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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Lewes Prison (23 May 2024)

Edward Argar: Ministers and senior officials continue to engage closely with leaders responsible for HMP Lewes in a variety of ways, not limited to in-person meetings and site visits. The Prison Group Director for Kent, Surrey and Sussex frequently visits HMP Lewes, and his assessment of conditions at the prison informs consideration by Ministers and senior officials. HMP Lewes is subject to estate-wide,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers (21 May 2024)

Edward Argar: The quarterly HMPPS workforce statistics publication covers staffing information and the latest publication covers data up to 31 March 2024. HM Prison and Probation Service workforce statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Ensuring we attract people with the right skills and retain them so they can progress their career in HMPPS is a key priority, we are working hard to retain and develop clear...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Parc Prison: Crimes of Violence (17 May 2024)

Edward Argar: HMPPS takes the findings of every HMI Prisons inspection seriously and responds to each with a detailed action plan that seeks to address all concerns raised within the inspection report. For privately run prisons, HMPPS works closely with the Prison operator to ensure that the expected standards are met, through the local controller team and contractual escalation route, if required. HMPPS...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Parc Prison: Offensive Weapons (17 May 2024)

Edward Argar: Data on finds for April 2023 onwards is subject to future publication. Data to March 2024 will be released on 25th July, in the 23/24 HMPPS Annual Digest. Figures for the number of finds within prison custody, including finds of weapons, are published once per year on a financial year basis in the HMMPS Annual Digest: HMPPS Annual Digest, April 2022 to March 2023 - GOV.UK, specifically in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Training (13 May 2024)

Edward Argar: The method for recording counter terrorism training data has changed over time, so the information requested cannot be provided. Since December 2021, over 17,000 directly employed HMPPS prison staff have been trained in counter terrorism (through the Awareness for Staff on Prevent Extremism and Counter Terrorism Strategy (ASPECTS) programme). ASPECTS is delivered by counter-terrorist...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Wales (10 May 2024)

Edward Argar: We have a zero-tolerance approach to drugs in all our prisons. We have an ambitious 10-year Drug Strategy, which sets out our cross-government plan to address illegal drug use. It is underpinned by a record level of additional investment, as part of which the Ministry of Justice is rolling out a range of interventions, including in prisons in Wales, to get offenders off drugs and into...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Body Searches (10 May 2024)

Edward Argar: HM Prison and Probation Service does not currently have legal permission to use X-ray body scanners on staff working in prisons. As such, no prison officers are searched by an X-ray body scanner upon entry to prison. All persons may be searched on entry to or within prisons, including prison staff. Arrangements for staff searching are set out in a prisons Local Security Strategy. The vast...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Fires (10 May 2024)

Edward Argar: The attached table shows the number of fire incidents in each prison in each year since 2016. Information about fire incidents before 2016 is not available, because the records, which were held locally, have been destroyed in line with our retention policy. In 2016, a new centralised national system for recording fire incidents was introduced across the prison estate. The overwhelming...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Drugs ( 8 May 2024)

Edward Argar: The Ministry of Justice works closely with NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that all prisoners who need it have access to high-quality substance misuse treatment. This includes:increasing the number of Incentivised Substance-Free Living Units from 25 in summer 2022 to 80 now. Incentivised Substance-Free Living Units are prison wings providing a dedicated,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Synthetic Cannabinoids ( 7 May 2024)

Edward Argar: All prisons have a zero-tolerance approach to drugs, and we are highly aware of the threat synthetic drugs present. In response, HMPPS has developed capabilities to drug test prisoners who are suspected to have used, or are at risk of using, these dangerous substances. In addition, all prisons have been provided with access to forensic testing of items seized or found within the estate. Our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wandsworth Prison: Drugs ( 1 May 2024)

Edward Argar: HMP Wandsworth has benefitted from our £100 million investment in tough security measures, introducing x-ray body scanning for prisoners and enhanced gate security provisions for visitors and staff, which includes archway metal detectors, drugs dogs and x-ray baggage scanners. These measures are helping to tackle the supply of drugs and other contraband into prisons, and as of October 2023,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Drugs (30 Apr 2024)

Edward Argar: The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. All prisons have a zero-tolerance approach to drugs. Our drug testing contract also enables us to deliver key commitments in the Cross-Government Drug Strategy such as: testing of offenders who receive a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement, the pilot of Intensive Supervision Courts and increased flexibility to test for a...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholism and Drugs: Rehabilitation (24 Apr 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: By January 2024 there were an additional 9,907 adults in treatment for drugs and 9,908 adults in treatment of alcohol problems, when compared to the start of the drugs strategy in March 2022. Additionally, over the same period, there were an extra 2,650 children and young people receiving specialist support for drug and alcohol problems. The number of prison leavers referred to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Carers (22 Apr 2024)

Edward Argar: Our most comprehensive prison population data suggests that, over the course of a year, approximately 200,000 children may be affected by a parent being in, or going to, prison. However, this is based on survey data from 2009 and we recognise the need for a more up to date picture. The Prison Strategy White paper detailed our intention to work with other government departments to commission...

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Lancashire (22 Apr 2024)

Chris Philp: Reducing drug-related crime is a key priority of the Government’s 10-year drugs strategy. We are making good progress. Since April 2022 we have closed over 2,500 county lines and delivered over 6,000 major and moderate organised crime group disruptions. We are also investing £532m into drug treatment which reduces crime and reoffending. There are now 24,500 more people in treatment across...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Travellers (28 Mar 2024)

Edward Argar: His Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) pursues an evidence-based approach to improving treatment and outcomes for prisoners, people on probation and children in our care from Romani, Roma, and Traveller Communities. The HMPPS Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategy, first produced in May 2023, was drawn up, and continues to be developed, in consultation with Third Sector partners. It...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Drugs (21 Mar 2024)

Edward Argar: We know that substance misuse drives reoffending, and are committed to supporting offenders to overcome addictions and turn their lives around. Our landmark Drugs Strategy sets out the ambitious cross-government 10-year plan to address illegal drug use, underpinned by record additional investment – as part of which, the Ministry of Justice is supporting offenders at every stage of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Offensive Weapons (21 Mar 2024)

Lord Bellamy: ...list from items in the National Product List. They make their selection on the basis of a dynamic local risk assessment, taking into account a range of factors, notably security, safety, and prisoner needs. The Government is committed to making prisons a safe place to work and recognises the risks associated with prisoners’ access to everyday items, including wet-shave razors. In our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wetherby Young Offender Institution (13 Mar 2024)

Edward Argar: Education managers created a reading strategy which commenced in November 2023 and is in use across the prison, making sure reading for purpose and reading for pleasure are adequately planned and delivered in all lessons, including those for children receiving outreach tuition. The Head of Education, Skills & Work at HMYOI Wetherby, who is part of the Senior Management Team, will work with...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Homelessness (11 Mar 2024)

Felicity Buchan: In September 2022, we published our cross-government strategy ‘Ending Rough Sleeping for Good’ setting out how we are investing almost £2.4 billion over three years to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. This sets out a ‘prevention first approach’, including bringing forward investment so that nobody leaves a public institution for the streets, whether that is a hospital, prison,...


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