HC Deb 09 March 1927 vol 203 c1236

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether talking is now allowed in the workshops at His Majesty's convict and local prisons; and whether, in view of the varying practices which have prevailed in different prisons since the abolition of the silence rule, he will issue a Circular defining on what occasions talking should be permitted?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir William Joynson-Hicks)

A Circular on this subject was issued by the Prison Commissioners on the 3rd March, 1922, and was published as Appendix 10 to their Annual Report for 1921–22. The principles laid down in the Circular have been embodied also in the Standing Orders, and are the rule and practice of the Service. His Majesty's Inspectors see to it that this rule is carried out uniformly as far as possible. No fresh instructions are required.