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Prisoners (Disability)

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are provided for disabled prisoners who are (a) physically disabled, (b) blind, (c) mentally ill or (d) deaf.

As indicated in the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East (Mr. Barnes) on 16 May 1990 at column 411, prison establishments seek to meet the needs of those with disabilities on an individual basis. Their requirements are assessed by medical and other staff as part of the reception procedure.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned into the needs of disabled people in prison.

A survey was undertaken last year into the accessibility of prison establishments for people with disabilities, including inmates, staff and visitors. The survey focused on the problems of those with physical disabilities.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is any extra support for disabled prisoners' rehabilitation needs on discharge.

The probation service should be informed by the prison authorities of any medical matters relating to the discharge of inmates, with particular attention given to the individual needs of blind or otherwise handicapped prisoners. This procedure will become a requirement with the issue of prison department standing order 1I later this year.With regard to the provision of after care, the home probation officer can arrange contacts with relevant social services departments and other bodies that are able to offer support and guidance.