HC Deb 28 July 1988 vol 138 cc421-2W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary action has been taken against those staff responsible for the management failure identified in his answer of 21 July, in relation to Risley remand centre.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Disciplinary action was not called for, but as indicated in my reply of 21 July, at column775to an earlier question from the hon. Member, suitable steps have been taken to remedy the management failures identified at Risley.

Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the Civil Service grade of Mr. David Thompson while he was governor of Risley remand centre; and what is his current grade.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Mr. David Thompson was a member of prison service unified grade 1 whilst he was governor of HMRC Risley and remains in that grade in his new post.

Mr. Churchill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many remand prisoners currently held at Risley remand centre have been held without bail for(a) six to eight months, (b) nine to 11 months, (c) 12 to 14 months, (d) 15 to 17 months and (e) 18 months or more; what are the comparable figures for the United Kingdom as a whole; and what steps he proposes taking to rectify it.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

[holding answer 19 July 1988]: The readily available information is given in the following table. Following the experimental introduction of statutory time limits for custody, my right hon. Friend extended them last April to apply to all of Wales and 13 English counties, including Cheshire and Greater Manchester. We hope that custody time limits will be in force throughout England and Wales by 1990. Other measures we are taking are described in the Green Paper "Private Sector Involvement in the Remand System" (Cm. 434, July 1988).

Estimated population of untried and convicted unsentenced prisoners in Prison Department establishments in England and Wales on 30 June 1987:
by length of time since first remand into a Prison Department establishment
Length of time since first remand into Prison Department establishments2 Estimated population1
Risley3 England and Wales3 4
Up to 6 months 806 9,530
Over 6 up to 9 months 43 800
Over 9 up to 12 months 10 220
Over 12 up to 15 months 2 90
Over 15 up to 18 months 20
Over 18 months 15
TOTAL 861 510,670

1 Based on records held centrally which are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.

2 Excludes any time spent in prison cells before reception on remand into a Prison Department establishment; includes any subsequent time that may have been spent on bail.

3 Provisional figures.

4 Rounded estimate; the components do not add up to the total because they have been rounded independently.

5 Excludes 580 prisoners held in police cells.

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