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Leicester Prison

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the building works which necessitated the vacating of the special security wing at Leicester prison were completed.

Structural alterations to the special security wing at Leicester prison were completed early this year and work on the emergency control room was concluded in mid-October. The installation of cameras is still in process.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the nature of the industrial dispute between his Department and the Prison Officers' Association which prevents the reopening of the special security wing at Leicester prison.

The dispute at Leicester prison, which arose over staffing requirements for the special security wing, has been settled.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much longer he expects prisoners norm- stayers, and about the number of overstayers traced in that way. Information about the action taken on those traced is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. For illustrative purposes, however, the table shows also the total number of deportation orders made for all reasons during the months in question, many of which would relate to overstayers.ally confined in the special security unit at Leicester prison to have to remain in solitary confinement conditions outside the unit;(2) what essential differences there are between the conditions of imprisonment of prisoners normally located in Leicester special security wing and their present conditions of imprisonment.

It is expected that the prisoners normally held in the special security wing at Leicester prison will be returned there in the next two or three months.In a special security wing it is possible to allow fairly free association between prisoners for most of the day. Those prisoners from the Leicester special security wing who are now in local prisons are segregated under prison rule 43 so that, except for exercise, they are normally confined to their cells.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the administrative and security objections to locating the Leicester special security wing inmates in the Parkhurst special security wing.

One of the former occupants of the Leicester special security wing is now in Parkhurst special security wing. It would not be appropriate to elaborate on the security reasons for locating other former occupants of the Leicester wing elsewhere.