HC Deb 10 July 2000 vol 353 c429W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons have a staffed visitors' centre; and of these how many are funded by the prison. [129199]

Mr. Boateng

In 1993, when prison establishments were last surveyed, there were 81 visitors' centres. We estimate that about 90 Prison Service establishments now have a visitors' centre. Many of these receive funding from the establishment, although exact figures are not available. We are obtaining more precise information in a further survey as part of a review of visits policy.