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Prisons: Pepper Spray

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3791, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions pelargonic acid vanillylamide (PAVA) incapacitant spray has been (1) drawn, or (2) drawn and deployed, in prisons since 1 April 2019, broken down by prison.

Answered on

22 November 2021

We ensure all our prison officers are trained in how to use PAVA professionally, safely and lawfully and that it is only used when necessary and proportionate.

The data provided for this response is collected as internal management information and reflects the data held at the date of extraction. It is not quality assured in the same way as data prepared for publication and is subject to change.

Establishment*

Total

Drawn only

Drawn and deployed

Aylesbury

20

5

15

Bedford

6

4

2

Belmarsh

1

1

0

Berwyn

1

0

1

Brinsford

18

4

14

Bure

1

1

0

Channings Wood

1

1

0

Durham

4

4

0

Elmley

1

0

1

Featherstone

6

4

2

Ford

1

0

1

Garth

1

0

1

Gartree

1

1

0

Hindley

13

5

8

Hull

25

4

21

Humber

1

0

1

Isis

1

0

1

Manchester

3

2

1

Moorland

3

1

2

Norwich

4

3

1

Nottingham

1

1

0

Preston

22

3

19

Ranby

2

1

1

Risley

42

15

27

Rochester

1

0

1

Stafford

2

1

1

Stocken

1

0

1

Swaleside

1

1

0

Swinfen Hall

31

5

26

Wakefield

7

6

1

Wandsworth

2

1

1

Wayland

2

2

0

Wealstun

36

11

25

Whitemoor

11

4

7

Winchester

3

0

3

Woodhill

3

1

2

Total

279

92

187

Ford

1

0

1

Garth

1

0

1

Gartree

1

1

0

Hindley

13

5

8

Hull

25

4

21

Humber

1

0

1

Isis

1

0

1

Manchester

3

2

1

Moorland

3

1

2

Norwich

4

3

1

Nottingham

1

1

0

Preston

22

3

19

Ranby

2

1

1

Risley

42

15

27

Rochester

1

0

1

Stafford

2

1

1

Stocken

1

0

1

Swaleside

1

1

0

Swinfen Hall

31

5

26

Wakefield

7

6

1

Wandsworth

2

1

1

Wayland

2

2

0

Wealstun

36

11

25

Whitemoor

11

4

7

Winchester

3

0

3

Woodhill

3

1

2

Total

279

92

187

Note* The above prisons comprise both those which have been through full rollout and deployed to over 50% of their eligible staff, and also prisons that have only issued as part of an exceptional deployment to a very small number of staff.