Prisons: CCTV

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many CCTV cameras there are in each category (a) A and (b) B prison.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average proportion of space accessible to prisoners which is covered by CCTV camera in each category (a) A and (b) B prison.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of installing and upgrading CCTV cameras across the prison estate in each of the last five years in each category (a) A and (b) B prison.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 19 December 2018

The safety and security of prisons is a top priority.

Prisons already use body searches, metal-detecting scanners and drug detection dogs, and we have invested £7 million in modern technology, including phone blocking technology and improved searching techniques. As announced recently in the Budget, we will now spend an extra £30 million this financial year to further improve decency, safety and security in prisons.

We do not disclose details of our prison security defence capability, including our use of CCTV, for reasons of operational security. Additionally, complete information on the cost of installing and upgrading CCTV in prisons could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. For the financial year 2018-2019, the Ministry of Justice has 52 separate projects pertaining to the installation/upgrade of CCTV within prisons, at a cost of £2,213,769.93.

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