HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 cc1566-7
14. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for the construction of a second psychiatric prison.

Mr. Taverne

The need for such a prison is being studied by the Prison Medical Service Steering Committee. My right hon. Friend expects to receive shortly the recommendations of the Committee and will then consider whether to include such a project in the long-term prison development plan.

Mrs. Short

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that it is generally accepted that such a second psychiatric prison is needed? Will he give an assurance that this will not be axed under current economy measures?

Mr. Taverne

I think that when the Report of this Committee is received and consideration is given to it, it will be something for the medium and long-term Future and will not be affected by measures in the next two years.