The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answers on 24th May 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government how many women aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, are currently held in each female prison establishment.
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar (Con): These figures are routinely published as part of the OMSQ Prison Population Data Tool (published as part of Offender Management Statistics Quarterly): https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly.
As of 31 December 2021 (latest available published data), the population of each female prison, split by requested age categories, was as follows (on Hansard).
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of physical restraint took place in the female prison estate on women aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, in each year since 2018.
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The requested data on use of force incidents is available for the 12 month periods ending March 2019 to March 2021. This is detailed in the attached Excel spreadsheet (on Hansard).
Every use of physical force is reviewed, and prison officers receive appropriate training to ensure that it is only used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate.
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 2 February (HL5530) concerning the average distance from home for prisoners in female and male prisons, what is the reason for the discrepancy between the figures provided and the figure in table 5.1a of the Female Offender Strategy supporting data tables.
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The reason for the difference between figures provided in the response to HL5530 and table 5.1a of the Female Offender Strategy supporting data tables is a change in methodology.
The figures provided in table 5.1a were calculated using travelling distance (i.e. the distance of a road journey between 2 destinations). From 2019, the methodology used to extract information on prisoners’ distance from home changed to the straight-line distance approach used in the answer to HL5530 and other similar questions.
Straight-line modelling is the most consistent calculation method. Attempts to model based on travelling distance are subject to significant temporal and geographical variation (e.g. inner city travel time).
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of cells in (1) the female prison estate, and (2) the male prison estate, have in-cell telephony; and what proportion of cells in each prison have that facility.
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I refer the right reverend Prelate to the answer given to PQ HL5474 on 1 February 2022 and HL5473 on 1 February 2022.