HC Deb 22 March 2000 vol 346 c551W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to divide prison establishments into smaller units. [115626]

Mr. Boateng

The Woolf Report recommended that prisons should be divided into small and manageable secure units. Since the Report was published, the Prison Service has focused upon this need when designing both new prison buildings (public and private) and new houseblocks (extensions of existing prisons). It is also a consideration when refurbishing existing prison accommodation—special attention is always given to improving the security of wings by adding new gates, control and restraint staircases and reinforcing the protection of roof spaces.