Digital Television (Prisons)

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what expenditure has been (a) incurred to date and (b) budgeted for in (i) monthly and (ii) quarterly subscriptions for digital television in prisoners' cells;

(2) what expenditure has been (a) incurred to date and (b) is projected during the next year on installation of in-cell digital TV services for convicted prisoners;

(3) how many convicted prisoners have access to (a) ITV digital and (b) other digital TV services in their own cells.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The policy of the Prison Service is that prisoners should have access only to the five analogue terrestrial television channels in their cells.

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