§ MR. TUITE (Westmeath, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord. Lieutenant of Ireland whether it is the fact that four of the Barbavilla prisoners at present undergoing sentences of seven years' penal servitude in Mountjoy Prison has not been placed on the special treatment to which they became entitled in December last—namely, improved diet, less work, and visits, and letters every two months until expiration of sentences; and, if so, can he state the reason why those privileges have not been extended in their case?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The General Prisons Board informs me that the facts are not accurately represented in the question. Two of the prisoners referred to were duly approved for the special class privileges. These privileges include letters and visits every two months, but do not affect diet or work. In the case of the other two prisoners, they were disqualified under the rules for promotion to the special class, owing to misconduct.