Prison Accommodation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th July 2019.

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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, what the average amount above Certified Normal Accommodation was in each of the prisons where performance was found to be of serious concern in the Annual Prison Performance Ratings 2017-18 in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the last six months of 2018.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of prisoners was in each of the prisons where performance was found to be of serious concern in the Annual Prison Performance Ratings 2017-18 in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the last six months of 2018.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes monthly individual prison population and capacity information through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-population-statistics

The table below shows the average amount above Certified Normal Accommodation in each of the prisons where performance was found to be of serious concern in the Annual Prison Performance Ratings 2017-18 in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the last six months of 2018.

Prison

2017

2018

Bedford

95

104

Birmingham

327

207

Bristol

178

133

Chelmsford

171

100

Exeter

162

146

Lindholme

81

42

Liverpool

40

79

Mount

3

-18

Nottingham

257

186

Onley

-7

-12

Peterborough

140

88

Portland

23

45

Wandsworth

610

507

Winchester

192

180

Wormwood Scrubs

80

75

The table below shows the average number of prisoners in each of the prisons where performance was found to be of serious concern in the Annual Prison Performance Ratings 2017-18 in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the last six months of 2018.

Prison

2017

2018

Bedford

370

381

Birmingham

1400

1054

Bristol

514

476

Chelmsford

720

634

Exeter

483

461

Lindholme

1002

902

Liverpool

1082

686

Mount

990

990

Nottingham

983

856

Onley

735

727

Peterborough

896

847

Portland

482

508

Wandsworth

1553

1431

Winchester

660

577

Wormwood Scrubs

1218

1147

CNA, or uncrowded capacity, is the Prison Service’s own measure of accommodation. CNA represents the good, decent standard of accommodation that the Service aspires to provide all prisoners.

There are no prisons operating above their operational capacity in England and Wales. The operational capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by the Prison Group Director on the basis of operational judgement and experience.

In addition to a reduction in the national prison population, reductions in CNA have been seen across many prisons in England and Wales for a range of reasons, including enabling maintenance to be performed and other operational reasons, such as part of the response to Urgent Notifications triggered by the Chief Inspector.

HMPPS operates a Performance Assurance Framework to identify and support prisons where performance is of concern.

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