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Prisons: Television

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many televisions were removed from prisoners' cells (a) temporarily and (b) permanently in each of the last two years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is neither collated centrally, nor required to be recorded locally, and could be obtained only by manual checking with individual establishments, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Televisions in cells are available as a privilege under the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme and prisoners are charged for their use. They are a forfeitable privilege and can be withdrawn for a variety of reasons.

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