HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 cc424-5W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the date, time and place in which the minimum use of force tactical intervention squad was used in the last month, together with, in each case, the reason for use of the squad and the number of staff and prisoners involved.

Mr. Mayhew

At 9 pm on Tuesday 12 January 1982, 46 inmates staged a sit-down demonstration in "B" Wing of Hull prison in connection with an allegation that one of their colleagues had received insufficient medical treatment. At 9.30 pm a team of 24 specially trained prison officers was assembled out of sight of prisoners and held in reserve, but the demonstration was abandoned peacefully at 10.45 pm without any physical contact between prisoners and staff.