HC Deb 06 March 1981 vol 1000 cc218-9W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the necessary statistics to support the case for the construction of a new prison in London.

Mr. Mayhew

The case for at least one new prison in London does not rest solely on statistics relating to the prison population (which are published in the annual reports on the work of the Prison Department). Overcrowding and enforced cell sharing, and the absence of reasonable access to modern sanitary facilities in the big four London prisons of Brixton, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs, together with their deteriorating condition, also provide support for this case.