§ Miss Widdecombe
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 Richard Tilt to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 1 May 1996:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking for what crimes the four prisoners, who escaped from Buckley Hall prison on 23 April 1995, had been sentenced; and what was the length of their sentence.The requested information is as follows: (i) robbery, five years; (ii) handling stolen goods, five years; (iii) robbery, seven years; and (iv) burglary, one year and nine months.
§ Mr. Maclean
I understand from Greater Manchester police that no additional costs were incurred as the resources utilised in the operation were part of the force's normal deployments and contingencies.