HC Deb 20 December 1991 vol 201 cc348-9W
Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply of 13 December,Official Report, column 580, what representations he has received from people and organisations in Lancashire outside Greater Manchester about Operation Container.

Mrs. Rumbold

Representations have been received from Lancashire county council and from other sources in respect of the use of police cells in Lancashire. On 18 December the Lancashire constabulary held 100 adult prisoners who should be in prison. As my earlier reply explained, this use of police cells is unacceptable and my right hon. Friend and I are determined that it should be brought to an end in the shortest possible time.