Prisoners (Employment)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th November 1970.

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 5th November 1970

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, in some of the prisons of this country, prisoners are working only about 14 hours a week in prison workshops, and that, in order to improve this state of affairs, the Government must be prepared to invest a great deal more money in building new prisons and new workshops and bringing the existing ones up to date? In the present state of mind of the Government, it does not look as though any more money will be found for this purpose.