replace interim guidance. NPS staff now have access to a range of safeguarding toolkits, information, quality assurance tools and practice guidance. In addition, the NPS has produced and promulgated a guide to staff supervising perpetrators of child sexual exploitation.

30 Jun 2017, 1:37 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community rehabilitation companies are in dispute with his Department on the payment mechanism.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

No Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) is in formal dispute with the department. We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account. We have already made some changes to how CRCs are paid so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. The details of these negotiations are commercially sensitive.

30 Jun 2017, 1:35 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appointments have been (a) offered and (b) undertaken by service users of community rehabilitation companies in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The information requested is not collated centrally.

Community Rehabilitation Companies came into existence on 1 June 2014 and ownership was transferred to new rehabilitation providers on 1 February 2015. We have since undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account and will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:35 p.m. Community Rehabilitation Companies David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many service users main contact with the community rehabilitation company is by telephone, in each community rehabilitation company in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The information requested is not collated centrally.

Community Rehabilitation Companies came into existence on 1 June 2014 and ownership was transferred to new rehabilitation providers on 1 February 2015. We have since undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account and will be publishing our findings in due course.

30 Jun 2017, 1:32 p.m. Offenders: Rehabilitation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has produced or is planning to produce a report on the effectiveness of the new Integrated Offender Management arrangements.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Integrated Offender Management is a local partnership arrangement that sees criminal justice agencies working together with other partners to tackle the offenders who cause most harm to their local communities.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary have included a report on the police contribution to local IOM arrangements in their PEEL inspections of police forces’ effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. For Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service, Her Majesty’s Inspection of Probation report on IOM in Quality and Impact Inspections.

The Government currently has no plans to produce a report specifically on the effectiveness of Integrated Offender Management.

30 Jun 2017, 1:22 p.m. Probation David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many multi-agency public protection arrangements eligible offenders are managed by the National Probation Service in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) each county in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The available information can be found in the table below. The National Probation Service (NPS) was created in June 2014. Data on MAPPA offenders for the year 2016-17 will not be released until the MAPPA annual report is published as National Statistics. The data cannot be broken down by county as the NPS is not organised along county lines. Instead the data is presented for England, Wales and by NPS Division.

Quarterly snapshots of the number of MAPPA offenders managed by the NPS in the community by England, Wales and NPS Division from 30/06/14-31/03/16.

30/06/14

30/09/14

31/12/14

31/03/15

England

23,258

25,365

27,849

28,042

Wales

1,355

1,420

1,516

1,725

NPS London

3,847

4,005

4,377

4,329

NPS Midlands

4,357

4,747

5,251

5,275

NPS North East

4,484

4,956

5,234

5,313

NPS North West

4,145

4,790

5,067

5,261

NPS South East and Eastern

3,041

3,237

3,951

3,927

NPS South west and South Central

3,384

3,630

3,969

3,937

England and Wales

24,613

26,785

29,365

29,767

30/06/15

30/09/15

31/12/15

31/03/16

England

28,695

29,646

30560

31,732

Wales

1,748

1,796

1,887

1,951

NPS London

4,415

4,493

4,579

4,724

NPS Midlands

5,326

5,510

5,618

5,815

NPS North East

5,392

5,539

5,695

5,904

NPS North West

5,397

5,572

5,906

5,944

NPS South East and Eastern

4,094

4,356

4,469

4,904

NPS South west and South Central

4,071

4,176

4,293

4,441

England and Wales

30,443

31,442

32,447

33,683