HC Deb 30 November 1993 vol 233 cc408-9W
Mr. Hutton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category C prisoners escaped from custody in each year since 1979; and how many were subsequently recaptured.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. John Hutton, dated 30 November 1993: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about how many Category C prisoners escaped from custody in each year since 1979 and how many were subsequently recaptured. This information is not available in the form you request, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Incidents of escape from custody are recorded according to the security category of the prison from which the prisoner escapes and not by the security category of the prisoner. Information about escapes has only been recorded centrally since 20 June 1988. During the period 20 June 1988 to 31 October 1993 the number of prisoners who escaped from category C prisons is as follows:

Period Number
20 June to 31 October 1988 45
1 November 1988 to 31 October 1989 98
1 November 1989 to 31 October 1990 124
1 November 1990 to 31 October 1991 185
1 November 1991 to 31 October 1992 138
1 November 1992 to 31 October 1993 102

Destination Date Cost(£) Purpose
Brussels 9 January 282 Speaker at Aviation Conference
Brussels 25 January 1,089 Joint EC Transport and Environment Council
Brussels 14-15 March 1,553 EC Transport Council
Oslo/Gothenburg 9-11 May 1,194 Fact-finding tour on congestion charging technology
Luxembourg 7-8 June 2,611 EC Transport Council
Paris 14 June 484 Paris Air Show
Luxembourg 19 June 2,523 Additional EC Transport Council
USA 12-16 September 7,450 To negotiate aviation liberalisation with United States Transportation Secretary and fact-finding tour on highways issues