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Barlinnie Prison

Volume 931: debated on Saturday 5 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total accommodation at Barlinnie for male adult prisoners and for young prisoners, respectively; and how many are accommodated two, three or four to a cell.

Barlinnie has a design capacity of 815 places for male adult prisoners and 188 places for young offenders. On 26th April, 274 adult prisoners were housed two to a cell, 171 three to a cell, and 44 young offenders two to a cell. No inmates were housed more than three to a cell.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cells at Barlinnie were designed for three prisoners; how many of these accommodate more than three; and how many they contain.

There are 26 cells designed to hold three prisoners but they are used at present for purposes other than accommodation of prisoners.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what provision there is at Barlinnie for classes or other free-time activities.

Day classes are provided mainly in remedial and general education and evening classes in general education, art and pottery. There are also facilities for private study, television, film shows, football and a variety of indoor games.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prisoners in Barlinnie eat their meals in their cells.

All remand prisoners at Barlinnie eat their meals in their cells, and the number doing so on 29th April 1977 was 186. For medical and administrative reasons some adult convicted prisoners and young offenders eat their meals in their cells. The numbers doing so on 29th April were 101 and seven respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what facilities for visiting there are at Barlinnie; where visits take place; and how many visitors go to Barlinnie each day.

The visiting facilities at Barlinnie, which were provided in 1975, comprise a visiting room for 32 visitors at a time; eight visit rooms for the use of solicitors and social workers; and a spacious visitors' waiting room with adequate toilet facilities. All visits take place in this accommodation. During the week ending Friday 22nd April the daily average number of visitors was 159.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff houses have been built at Barlinnie since 1966.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what kinds of work are performed by young offenders at Barlinnie;(2) how many adult prisoners in Barlinnie are able to work during the day; and how many hours they work;(3) how many additional workshops have been built at Barlinnie since 1966; and what proposals there are for further expansion.

Young offenders at Barlinnie recover metals for reprocessing and carry out domestic functions. On 26th April only 67 young offenders were located at Barlinnie and my center hon. Friend hopes to be able to close the Barlinnie Young Offenders Institutions this year. On average, 500 adult prisoners are available for work during the day in Barlinnie Prison; they normally work 30 hours per week. Since 1966 four additional workshops have been built at Barlinnie and there has been a redistribution of existing facilities to allow a fifth workshop to be used for industrial purposes. There are no proposals at present for further expansion.