HL Deb 01 February 1982 vol 426 c1191WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the outcome of the study of the effectiveness of "C" Wing at Parkhurst Prison undertaken by the prison psychological services; what further consideration has been given to the establishment of a second unit in the light of this study, and whether they have any information about the subsequent prison experiences of the inmates who were accommodated in "C" Wing.

Lord Belstead

Although no formal report was written, the study established the effectiveness of "C" Wing at Parkhurst Prison in containing difficult and disturbed prisoners and suggested that there was sufficient demand for at least one other such unit in the dispersal system. The longer-term effects of "C" Wing on prisoners cannot be separately assessed from the effects of their experience elsewhere in the dispersal system.

The possibility of opening another unit is being kept under review, but the practical difficulties make this unlikely in the immediate future.