HC Deb 19 April 1995 vol 258 c200W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements were made to evacuate those detained in the young offenders institution, Portland, during the unexploded bomb defusing emergency on 1 and 2 April; and if he will make a statement. [18917]

Mr. Michael Forsyth

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

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Rhodri Morgan, dated 19 April 1995: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the evacuation arrangements at Portland Young Offender Institution when an unexploded bomb was recently discovered in the vicinity. Based upon expert advice received by the Major in charge of the bomb disposal squad, action was taken to relocate 90 inmates within the establishment but away from those areas which may have been at risk if the bomb had exploded. Throughout the emergency high levels of supervision and control were exercised.