§ Mr. Tom Cox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons in the United Kingdom that have in-patient facilities for treatment of AIDS sufferers.
§ Mr. Mellor
At the present time there is no diagnosed case of AIDS among the prison population. Inmates who develop AIDS and are ill will be removed to a National Health Service hospital for such treatment as is required and will stay there for as long as the specialist facilities of the National Health Service hospital are needed. If their condition remits and they return to prison such inmates will initially be placed in a selected prison hospital where it will be for the medical officer in charge to decide on the appropriate management of the case. The prison department has contingency plans to provide special care facilities in selected strategically situated establishments in case of need, and the use of such facilities would be an option open to the medical officer. Accommodation at Brixton prison and Risley remand centre is already available for such use and accommodation at other establishments is being considered for use in the longer term as and when necessary.