§ Mr. Rifkind
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether there has been any provision of colour television sets for the use of prisoners at Her Majesty's Prison, Saughton, or any other Scottish prisons; if so, if he will give details of when this policy was introduced; to what extent it has been implemented; and at what cost.
§ Mr. William Ross
There has been no provision from public funds of colour television sets for the use of prisoners. Colour sets are in use in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Barlinnie prisons. One of these was gifted and the others are rented. The cost of rental and maintenance are met from the Common Good Fund which is almost entirely derived from the profits on purchases made by prisoners from their canteens.