§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local prison in England and Wales had the highest assault rate during the period April to September 1995. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
[holding answer 5 March 1996]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. George Howarth, dated 6 March 1996:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking, which local prison in England and Wales had the highest assault rate between April and September 1995.Provisional information shows that the female section of Risley prison, a multi purpose prison in Warrington, had the highest assault rate among all local establishments at 48 per 100 population, between April and September 1995.