Prison Farms

Rachel Smith made this Freedom of Information request to HM Prison Service

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The request was partially successful.

Dear HM Prison Service,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following

1. The number of prison farms in British prisons and the years that they were established
2. The number of British prisoners for whom farm work is an option
3. The annual profit that prison farms might make from selling goods, and the annual cost to keep the scheme going.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically.

If thedecision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the email listed. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the twentieth working day.

If similar FOI requests have been made already please could you forward your responses to me.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Smith

Williamson, James, HM Prison Service

Freedom of Information Request FOI/65591/10

Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Zone 6 B
Post point 6.25
102 Petty France

T 020 3334 5151
F 020 3334 2245
E [email address]

09-JUN-10 Our Ref:FOI/65591/10

Dear Rachel Smith,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your correspondence of June 8, 2010, in which you asked
for information about farms in British prisons under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by July 5, 2010. Your request has
been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and they
will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/65591/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

James Williamson
(Sent on behalf of Kate Holliday)
Data Access and Compliance Unit

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FAO: Rachel Smith

Please see attached response to your recent Freedom of Information

I hope you find the information helpful.

Kind regards,

Derek Allen
Offender Employment, Skills and Services Group
National Offender Management Service
Peat House
1 Waterloo Way
Leicester LE1 6LP
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: [email address]

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