HC Deb 16 June 1913 vol 54 cc45-6

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland why the three suffrage prisoners now in Tullamore Gaol are not allowed the privileges of a daily visit and a daily letter, in and out, hitherto allowed to political prisoners even when sentenced to hard labour, which the present prisoners have not been; whether in resentment of this discrimination against them they now refuse to take food; and whether to avert a kind of struggle not wanted in Ireland he will have the restriction withdrawn and the privileges allowed as hitherto?


The General Prisons Board inform me that the three prisoners referred to are not entitled to a daily visit and letter under the rules, but any application for special visits or letters, if made to the Board in accordance with the Regulations, will be duly considered. Any application of this kind made by them up to the present has, as a matter of fact, been granted by the Board in the exercise of its discretion.