HC Deb 23 July 1877 vol 235 cc1661-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he can state what is the number of Roman Catholic prisoners confined in the several prisons of Scotland, and in how many of such the sacrifice of the mass, attend- ance at which is obligatory on all Catholics, is offered on Sundays?


I am unable to give the actual numbers; but I believe a third of the prisoners in Scotland are Roman Catholic, and that about a third of that number are found at the prison at Perth, where there is a Roman Catholic minister, who is paid by the Government, and who holds services, but of what those services consist I cannot say.