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Prisons

Volume 168: debated on Monday 5 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have specialist mother and baby units.

Three prison establishments—Her Majesty's prison Holloway, Her Majesty's prison Askham Grange, and Her Majesty's prison and young offender institution, Styal—have mother and baby units. It is planned to build a further unit at Her Majesty's prison and young offender institution, New Hall in 1991–92.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 40 sites considered in the north-west for prison sites are (a) adjacent to a hospital, (b) within two to three miles of an existing prison, (c) built-up areas, (d) opposed by the local authorities and (e) acceptable to the local authorities; and if he will list them.

Most of the information is not readily available on an accurate basis as preliminary consideration indicated that the site was not suitable for our purpose and a detailed investigation was not made. Planning consents were refused by the local authority in respect of sites at Kirkham, Orrell Lane (Bootle) and Rochdale.