Prisoners (Visits by Children)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 16th April 1970

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute an inquiry into the question of the visits of children to parents in prison; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South

I am aware of my hon. Friend's concern about a recent case, by my right hon. Friend does not think that any general inquiry is needed.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is my hon. Friend aware that that reply is disappointing, because there should be consultation with children's departments about the methods adopted in the visiting of prisons, and that turning down a request for an inquiry is disappointing? Would he look at this again?

Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South

There was a problem in the case which my hon. Friend brought to our notice, but it was a particular case and it does not show a general need to review arrangements for children who have to visit prison.