Prisons in Parliament

Ministers get fired up: Drugs and mental health provision debated this week

How many fires have there been in prison over the last five years? Image: Premasager


Prisons in Parliament keeping you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What has been said and by whom? Find out here…


Drugs in prison

How many incidents of illegal drugs in prison have there been over the last five years, and what steps are being taken to prevent drugs entering prisons? Asked Jim Shannon. 

According to Andrew Selous, each month 10 per cent of the prison population is tested randomly for a range of controlled drugs through the mandatory drug testing (MDT) system.


The number of positive MDT tests for illegal drugs over the past five years:

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Existing security measures to detect drugs include body scanners and search dogs. “We continue to explore new methods of preventing drugs coming into prisons” said Andrew Selous.



Learning disabilities services in prison

What actions are being taken to ensure that learning disabilities services are commissioned by the NHS in every prison in England? Asked Lord Bradley.

Lord Brampton said that health assessments are made on a regular basis and that this includes tests for learning disabilities:

“Public Health England, NHS England and the National Offender Management Service commission individual health and wellbeing needs assessments (HNAs) in all prisons and young offender institutions in England.”



Fires in custody

How many fires there have been in each prison and youth facility in each month since May 2010? Asked Andrew Slaughter. 

The total number of fires in custody:

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One Comment on “Prisons in Parliament”

  1. Gerry Hendry says:

    Are you sure that 10% is the figure across the prison estate


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