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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) how many mothers with babies were held in prison in each of the last five years;
(2) how many female prisoners applied for and were refused a place in a mother and baby unit in each of the last five years;
(3) how many women gave birth while serving a custodial sentence in each of the last five years.
Information prior to this date could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.
We do not hold information centrally on women giving birth while serving their sentence, to obtain this could be done only at disproportionate cost.