HC Deb 23 October 1973 vol 861 c457W
34. Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the figure of 335,221 hours overtime worked at Brixton Prison during the year ended 18th August last is the highest for any prison in the whole of England and Wales; and what steps he is taking to remedy this state of affairs.

Mr. Carlisle

Primarily because Brixton Prison has the largest staff of all the prison service establishments in England and Wales and because of the peculiarly heavy incidence of duties connected with London courts. Improvement depends on increasing the strength of the prison service generally and the provision of additional quarters in the area, matters to which my center hon. Friend continues to give urgent attention.