HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc429-30W
Vera Baird

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged under 18 were in custody at New Hall Prison on each(a) visit date and (b) publication date relating to the Chief Inspector of Prisons' recent report. [172614]

Paul Goggins

During the inspect ion by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons at New Hall prison between 10 and 14 November 2003, the number of juveniles held on F wing was as follows. (Note: these numbers include all those classified as juveniles, i.e. all those serving a Detention and Training Order, any remanded young women under 18 and all section 91s):

  • 10 November 2003–42
  • 11 November 2003–43
  • 12 November 2003–43
  • 13 November 2003–43
  • 14 November 2003–42.

Vera Baird

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners were mentally ill during their detention in New Hall women's prison during(a) 2003 and (b) 2004. [172652]

Paul Goggins

The available data for New Hall cover the period from 12 May 2003 to 26 April 2004. During that time there were 709 referrals for mental health assessments. Of these, 29 were diagnosed as having a "severe and enduring mental health problem" of a sort which generally requires specialist treatment. A further 345 of the referrals involved mental health issues linked to substance misuse and their problems were addressed in a variety of ways: psychology sessions, psychiatric nurse sessions, group and/or specialist sessions such as anger management, self-harm management, trauma/abuse counselling.