§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if a contract has been agreed to purchase the American prison ship Resolution. 
§ 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 David Scott to Mr. George Howarth, dated 5 March 1997:607WThe Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the prison ship "Resolution".The Prison Service has bought a floating prison, the "Resolution" (now renamed the "Weare"). The contract for the purchase of the vessel was ratified on 31 January.