Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners (Marriage)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances permission to marry is granted to prisoners before expiry of sentence.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

The temporary release of a prisoner under escort for the purpose of marriage is authorised only when marriage before the prisoner's discharge would prevent his or her child from being born illegitimate.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Does that answer mean that in no other circumstances is a prisoner given permission to marry? If so, will the Home Secretary consider extension of the facility in suitable cases where marriage, for a variety of reasons, ought to take place?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

That is a very difficult point and would require very serious consideration before I could go forward. There has been great controversy about the step I have taken, but I believe it is the kindest one and I stand by it.