HC Deb 19 February 1982 vol 18 c232W
Mr. Sever

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours the workshops in Her Majesty's prison Birmingham were open during the week ended 18 December 1981 or other recent typical week; what was the average number of prisoners employed; how many classes took place and for how many hours; what was the average number of inmates in each class; and how much time on average each prisoner spent out of his cell during that week.

Mr. Mayhew

At Her Majesty's prison Birmingham during the week ended 29 January 1982, 146 inmates were employed in the industrial workshops, which were open for an average of 13 hours. A total of 59 educational classes, each of an average duration of two hours, were attended by an average of 7.6 inmates per class.

There is no record of the average length of time each inmate spent out of his cell. It ranged from two hours to ten hours per day. For most adults it was closer to two hours, but for young offenders it was at least four hours.