§ Mr. John Evans
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current catchment area for Risley remand centre for both males and females; and if he has any plans to make any changes in either catchment area.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Risley remand centre receives male prisoners who are unconvicted or convicted and awaiting sentence and who are committed by magistrates courts in Cheshire, Clwyd, Lancashire and Merseyside, and parts of Cumbria—excluding those committed for appearance at the Crown court at Carlisle—Derbyshire, Gwynedd and Staffordshire; and female prisoners in the same categories who are committed by courts in Clwyd, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Gwynedd, Lancashire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire, and parts of Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Powys. As stated in my reply to a question from the hon. Member on 23 December—[Vol. 34, c. 622.]—we are considering the feasibility of establishing a remand function at Liverpool prison to enable that establishment to assume responsibility for the majority of men remanded by courts in Merseyside who are currently held at Risley. We have at present no plans to make any changes in Risley's female catchment area.