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Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 27 March 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Tax Allowances: Occupational Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether universal credit claimants are able to deduct the tax relief claimed by relief at source pension schemes from their earned income figure to calculate their award of universal credit.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 17 June 2019

100% of contributions to employer pension schemes, whether Net or Relief at Source pensions, will be taken into account when calculating the level of employed earnings in UC. This means that a UC claimant that contributes to either type of pension will, automatically (where employers report the information correctly), have their UC entitlement calculated on their taxable pay, after their pension contribution. This ensures fairness for all affected UC employed claimants.

If there is some discrepancy in the way in which it’s reported, DWP will manually ensure that the Relief at Source pension contribution is deducted before any UC entitlement is calculated on their employed earnings.

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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
Asked on: 14 May 2019
Cabinet Office
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timeframe is for a report on phase one of the Grenfell Tower inquiry led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick will be published.
A
Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 17 June 2019

The timing and handling of the Inquiry is a matter for the independent Inquiry and the Government hopes that the report for phase 1 will be published soon.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has already begun Phase 2 with the ongoing disclosure of thousands of documents to core participants. Phase 2 of the Inquiry will address the design and modification of the building; the fire and safety measures within it; the management, governance and inspection of the tower; and the steps taken in the days immediately following the fire to support those whose homes had been destroyed. The Inquiry expects the Phase 2 hearings to begin in early 2020.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Hull Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff there were at HMP Hull 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Hull Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were assaulted at HMP Hull 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Hull Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults on staff there were at HMP Hull 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Hull Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were seriously assaulted at HMP Hull 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Hull Prison: Self-harm
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm there have been at HMP Hull 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018. Information about incidents of self-harm up to December 2018 can be found by selecting table 2.13 in the ‘Self-harm in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

We are taking steps to reduce self-harm and self-inflicted death levels by rolling out improved suicide and self-harm training for new and existing staff. Over 25,000 staff have received some training and over 14,000 have received training in all six modules.

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Grouped Questions: 257408 | 257628 | 257634 | 258894 | 258898 | 258905 | 258912 | 258919 | 258929
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(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff at HMP Wormwood Scrubs there have been in each of the past 12 months.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 17 June 2019
Holding answer received on 11 June 2019

The Government publishes its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on prisoners at HMP Wormwood Scrubs there have been in each of the past 12 months.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 17 June 2019
Holding answer received on 11 June 2019

The Government publishes its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults there have been on staff at HMP Wormwood Scrubs 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults on prisoners at HMP Wormwood Scrubs there have been in each of the past 12 months.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 17 June 2019
Holding answer received on 11 June 2019

The Government publishes its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Self-harm
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm there have been at HMP Wormwood Scrubs 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018. Information about incidents of self-harm up to December 2018 can be found by selecting table 2.13 in the ‘Self-harm in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

We are taking steps to reduce self-harm and self-inflicted death levels by rolling out improved suicide and self-harm training for new and existing staff. Over 25,000 staff have received some training and over 14,000 have received training in all six modules.

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Grouped Questions: 257391 | 257628 | 257634 | 258894 | 258898 | 258905 | 258912 | 258919 | 258929
Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of random tests returned positive results for psychoactive substances at HMP Wormwood Scrubs 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.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 22 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Wormwood Scrubs Prison: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions illegal drugs were found at HMP Wormwood Scrubs 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.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff there have been at HMP Ranby 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on prisoners there have been at HMP Ranby 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults on staff there have been at HMP Ranby 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Crimes of Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serious assaults on prisoners there have been at HMP Ranby 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018.

Information about assaults and serious assaults on staff up to December 2018 can be found by selecting the relevant table in the ‘Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

assaults on staff table 3.15

assaults on prisoners table 3.16

serious assaults on staff table 3.18

serious assaults on prisoners table 3.19

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Self-harm
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm there have been at HMP Ranby 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 its Safety in Custody National Statistics bulletin on a quarterly basis, which covers deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.

The latest publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2018. Information about incidents of self-harm up to December 2018 can be found by selecting table 2.13 in the ‘Self-harm in prison custody 2000 to 2018’ link. The table is set out by prison and year, and monthly breakdowns can be found by using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ functions at the top of the table.

We are taking steps to reduce self-harm and self-inflicted death levels by rolling out improved suicide and self-harm training for new and existing staff. Over 25,000 staff have received some training and over 14,000 have received training in all six modules.

Violence in prisons remains unacceptably high but there are early signs that we are making progress. Eight of the jails involved in the ‘10 Prisons Project’ saw falls in the final quarter of 2018 – four of them by more than 25% - while the number of assaults across the estate reduced by 11%.

Across the prison estate we have invested an additional £70m in a raft of measures designed to improve safety, security and decency – including body-scanners, enhanced searches and new investigative teams – while the 4,700 additional staff we have recruited since October 2016 are making a real difference.

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Q
(Chingford and Woodford Green)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ranby Prison: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of random tests returned positive results for psychoactive substances at HMP Ranby 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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