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Prisoners (Privileges)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he intends to prisoners' privileges other than those made in April 1979.

No further changes are planned, but I am keeping the position under review.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what items have been withdrawn from prisoners, and in which dispersal prisons, as a result of the harmonisation of privileges.

Apart from items which have been withdrawn because alternatives are supplied officially, the personal possession of the following is no longer permitted in dispersal prisons: chest expanders, weight lifting boots, lampshades, metal combs, hair colourant, hair tonic, fish, fish tanks and accessories, saw blades, cassette players, headphones, maps, navigation charts, night lights and pentographs. These items were previously permitted in one or two dispersal prisons only. The harmonisation of privileges has, however, resulted in an increase in the number and range of personal possessions available to prisoners generally.