HC Deb 22 November 1926 vol 200 cc5-6
4. Colonel DAY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the total number of convicts incarcerated on the Andaman Islands on the latest convenient date, together with the number for the corresponding period of 1921?


In 1921 the convict population numbered 11,532, of whom 1,168 were self-supporters or persons who, though still under sentence, are released from close confinement and allowed to earn their living. In December, 1925, the convict population numbered 7,740, of whom 2,105 were self-supporters drawing wages from Government, and 2,272 were agricultural and other self-supporters.

Colonel DAY

Is it the intention of the Government to give up these islands as a penal Colony?


The policy of abandoning penal settlements is being steadily pursued and has been pursued for years past.