§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on(a) prisoners, (b) prison staff and (c) other people in Prison Service establishments there were in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1999–2000 and (iii) 2000–01; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Beverley Hughes
The number of proven adjudications for assaults on prisoners, staff and others for the years 1996–97, 1999–2000 and 2000–01 are listed in the table. The Prison Service does not record data on assaults on staff and others separately. Data on assaults and all Prison Service key performance indicators are published annually in Her Majesty's Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts and Her Majesty's Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan.533W
The number of proven adjudications for assault at any time will in part reflect the total number or prisoners and the extent to which victims are enabled to come forward with complaints.
Assaults on prisoners Assaults on staff/others Total assaults 1996–97 2,747 2,531 5,278 1999–2000 3,457 3,010 6,467 2000–01 3,282 3,107 6,389