HL Deb 25 June 2003 vol 650 cc24-5WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many asylum applicants and immigration detainees were held in H M Prisons at the most recent date, including how many at H M Prison Liverpool; and what plans they have for improving conditions in that prison. [HL3396]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The latest published information on the number of people held in Prison Service establishments is for 29 March 2003 and shows those detained solely under Immigration Act powers. The requested figures are contained in the table.

Persons recorded as being held in Prison Service Establishments

at 29 March 2003

Total Detainees Of whom,

Asylum seekers1

Liverpool 5 5
Other prison establishments 245 125
Total 250 130
Figures are rounded to nearest five.
1 Persons detained soley under Immigration Act powers who are recorded as having sought asylum at some stage.

The Prison Service is drawing up an action plan which will address each of the recommendations for improvement made in the recent report on HMP Liverpool by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. The action plan will be approved, and monitored, by the Prisons Minister, my honourable friend, the member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mr Goggins).

Information on Immigration Act detainees as at 28 June 2003 will be published towards the end of August 2003 on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at http;//www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.