HC Deb 01 November 1979 vol 972 cc589-90W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all those penal institutions that have been the subject of industrial action so far in the current year, indicating in each case the date, nature and duration of the dispute.

Mr. Whitelaw

It would not be practicable to provide the information in the precise form which the hon. Member has requested without disproportionate cost, but the general position is that industrial action has been taken in the following establishments:

  • Albany
  • Ashford
  • Blundeston
  • Bristol
  • Brixton
  • Feltham
  • Gartree
  • Hatfield
  • Highpoint
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Long Lartin
  • Lowdham Grange
  • Low Newton
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Northallerton
  • Northeye
  • Norwich
  • Onley
  • Oxford
  • Pentonville
  • Preston
  • Pucklechurch
  • Ranby
  • Risley
  • Rochester
  • Stafford
  • Styal
  • Stoke Heath
  • Thorp Arch
  • Wakefield
  • Wandsworth
  • Wellingborough
  • Werrington
  • Wormwood Scrubs
  • Wymott

The reasons for the industrial action have included disputes about manning levels, staff facilities at establishments and the courts, staff quarters, duty systems, escort vehicles, and various aspects of allowances, pay negotiations, and discipline.

The duration of the disputes has varied from a single day to nearly 12 months, and a number are still unresolved.