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Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 131526, tabled on 7 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in custody were refused a place in a mother and baby unit in 2017; and if he will make a statement.

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.