§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of staff assaults were recorded at Her Majesty's prison, Ranby from 1 January 1996 to date; 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 A. J. Pearson to Mr. Max Madden, dated 13 March 1997:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the number of reported incidents of staff assaults recorded at Ranby prison from 1 January 1996 to date.Six assaults on staff have been recorded at Ranby prison since 1 January 1996. This figure represents less than two assaults per 100 population.