HC Deb 16 July 1969 vol 787 cc133-4W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the capacity of Nottingham and Lincoln prisons, respectively, compared with the prison population in each place; how many prisoners occupy a single cell; how many are detained more than one in a cell; and what further plans he has to improve conditions at these establishments.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

On 30th June, the position was as follows:

Normal capacity Nottingham 208 (including 174 cells intended for single occupation) Lincoln 331 (including 259 cells intended for single occupation)
Population. 266 543
Number occupying single cells 119 134
Number sleeping 2 to a cell 110 50
Number sleeping 3 to a cell 300
Number accommodated in rooms or dormitories, including hospital 37 59

There are plans for improving the facilities at both these establishments, but any relief of overcrowding, which is the main problem at these and other older prisons, will depend on the progress that can be made in implementing the pro- gramme for providing new prisons and redeveloping existing establishments which my right hon. Friend outlined in the debate on 14th November last.—[Vol. 773, c. 661 and 662.]