HC Deb 31 October 1929 vol 231 c317
47 and 48. Mr. LOVAT-FRASER

asked the Home Secretary (1) whether, as there are no women on the Prison Commission, he will appoint an adequate quota of women commissioners;

(2) if there are any women inspectors of prisons; and, if not, whether he will appoint such a number as are necessary for the inspection of women's prisons or women's sections of prisons?


There is no woman commissioner or inspector of prisons, and the reason why such an appointment has not been made is that women prisoners form so small a proportion of the total prison population. The daily average of women prisoners has steadily fallen from 1,604 in 1919 to 804 in 1928. The women now constitute about 7 per cent. only of the prison population.

Viscountess ASTOR

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it would be wise to have a really able woman in the Home Office?