The rule to which, I think, the hon. Member refers still forms part of the Code of Rules for the Government of Prisons, but I must point out that it contains no reference to "political prisoners" and indeed the law does not recognise any such class of prisoners.
If this question implies that any officers are required to attend except those whose presence is necessary for the due carrying out of the punishment, there is no truth in the suggestion.
I could not give particulars for the present date without obtaining a special return, but a return obtained last February showed that there were then in prison under sentence 688 men who at some previous date had been in a Borstal institution. The total number of men who have passed through the Borstal institutions is over 13,000.