Written Questions To The Ministry Of Justice On The Proposed Prison For Port Talbot

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As Parliament returned from the summer recess I tabled a range of questions around the Ministry of Justice's proposals to build a prison on land in the Baglan Industrial Estate.

You can read my questions below.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, Whether he or Ministers of his Department have plans to attend the public meeting in Port Talbot on 20 September 2017 on the proposed siting of a prison in Baglan, Port Talbot.

Sam Gyimah: The site at Port Talbot was proposed along with a number of other sites by the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government continue to support us in redeveloping the site for the purpose of building a new prison.

It is not customary for Ministers to attend public consultation events about obtaining planning permission for new prisons.

My officials will be holding a two-day public event about our plans for the new prison in Port Talbot, in due course. This event will be over and above the statutory consultation process required.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds he will make available to the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to provide healthcare for prisoners in the proposed prison in Port Talbot.

The proposed new prison at Port Talbot is part of our plans to reform and modernise the prison estate. We will work closely with our partners in the NHS in Wales and the Welsh Government to plan for quality health services for this new prison. No decisions have yet been made on arrangements for these services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have caused (a) harm to themselves, (b) harm to other prisoners and (c) harm to members of the prison service in (i) HMP Parc, (ii) HMP Bure and (iii) HMP The Mount in the past 24 months.

Safety and security in prisons is our top priority, and we take the mental health and wellbeing of prisoners and staff extremely seriously. The precise information requested could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

There is published data on the number of self-harm incidents, assaults by prisoners on other prisoners and assaults by prisoners on staff at each prison establishment within the Safety in Custody statistics, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-tomarch-
2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners have required (a) medical treatment and (b) emergency medical treatment at an NHS hospital at (i) HMP Parc, (ii) HMP Bure and (iii) HMP The Mount in the past 24 months.

 Jackie Doyle-Price: The information requested is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Category C prisoners are held in (a) HMP Swansea, (b) HMP Cardiff and (c) HMP Parc.

Sam Gyimah: As of 30 June 2017, the number of category C prisoners at HM Prison and Young Offender Institutions Cardiff, Parc and Swansea were 440, 1,173 and 247 respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of healthcare at the proposed Port Talbot prison will be provided by (a) the NHS and (b) private healthcare providers.

Sam Gyimah: The proposed new prison at Port Talbot is part of our plans to reform and modernise the prison estate. We will work closely with our partners in the NHS in Wales and the Welsh Government to plan for quality health services for this new prison. No decisions have yet been made on arrangements for these services.