HC Deb 17 April 1986 vol 95 cc461-2W
Mr. Stuart Holland

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether prisoners in the medical wing of Brixton prison are provided with library facilities.

Mr. Mellor

Prisoners held in the medical wing at Brixton (F wing) do not have access to the prison library. The library officer does, however, visit the wing regularly to take orders for books. A small stock of books is also held on each landing.

Mr. MacKay

[pursuant to his reply, 16 April 1986, c. 401.] The table sets out the requested figures on crimes recorded by the police, using the best available approximations in the Scottish crime classification to the categories listed in the question. It is encouraging that the number of crimes recorded fell by almost 3 per cent. in 1985, with a 10 per cent. fall in housebreaking.