HC Deb 10 December 1998 vol 322 cc263-4W
Dr. Vis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what new guidelines he plans to issue in respect of women prisoners applying for admission to the mother and baby unit in Holloway Prison; [63171]

(2) what are the current guidelines for women prisoners to apply for admission to the mother and baby units in (a) Styal, (b) New Hall and (c) Askham Grange prisons. [63170]

Mr. George Howarth

The women's policy group of the Prison Service are conducting a review of principles, policies and procedures for mothers and babies in prison. The review will be completed by 31 March 1999. The review, with recommendations for a future strategy, will be submitted to the Director General by 31 March 1999. This review will be published. A copy of the current guidance is available in the Library.