§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the houses previously occupied by the Royal Air Force and subsequently modified at public expense for the use of prison officers at Her Majesty's prison, Highpoint, Suffolk, are at present unoccupied; and why.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Married quarters are provided for prison officers as part of their conditions of service. Where staff choose to make their own arrangements, surplus quarters are usually sold.
At Highpoint, 41 of the 86 married quarters are vacant. However, the prison is being extended, and a new young offender establishment is under construction nearby at Northridge. Each establishment will require additional staff, whose own requirements will determine the extent of the need for these quarters.