§ MR. MITCHELL-THOMSON (Lanark, N. W.)
I bog to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether ground is being surveyed for the erection of a new prison in Scotland; where the: prison is to be located; how many prisoners it will hold; and what is the estimated cost.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR, Forfarshire)
For the steps taken in accordance with general prisons policy I would refer the hon. Member to pages 296–301 of the Civil Service Estimates for the current year. Negotiations are now in progress, but I am not now able to give details.
§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
Why not in the interest of public economy apply to the Chief Secretary for Ireland for the loan of a few Irish prisons which are entirely empty?