MPs debated the Prisons (Property) Bill at report stage on 30 November 2012.
The Prisons (Property) Bill is a private member's bill that is being sponsored by Conservative MP Stuart Andrew.
The bill was presented to Parliament through the ballot procedure, and given its first reading, on 20 June 2012.
The bill seeks to give powers to prison governors to destroy unauthorised property found in prisons and similar institutions. Unauthorised property includes illegal items such as controlled drugs and offensive weapons, as well as items not authorised to be brought into prisons such as mobile phones.