Prisoners: Pregnancy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant women are in prison in England and Wales (a) in total and (b) for non-violent crimes.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant women are on remand awaiting trial in England and Wales.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) babies born to women serving custodial sentences have lived and (b) neo-natal mortalities there have been among such women in each women's prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. We are currently carrying out a fundamental review of our Mother and Baby Units policy, as part of which, we are looking at what information related to pregnancy and birth can be collected.

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