HC Deb 07 December 1994 vol 251 c233W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has of cases of HIV-positive prisoners acquiring the infection in prison; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Harry Cohen, dated 7 December 1994. The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about what evidence there is of cases of HIV positive prisoners acquiring the infection in prison. There has been one documented case of a prisoner who became infected with HIV whilst within the prison system in England and Wales. This case, which was referred to in a reply from Lord Ferrers, the then Minister of State at the Home Office to a Question from Lord Kilmarnock on 6 July 1994 (WA81).