HC Deb 12 April 1989 vol 150 cc550-1W
Mr. Latham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further measures have been taken following his review of the circumstances which led to the escape by helicopter of two prisoners from Gartree prison in December 1987.

Mr. Hurd

In my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Harhorough (Sir J. Farr) on 21 January 1988 at columns785–86 I said that a vigorous review of security measures had been carried out immediately at all establishments holding category A prisoners, and that a number of practical measures were taken quickly.

I have now approved a number of other lines of action, including plans for the future shape of the dispersal system, and these are contained in a detailed statement of intention issued to the prison service by the deputy director general. A copy has been placed in the Library.