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Prisoners: Weapons

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 118164, tabled on 7 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in England and Wales were prosecuted for possession of a weapon while in prison in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, c) 2016 and (d) 2017 to date.

Answered on

14 December 2017

The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced an offence of unauthorised possession in prison of a knife or offensive weapon. Data on proceedings in 2015 and 2016 is available on the gov.uk website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/614435/experimental-statistics-by-ho-offence-code.zip

Data on proceedings in 2017 is not yet available.