HC Deb 07 April 1976 vol 909 c211W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the long-term treatment of prisoners serving sentences of more than 15 years.

Dr. Summerskill

Prisoners serving determinate sentences of over 15 years are few in number—at present about 100—and, in the main, their treatment is in the hands of local prison management, including welfare staff, within the broad structure of regular parole reviews. Our plans for life sentence prisoners—numbering at present some 1,200—were outlined in paragraphs 104 to 106 of the Report on the work of the Prison Department 1974—Cmnd. 6148—and these are going ahead satisfactorily.