Prisoners on Remand: Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been remanded from courts in North Wales into police cells in the last six months.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is not collected centrally in this form. To provide it, we would need to undertake a manual examination of individual records of prisoner journeys in North Wales. This could not be done without incurring disproportionate cost.

Police cells are not normally used to accommodate prisoners remanded or sentenced by the courts. However, circumstances can exceptionally occur – for example where there is major traffic disruption owing to bad weather or other causes – in which it is not possible, at the end of the court proceedings, to complete a journey to a prison in the time available.

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