Prisons - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:06 am on 8 February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Lee of Trafford Lord Lee of Trafford Liberal Democrat 11:06, 8 February 2018

My Lords, 75 of the 119 prisons in England and Wales have populations in excess of the certified normal accommodation standard. The latest figures show a 12% rise in both assaults and self-injury in prisons. The chief executive of the Howard League tells me that, in 30 years in the sector, she has never known conditions to be so bad. When is this Brexit-paralysed Government going to treat prisons and prison reform as a national priority? How bad does it have to get? Will the noble Earl tell us when he last visited a prison to see conditions for himself?