§ Miss Widdecombe
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 Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 23 January 1997:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question concerning which prisons in England and Wales are overcrowded and what percentage of overcrowding exists.The information requested is given in the attached table. Overcrowding is defined as the number of prisoners above the In Use CNA. The In Use CNA is the certified normal accommodation and represents the uncrowded capacity of each establishment on the 27th December 1996. This measure of overcrowding takes into account all types of accommodation including single and double cells, rooms and dormitories.The total number of prisoners held in an establishment is determined by its operational capacity rather than its In Use CNA. Operational capacity is the total number of prisoners which an establishment can hold without serious risk to good order, security and the proper running of the planned regime.
Prisons in England and Wales that are overcrowded Prison name Percentage overcrowding Ashwell 1 Bedford 12 Belmarsh 2 Birmingham 37 Blakenhurst 10 Brinsford 1 Bristol 15 Brixton 17 Bullingdon 4 Camp Hill 10 Canterbury 47 Cardiff 26 Coldingley 3 Cookham Wood 20 Doncaster 15 Dorchester 52 Downview 2 Durham 41 Elmley 4 Everthorpe 1 Exeter 59 Featherstone 1 Feltham 3 Garth 3 Glen Parva 19 Gloucester 22 Guys Marsh 4 Haverigg 8 High Down 1 Holloway 10 Hull 21 Lancaster Farms 1 Leeds 7 Leicester 52 Lincoln 46
Prisons in England and Wales that are overcrowded Prison name Percentage overcrowding Liverpool 9 Low Newton 39 Maidstone 2 Manchester 19 Moorland 6 Mount 6 Northallerton 76 Norwich 25 Parkhurst 1 Pentonville 20 Preston 67 Reading 9 Send 7 Shepton Mallett 29 Shrewsbury 79 Stafford 8 Stocken 8 Styal 1 Swaleside 3 Swansea 23 Usk 40 Verne 4 Wakefield 16 Wandsworth 6 Wayland 3 Whatton 2 Winchester 25 Wolds 10 Wormwood Scrubs 15