HC Deb 23 June 1927 vol 207 c2017

asked the Home Secretary how many prison visitors have been dismissed during the past year; whether in each case the governor and chaplain were consulted before the dismissal; for what period each visitor had given his services; whether reasons were given in each case, before the authority to visit was withdrawn; what opportunity was afforded the visitors to explain the circumstances which led to their dismissal; and whether the letters terminating their appointment conveyed any expression of thanks for their voluntary services to the Department?


The expression dismissal is inappropriate in this connection. Prison visitors are normally invited to serve for periods of 12 months at a time. It is sometimes necessary to curtail the period in an individual case and the invitation to serve is not always renewed. I am satisfied that the visitors are treated with courtesy and consideration commensurate with the high value which is placed upon their services. In these circumstances I do not think the public interest would be served by my attempting to give the details asked for by my Noble Friend.