Home Department written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overcrowding notifications the Department received from each prison in each year since 2000.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Operational capacity of a prison is determined and approved by Senior Managers and the Prison Service in accordance with PSO 1900 Certified Prisoner Accommodation. These decisions are based on these managers' knowledge of establishment regime and infrastructure.

It is not possible to identify separately from the notifications all the changes to prison capacity due to overcrowding.

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