HC Deb 14 May 1981 vol 4 c319W
20. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends to introduce any further changes to the prison system in the Province.

Mr. Humphrey Atkins

The Government's policy remains to maintain and where practicable to improve the humane and enlightened system which already exists. As a part of this policy a number of purpose-built workshops are being opened at Maze and Magilligan prisons. These and any further improvements apply to prisoners generally and are made for proper reasons of penal policy, and not in response to hunger strikes or other forms of pressure.