HC Deb 02 April 1985 vol 76 c564W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days in 1984 dental clinics were cancelled due to shortage of staff; and what was the total number of clinics cancelled at Pentonville, Winton Green, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Holloway prisons, respectively.

Mr. Mellor

The incidence of dental clinic cancellations is not recorded centrally and could only be obtained for all prisons at disproportionate cost. As regards Pentonville, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his question on 17 January at column177. The number of days on which dental clinics were cancelled in 1984 at the other establishments mentioned was, according to information which has been specially obtained, as follows:

No. of days on which clinics can celled No. of clinics cancelled
Birmingham 3 3
Liverpool 6 9
Leeds 1 1
Manchester 4 7
Holloway 2 4

Most, but not necessarily all, of these cancellations were due to staff shortages.