Moorland Prison: Drugs:Written question - 258913

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 03 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Moorland Prison: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of random tests returned a positive result for psychoactive substances at HMP Moorland in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 17 June 2019
Holding answer received on 11 June 2019

The Government publishes an Annual Digest that provides a range of detailed statistics and measures for prisons and probation for the financial year, including data on drug tests and finds.

The latest publication covering the 17/18 financial year is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-hm-prison-and-probation-service-digest-2017-to-2018. Figures on the proportion of positive results for random mandatory drugs tests and the number of incidents where drugs were found for the 17/18 financial year are provided in the table below:

Positive Random Mandatory Drugs Tests and Drug Finds for the 12 months to March 2018

Prison

Proportion of positive results for psychoactive substances

Number of incidents where drugs were found

HMP Hull

16%

232

HMP Humber

26%

277

HMP Isis

15%

144

HMP Leeds

23%

456

HMP Lindholme

26%

208

HMP Moorland

25%

133

HMP Nottingham

21%

120

HMP Ranby

29%

274

HMP Wealstun

35%

86

HMP Wormwood Scrubs

11%

73

We do not publish monthly breakdowns, however, further information about the proportion of positive results for random mandatory drugs tests can be found by selecting table 7.4 in the ‘Chapter 7 tables – Random mandatory drug testing’ link’.

Further information about the number of incidents where drugs were found can be found by selecting table 9.2 in the ‘Chapter 9 tables – Finds in prison’ link.

These prisons are also part of the 10 Prisons Project which aims to reduce violence in 10 of our most challenging prisons by reducing the supply of drugs; restoring basic decency and providing the training and support for prison officers to challenge the behaviour that drives violence. The project received an initial £10 million funding to improve security and decency, and bolster leadership capability over a 12-month period.

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