HL Deb 06 October 1981 vol 424 c98WA
Lord Kilmany

asked Majesty's Government:

Whether the experiment of accommodating civilian prisoners in army camps has proved satisfactory and whether further expansion of this attempt to combat over-crowding of prisoners is contemplated.

Lord Belstead

Earlier this year, two Ministry of Defence camps were declared to be prisons under Section 33(2) of the Prison Act 1952. The successful operation of these prisons has helped to relieve the pressure on accommodation caused by the record levels which the prison population has reached this year, but my right honourable friend does not think that it is at present necessary or practicable to declare any further camps to be prisons.