asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the system in some prisons in the West Indies under which all the prisoners during holidays and week-ends, except for church services, are locked inside their cells, so that the prison warders may have their holidays or leave, still obtains in most islands as it did up to 1939; whether this system is still in vogue in Barbados; whether during such periods the prisoners have any fresh air, or contacts, or adequate attention; and whether any improvements have been made either by increased staff or better alternative arrangements?
As my hon. Friend was informed in reply to his similar Question on 26th November, inquiries are being made into these matters. I have, however, not yet received the report for which I have asked. When I do so, I will communicate with my hon. Friend.