Prisoners: Childbirth

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2018 to Question 125711, on Prisoners: Childbirth, for what reasons the number of women who give birth in prison in 2017 was not recorded.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2018 to Question 125711, on Prisoners: Childbirth, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of determining how many women in prison gave birth in 2017.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Births in prison are recorded locally. It is not practicable for all information held locally to be collected centrally as a matter of routine: information is collected centrally normally when there is a recurring need for it to be immediately available for management purposes. We will consider whether notifications of births should be added to the list of information we collect centrally.

Determining how many women in prison gave birth in 2017 would require examination of all female prisoner’s records. This would have to be done manually. We estimated the cost as in excess of £10,000.

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