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Chamber and committees

Question reference: S6W-12338

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 18 November 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Keith Brown on 30 November 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of prison cells were not in use due to disrepair or poor estate conditions as of 15 November 2022, broken down by prison.


Answer

I have asked Teresa Medhurst, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. Her response is as follows:

The Prisoner Records system (PR2) does not allow data to be gathered retrospectively. On Wednesday 23 November the number of cells out of use were:

Establishment

Number of Cells Out of Use*

Barlinnie

15

Dumfries

2

Greenock

38

Inverness

9

Kilmarnock

2

Perth

1

TOTAL

67

*PR2 records cells currently in the system that have ‘out of use’ recorded against them. It does not record the reason for cells out of use which could be for either operational or maintenance reasons.