Prisons have started to use drone technology as a means of seeking out and finding criminals who have escaped.
The Sunday People revealed the UAVs are being operated by the National Tactical Response Group.
The MoJ described drones “national resources” to be “deployed to a particular prison as required”.
They were used last week at HMP Lindholme in Doncaster when two prisoners managed to get out.
The news outlet detailed how a lunchtime roll check revealed the pair were missing from their cells
A four-engined drone was then used to hover over the former RAF base near Doncaster, South Yorks, as patrol dogs worked on the ground.
The Daily Mirror reported how the device sent footage from its camera to staff who viewed it on a laptop.
The men were subsequently captured that evening and were moved to a closed prison.
A police source told the newspaper: “Drones have only become operational recently and have proved a game changer. They will be a potent weapon against escapees.”