Prison, Armley

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 Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West 12:00 am, 9th April 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement following inquiries he has made recently into conditions in Her Majesty's Prison at Armley, Leeds.

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

The Prison Commissioners have asked the visiting committee to investigate the matters which the hon. Member has in mind. When its report has been received, the Commissioners will immediately consider what action is called for.

Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West

Is the Home Secretary aware that the adjourned inquest which gave rise to the inquiries was concluded on 6th March, following which I made representations to him? As I understand that the Committee is coming to a decision as to whether it will inqure only next Monday, does he not think that there has been undue procrastination on this matter? Is he aware that my interest is to protect the prison staff whom I have the impression have been under a conspiracy?

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

I am aware of the great importance of maintaining the confidence of the prison staff, and that the part played by the hon. Gentleman has been very helpful to the prison staff. He has been kind enough to keep me informed of the situation and I have no doubt that the visiting committee will not delay further in giving its conclusions.