§ MR. E. H. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Dr. Gover has resigned the Medical Inspectorship of Prisons; and, if so, whether he will take the opportunity to appoint a medical man to be a member of the Prisons Board, in accordance with the recommendation of the late Committee on Prisons, and thus assimilate the constitution of the Prisons Board in England to that of the Prisons Board in Ireland?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY, Lancashire, Blackpool)
It is the case that Dr. Gover has reigned 1138 his appointment, but I have already decided, after giving full consideration to the recommendation of the Prisons Committee that if is not possible to dispense with the services of a medical inspector, and have, therefore, appointed Dr. Smaller, the medical officer at Parkhurst, in succession to Dr. Gover. This does not, of course, determine the question of the appointment of a medical member of the Board, but I do not at present contemplate making- any such appointment.