HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c335W
Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions he intends to take to remedy the present shortage of cell accommodation in Her Majesty's prisons.

Mr. Brittan

Shortage of cell accommodation has been a long-standing problem, and the present building programme will provide at least 5,000 new places by the end of the 1980s. The Government are now studying the May committee recommendation for an expanded building programme.