Parkhurst Central Prison

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th April 1959.

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Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle 12:00 am, 9th April 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied with the present conditions under which prisoners are serving sentences of preventive detention at Parkhurst Central Prison, Isle of Wight; and, in particular, to what extent these are fulfilling the intentions that Parliament had in mind when it passed the Criminal Justice Act, 1948.

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

I am satisfied that the present arrangements in Parkhurst Central Prison comply with the Prison Rules made under the Criminal Justice Act, 1948. As announced in the recent White Paper on Penal Practice, however, I propose to review the preventive detention system generally.

Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the correspondence that one receives from prisoners undergoing this kind of detention reinforces the conclusions of the White Paper, Section 77, and may I thank him very much indeed for what he has just said?