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Wormwood Scrubs (Disturbances)

Volume 972: debated on Monday 22 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the recent disturbances at Wormwood Scrubs prison; and what were the injuries to prisoners and prison staff which took place.

I have asked the regional director of the south-east region of the prison department to inquire into an incident at the prison on 31 August, in which a concerted act of indiscipline by inmates in "D" wing was quickly brought under control by prison staff, and on the management of the wing in the days following the incident. The regional director will take into account allegations which have been made regarding the handling of the incident and of the subsequent management of the wing. When I have received and considered the regional director's report, I will report to the House.As regards injuries, prison medical records show that a total of 54 prisoners incurred injuries consisting of cuts, bruises and abrasions. 11 prison officers incurred similar injuries.