In 1996 Ministers announced that “slopping out” had ended. All prisoners in normal accommodation have had access to sanitation since then in one of four ways:
integral sanitation: a toilet and wash basin in a cell or in a separate annex;
open access: in open conditions prisoners can leave their rooms and use central toilet facilities;
electronic unlocking: cell doors are opened electronically to allow prisoners access to toilet facilities; and
manual unlocking: staff are deployed to unlock cells and allow prisoners access to toilet facilities.
A further programme of in-cell sanitation for about 400 cells was carried out in 2001-03 to provide integral sanitation in prison hospital and segregation cells.
As at March 2009 only 2,117 places do not have in-cell sanitation or open access to toilet facilities. These are located in the following prisons and have electronic unlocking:
Long Lartin; and
No prisons operate a manual unlocking system.