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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were (a) the categories and (b) the numbers of individual doses of drugs administered to inmates at (i) Her Majesty's prison Pentonville, (ii) Risley remand centre and (iii) Appleton Thorn youth custody centre in the latest available year.

The following table provides the information requested in respect of Her Majesty's prison Pentonville and Her Majesty's remand centre, Risley.The larger part of the medical services at Her Majesty's youth custody centre Thorn Cross (Appleton Thorn) are provided by one doctor. It is a long established policy not to publish information about the prescribing practice of individual doctors.

Number of doses of medicine administered to inmates (Year ended 31 March 1987)

Prescription only medicines


(1) Medicines available without prescription in the community

(2) Psychotropic drugs1

(3) Hypnotic drugs

(4) Drugs acting on the central nervous system2

(5) Other drugs and medicines

(i) HMP Pentonville112,80120,8631,50420,18590,583
(ii) HMRC Risley162,10024,8149,22322,66768,345

1 ie antidepressants, sedatives and tranquillisers.

2 Other than those shown in columns (2) and (3).