asked Her Majesty's Government:
- (a) How many fires have been reported in Strangeways Prison, Manchester during 1982;
- (b) To how many of those fires was it necessary to summon the Greater Manchester Council Fire Service;
- (c) What fire-fighting equipment is provided in this prison and how many of the prison staff are trained in fire-fighting techniques.
§ Lord Elton
The information requested is as follows:
- (a) Nine.
- (b) Nine. The practice is to call the fire brigade to all fires no matter how small.
- (c) Fire-fighting equipment at Manchester Prison consists of hydraulic hose reels, stand pipes and hoses, and fire extinguishers. Most prison officers have been trained in the use of fire-fighting equipment and new staff at the prison are being trained as quickly as possible after arrival.