§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy towards updating photographic records of long-term prisoners so that a recognisable picture is available for issue to the media for recognition purposes in the event of an escape; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mayhew
All prisoners sentenced to more than three years' imprisonment or serving an indeterminate sentence should be re-photographed no later than two years from the date of reception and at two-yearly intervals thereafter.
Additionally, any prisoner whose appearance has so changed that his reception photograph is no longer a true likeness should be photographed again.