asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative provisions govern the health and safety of staff and prisoners in Her Majesty's prisons.
The Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 is binding on the Crown—and therefore on to prison service—subject only to such exceptions, exemptions and qualifications as are provided in the Act. The Act's main obligations, which apply to the prison service are:
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether prisons are treated differently from schools, hospitals and other residential establishments in respect of the legislation governing health and safety at work, public health and fire precautions.
The requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 apply to prisons as they do to other places of work. However, as with all Crown establishments, the enforcement provisions do not bind the Crown.Acts concerning public health do not bind the Crown, but it has always been policy for the Crown to conform with their requirements where reasonably practicable.All the types of premises to which the question refers are within the scope of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 but certain of its provisions do not apply to premises occupied by the Crown, including prisons and hospitals within the National Health Service. An additional limitation in the case of prisons is that a fire certificate cannot be required in respect of any premises constituting, or forming part of, such an establishment.
|Number of prisoners* held overnight in police cells, 1–22 April 1982; by holding force|
|3–5 April*||136B||18W||1B 1W||8W 4L||—||3B 1W||—||172|
|6 April||132B||22W||1W||8W 4L||—||3B||—||170|
|7 April||144B||24W||1W||8W 3L||—||2W||4W||186|
|8·12 April||86B||8w ¶7L||—||—||1W||—||—||102|
* No female prisoners have been held during April and unless otherwise indicated all are adult prisoners. Those destined for Brixton would generally be untried and those for Wandsworth would be convicted but unsentenced or sentenced. More detailed information is not available centrally.
†The symbol given after each number indicates the prison that would normally have received the prisoners as follows:
B—Brixton, W—Wandsworth, L—Lewes
‡ The figures given for the weekends relate to the Sunday night or, in the case of the Easter weekend, Easter Monday night.
║These seven prisoners destined for Lewes were under the age of 21.