HC Deb 15 April 1999 vol 329 cc316-7W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people currently detained in prison are suffering from hepatitis; and what proportion of the prison population this figure represents. [80209]

Mr. George Howarth

The number of prisoners reported by Prison Service establishments as suffering from various forms of hepatitis at 30 September 1998 (the last date for which a complete set of figures is currently available) was:

Hepatitis A 3
Acute hepatitis B 25
Chronic hepatitis B 75
Chronic hepatitis C 463
Total 566
Prison population 65,913
Proportion of population 0.86%