HC Deb 23 April 1874 vol 218 c988

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the several Reports of the Commissioners in Lunacy, and of the Council of Supervision of Broadmoor Asylum, suggesting the urgent necessity of adopting measures for the better classification of the criminal lunatics in that asylum; and, whether he is prepared to carry into effect all or any of the suggestions contained in those Reports?


, in reply, said, the Council of Supervision had pointed out the difficulty of dealing adequately in Broadmoor Asylum with two classes of lunatics—namely, those who were convicts under sentence of penal servitude and those who had been acquitted of offences on the ground of insanity. The Inspector of Convict Prisons was induced to think that the former class should be transferred to another asylum. That recommendation he had referred to the officer in charge of this particular department, and as soon as that gentleman sent in his Report he would take some action in the matter.