HC Deb 18 May 1998 vol 312 cc242-3W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of recent measures to remove drugs and alcohol from Everthorpe Prison on discipline at that prison. [42062]

Mr. George Howarth

Everthorpe has 96 prisoners in units reserved for those who are committed not to use drugs. These units were introduced three years ago. Places in them are available only to prisoners whose general behaviour also qualifies them for the enhanced regime, and the standard of behaviour in the units is good. On average, two prisoners per month are removed from the drug-free units, either for failing a drugs test or for failing to maintain the standard of behaviour required of prisoners on the enhanced regime.

An alcohol counsellor has recently been re-engaged after a nine month gap, so it is too soon to comment on the effects of her work. However, there are no indications that alcohol is a particular problem at Everthorpe.