HC Deb 23 January 1997 vol 288 cc729-30W
16. Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the treatment of category A prisoners in Her Majesty's prisons. [10563]

Miss Widdecombe

Category A prisoners have the same basic entitlements as all other prisoners and may earn the same privileges. However, the risk to the public should a category A prisoner escape means that such prisoners must be subject to high security which is aimed at making escape impossible.