HC Deb 05 March 1917 vol 91 cc34-5

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether Scottish prison rules and regulations provide that prisoners convicted on certain charges, as, for instance, debt to the Crown or violation of the Vaccination Acts, may be treated in prison as untried prisoners and receive privileges usually accorded to prisoners awaiting trial; whether he is aware of the case of a Dane who was convicted under the Defence of the Realm Acts for trading with the enemy and sent to prison in default of paying a fine, and is now being treated as an untried prisoner; and whether he can see his way to apply this treatment generally to persons convicted of offences under the Defence of the Realm Acts?


It is the case that civil prisoners in Scottish prisons are accorded special privileges. I am not aware of any case in which a person who is undergoing imprisonment in consequence of a conviction under the Defence of the Realm Regulations is being treated in the manner stated, and I think my hon. Friend must be misinformed as to the facts. The last part of the question does not, therefore, arise.