HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c255W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the rules followed by prisons in England and Wales as to how often an inmate should be allowed to shower; and if he will make a statement. [111933]

Mr. Boateng

Rule 28 of the Prison Rules 1999 states thatevery prisoner shall be required to wash at proper times, have a hot bath or shower on reception and thereafter at least once a week.

No exact information is available, but it is understood that most prisoners have the opportunity to shower at least two or three times a week. Many prisoners take a shower on a daily or almost daily basis.