HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 c1566
13. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the recruitment of additional nursing staff for Grendon Prison.

Mr. Taverne

Efforts have been made to recruit more nurses for Grendon in order to open the women's wing, but it has now been decided to make provision elsewhere for psychiatric treatment of women, and I am advised that the size of the existing nursing staff is adequate for Grendon's present needs.

Mrs. Short

Does this mean that the women's wing at Grendon is not to be used for the purpose for which is was built? Is it intended to remove highly disturbed women from Holloway to make the running of Holloway Prison much more easy and acceptable?

Mr. Taverne

It has been decided after a review that Grendon should not be used for this purpose. It is intended that a special hospital should be provided at another establishment.