§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons visited Durham prison; when the related report was published; and what were the reasons for the delay.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The inspection of Durham prison took place from 17–21 August 1981 and the report was published with an accompanying statement by my right hon. Friend on 4 November 1982. The completion of this and other inspection reports has been delayed because of the additional work load falling on senior inspectorate staff following the illness and subsequent death of the then HM chief inspector. In the case of the Durham report, it was not published until there had been careful and thorough consideration of the difficult issues raised.