§ Mr. Malins
' To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) successful and (b) unsuccessful attempts to smuggle class A or B drugs into prisons were discovered in the most recent year for which figures are available; how many criminal prosecutions followed; and what penalties were imposed. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
Information is not collected centrally in this detail. But in the 12 months ending 30 November 1997, a total of 1,211 people visiting prisons were arrested by the police in connection with possible drug-related offences. The Prison Service does not record what action was subsequently taken by the police.