Eastchurch Prison (Escapes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Percy Wells Mr Percy Wells , Faversham 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many escapes from Eastchurch Prison have occurred during the 12 months ended 19th November, 1960, or to the nearest convenient date.

Photo of Mr Dennis Vosper Mr Dennis Vosper , Runcorn

In the 12 months ended on 19th November, 1960, there were 34 escapes from this prison.

Photo of Mr Percy Wells Mr Percy Wells , Faversham

These are alarming figures. Is the Minister satisfied that sufficient care is taken to see that the right type of prisoner is sent to this prison?

Photo of Mr Dennis Vosper Mr Dennis Vosper , Runcorn

I agree that the figures are on the high side, and my right hon. Friend is having inquiries made into certain aspects of these escapes.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East

Is there any information as to whether any harm was done by the escapees to property and persons?

Photo of Mr Dennis Vosper Mr Dennis Vosper , Runcorn

I think that only three of the escapees have committed further offences, and I do not think that they were in the vicinity of the prison.