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Maritime Detention

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the policy towards the use of maritime detention facilities for category C prisoners; what consideration he has given to the location of such facilities; and if he will make a statement.

Martime detention facilities are one of the options being considered as part of a Prison Service contingency planning exercise. This exercise is intended to identify options for coping with levels of prisoner population that exceed the available prison accommodation. A number of sites with the necessary docking facilities are being considered, but no final decision has been taken on the feasibility of this option.