§ Mr. David Martin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he plans to review security arrangements at Her Majesty's prison Kingston (Portsmouth), following the escape of John Gary Hilton on 6 October.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
An immediate review of security arrangements was carried out by the governor of Her Majesty's prison Kingston, Portsmouth following the escape of this prisoner on 6 October 1990. Immediate action was taken to improve the security of the establishment. In addition, a longer-term review of security arrangements is currently being carried out which will include the type of prisoner allocated to the establishment, the overall security of the buildings. the day and night staffing levels and the suitability of the current regime for the present population.