HC Deb 08 July 2002 vol 388 cc743-4W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average delay was incurred in the last year for which figures are available before prisoners receive representation packs after they are recalled to prison; and if he will make a statement. [66617]

Hilary Benn

[holding answer 2 July 2002]The Prison Service target for issuing representation packs to determinate sentence prisoners after they have been recalled to prison is five working days. During the 12 month period ending 31 May 2002,76 per cent. of representation packs were issued within target. Information on the average delay in issuing these packs is not held centrally and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.