HL Deb 20 July 1989 vol 510 cc1028-9WA
Baroness Platt of Writtle

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for improving the management of longer term and life sentence female prisoners.

Earl Ferrers

The policy for the management of female longer term and life sentenced inmates has been reviewed recently. It is now intended to increase the number of establishments which cater for these inmates, other than those in Category A. The result of the new policy will be that female prisoners serving life or long sentences can be allocated to prisons closer to their homes and a wider variety of regimes can be offered. In addition to those prisons which currently cater for life sentenced inmates, four more will take these prisoners in future. They are the closed prisons at New Hall in Yorkshire and Bullwood Hall in Essex, and the open prisons at Drake Hall in Staffordshire and East Sutton Park in Kent.