§ Ms. Richardson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken in response to the Women's National Commission report on women in prison; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
We have already announced changes in certain areas covered by the report. For example, the number of statutory visits to which sentenced inmates are entitled was increased to two each month on 17 June, and we have also announced our intention to make cardphones available in prisons holding unconvicted prisoners. We shall be responding shortly to the Women's National Commission on other issues covered by the report, and will arrange for a copy of our reply to be placed in the Library.