HL Deb 12 April 1989 vol 506 cc377-8WA
Lord Kimball

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What further measures have been taken following the escape by helicopter of two prisoners from Gartree Prison in December 1987.

The Earl of Arran

: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced on 21st January 1989 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. My right honourable friend has 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.