Written Answers. - Publication of Reports.

Gay Mitchell

Question:

117 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice when the annual prison reports for 1992 and 1993 will be published. [2760/94]

Gay Mitchell

Question:

118 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice when the reports of the Probation Service for 1991, 1992 and 1993 will be published. [2761/94]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 118 together.

The annual report on prisons and places of detention for 1992 is ready for publication and will be submitted to Government shortly. Work has commenced on the 1993 report and I hope to have it published before the end of the year. In future, I intend that reports will be published within six months of the end of the year to which they refer.
I hope to have the 1991 and 1992 annual reports of the Probation and Welfare Service published in early 1995. The 1993 annual report will follow as soon as possible thereafter.