HC Deb 13 July 1998 vol 316 c61W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of prisons make use of community midwifery services to provide antenatal and postnatal care within prisons; [50038]

(2) what proportion of women's prisons have agreed joint local protocols with their nearest hospital for the care of pregnant prisoners. [50034]

Ms Quin

All prisons which hold pregnant women provide a community midwifery service through the local NHS Trust. All but two of those prisons also have locally agreed arrangements for hospital care for pregnant prisoners.

Of the two which do not, one has a local protocol for the care of pregnant women agreed with the NHS midwifery service; and the other is in the process of agreeing an arrangement with the local hospital.