Prisons (High-Voltage Electric Fences)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 1967.

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 26th January 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the fact that there are not totally secure prisons in this country, he will now consider recommending the installation of high-voltage electric fences round the perimeters of Her Majesty's prisons, following the Mountbatten Report.

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

No, Sir. Apart from any other considerations, the hon. Member is under a misapprehension if he thinks this was recommended by Lord Mountbatten.

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

I suppose we shall have to accept that—but is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is his own feather-bedding of the criminal classes that has done so much to undermine the morale of police and prison officers and to raise the rate of crime, on his own admission, to an all-time record level?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

If the hon. Member wishes to make generalisations on this subject it is a pity, in the first place, that he should have tabled a Question apparently based either upon a misreading or a non-reading of a most important Report and, secondly, that he should have used this to erect something which is entirely unrelated to the general matter.

Photo of Mr Roy Roebuck Mr Roy Roebuck , Harrow East

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the number of offences increased or decreased during the period when the Conservative Government were in power?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. Electric fences are not offences.