HC Deb 26 May 1972 vol 837 cc523-4W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has received the report "Alternatives to Holloway", from the Radical Alternatives to Prison (Holloway Campaign Group); and what action he proposes on the recommendations therein.

Mr. Maudling

I have received this report. Measures are already in hand which should help to reduce the number of women who have to be remanded in custody for reports, and various provisions in the Criminal Justice Bill are intended for women as well as men. But we must provide better conditions than exist at present for those women for whom the courts consider there is no satisfactory alternative to custody. This is the purpose of the rebuilding programme at Holloway.