HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 cc1656-7
MR. H. H. FOWLER (Wolverhampton)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost of the Convict Prison at Dover; how many prisoners are at present confined in that prison; and on what public works are convicts sentenced to penal servitude now employed?


The expenditure on the prison up to date, including about £13,000 for the purchase of the land, has been £61,807, 15s. 4d.; 102 prisoners are at present confined there. At Chatham, Portland, and Portsmouth convicts are now being employed on various works for the War Office and Admiralty Departments, such as quarrying stone, defences, field-works, harbour extension works, dockyard buildings, and torpedo buildings. At Portsmouth the Victoria Barracks are being built by convict labour.