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Prisons: Sanitation

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the number of prison cells without in-cell sanitation; and what plans his Department has to install in-cell sanitation in those cells. (319481)

There are about 2,000 cells on normal location across the prison estate that do not have integral sanitation but which have electronic unlocking facilities, which permits a prisoner to leave the cell to access sanitation and washing facilities on a call system. This system was approved as a method of ending 'slopping out', as set out in the Judge Tumin report of 1989. There are also some further cells on the prison estate without integral sanitation but which permit prisoners to have open access to central sanitation facilities via their privacy locks This was also acceptable to Judge Tumin as a method of ending of ending “slopping out”.

Cells with the current electronic unlocking facilities are too small for the installation of integral sanitation.