§ MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty when he anticipates having the Naval Prison at Lewes in a condition to receive the certificate of the Home Office; and whether he is aware that the absence of this certificate renders the imprisonment of the men sent to the Naval Prison illegal?
§ *LORD G. HAMILTON
No such certificate from the Home Office is necessary, as the Admiralty have full powers under Statute to make their own regulations for the administration of Naval Prisons, including the appointment of Inspectors. In consequence, however, of the Visitors having questioned the size of the cells at Lewes Naval Prison, the Admiralty requested Sir Edmund Du Cane to inspect the Prison; and, acting on his, suggestions, steps are now being taken to bring the cells more into conformity with modern requirements.