HC Deb 15 June 1871 vol 207 c67

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the statement is correct that it is the intention of the Government to build a Prison by means of Convict Labour on land between Gillingham and Borstal, near Rochester, which was originally purchased by the Crown for the purposes of the fortifications round London; and, if so, whether he will undertake that no further steps shall be taken in the matter without the consent of Parliament?


said, in reply, that the question of employing convict labour in building a prison on land between Gillingham and Borstal was still under consideration, and the matter would not be decided until Parliament had had an opportunity of expressing an opinion upon the subject.