HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 c150W
Sir Robert Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average daily number of prisoners employed and the percentage of prisoners involved in vocational training by(a) quarter and (b) month in 1998. [71646]

Mr. McLeish

The information requested is not available at this time in the detail sought, as figures for prisoners in employment are collated centrally for the full period required by the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts, that is, from April to March each year. The numbers involved in vocational training are collected separately. Provisional figures for the number of prisoners engaged in vocational training for 1998 are as follows.

Month Average daily number of prisoners
January 292
February 289
March 297
April 281
May 286
June 310
July 316
August 109
September 310
October 316
November 322
December 273

The Scottish Prison Service is developing a computerised management information system for regime activity to support continuous improvement in prisoner programmes and other opportunities, and data collection.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.