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Prisons: Mobile Phones

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 494W, on prisons: mobile telephones, when data on mobile telephones seized in prisons in 2013 will be made available. [200962]

Jeremy Wright: The number of mobile phone and SIM card seizures for the first six months of 2013 was 3,398. The data for the whole of 2013 will be available by the end of August 2014, broken down by prison establishment.

One seizure may constitute a handset containing one SIM card or media card, a handset only, or a SIM card only.

All figures provided have been drawn from live administrative data systems which may be amended at any time. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.