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Prisons: Condoms

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 17 July (WA 166) concerning the availability of condoms in prison, what sexual activities prisoners are allowed to take part in. [HL7198]

Sexual activity by prisoners is neither condoned nor encouraged by prisons as this would be inconsistent with the facts and purposes of custody, including the need to protect the vulnerable and to maintain good order and discipline. However, it is recognised that sex in prisons is a reality. Where condoms are provided it is to preserve individuals' health rather than to encourage sexual relationships.