Oral Answers to Questions — Prison Staffs

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations have been made to him on the provision of adequate prison staffs; and what instructions in this matter he has issued.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have been consulted by my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary about the staffing requirements of the prisons in the light of the continued growth of the numbers in prison. We have reached substantial agreement about the future recruitment of prison officers.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Is that answer equivalent to an assurance that so long as the prison population continues to increase and prisons remain overcrowded, as they are, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will not seek to reduce the number for reasons of economy?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I am satisfied that a thoroughly statesmanlike attitude has been taken towards this important problem. In so far as the Chancellor is keen on economy, in this sort of matter he has to match economy to the needs of the moment.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon East

Can my right hon. Friend say how many of the constituents of the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) are now in Brixton gaol?