Prison Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 17 March 2003.

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Photo of Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan SSP

Question S1W-34528

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33583 by Mr Jim Wallace on 10 February 2003, how many prisoners were detained in each prison in each year given in that answer; how many of these were detained in connection with illegal drugs offences, and how many were detained solely or mainly relating to the possession and/or the supply of cannabis.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

I have asked Tony Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service to respond. His response is as follows:

The data on receptions are held in such a way that it is not possible to provide an answer to each element of the question.

However, the following two tables show the number of people detained on 30 June of 2000 and 2001 and the number detained in connection with illegal drugs offences. As the warrants only record the fact that illegal drugs were involved, it is not possible to identify where these offences related to the possession or supply of cannabis.

Table 1

Total Prison Population by Establishment on 30 June

Establishment

2000

2001

HM Prison Aberdeen

155

215

HM Prison Barlinnie

975

1,061

HM Prison Castle Huntly

141

128

HM Prison and YOI Cornton Vale

187

234

HM Prison and YOI Dumfries

160

127

HM Prison Edinburgh

660

731

HM Prison and YOI Glenochil

603

575

HM Prison Greenock

293

328

HM Prison Inverness

112

138

HM Prison Kilmarnock

497

548

HM Prison Low Moss

313

362

HM Prison Noranside

128

96

HM Prison Perth

426

481

HM Prison Peterhead

289

288

HM YOI Polmont

389

439

HM Prison Shotts

514

509

HM Prison Zeist

2

1

All

5,844

6,261

Table 2

Prison Population by Establishment on 30 June

Where "Drugs" was the Main Crime/Offence

Establishment

2000

2001

HM Prison Aberdeen

25

42

HM Prison Barlinnie

141

120

HM Prison Castle Huntly

59

50

HM Prison and YOI Cornton Vale

37

55

HM Prison and YOI Dumfries

9

3

HM Prison Edinburgh

65

72

HM Prison and YOI Glenochil

93

94

HM Prison Greenock

19

10

HM Prison Inverness

15

15

HM Prison Kilmarnock

88

87

HM Prison Low Moss

38

51

HM Prison Noranside

46

28

HM Prison Perth

87

92

HM YOI Polmont

20

15

HM Prison Shotts

75

97

All

817

831

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