HC Deb 29 April 1982 vol 22 cc317-8W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners, by age and sex, were contained in police cells on each night in April 1982 and why; where they were held; how many in each case were remand and sentenced prisoners; and which prison should have been accommodating them.

Mr. Mayhew

The need to use police cells during April has primarily resulted from industrial action by members of the Prison Officers' Association at Wandsworth prison. The only information that can be made available without disproportionate cost and is relevant to that circumstances is given in the following table: