The Welsh Affairs Committee has completed an inquiry into Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate.  The inquiry concentrated on the prison estate in Wales and Welsh prisoners in the prison estate in England.

Terms of Reference

‘The experience of Welsh people held within the prison estate, as remand prisoners and as sentenced prisoners’

( i )    Specifically including the experiences of:
    a.    young offenders (males aged 18-21)
    b.    juveniles (aged under 18)
    c.    women
    d.    prisoners from north and mid Wales

( ii )    Prison provision in England for prisoners from Wales

( iii )    Prison provision in Wales

( iv )    Provision in prison through the medium of Welsh, in Welsh prisons and in English prisons

( v )    Other prison regimes and alternatives and how they might be modified and applied in Wales

( vi )    Closed and open prisons

( vii )    Obligations under the Human Rights Act with regard to location, gender, language etc

Memoranda submitted so far to the Committee on Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate.


The Committee took oral evidence at the National Assembly for Wales from representatives from:

The North Wales Duty Solicitors Committee
HMP and YOI Parc
FFOPS (Family and Friends of Prisoners)

and visited HMP Cardiff and HMP Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November.

Statement from the Chairman on the Ministry of Justice announcement of a new Welsh prison 05.02.2009.


Was published as a command paper in August 2007 by the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice. (Cm 7195)


The Committee has published its 3rd Report, Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate, (HC 74, Session 2006-07) at 00.01 am on Wednesday 6 June.


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Tuesday 12 December 2006 (uncorrected) HC 74-iv
Oral Evidence from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Under-Secretary of State for criminal justice and offender management.

Monday 4 December 2006 (uncorrected) HC 74-iii
Oral Evidence from Assistant Chief Constable Ian Shannon on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Wales, and Carol Moore, Chief Probation Officer, North Wales Probation Service and Chair of the North Wales Criminal Justice Board

The Committee also made a private visit to HMP Altcourse.

Tuesday 28 November 2006 (uncorrected) HC 74-ii
Oral Evidence from: Prison Governors Association; Youth Justice Board; Victim Support Wales; and Campaign for Real Justice

Tuesday 21 November 2006 (uncorrected) HC 74-i (2006-07)
Oral Evidence from: All Party Parliamentary Group on Children in Wales (APPG); Howard League for Penal Reform; NACRO (National Association for the Care and resettlement of Offenders); and UNLOCK (National Association of Reformed Offenders)

Monday 6 November 2006 (uncorrected) HC 1658-ii
Oral Evidence from: Huw Edwards LLB, Solicitor, Chair of the North Wales Duty Solicitors Committee, and representatives from HMP Parc; and representatives of Family and Friends of Prisoners).

Tuesday 31 October 2006 (uncorrected) HC1658-i
Oral Evidence from Home Office officials and representatives from the National Offender Management Service