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Holloway Prison

Volume 928: debated on Friday 18 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether a physician superintendent has yet been appointed for Holloway Special Hospital; and, if so, what is his or her name;(2) how many beds there will be in Holloway Special Hospital;(3) what is the projected cost of the building of Holloway special hospital;(4) whether there will be a segregation wing built in Holloway special hospital; and, if so, how many cells it will contain;(5) whether there are any windowless, soundproofed constructions being built or planned to be built in Holloway Special Hospital; and, if so, for what purpose.

Holloway is not being redeveloped as a special hospital but as a women's prison. It will, therefore, continue to be in the charge of the Governor and not a medical superintendent. It will also provide medical facilities for the whole of the women's system. When the development is complete 378 of the 517 places will be usable as hospital accommodation. The current estimate of the cost of the whole project, including the provision of staff housing is approximately £10·5 million. There are no windowless soundproofed rooms being built or planned and there is to be no segregation wing.