HC Deb 22 June 1990 vol 174 cc723-4W
Mr. Terry Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the extent of the shortages of shirts, pants, socks, shoes and towels discovered at Birmingham prison during the special stocktaking in March.

Mr. Mellor

The shortages were as follows:

Item Scale holding for population of 9601 Actual holding Shortfall March 1990
Shirts 9,600 6,474 3,126
Pants 6,720 1,858 4,862
Socks 9,600 1,910 7,690
Shoes 1,680 1,008 672
Towels 5,760 2,777 2,983
1 The scales provide for articles actually in inmates' possession, in the laundry and in store awaiting laundering or issue.

Following the stocktaking substantial additional supplies were issued to the prison, and new control procedures were introduced to ensure that the issue and re-issue of clothing to prisoners is carefully monitored in future.