HC Deb 24 April 1996 vol 276 c165W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the prisons in England and Wales which conduct mandatory drug testing; [26138]

(2) how many prisons in England and Wales pursue a policy of random urine drug testing; and if he will make a statement. [26094]

Miss Widdecombe

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

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 24 April 1996: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions concerning the number of prisons which conduct mandatory drug testing and the number which pursue a policy of random urine drug testing. All establishments in England and Wales conduct a mandatory drug testing programme and all perform random tests as a part of that programme.