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Prisoners: Restraint Techniques

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5114, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18–24, or (2) 25 years or older, experienced physical restraint by one or more members of staff in each of the last 10 years.

Answered on

19 January 2022

We can only provide the requested data on use of force incidents involving women in prison aged (1) 18–24, or (2) 25 years or older, by one or more members of staff for the period of year ending March 2019 to year ending March 2021. This is detailed in the attached Excel spreadsheet.

We cannot access the requested data for the previous seven years as we did not collate the information on an individual case basis and are unable to do so retrospectively.

Every use of physical force is reviewed and prison officers receive appropriate training to ensure that it is only used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate.