Prisons: Drugs

Justice written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many passive drug dogs are in operation in the Prison Service; where they are deployed; and what the strategic reason is for their deployment;

(2) what the (a) capital and (b) annual cost is of (i) training and (ii) operating passive drug detection dogs for use by the Prison Service;

(3) what the total cost to the Prison Service of the use of passive drug detection dogs has been.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

On 30 January there were a total of 228 passive drug dogs in operation in prisons in England and Wales. The following table shows where they are deployed.

Passive drug dogs are used to assist in the searching for drugs in establishments in accordance with drug strategies set by area managers and governing governors.

Costs are not collated centrally and gathering this information would incur disproportionate costs. However, a Passive Drug Dog team (handler and dog) costs approx £40,000 per annum including training. A dog purchase is around £1,000. Based on an approximate running cost of £40,000 per year, the total cost of 228 dogs is just over £9 million per annum.

High Security Estate Number
Belmarsh 3
Frankland 3
Full Sutton 3
Long Lartin 3
Manchester 3
Wakefield 3
Whitemoor 3
Woodhill 2
North East Area
Acklington 2
Castington 2
Deerbolt 2
Durham 6
Holme House 2
Low Newton 3
North West Area
Buckley Hall 2
Garth 2
Haverigg 2
Hindley 2
Kirkham 3
Lancaster 1
Liverpool 2
Preston 2
Risley 3
Styal 2
Thorn Cross 1
Wymott 3
Kennett 3
Yorkshire and Humberside Area
Yorkshire Area Search Team 11
West Midlands Area
Birmingham 3
Blakenhurst 7
Brinsford 2
Drake Hall 1
Featherstone 1
Shrewsbury 2
Stafford 2
Stoke Heath 2
Swinfen Hall 2
East Midlands Area
Ashwell 1
Foston Hall 2
Gartree 2
Glen Parva 3
Leicester 2
Lincoln 2
Morton Hall 0
North Sea Camp 1
Nottingham 2
Onley 3
Ranby 3
Stocken 2
Sudbury 2
Wellingborough 2
Whatton 2
Eastern Area
Bedford 2
Blundeston 2
Bullwood Hall 1
Chelmsford 3
Edmunds Hill 2
Highpoint 2
Hollesley Bay 1
Littlehey 2
The Mount 2
Norwich 3
Warren Hill 1
Wayland 3
South West Area
Bristol 2
Channings Wood 2
Dartmoor 2
Dorchester 1
Eastwood Park 2
Erlestoke 1
Exeter 2
Gloucester 1
Guys Marsh 1
Leyhill 1
Portland 1
Shepton Mallet 1
The Verne 1
Wales Area
Cardiff 0
Swansea 1
South Central Area
Isle of Wight 5
Aylesbury 1
Bullingdon 2
Coldingley 2
Downview 1
Grendon 1
High Down 1
Huntercombe 0
Kingston 2
Reading 1
Send 0
Winchester 2
Kent and Sussex Area
Elmley 1
Ford 1
Lewes 1
Maidstone 2
Rochester 1
Standford Hill 0
Swaleside 1
London Area
Brixton 0
Feltham 2
Holloway 2
Pentonville 2
Wandsworth 2
Wormwood Scrubs 1
Private Prisons
Altcourse 4
Ashfield 1
Bronzefield 1
Doncaster 2
Dovegate 2
Forest Bank 2
Lowdham Grange 2
Parc 2
Rye Hill 3
The Wolds 0
Peterborough 2
Total 228

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