§ Mr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prisoners have been apprehended while consuming alcohol in the past three years; how many were charged and found guilty and which prisons were involved; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. McLeish
[holding answer 30 January 1998]: Prisoners who are suspected of consuming alcohol in prison may be charged under Rule 94, Schedule 3(v) of the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 1994 which states thata prisoner shall be guilty of a breach of discipline if he consumes, takes, injects or ingests any substance which is a prohibited article". Information concerning those charged with consuming alcohol specifically is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.