Prisoners (Treatment).

Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Dr. Morgan:

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?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

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.

Dr. Morgan:

Having regard to the disgraceful conditions in prison administration in many of these colonies, will something be done to bring about an amelioration?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

It is for that reason that we have asked for a report.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Will there be an opportunity for consultation with the Prison Commissioners in this country?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

They are represented on the Penal Committee of the Colonial Office, and their advice is continually sought.