HC Deb 30 January 1930 vol 234 cc1154-5

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recommendation contained in the last three reports of the visiting justices to His Majesty's prison at Manchester for the substitution of electric light in place of gas; and is he prepared to take any action in the matter?

31. Mr. McELWEE

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the complaints made by prisoners in His Majesty's prison, Manchester, regarding the inadequacy of the lighting in the prison; whether he has seen the reports of the visiting committee and the justices thereon; and whether he proposes to have inquiries made into this important matter?


Manchester is one of a number of prisons at which the substitution of electricity for gas would be desirable. At various prisons progress has been made of recent years with the process of substitution so far as funds have permitted, but I have now under consideration the preparation of a more comprehensive scheme, and in the preparation of this scheme the position of Manchester Prison will receive attention.


Will this mean dispensing with the services of gas workers?


So far the increasing use of electricity has been accompanied by an increase of employment of gas-workers.