27. Mr. WEST
asked the Home Secretary what is the accommodation of Wormwood Scrubs prison; and what was the maximum number of prisoners detained there in 1913 and 1933?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
In 1913 there was accommodation for 1,420 and the maximum number of prisoners was 1,393. As a result of alterations and arrangements for the reservation of some cells for special purposes, the number of cells available for ordinary use is now 1,244. The maximum number of prisoners in 1933 was 1,163.
In view of the decreasing number of prisoners at Wormwood Scrubs, is there any hope of their being transferred elsewhere and the site made available for local housing needs?