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Prisons

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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21.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take in the light of the criticisms made in the recent report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1981, in particular the comments made about overcrowding and lack of work especially in local prisons.

24.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the latest report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1981.

In addition to praising many aspects of the work of the prison service, the report of H.M. Chief Inspector of Prisons draws attention to the serious consequences of the mismatch between demands made on the service and the resources available to it. It is the aim of Government policy to correct that mismatch and in lily right hon. Friend's foreword to the report he set out the steps being taken to this end.