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Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 131525, tabled on 7 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in custody applied for a place in a mother and baby unit in 2017.

Answered on

16 March 2018

When considering applications for admission to Mother and Baby Units, the best interests of the child are paramount.

In 2016-17, 119 applications were received; 61 were approved and 16 declined. The remaining applications did not proceed for other reasons. Some women may change their mind, are released from custody, miscarry or have a termination.