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Holloway Prison

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are engaged on the special project committee which he has set up to review the role and future of Holloway prison; from what professional bodies they come; and if he will list then-names in the Official Report.

The membership of the Holloway project committee is as follows:Mr. C P Honey—Regional Director, South East Region, Prison DepartmentMr. C J Allen—Governor, Her Majesty's Prison Holloway

Dr. P Mason—Director, Mental Health Divison, Department of Health and Social Services

Mrs. J Galbraith JP—latterly Chairman, Board of Visitors, Her Majesty's Prison Holloway

Dr. D A F Doherty—Principal Medical Officer, Directorate of Prison Medical Services

Mrs. M M Donnelly—Governor II, Prison Department Headquarters

Mr. B Chaplin—Principal, Prison Department Headquarters

Mr. D Twiner—Governor II, Prison Department Headquarters

Miss J Kinsley—Governor, Her Majesty's Prison, Brixton—attended meetings of the committee while governor of Holloway.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to establish any special counselling and advisory services at Holloway prison to help women there who have attempted self-mutilation; and what plans he has to increase the level of prison medical staff to deal with this problem.

Inmates at Holloway prison who attempt self-mutilation are seen, as a matter of course, by a prison medical officer, who can refer them, if necessary, to a consultant psychiatrist. A wide range of counselling and advisory services is also available. There are no plans at present to increase the level of medical cover at Holloway.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will invite probation and education officers to discuss with him their views on the imposition of restrictions on contacts between professional staff and former inmates of Holloway prison.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of women prisoners in Holloway prison in each year since 1970 and the number of cells in that prison which contained (a) one inmate, (b) two inmates, (c) three inmates and (d) four inmates in each year during the same period.

Table A sets out the average number of inmates in Holloway prison in the period 1970 to 1984.Information on the occupacy of cells before 1976 is not readily available. Table B sets out the occupancy of cells in mid-December each year from 1976 up to 1984. No cells accommodated more than three inmates. These figures do not cover rooms and dormitories designed for multi-occupancy, nor do they cover hospital accommodation.

Table A: Average population in custody at Holloway prison, 1970–1984
YearAverage population
1970397
1971344
1972330
1973342
1974331
1975373
1976361
1977332
1978359
1979363
1980355
1981331

Year

Average population

1982315
1983332
1984335

Table B: Holloway cell occupancy, 1976–1984

Year

Number of cells containing

one inmate

two inmates

three inmates

19766592
197717754
1978312628
1979233229
1980253318
198132485
198223497
198332467
198430462