New Forest East

HOME AFFAIRS – PRISONS – 11 January 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: When he expects to end the practice of holding 15 and 16-year-olds in adult prisons?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Does the Minister recall that when his party was in opposition, its shadow home affairs team, led by our present Prime Minister, repeatedly castigated as inadequate the Conservative programme for providing no fewer than 170 secure local authority places, and that the present Prime Minister said that the problem could be solved "without delay"? Does the Minister realise that the admission from his Department, in response to repeated questioning from my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr Clappison), that the present Government have provided only six extra places since they came into office shows that the Labour party says one thing in opposition and produces a heck of a lot less in government?