HC Deb 12 February 1931 vol 248 c575
60. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Home Secretary how many female prisoners gave birth to children during their sentences last year; and what arrangements are made so that these children are not born within the prison precincts?


It will take some time to collect the information asked for in the first part of the question. When this has been done I will send it to my hon. and gallant Friend. As regards the second part of the question, such arrangements could not be made without legislation.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Will the Home Secretary consider legislation so that, if possible, these prisoners may be removed to hospital?


I recognise that there is a much more enlightened outlook upon this matter than previously existed, but I cannot at the moment give any pledge as to early legislation.

Lieut. Commander KENWORTHY

Does not my right hon. Friend realise that this is a matter which affects the children concerned, who when they come out may have some stigma attaching to them?


I can assure the House that no one is necessarily more interested in this matter than I am myself and that I should be glad of a future opportunity to deal further with it.