I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answer my right hon. Friend gave on 11th July to a Question by the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Channon).—[Vol. 750, c. 62–3.]
As I have not got that Answer before me, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether she agrees that if the police themselves say that there has been every co-operation from an accused person he should not be handcuffed, as has been known to happen in certain cases?
It is the duty of the governor himself to take the decision according to the circumstances. The governor is given general guidance in prison standing orders, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. It is his responsibility when a prisoner is being moved to decide whether or not handcuffs should be used.
Having regard to the Home Secretary's Answer to me about a particular case, is it not clear that the instructions need some kind of revision? Do not they include a provision to the effect that if one prisoner is handcuffed all the others in the same batch must be handcuffed too? Is not this much too severe and liable to lead to unnecessary humiliation?