asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in the Metropolitan prisons there are insufficient cells set apart for offenders suffering from tuberculosis and that, in consequence, such offenders are put in ordinary cells; and whether prompt steps can be taken to improve the accommodation for those suffering from this disease?
At Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Holloway the number of special cells for tubercular patients is in excess of requirements. At Pentonvine and Brixton the number of tubercular cases is often somewhat larger than the number of special cells. When this occurs, the cases are either located in adjoining ordinary cells, or are removed to separate rooms in the hospital. In all cases alike the patient receives the appropriate treatment. It is in fact proposed to provide additional special cells without delay.