HC Deb 11 April 1927 vol 205 cc34-5
74. Mr. HAYES

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of punishment there were in Parkhurst Convict Prison between 1st July, 1926, and 31st March, 1927, both dates inclusive; and if he will give particulars of the punishments inflicted and the offences for which they were imposed?

Captain KING

During the period in question there were 30 cases of punishment for offences of idleness, 64 for offences of violence, 109 for offences of insubordination, and 121 for other offences. The total number of punishments was therefore 324, but the total number of individual prisoners punished was 190, several individuals having offended more than once during the period. I cannot give details now of the punishments imposed, but if the hon. Member would like further particulars and will let me know, I will arrange for a tabular statement to be prepared and sent to him.


In view of the situation which has been disclosed, does the hon. and gallant Gentleman not think that an inquiry into the administration would be desirable?

Captain KING

I do not gather that from the statement I will send particulars to the hon. Member.