Prisons (Drugs) (Hansard, 16 January 1997)
HC Deb 16 January 1997 vol 288 cc373-4W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) prescription and (b) over-the-counter medicinal drugs were consumed in each of the past three years in (i) Cardiff prison, (ii) Downview prison, (iii) Everthorpe prison and (iv) Swansea prison. [9849]

Miss Widdecombe

[holding answer 13 January 1997]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Paul Flynn, dated 16 January 1997: The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about medicines issued at Cardiff, Downview, Everthorpe and Swansea prisons. The information is not available in the form requested. However we are able to provide figures for the number of prescription sheets issued in 1996 for each of the prisons listed. Each prescription sheet may cover one or more medicines.

  • Cardiff: 12,168
  • Downview: 3,900
  • Everthorpe: 2,080
  • Swansea: 11,960.