Prisons: Sanitation

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of (a) the extent of the practice of slopping out in prisons in England and Wales and (b) the compatibility of this practice with the Human Rights Act 1998.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

"Slopping out" for normal prisoner accommodation i.e. using a bucket to urinate/defecate ended as official Prison Service practice on 12 April 1996.

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