§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners currently serving sentences for drug-related offences in(a) HMP Risley and (b) the North-West Region. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 23 April 1998]: Provisional information shows that there were 130 persons sentenced for drug offences in Her Majesty's Prison Risley on 31 March 1998. This compares with 1,520 persons in the North West region (including those in Her Majesty's Prison Risley) which includes the Prison Service Areas of Mersey, Manchester and the North West.