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Prisons

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 797W, on prisons, how long on average elapsed between prisoners' cells being unlocked in the morning and prisoners being returned to their cells in the evening in each month between January 1997 and March 2007.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The figures requested are set out in the following table.

Monthly average time unlocked (hours per prisoner per day)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
January 11.11 10.64 10.46 10.16 9.12 9.32 9.78 9.91 9.91 10.09 10.08
February 11.12 10.59 10.60 10.13 9.58 9.48 9.84 9.86 9.91 10.12 10.06
March 11.15 10.93 10.46 9.82 8.95 9.32 9.90 9.89 9.97 10.04 10.11
April 11.00 10.75 10.39 8.81 9.66 9.66 9.94 9.87 10.03 10.08
May 11.06 10.70 10.39 9.54 9.77 9.75 9.97 10.04 9.99 10.03
June 10.93 10.65 10.26 9.59 9.67 9.89 9.92 10.07 10.05 10.20
July 10.89 10.70 10.27 9.80 9.83 9.80 9.96 10.03 10.02 10.08
August 10.96 10.60 10.16 9.76 9.69 9.78 9.96 9.90 9.99 10.07
September 10.86 10.60 10.22 9.99 9.72 9.83 9.96 9.86 9.99 10.11
October 10.95 10.56 10.13 9.97 9.67 9.73 9.91 9.91 10.06 10.11
November 10.86 10.53 10.12 9.88 9.50 9.60 9.87 10.04 10.13 10.13
December 10.69 10.50 10.10 9.78 9.41 9.54 9.88 9.94 9.92 9.99

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