New Hall Prison

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant women at HMP New Hall were given a place in a mother and baby unit in 2017.

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

Data relating to Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) applications is published annually and the latest published data available is for 2016/17 (at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-national-offender-management-service-digest-2016-to-2017). In 2016/17, 15 applications for a place on an MBU were approved by the MBU Admission Board at New Hall and 13 women were received into the unit there during that time. This would include women who were pregnant and women who had a child under 18 months. National data for 2017/18 will be published in the HMPPS Annual Digest on 26 July 2018.

Not all women whose applications are approved at New Hall will immediately take up a place on the unit. Some may take a place nearer, or after, giving birth, some may subsequently decide not to take up their place and some may move to an MBU at another establishment.

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