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Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Minister for Afghan Resettlement has now issued a response.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As I stated at the recent Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on safe routes and resettlement from Afghanistan, the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (25 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not provide central funding for support services specifically for individuals who have been remanded into custody for their own protection under the Bail Act 1976. Individuals remanded into custody (including those remanded for their own protection) have access to standard support services within prisons which may be relevant to their needs, such as the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dartmoor Prison (25 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Discussions with the Duchy of Cornwall regarding the future of HMP Dartmoor are ongoing, and it is not possible to provide an update on progress without prejudicing the outcome of those commercial negotiations. The potential for Dartmoor to remain operational as a prison beyond 2023 is similarly dependent on the outcome of the discussions.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice is working hard to deter, detect and disrupt the illegal use of drones around prisons. My department worked with the Home Office and the Department for Transport to develop the UK Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Strategy (2019). The strategy aims to reduce the risk posed by the highest-harm illegal use of drones. In May of this year, we enacted the Air Traffic and Unmanned...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 gave HMPPS new powers to authorise the use of counter-drone technology, such as electronic radio frequency jamming devices that interfere with property or wireless telegraphy. Jamming’ technology is a valuable tool in our security response to tackle the threat of drones to our prisons. We also deploy drone detection equipment in our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Women's Prisons: Security (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: There are no immediate plans to introduce Enhanced Gate Security (EGS) in the women’s estate. EGS measures provide technical and drug dog aided searching for all staff and visitors to a prison. These have been in place in the high security estate for some years and are now being introduced into 42 adult male prisons under the £100m Security Investment Programme. Sites were prioritised on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bronzefield Prison: Self-harm (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As part of the wider Safer Prisons Strategy, HMP Bronzefield has introduced a ‘Wellbeing Hub’ which enables prisoners to constructively express their emotions and develop self-help coping strategies in a dedicated therapeutic and calming environment. We are working closely with the provider, Sodexo, and a number of initiatives are due to be introduced as part of their self-harm strategy,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Homelessness (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The new Commissioned Rehabilitative Services went live on 26 June. HMPPS Contract Managers are overseeing the effective embedding of these new contracts and will robustly monitor the performance of providers. Although we are still in the early days of the new contracted provision, we are committed to ensuring that those within our care, including those in custody, receive the support they...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Sanitary Protection (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: All women’s prisons provide free sanitary products, however, prisoners can also purchase branded items from the canteen provision. The provision of free sanitary products also extends to any under 18 girls in the Youth Custody Young Offenders Estate. The Early days in custody Prison Service Instruction, 07/2015, also states that prisoners should be given any items required to meet essential...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Minister of State for Afghan Resettlement will respond shortly.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk – including women’s...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. As set out in the ‘Dear colleague’ letter to MP’s in September, the circumstances in Afghanistan are such that information regarding constituents’ friends and family members is not possible to obtain or may change very quickly. Regrettably, the Home Office is therefore unable to provide a response...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (23 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The safety of those who live and work in our prisons is our top priority. We have established a Women’s Estate Self-Harm taskforce which is co-ordinating longer-term work to address the factors driving self-harm Our Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) model is transforming how we support prisoners and significant investments have been made to improve safety and deliver key work. In...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (23 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The safety of those who live and work in our prisons is our top priority. We continue to deliver on our £100m investment to improve prison security to reduce crime in prison, clamping down on weapons, drugs and phones that fuel prison violence and undermine safety. The Challenge, Intervention and Support Plan (CSIP) is in place for the effective case-management of those prisoners who are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Drugs (23 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Since publishing the Prison Drug Strategy in April 2019, we have implemented a range of evidence-based programmes to help restrict supply, reduce demand, and build recovery from substance misuse at a local and national level. Through the Security Investment Programme, we have invested £100 million to tackle crime in prisons, including stopping the supply of drugs. Between 2020 and 2021, the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (23 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: For those in bridging accommodation, the hotel address will be sufficient to allow them to do this, and if they encounter any issues these should be raised with the Hotel Liaison Officers. These officers will provide support, advise and escalate any issues should they occur.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (23 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. The Home Office will continue to work closely with other Government departments, non-Governmental organisations, charities, local authorities and other partners and relevant organisations in the development and implementation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Proceedings: Young People (22 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Government is taking action to reduce crime and put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, and we listen closely to young people’s voices and perspectives as we do so. The Beating Crime Plan sets out a clear plan for less crime, fewer victims and a safer country, including for example £45m for specialist teams to support young people at risk of involvement in violence...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Self-harm and Suicide (22 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The specific information requested is not collected centrally, and therefore could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. On 20 September the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a new policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons, which contains a range of reforms for improving the care of pregnant women. The...


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