HC Deb 28 October 1971 vol 823 cc407-8W
44. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the statutory and other obstacles to the disposal of old prisons; and what is being done to remove them.

Mr. Carlisle

My right hon. Friend is considering whether Section 38 of the Prison Act, 1952, should be repealed. But the real obstacle is the size of the prison population we have to accommodate.