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Prisons ("Advice to Governors")

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy relating to public access to the documents "Advice to Governors", issued to prison governors. [20617]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 18 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Brian Landers to Mr. Alex Carlile, dated 19 March 1996:


Charge Reductions

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will advise police authorities that they should repay retrospectively reductions in charges when an error has taken place and has been admitted. [20888]

Mr. Maclean [holding answer 18 March 1996]: I would expect police authorities to correct any overcharging when it came to notice, in the same way as any other organisation.

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Buckley Hall Prison

Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the security cameras currently operating at Buckley Hall prison are constantly monitored; and for how long the videotape recording made by the cameras are stored. [20918]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 18 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Brian Landers to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 19 March 1996:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted escapes have been recorded at Buckley Hall prison since its opening; and what was the average number for male category C training prisons over the same period. [20920]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 18 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Brian Landers to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 19 March 1996:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) what is the average absenteeism rate among prison officers at Buckley Hall prison and (b) what is the average absenteeism rate amongst prison officers at male category C training prisons. [20923]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 18 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 19 March 1996:


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Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 March, Official Report, column 445, what steps are being taken to eradicate smuggling into Buckley Hall prison through items being thrown over the prison fence. [20924]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 18 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Brian Landers to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 19 March 1996:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have received authorised leave from Buckley Hall prison after protesting on the prison hospital's roof because of the denial of authorised leave. [21272]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange a reply to be given.

Letter from Brian Landers to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 19 March 1996:


Prison Cells

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the statutory minimum size of prison cells; [19333]

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Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 7 March 1996]: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Alex Carlile, dated 19 March 1996:



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