§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision is to be taken on the transfer of Mohammed Riaz currently detained in Her Majesty's prison Frankland to a category B prison; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter 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. Max Madden, dated 23 July 1996:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about when Mohammed Riaz, who is imprisoned at Frankland prison, will be transferred to a category B prison.Mr. Riaz is serving life imprisonment having been convicted of murder and false imprisonment in 1984. Since 1990, he has been considered a category B prisoner and, like most prisoners of his categorisation at this stage of a life sentence, he is held at a dispersal prison which holds both category A and category B prisoners.In line with normal arrangements for the regular assessment of life sentenced prisoners, Mr. Riaz's allocation will be considered further in August. I cannot at this stage say whether or when he will be considered as suitable for transfer to a category B prison.